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Hidden Prairie: A Year Photographing a Single Square Meter of Prairie with Chris Helzer
September 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In January, 2018, Chris marked out a square meter plot in Lincoln Creek Prairie on the east edge of Aurora, Nebraska. Over the next year, he visited the plot repeatedly and tried to photograph all the beauty and diversity he could find within it. By the end of the year, he had photographed 113 species of plants and animals. In addition, Chris was also able to chronicle the life, activity, and beauty of a prairie microcosm throughout an entire year. The project was intended to showcase the complexity of prairies to the public, but it also became a surprising source of inspiration to Chris, himself.
Chris Helzer is the Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and share those lessons with other land managers. He also works to raise awareness about the value of prairies and prairie conservation through photography, writing, and presentations. Chris is a conservation photographer who is a regular contributor of both photos and articles to NEBRASKAland and other magazines and writes the Prairie Ecologist blog.