Category Archives: General

How Science Works and Why It Matters

As a scientist and science writer, I’m concerned about the way science is perceived by the public.  I think some big misunderstandings about how science works are creating distrust and dismissal of important scientific findings.  That’s a huge problem, and … Continue reading

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Weaver Small Grants – Request for Proposals Out Now

If you’re a graduate student working in the Great Plains, you might be interested in a small grant available through The Nature Conservancy’s Nebraska Chapter.  The J.E. Weaver small grants program provides five $2500 grants to graduate students working on … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship Blog – Inspiration is at Our Feet

This post was written by Katharine Hogan, one of our two current Hubbard Fellows.  The photo is hers as well.  Katharine has shown to be an introspective thinker and writer, in addition to a curious and hard-working member of our … Continue reading

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Ok. I’m on Instagram. Now What?

One of my co-workers finally convinced me to join Instagram. So now I’m on Instagram. Yep, sitting here on Instagram.   …Now what? I have some pretty strong objectives for the Prairie Ecologist blog. (I’m not doing this for my … Continue reading

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Graduating. Naturally.

My daughter graduated from high school this spring.  The graduation ceremony got me thinking about commencement speeches and how I might craft a conservation-oriented commencement speech in the extremely unlikely event that I’d ever be asked to give one.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Next Platte River Prairies Field Day – June 22, 2016

Please plan to join us for our next field day on June 22, 2016.  We will have multiple field sessions to choose from throughout the day from 9am to 3:30pm.  There is no cost for attending, and families are welcome. … Continue reading

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Boys and Sticks

My wife and I are both biologists.  She’s a high school biology teacher and I’m a prairie ecologist.  You won’t be surprised that we think it’s important for our kids to get outside and explore nature.  However, we don’t often … Continue reading

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Hubbard Fellowship – How would you like to help?

This post is written by Evan Barrientos, one of our Hubbard Fellows.  As part of his Fellowship, Evan is trying to help us build and improve upon our volunteer program. Please consider taking his short survey if you live in … Continue reading

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My Long Irrational Nightmare is Over. Sort of. Nevermind.

Many of you are familiar with one of the great disappointments in my life.  I know you’re familiar with it because you take great delight from bringing it up in conversation when I see you in person.  I can’t count … Continue reading

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August 21 Field Day – Agenda

We’ve completed the full agenda for our next Platte River Prairies Field Day on August 21.  We’ll have a wide range of topics and sessions to choose from; it should be a fantastic day. See the full agenda, descriptions of … Continue reading

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