This camera focuses on the cycle of seasons at a small ephemeral spring in the Wildcat Hills. The Wildcat Hills are a set of rocky escarpments perched above the North Platte River Valley near Scottsbluff-Gering, Nebraska. The region is atypical for Nebraska in that the ecology resembles the Laramie Mountains 60 miles to the west. Ponderosa pine woodlands dominates the landscape, and bighorn sheep, pronghorn, elk, mule deer, wild turkeys, and mountain lions can be seen in the area and all must have reliable water sources to survive. The Wildcat Hills are a popular hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing destination, uniquely managed by the Game and Parks, Platte River Basin Environments and local ranchers and landowners.
North of Lincoln, Nebraska in the Salt Creek drainage on a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Wildlife Management Area, this camera captures scenes from a unique location where both freshwater and saline wetlands intermingle due to their respective water sources. You can tell the differences by the differences and diversity of plant communities that appear in the frame. Saline wetlands are an endangered ecosystem that provides habitat to the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle and many other species. This camera is retired.
Located in Routt National Forest, in the drainage adjacent to Jack Creek, Silver Creek winds through the eastern edge of North Park, Colorado. An active beaver pond pools water behind a dam, creating a complex habitat for various high country wildlife. Silver Creek flows into the Michigan River, one of several rivers that help form the North Platte River before flowing into Wyoming. This camera has been moved three times as trees it has been mounted to have fallen.
Near Norfolk, Nebraska, this camera looks upstream at the Elkhorn River. The Elkhorn River is located in the northeastern part of the state. It is fed by groundwater from the Ogallala Aquifer and is one of the largest tributaries of the Platte River. The river flows for 290 miles through wild and agricultural lands before it joins the Platte just south of Omaha.
Located near Turkey Creek, a tributary of the Platte River, this camera views a slough, restored prairie, and riparian forest by Kearney High School in southeastern Kearney, Nebraska. The area was designated the Kearney Outdoor Learning Area (KOLA) in 2016 to serve as an outdoor space for environmental education for Kearney Public Schools and the Central Nebraska Community. This camera provides documentation of landscape change to support experiential learning and public outreach associated with riparian ecosystems.