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.
Habitats & Ecosystems
The Platte River and its floodplain support a variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that provide habitat for a variety of species. Wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands are examples of some of the habitats found along the Platte. Wetlands What is a wetland? Wetlands are the link between land and water, providing a biologically diverse and highly […]
Through time-lapse photography, still photos, and video the Platte Basin Timelapse team reveals the secret, hidden life of the diverse animals and plants that inhabit the wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands of the secluded Platte River prairies in central Nebraska.
There is amazing biodiversity on the prairie. There are around 227 total grass species in Nebraska and 78 grass species on the Platte River alone.
Food Chains / Food Webs
The interrelationship between species in the river, wetland, grassland, and woodland habitats of the Platte River prairie ecosystem is a complex, dynamic food system. By exploring food chains and food webs, you will discover how energy is transferred from one organism to another. All living things are connected.
Why do we Care?
The chain of grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands that make up the Platte River Prairies is a complex ecosystem that supports a highly diverse community of plants and animals. To protect the fragile links in this chain, biologists and land managers from state and private institutions work in cooperation to manage the ecosystem for biological diversity. They accomplish […]