Mariah Lundgren

Mariah is a wanderlust from Omaha, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Fisheries & Wildlife. She has been a member of the Platte Basin Timelapse team since 2013 and loves the wild places the project takes her and the passionate humans she continues to meet. Over the past several years she has learned what it takes to tell compelling stories about our natural world using time-lapse and traditional photography and videography. In the age of technology, she sees the importance of communicating science and environmental issues through visually innovative ways. With a future of climate uncertainties, alarming rates of extinction, and the mass degradation of our planet’s resources, her goal is to continue to further her skills in conservation storytelling in hopes to protect biodiversity and the wild places these creatures call home.

Mariah's Work

We drive down a long gravel road parting a sea of grass. I look up and see the moon – a fingernail crescent. We park the truck in front of an old gnarled cottonwood tree and cut the lights. To the west, the night sky is still dark and star filled; to the east dawn […]

The roads were dark, the truck was full of gear, and the Platte Basin Timelapse team was headed to the Nebraska Sandhills. We were on our way to the Switzer Ranch, 16 miles northwest of Burwell, Nebr. This would be my first time experiencing a cattle drive and being immersed in the Nebraska Sandhills. I could not have been more excited.

Our newest permanent time-lapse cameras are located in the high country of the South Platte River Basin, 50 miles southeast of downtown Denver.

This year’s wet spring sent as much water down the Platte River in two months as usually passes through in an average year.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is one of several state and federal agencies that has been working for decades to recover the federally threatened greenback cutthroat trout. But a few years ago, new genetic research revealed that they’d been saving the wrong subspecies.

In the predawn hours of an early Saturday in April, cars creep quietly along a gravel road south of the Platte River’s main channel. For the last half hour, the dark sky has nibbled away at the edge of the full moon above, the lucky occurrence of a rare lunar eclipse.

The third day of February dawned normally for Brice Krohn, senior director at the Crane Trust. The conservation group started burning a few tree piles on their property near Alda, Neb., along the central Platte River. But it wasn’t long before he and his staff noticed the water around in the channels around their property rising.

A day spent kayaking on the Elkhorn River in search of an elusive species.

My first experience at Wilderness Park is one I will never forget. Roughly four autumns ago, a couple of my friends asked me if I wanted to join them on a day adventure at the park. I assumed that we were going to a park where there would be picnic benches, freshly cut grass, and […]