Dina Barta: Nebraska Fish & Game Warden

Everything about the outdoors was my interest. That was my home and then when I heard the term wildlife biologist, I’m like, “You’re kidding me. I could get paid to just watch wildlife. Cool!” I had talked to a game warden in high school, he told me it was too much of a dangerous job […]

Homer Buell: Fourth Generation Rancher

You can stand there and you can see the whole northern part of the ranch, and way south, too. And I think just to stand up on that hill and be able to see all that… that’s never really changed in all of our generations here. That’s probably my favorite spot. My great grandfather homesteaded […]

Martha Shulski: Nebraska State Climatologist

Martha Shulski serves as the state climatologist for Nebraska. She grew up with a passion for weather and continues to show it in her work. Her goal is to help others understand how weather and climate affects them. We all talk about the weather. That’s something that is not controversial. Everybody can strike up a […]

Sarah Sortum: Sandhills Rancher

Sarah Sortum grew up near Taylor, Nebraska, on her family’s cattle ranch in the Sandhills, the descendant of homesteaders. Her family continues to operate on the same property, running their own cattle, custom grazing operations for others, and Calamus Outfitters, a nature-based tourism operation.

Ted LaGrange: Wetland Biologist

Ted LaGrange moved to Nebraska more than 20 years ago from Iowa. As the wetland program manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, he works across the state on conservation, restoration, education, outreach and research related to wetlands.

Restoring Prairie On The Great Plains

Where Nebraska was once covered by grassland, most of the land is now used for agriculture. The loss of prairie causes problems for native species and on marginal land it can create issues with erosion and water quality. Conservationists are working to rebuild parts of the prairie in the Midwest.

Kim Morrow: Climate Change Faith Leader

Kim Morrow is Executive Director of Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light and currently works as a climate change resource specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Moving to Nebraska has allowed her to follow her passion — facilitating the faith community’s response to climate change.

Chad Gideon: Farmer, Hunter, Fisherman

Chad Gideon farms between Grand Island and Kearney. Recently, he and his family bought property on the Platte River to ensure their continued access for hunting and fishing.

Don Welch: Nebraska Poet

Don Welch is a Nebraska poet and author, recently retired from 50 years of teaching at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He’s lived most of his life with his wife Marcia in central Nebraska, where much of his work has been influenced by the natural world.

Dan Snow: Water Scientist

Because groundwater is so important, water quality scientists spend a lot of time studying how contaminants can get into the aquifer, deep underground. Dan Snow says growing up, he wasn’t planning on being a scientist.