While some people think of Nebraska as a boring, flat place, the state’s subtle landscape contains biologically rich and diverse ecosystems defined by rivers like the Platte. Climate has shaped the Platte River for thousands of years…
It’s a story with a twist, much like the braided river where it begins. Along the lower Platte River in Nebraska, small channels of water continually split and join, creating changing sandbars that provide habitat for least terns and piping plovers.
Are there fewer migratory birds this year? Are crops growing? How do water levels in the river fluctuate from one season to the next?
Scientists and citizens alike answer these questions by monitoring change over time. Photography is a powerful way to do that — and it’s fun too!