Platte Basin Timelapse is a great conservation multimedia project that’s telling the stories of people and nature in the Platte River Basin. A couple weeks ago I wrote this story for their blog.
It’s a foggy October morning at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, located in south central Nebraska. I’m struggling to keep up with Mike Schrad as he treks through tall, shirt-soaking grasses in search of the Sherman live traps he placed the night before. Schrad picks up the first four of these small, aluminum boxes and tosses them back to the ground with a dull clunk. On the fifth, however, he places a bag over the shut door and coaxes out an adorable and surprisingly unperturbed plains pocket mouse (Perognathus flavescens). Click here to continue reading