Events

UPCOMING AND PAST Events

Prairie Plains Resource Institute Presentation

  • May 11, 2024
  • Marquette, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese, will be giving a presentation and leading a hike at Prairie Plains Resource Institute’s Gjerloff Prairie.

Bluebirds Across Nebraska Presentation

  • April 27, 2024
  • Unadilla, NE

PBT producers Ethan Freese and Grant Reiner, will be presenting to Bluebirds Across Nebraska about their work with PBT.

Maiben Lecture for the Nebraska Academy of Science

  • April 19, 2024
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT Producer Grant Reiner will be presenting during the lunch Maiben Lecture about Platte Basin Timelapse.

Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Information Seminar

  • March 14, 2024
  • Grand Island, NE

PBT Producer Ethan Freese will be presenting about the Wetlands of Nebraska project and will show the Playa Wetlands film.

Rotary 14 Presentation

  • March 12, 2024
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT Cofounder Michael Farrell and PBT Producer Ethan Freese, will be presenting to Lincoln Rotary 14 about PBT and will show an excerpt from the film Nine-Mile Prairie: Hope in the Tallgrass.

Spring Break Cranes and Chickens Class

  • March 9-13, 2024
  • Crane Trust and Sandhills, NE

PBT Cofounder Michael Farrell and SNR professor John Carroll, will be hosting a spring break UNL course and taking students to viewing blinds at the Crane Trust and Calamus Outfitters to observe the crane migration and prairie chicken lek behavior.

National Wildlife Rehab Association Conference

  • February 28, 2024
  • Omaha, NE

PBT producer Carlee Koehler, will be presenting at the National Wildlife Rehab Association Conference, hosted in Nebraska this year, about the storytelling work PBT does.

Nebraska Environmental Education Conference

  • February 28, 2024
  • Ponca, NE

PBT producers Ethan Freese and Grant Reiner, will be presenting at the Nebraska Environmental Education Conference about their work with PBT.

Panel Discussion for the Community Climate Resilience Symposium

  • February 27, 2024
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer, Dakota Altman will be on a panel discussion at the Community Climate Resilience Symposium to talk about how PBT communicates to others on the topic of climate. He will highlight the stories that have focused on climate and how the timelapse component of our project can be a great tool for understanding landscape-level change through imagery.

Rachel Holt Graduates from Undergraduate School

  • December 16, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT intern, Rachel Holt, will be graduating with her bachelors in journalism and agricultural and environmental science communications on December 16th. She does not yet have plans after graduation but hopes to pursue a career in conservation storytelling and/or science communication.

“High Plains Wild” plays at NACO conference

  • December 13, 2023
  • Kearney, NE

PBT film “High Plains Wild” will be played at this year’s Nebraska Association of County Officials Annual Conference. For more information and event registration, visit https://nebraskacounties.org/2023-naco-annual-conference/annualconference.html

Coyote-Badger Relationships Webinar

  • November 14, 2023

The Sustainable Ranching Initiative team will be hosting a Ranching with Wildlife Webinar on Tuesday, November 14th at 8:00 pm CST. PBT Masters student Emma Balunek will be presenting her project, “You go over, I go under – Coyote & Badger Relationships”. Join to watch as she tells the story of this intriguing co-existence. To register, go to https://bit.Ly/CoyBadg

Nine Mile Prairie Screening

  • November 10, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese recently produced his film “Nine-Mile Prairie: Hope in the Tallgrass” in partnership between PBT and the Center for Grassland Studies at UNL. This film is being shown at 7pm in the Hardin Hall Auditorium on East Campus, and is open to the public for viewing.

“The Nebraska Sandhills” Book Available for Pre-Order

  • November 9, 2023

Many PBTers recently contributed to “The Nebraska Sandhills” book. PBT Co-founder, Mike Forsberg, provided imagery and wrote the introduction of the book. Pre-orders for the book are available now. For orders and more information, visit https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/bison-books/9781496235831/

Salt Valley Greenways Screening

  • November 4, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

On Saturday, November 4th, Friends of Wilderness Park will be hosting a celebration of our local greenways though a screening and panel discussion for former UNL SNR graduate student Carlee Koehler’s film “Salt Valley Greenways: Nature’s Network”.
At 2pm, there will be a screening of the film. This film celebrates the greenways of Lancaster County by displaying the species within them, and telling the stories of those who work to protect and build a resilient network of green spaces in our community.
At 2:45, there will be a panel discussion with those involved with the film and our greenways.

Seating is limited, please RSVP by following the link at the top of friendsofwildernesspark.org
There is a $10 suggested donation to cover the cost of renting the space.
This event will be following a private annual meeting for current FWP members at 1pm.
The film screening and panel discussion is open to the public.

Nebraska Environmental Health Association Keynote

  • October 24, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese gave a presentation to the Nebraska Environmental Health Association about PBT and how our work relates to the field of environmental health.

North American Invasive Species Management Association Keynote

  • October 18, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producers Dakota Altman and Ethan Freese presented to the North American Invasive Species Management Association about PBT and how our work relates to invasive species management.

UNL Fall Break Popup Class–NRES 493: Bison and Waterfalls

  • October 14-17, 2023

PBT co-founder Mike Forsberg, along with Jordan Messesser, assistant director from the UNL Outdoor Adventure Center, and Alex McKiernan of Robinette Farms, taught the new UNL pop-up class “Bison and Waterfalls”. In this class, students paddled the Niobrara, hiked to waterfalls, and went on bison grassland tours. The class focused on how conservation organizations and private individuals work to conserve and manage this region of Nebraska and the species that live there.

Counting Cranes showing at the Flatwater Film Festival

  • October 6-8, 2023
  • Seward, NE

PBT’s short film “Counting Cranes” was shown at the Flatwater Film Festival.

Summit Nature & Conservation Workshop

  • October 1-5, 2023
  • Jackson Hole, WY

PBT co-founder Mike Forsberg and project manager Mariah Lundgren instructed at the Summit Nature and Conservation Photography workshop again in Jackson Hole. This workshop teaches students wildlife and conservation photography and storytelling. Learn more about the workshop at this link https://summitworkshops.com/nature/.

Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference Presentation

  • October 3, 2023
  • Norfolk, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese is presenting at the Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference about the Wetlands of Nebraska project.

Nebraska National Guard Whooping Crane Monitoring

  • October 1, 2023

PBT is partnering with the Nebraska National Guard to install live stream cameras along their military training flight paths to monitor for whooping cranes.

Wetland Reserve Easement Film Project

  • October 1, 2023

PBT is partnering with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to produce a new film project all about land stewardship and wetland benefits to communities and ecosystems, and how the WRE program can be utilized in the state of Nebraska.

Jim Richardson Visits

  • September 26-28, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson visited the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to guest speak for NRES 260 class and to present at the SNR Fall Seminar Series.

Bear Creek Timelapse Camera Installation

  • September 15, 2023
  • Cherry County, NE

In partnership with the Sandhills Task Force, the PBT team installed a timelapse camera at a stream restoration site on private ranchland in Cherry County, Nebraska.

Under the Wire Film Screening

  • September 13, 2023
  • Encampment, WY

PBT co-founder Mike Forsberg and project manager Mariah Lundgren screened the new film, Under the Wire, at the A Bar A Ranch. This film is about a community of people working together to improve fence lines so pronghorn and other wildlife can move more freely across this rugged landscape. It also celebrates tremendous diversity and lifts up folks living and working on this land to help keep these animals around for generations to come.

Sierra Magazine PBT Feature

  • September 1, 2023

PBT was featured in the Fall 2023 Sierra Magazine article titled “Thinking Like A Watershed,” written by Carson Vaughan and photographed by Mike Forsberg, Mariah Lundgren and Ethan Freese from the PBT team.

Presentation for K-State Extension Speaker Series: Wild Research

  • August 22, 2023

PBT producer Dakota Altman presented as part of the K-State Extension speaker series “Wild Research”. Dakota talked about his role within PBT as well as an overview of PBT and an in-depth look into our various projects tied to conservation and research in the world of natural resources and life forces.

New PBT Intern Hire

  • August 21, 2023

PBT hired Marissa Lindemann as a new production intern. Marissa will assist with timelapse production, story creation, and other various PBT projects.

PBT’s New Website Launch

  • August 21, 2023

PBT launched its new website!

NRES 393: Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • August 21, 2023

Dakota Altman and Michael Forsberg will co-teach NRES 393: Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL. This has been a long-standing course under the umbrella of PBT aimed at guiding students through the process of storytelling. Students will have the opportunity to come up with their own story– integrating aspects of photography, videography, and audio as they weave together written and spoken word.

NRES 260: Introduction to Conservation Photography

  • August 21, 2023

Carlee Moates, Dakota Altman, and Mariah Lundgren will co-teach NRES 260: Introduction to Conservation Photography at UNL. This class was offered for the first time in the Fall 2022 semester for undergraduate students. Students will gain a new perspective for integrating photography into their lives through the lens of conservation.

Presentation at Carriage Glen Retirement Community

  • August 16, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese presented at the Carriage Glen Retirement Community about PBT and his work in grassland ecosystems.

America’s Grassland Conference

  • August 8-10, 2023
  • Cheyenne, WY

PBT staff attended the America’s Grassland Conference. Dakota Altman, Carlee Moates, and Ethan Freese presented at the conference on their work with PBT in grassland landscapes. Emma Balunek, PBT’s graduate assistant, presented at the conference about her work in Colorado’s shortgrass prairies studying Coyote-Badger hunting relationships.

Mariah Joined the iLCP

  • August 7, 2023

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren was accepted into the International League of Conservation Photographers as an Associate Fellow.

Sandhills Task Force Board Meeting

  • July 18, 2023
  • Thedford, NE

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren presented at the Sandhills Task Force Meeting about the Wetlands of Nebraska project.

PBT Media at the Kiewit Luminarium

  • July 10, 2023

PBT contributed multimedia to the Kiewit Luminarium exhibit as well as a timelapse and livestream camera on the roof of the building.

PBT New Staff Hire

  • July 1, 2023

Sidney Parks and Carlee Moates are hired as full-time staff with PBT. Sidney is a graphic designer and animator, and Carlee is a producer and instructor.

North American Prairie Conference

  • June 26-29, 2023

PBT producers Ethan Freese and Dakota Altman attended the North American Prairie Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Ethan presented at the conference on his work with PBT in prairie landscapes.

Glacier Creek Timelapse Cameras Installation

  • June 22, 2023

Michael Forsberg, Jeff Dale, Ethan Freese, and Dakota Altman installed two timelapse cameras at Glacier Creek Preserve. These two cameras will show the progression of stream and prairie restorations on the preserve.

Wetlands of Nebraska Presentation for TNC

  • June 12, 2023

PBT producers Ethan Freese and Dakota Altman presented about the Wetlands of Nebraska project over Zoom for the staff of the Nebraska chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Colorado Front Range Field Work

  • June 4-8, 2023

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren and producers Dakota Altman and Ethan Freese took down cameras at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and Willow Creek Reservoir, scouted new locations for cameras on a xeric tallgrass prairie, and repaired the Devil’s Thumb Ranch camera.

Nebraska Sandhills Timelapse Trip

  • May 24-25, 2023

PBT producers Ethan Freese and Dakota Altman, along with PBT intern Elijah Riley, took a trip to the Sandhills to swap memory cards and perform a maintenance check on three timelapse cameras.

Tribal Lands Meeting

  • May 24, 2023

Grant Reiner attended a meeting at Niobrara State Park hosted by several partners from Nebraska Indian Community College, the University of Iowa, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the Santee Sioux Nation, the Sac and Fox Tribe, and others. The meeting included discussion of a collaborative grant focused on climate partnerships with Indigenous Nations, female landowners in agriculture, and other marginalized groups.

Vital Impacts Mentorship Award

  • May 23, 2023

PBT producer Ethan Freese was selected for the 2023 Vital Impacts Mentorship. Learn more about the mentorship at this link.

PBT New Intern Hire

  • May 22, 2023

PBT hired Elijah Riley as a new production intern.

Nebraska Wetland Film Screenings

  • May 8-12, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producers showed the five Wetlands of Nebraska films in the auditorium of Hardin Hall to students, faculty, and staff in UNL’s School of Natural Resources.

Santee Timelapse Camera Installation

  • May 4, 2023

Grant Reiner, Brooke Talbott, Mike Forsberg, Jeff Dale, and Ben Eigbret installed two new timelapse cameras in northeast Nebraska along the Missouri River.

National Association of Wetland Managers Annual Meetings

  • May 4, 2023

PBT producer Ethan Freese, along with Ted LaGrange and Grace Gaard from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, presented the Wetlands of Nebraska project to an audience of wetland managers from around the country.

Nebraskaland Magazine Featured Wetlands of Nebraska Article

  • May 2023

Nebraskaland’s May issue featured a 10-page spread about the Wetlands of Nebraska project with photos and text by the PBT team. PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren’s photo was featured on the cover.

Carlee Moates Graduate Presentation

  • April 26, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

Producer Carlee Moates defended her master’s project about the Salt Valley Greenway to an audience in Hardin Hall.

Heron Haven Annual Board Meeting

  • April 26, 2023
  • Omaha, NE

Producer Dakota Altman presented at the Heron Haven Annual Board Meeting on urban wetlands and the Wetlands of Nebraska Project.

Dana Fritz’s Seminar Presentation

  • April 20, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producers Ethan Freese and Grant Reiner presented to Dana Fritz’s Landscape/Environment/Photography seminar at UNL.

Daugherty Water for Food Research Forum

  • April 13, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese presented on the PBT internship program at the annual Daugherty Water for Food Research Forum. DWFI is a longtime funder of PBT’s internship program.

Tour of Nine-Mile Prairie

  • April 2, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT co-founder Michael Farrell and producer Dakota Altman led Pauline Burbidge, a quilt artist visiting from England, on a tour of Nine-Mile Prairie.

PBT Timelapse Camera Installation

  • March 30, 2023

PBT producers Ethan Freese and Dakota Altman installed a timelapse camera system in a new location near Yutan, Nebraska. The camera will watch a tallgrass prairie/wet meadow ecosystem along the Lower Platte River.

Nebraska Weed Control Association Presentation

  • March 29, 2023

PBT producer Dakota Altman presented at the Nebraska Weed Control Association to approximately 70 people from 70 different counties in Nebraska. The presentation included PBT’s recent work with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on the Wetlands of Nebraska project.

Spring Timelapse Maintenance/Installation Trip

  • March 22-23, 2023

PBT producers Dakota Altman and Ethan Freese made a trip through the Sandhills of Nebraska to swap memory cards on several timelapse cameras and remove two timelapse cameras. They also installed a timelapse camera in the eastern Sandhills to look at a unique fen wetland.

PBT Guest for Virtual Crane Tour

  • March 17, 2023

PBT producer Dakota Altman was invited to be a guest at Crane Trusts Virtual Crane Tour to talk about his involvement with PBT and the Wetlands of Nebraska project. Dakota talked about experiences he has had on the Platte River during the Sandhill Crane migration.

UNL Fall Break Popup Class–Prairie Cranes and Sandhill Chickens

  • March 12-13, 2023

UNL instructors Mike Forsberg and Larkin Powell led a for-credit study tour to the Platte River and Sandhills regions during UNL’s spring break. The course was called Prairie Cranes and Sandhill Chickens. The 1-credit course provided experiences in blinds with sandhill cranes and greater prairie chickens and focused on how conservation organizations and private individuals work to conserve these critical species and their habitat in Nebraska.

Wachiska Audubon Monthly Meeting

  • March 9, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese showed the playa wetlands film at the March meeting of the Wachiska Audubon Society.

PBT Intern Sandhill Crane Trip

  • March 4-5, 2023
  • Alda, NE

The PBT team, including Mike Forsberg, Grant Reiner, Ethan Freese, and Dakota Altman, led the annual PBT intern crane trip for an immersive experience to see and photograph the Sandhill Crane migration along the Platte River. The interns that came along were Caden Connelly, Grace Carey, Emily Nelson, and Rachel Holt. Graduate student Emma Balunek and PBT instructors Kim Hachiya and Brooke Talbott also joined us on the trip.

Crane Trust Speaker Series Presentation

  • March 4, 2023
  • Alda, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese presented at the Crane Trust visitor center about the Wetlands of Nebraska project.

Nebraska Chapter of the Wildlife Society Presentation

  • March 1, 2023

PBT producer Ethan Freese presented at the annual meeting of the Nebraska Chapter of the Wildlife Society about the Wetlands of Nebraska project.

Les Bois Film Festival Selection

  • February 28, 2023
  • Boise, ID

High Plains Wild was selected for the Les Bois Film Festival. This film was screened at the festival.

Amplify Conference Presentation

  • February 23, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese presented to UNL extension professionals on the Wetlands of Nebraska project at the Amplify Conference.

PBT Intern trip to Little Salt Fork Marsh

  • February 21, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producers Ethan Freese, Grant Reiner, and Dakota Altman, along with graduate assistant Emma Balunek and interns Caden Connelly and Rachel Holt, built a photo blind at Little Salt Fork Marsh.

International Wildlife Film Festival Selection

  • February 20, 2023
  • Missoula, MT

Counting Cranes was selected at the International Wildlife Film Festival. This film will be screened at the festival.

Wild and Working Lands Film Festival Honorable Mention

  • February 17, 2023
  • Laramie, WY

Counting Cranes received an honorable mention at the Wild and Working Lands Film Festival.

Careers and Communities Class Participation

  • February 13, 2023

PBT producer Dakota Altman presented to the Careers and Communities class in the School of Natural Resources at UNL. Professionals and graduate students were brought in to talk about their work to undergraduate students interested in Natural Resources.

Omaha Film Festival Award Winners

  • February 11, 2023
  • Omaha, NE

Two of PBT’s films, High Plains Wild and Counting Cranes, were screened at the Omaha Film Festival.

Cannes World Film Festival Selections

  • February 7, 2023

Two of PBT’s films, High Plains Wild, and A Trout With Feathers, were selected as finalists in the Cannes World Film Festival.

Wetlands of Nebraska: An Outreach and Education Project Completed

  • February 2, 2023

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren and producers Ethan Freese, Grant Reiner, Dakota Altman, Brooke Talbott, and graphic designer Sidney Parks, along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, completed a multi-year multimedia project about the Wetlands of Nebraska. On World’s Wetlands Day, PBT released the Wetlands of Nebraska: An Outreach and Education Project to the public. This three-year endeavor showcases the diverse beauty of wetland types throughout the state. With five films and StoryMaps, along with a Nebraska Wetlands guide and Wetlands educational material, people can learn about these precious ecosystems and resources we rely on. Link to the films and StoryMaps: https://linktr.ee/plattebasin

PBT New Intern Hires

  • January 27, 2023

PBT hired four new interns to help with timelapse creation and storytelling projects. The new interns are Caden Connelly, Grace Cary, Emily Nelson, and Valentina Catalano.

Walker Art Gallery Contribution

  • January 25, 2023
  • Kearney, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese gave remarks at the opening of an exhibit featuring PBT imagery at UNK’s Walker Art Gallery. Link to an article about the gallery: https://unknews.unk.edu/2023/01/23/platte-river-project-highlighted-at-unks-walker-art-gallery/

Izaak Walton League Members Presentation

  • January 23, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Dakota Altman presented about PBT and the Wetlands of Nebraska project to members of the Izaak Walton League.

IANR Radio Conversation with Mike Boehm

  • January 22, 2023

UNL IANR Vice Chancellor Mike Boehm gave his weekly update on the UNL IANR KRVN Radio station to talk about PBT. Link to the conversation: https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/20330

Climate Resilience Luncheon Presentation

  • January 13, 2023
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Grant Reiner presented on the Wetlands of Nebraska project and PBT’s work regarding climate change at a climate resilience luncheon at UNL.

PBT New Staff Hire

  • January 3, 2023

PBT hired Dakota Altman as a full-time producer and instructor with PBT and the School of Natural Resources at UNL.

Dam Short Film Festival Selections

  • January 1, 2023

Three of PBT’s films, High Plains Wild, A Trout With Feathers, and Counting Cranes, were selected for the Dam Short Film Festival. These three films were screened at the festival.

Trail Tails Magazine Article

  • December 2022

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren wrote an article in the “Trail Tails” children’s magazine for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission titled A Bird’s Eye View. The article was published in the Winter 2022 issue.

Dakota Altman Presented his Graduate Project

  • November 22, 2022

PBT graduate assistant Dakota Altman defended his graduate project work on the Wetlands of Nebraska project, a PBT and NGPC collaborative project. His work focused on the experiences he gained throughout his time in wetlands and the powerful connection wetlands can have in our daily lives. Link to graduate project: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/2ad8bbccf7374d88ab8922bcb6d016e3

Colorado Environmental Film Festival Selections

  • November 15, 2022
  • Golden, CO

Two of PBT’s films, Counting Cranes and High Plains Wild, were selected for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. These two films were screened at the festival.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Selections

  • November 11, 2022
  • Reno, NV

Two of PBT’s films, Counting Cranes and High Plains Wild, were selected for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. These two films will be screened at the festival.

ConWatch Magazine Article

  • November 2022

PBT producer Ethan Freese wrote an article and submitted photos about the Wetlands of Nebraska project for ConWatch magazine, a seasonal magazine for members of the Garden Club of America.

Platte River Basin Conference and Playa Research Symposium

  • October 26, 2022
  • Kearney, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese gave a presentation on the Wetlands of Nebraska project at the Platte River Basin Conference and Playa Research Symposium. Ethan shared the Playa wetland film at the Playa Research Symposium.

Guided Hike at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary

  • October 25, 2022
  • Kearney, NE

PBT producers Brooke Talbott and Ethan Freese, graduate assistant Dakota Altman, and photographer Joshua Redwine led a hike at the Rowe Sanctuary Audubon Center. They talked about photography techniques and PBT projects.

Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference Presentation

  • October 12, 2022
  • Scottsbluff, NE

PBT producer Grant Reiner presented about the Wetlands of Nebraska project at the Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference.

Photo Gallery at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center

  • October 1, 2022
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese had a small gallery of photos from his graduate work in the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch displayed at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center.

Guided Hike at Nine-Mile Prairie

  • September 16, 2022
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT graduate assistant Dakota Altman led a hike at Nine-Mile Prairie for students in Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program. Dakota talked about his graduate work with PBT and taught students about prairie ecology.

Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Meeting Presentation

  • September 14, 2022
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Grant Reiner presented on the Wetlands of Nebraska project at the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit meeting.

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Selections

  • September 12, 2022
  • New York, NY

Three of PBT’s films: Counting Cranes, A Trout With Feathers, and High Plains Wild, were selected for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. These three films were screened at this festival.

S.O.F.A. Film Festival Selection

  • August 21, 2022
  • San Francisco, CA

High Plains Wild was selected for the S.O.F.A. Film Festival. This film was screened at the festival.

Emma Balunek Joins PBT

  • August 1, 2022

Emma Balunek started her Masters of Applied Science degree with PBT and the Benson Lab at UNL. Her work will focus on documenting the relationship with known Coyote-Badger pairs studying their unique collaborative behavior and the landscapes in which they live.

NRES/ALEC 393: Digital Imaging in Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • August 2022

UNL’s NRES/ALEC 393 course continues for the Fall 2022 semester. It was co-taught by PBT instructors Michael Farrell and Mike Forsberg, graduate students Emma Balunek and Dakota Altman, and PBT editor and advisor Kim Haychia.

NRES 810: Topics in Applied Ecology Presentation

  • August 2022
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producers Ethan Freese and Grant Reiner presented to graduate students in the Topics in Applied Ecology Class at UNL about PBT and conservation photography.

NRES 260: Introduction to Conservation Photography

  • August 2022

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren, producer Brooke Talbott, and graduate assistant Carlee Koehler co-taught UNL’s NRES 260: Introduction to Conservation Photography course. It was offered for undergraduate students for the first time in the Fall 2022 semester. The course filled up in a single day, and students gained a new perspective for integrating photography into their lives through the lens of conservation.

Yale Environment 360 Film Contest Award

  • July 12, 2022
  • Washington D.C.

High Plains Wild received 3rd place in the Yale Environment 360 Film Contest.

Prairie Plains Resources Institute Presentation

  • June 20, 2022
  • Hamilton County, NE

PBT graduate assistant Dakota Altman presented and led a photography hike for the Young Nebraska Ecologists Program at the Prairie Plains Resources Institute.

PBT New Intern Hires

  • June 1, 2022

PBT hired two new interns, Rachel Holt and Josh Nazarenus. Rachel is a social media intern, and Josh is a production intern.

Fieldwork Trip to Colorado Front Range

  • May 25-27, 2022
  • Denver, CO

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren and producer Ethan Freese, along with graduate assistant Dakota Altman, took a trip to the foothills of the Rockies outside of Boulder and Golden, Colorado to visit xeric tallgrass prairies. They met with staff from Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) to learn more about this unique ecosystem and discuss future story ideas, such as developing a StoryMap about the xeric tallgrass prairie remnants found along the front range.

Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources Presentation

  • May 24, 2022
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT graduate student Carlee Koehler presented to an international audience at the Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. Carlee presented on how PBT creates science communicators and storytellers of the future.

Wyoming International Film Festival Selection

  • May 3, 2022

PBT’s film A Trout With Feathers was selected for the Wyoming International Film Festival.

Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Annual Forum

  • May 3, 2022
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese presented on PBT’s student internship program at the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute.

School of Natural Resources Wetlands Presentation

  • April 26, 2022

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren presented to UNL’s NRES 468/868 Wetlands class with aquatic ecology education specialist Grace Gaard about the Wetlands of Nebraska project.

Nebraska Public Media’s Nebraska Stories Feature

  • April 26, 2022

Time and the River, a film by PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren, was aired on Nebraska Public Media’s Nebraska Stories.

School of Natural Resources Presentation

  • April 14, 2022
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT graduate assistant Carlee Koehler spoke to UNL Wildlife Ecology and Forest Ecology classes about PBT and upcoming internships.

Nebraska Public Media’s Nebraska Stories Feature

  • March 17, 2022

Low Intensity, a film created by PBT producer Grant Reiner, was aired on Nebraska Public Media’s Nebraska Stories.

Outdoor Adventures Center Presentation

  • March 13, 2022
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Brooke Talbott presented at the Outdoors Adventure Center about PBT. The presentation was titled: Platte Basin Timelapse & the Value of Place-Based Learning.

Wild and Working Lands Film Festival Selection

  • March 11, 2022

The PBT film High Plains Wild won the Wildlife Migration Initiative award at the Wild and Working Lands Film Festival.

Fontenelle Forest Presentation

  • March 8, 2022
  • Omaha, NE

PBT graduate assistant Dakota Altman gave a presentation to the Seniors in Science program at Fontenelle Forest about the work he does with PBT and the Wetlands of Nebraska: An Outreach and Education Project.

PBT Intern Sandhill Crane Trip

  • March 5-6, 2022
  • Alda, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese and graduate assistant Dakota Altman led the annual PBT intern crane trip to the Crane Trust property along the Platte River in Alda, Nebraska to view sandhill cranes on their spring migration.

Counting Cranes Film Completed

  • March 1, 2022

PBT producers Mariah Lundgren, Grant Reiner, and graphic design artist Sidney Parks completed a film about the Platte River’s annual crane migration and the people who dedicate their time and expertise to collecting data on various aspects of the Sandhill Cranes population.

Summit Photography Workshop Participation

  • March 2022
  • Kearney, NE

PBT graphic design artist Sidney Parks was the content creator for the Summit Photography Workshop for their sandhill crane migration workshop in Kearney, Nebraska. Sidney made social media posts and curated content for the week-long workshop.

Nebraska Public Media’s Nebraska Stories Feature

  • February 24, 2022

Return of the Swan, a PBT film, was re-broadcasted on Nebraska Public Media’s Nebraska Stories.

Nebraska Soil Health Conference Presentation

  • February 23, 2022

PBT producer Ethan Freese gave a presentation to the Nebraska Soil Health Conference about his Prairie Corridor work and PBT.

Nebraska Chapter of the Wildlife Society Presentation

  • February 22, 2022
  • Kearney, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese gave a virtual presentation on the Wetlands of Nebraska project and PBT at the 2022 annual Nebraska Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference.

Open Space and Mountain Parks Presentation

  • February 16, 2022

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren gave a presentation at the Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) lunch and learn event about PBT and an ongoing xeric tallgrass prairie story.

mid-continent warm water conference presentation

  • February 8, 2022
  • omaha, NE

PBT producer Grant Reiner presented at the Mid-Continent Warm Waters Conference at Mahoney State Park about the Wetlands of Nebraska project.

Nebraska chapter of the american fisheries society presentation

  • January 19, 2022
  • grand island, NE

PBT producer Grant Reiner presented at the Nebraska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Grand Island about PBT and the Wetlands of Nebraska project.

High plains wild film completed

  • January 1, 2022

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren completed the film High Plains Wild. This film focuses on efforts to reintroduce bighorn sheep in Nebraska.

Whooping crane research article

  • december 15, 2021

PBT contributed to a research article titled: Whooping Crane (Grus americana) family consumes a diversity of aquatic vertebrates during fall migration stopover at the Platte River, Nebraska. Western North American Naturalist 81:592–607. Authors: A.J. Caven, K.D. Koupal, D.M. Baasch, E.M. Brinley Buckley, J. Malzahn, M.L. Forsberg, and M. Lundgren. Link to article: https://doi.org/10.3398/064.081.0411

nebraska natural legacy conference presentation

  • october 18, 2021

PBT producer Brooke Talbott and Tom Malmstrom, coordinator of the Saline Wetlands Conservation Partnership, presented together to a virtual audience about saline wetlands at the Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference. Their presentation was titled, Visualizing the Value of Saline Wetlands.

nebraska natural legacy conference presentation

  • october 18, 2021

PBT producer Brooke Talbott, along with Ted LaGrange and Grace Gaard from the Nebraska Game and Park Commission, presented to a virtual audience at the Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference about Nebraska Wetlands: An Outreach and Education Project.

snr fall kick-off presentation

  • August 20, 2021
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT co-founder Mike Forsberg presented at the School of Natural Resources “Fall Kick-Off” event about PBT and our work with researchers across the University of Nebraska system.

Nebraska grazing conference presentation

  • august 10, 2021

PBT producer Ethan Freese virtually presented to attendees of the Nebraska Grazing Conference about PBT’s work in grassland ecosystems.

Carlee Koehler starts as graduate student

  • august 1, 2021

PBT brought on graduate student Carlee Koehler for her Masters of Applied Science degree. Carlee will produce a project about the Salt Valley Greenways surrounding Lincoln and is set to graduate in May 2023. 

Wetlands Outreach and education presentation

  • April 27, 2021
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission aquatic ecology education specialist Grace Gaard presented to undergraduate students in UNL’s Wetlands class about the Nebraska Wetlands: An Outreach and Education Project, which is a collaboration between PBT and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

virtual film festival for unl student and staff

  • April 20, 2021

PBT celebrated its 10-year anniversary by showing various short films and timelapse imagery during a virtual film festival hosted by undergraduate students at UNL’s School of Natural Resources. 

new pbt commissioned storyteller

  • April 1, 2021

PBT’s latest storyteller, Dana Fritz, began a project about tree planting in the Platte Basin, which is set to debut in the year 2023.

nebraska public media’s nebraska stories feature

  • march 25, 2021

Nebraska Public Media’s series, Nebraska Stories, premiered PBT’s story A Trout with Feathers on both television and online.

pbt celebrates 10 years!

  • march 1, 2021

PBT celebrated its 10-year anniversary in March 2021.

nebraska public media’s nebraska stories feature

  • January 28, 2021

PBT’s story Return of the Swan aired on Nebraska Public Media television and streamed on Nebraska Public Media’s LIVE stream.

grassland studies partnership

  • january 1, 2021

PBT partnered with the Center for Grassland Studies at UNL to produce a series of videos about Nebraska’s Grasslands. The Dr. Kenneth C. Stout Grassland Studies Fund provided the funding for the partnership.

brooke talbott graduate presentation

  • November 30, 2020

PBT graduate assistant Brooke Talbott presented her Masters of Applied Science project titled Wild Edges via Zoom.

nebraskaland article

  • november 18, 2020

Nebraskaland, a magazine published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, released an article about the various organizations that are working together for wetland conservation efforts.

national geographic photographer presentation

  • november 12, 2020

National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson gave a presentation, titled Finding Your Photographic Compass, to the PBT collective.

range management club presentation

  • october 27, 2020

PBT producer Ethan Freese presented to the UNL Range Management Club about his work in the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch.

pbt joins the school of natural resources at UNL

  • october 19, 2020

PBT announced its official integration into the School of Natural Resources at UNL.

grassland studies fall seminar series presentation

  • August 24, 2020
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT producer Ethan Freese gave a presentation about PBT for the Center for Grassland Studies’ Fall Seminar Series.

outdoor adventures center presentation

  • August 24, 2020
  • Lincoln, NE

The Outdoor Adventures Center on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s City Campus installed a new gallery featuring imagery from PBT. The area, situated close to the welcome desk, provided students the opportunity to read information about PBT’s mission.

grant reiner presents his graduate project

  • july 29, 2020

PBT graduate assistant Grant Reiner gave his Masters of Applied Science project presentation about his work in the Wildcat Hills via Zoom.

ethan freese presents his graduate project

  • july 29, 2020

PBT graduate assistant Ethan Freese gave his Masters of Applied Science project presentation about his work in the Prairie Corridor on the Haines Branch via Zoom.

audubon magazine feature

  • july 15, 2020

PBT co-founder Mike Forsberg’s photographs of the American Dipper were featured in an Audubon magazine story.

society of freshwater science presentation

  • july 12, 2020

PBT researchers Mary Harner and Emma Brinley Buckley virtually presented a poster titled Witnessing Watersheds: a multimodal approach for river research and communication at the 2020 Society for Freshwater Science Summer of Science meeting.

return of the swan film screening

  • july 6, 2020

The Swan Specialist Group featured PBT’s Return of the Swan photo essay and film on their website.

impact: the conservation photography podcast feature 

  • may 19, 2020

PBT co-founder Mike Forsberg appeared on Jaymi Heimbuch’s podcast, where he discussed “all things PBT and storytelling.”

audubon’s spring creek prairie instagram takeover

  • may 2-9, 2020
  • denton, NE

PBT graduate assistant Ethan Freese did an Instagram takeover for the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center based out of Denton, Nebraska.

interview with nebraska public media

  • may 1, 2020

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren spoke with Nebraska Public Media about her journey with PBT and the Return of the Swan project.

nebraska public media’s nebraska stories feature

  • april 16, 2020

Time and the River, a PBT film that shows the beauty and diversity of the Platte River accompanied by orchestral music, premiered on Nebraska Public Media’s series, Nebraska Stories. 

nebraska today features Ethan Freese

  • april 11, 2020

PBT project manager Mariah Lundgren spoke with Nebraska Public Media about her journey with PBT and the Return of the Swan project.

nebraska public media’s nebraska stories feature

  • april 2, 2020

Nebraska Public Media re-broadcasted River of Surprises, which is an excerpt of the film, Follow the Water, as a package of stories about nature and life in the outdoors. See the video story on Nebraska Public Media’s website.

Goodrich Middle School Presentation

  • February 25, 2020
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT graduate assistant Brooke Talbott and intern Carlee Koehler gave a presentation about the Platte Basin to middle school students who are a part of the environmental activism club at Goodrich Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Colorado Environmental Film Festival Selection

  • February 20-23, 2020
  • Golden, CO

PBT co-founder Mike Forsberg and project manager Mariah Lundgren attended the 2020 Colorado Environmental Film Festival, which showcased A Trout with Feathers as an official selection for the festival.

Bighorn Sheep Roundup Film Trip

  • February 15, 2020
  • Scottsbluff, NE

PBT graduate assistants Grant Reiner, Dakota Altman, project manager, Mariah Lundgren and producer, Pete Stegen filmed the roundup of bighorn sheep in the Wildcat Hills for an upcoming film titled, High Plains Wild. The film and project covers the sheep’s reintroduction to the area.

25th Annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Presentation

  • February 6, 2020
  • Grand Island, NE

PBT co-founder Mike Forsberg presented at the 25th Annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture’s 25th Informational Seminar in Grand Island. He gave a multimedia presentation about the beauty and diversity of ecosystems within Nebraska.

Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center Presentation

  • January 25, 2020
  • Lincoln, NE

PBT graduate assistant Ethan Freese gave a presentation to the Lincoln Izaak Walton League. The presentation focused on Ethan’s work in the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch.

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