Woodlands

Bobcat Wetland

Bobcat Wetland

Along the banks of a tributary of the Haines Branch in the Prairie Corridor, a camera bears witness to the changes that happen at an intersection of prairie and wetland. This habitat, known as a prairie seep wetland, is part of a larger complex of interconnected prairies, wetlands and woodlands that span from Pioneers Park in Lincoln, NE, southwest to Spring Creek Prairie in Denton, NE. This camera looks slightly downwards at the clear and slow flowing tributary, while capturing in the second half of its frame, the seep wetland and subsequent prairie which directs rain and below ground water out to the creek. By watching how peak water flows we can see the happenings upstream that can have compounding effects further downstream.

Heron Rookery

Heron Rookery

This camera captured images of a heron rookery through the seasons near the outlet of Lake McConaughy. Heron’s are a gregarious species and prefer to nest in tree colonies. This camera is retired.

Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area

Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area

Yankee Hill Wildlife Management Area is a peaceful recreation area outside Lincoln. With 208 acres of lake and 5 miles of shoreline, this fun U-Shaped lake has plenty of shade along the shore from nearby woodlands. There is abundant space to fish for catfish, walleye, and bass or to kayak, sail, and paddle board. Canada geese often stake their claim on parts of the water, making for entertaining companions on adventures out here. Yankee Hill has camping, picnicking, and hunting opportunities, and foxes, deer, rabbits, and coyotes can frequently be seen. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission manages Yankee Hill WMA.

Nine-Mile Spring

Nine-Mile Spring

Many groundwater-fed springs and seeps at Nine Mile Prairie flow when the water table is high. Here at the head of the big draw that runs along the south edge of the property, one spot has never run completely dry, even during the drought of 2012 and 2013. Nine Mile Prairie is owned and managed by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is an important research site for ecologists and grassland managers.

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Looking northeast across ponderosa pine woodlands and rocky escarpments, this camera is located at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, perched high above the North Platte River Valley and the communities of Scottsbluff and Gering, NE. The Wildcat Hills have been carved and shaped through millennia by forces of wind and water, erosion and deposition. It is a rich and biologically diverse ecosystem that contains both eastern and western species. Rising from the plains, their formations served as monumental landmarks for pioneers who trekked west along the North Platte River following the Oregon Trail. They continue to be a sight to behold today. This camera is retired.

Between the Leaves

Between the Leaves

Exploring the beauty and importance of Wilderness Park in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Educational | Inspiring

Nine-Mile Prairie

Nine-Mile Prairie

Nine Mile Prairie is a 230-acre tallgrass prairie located 9 miles northwest of Lincoln’s city center. This grassland hosts hundreds of species of native plants and deer, birds, and pollinators visiting the prairie in the spring and summer. Managed by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, classes are frequently held here to teach students the value and hard work of managing a prairie ecosystem. The area is frequently burned to keep it healthy, and the land has never been plowed. This ecosystem is one of Nebraska’s largest intact high-quality tallgrass prairies. Tables and places are available for picnicking, and a couple PBT timelapse cameras can be spotted here watching the changing seasons.

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