Monday, January 24, 2011

Wild About Nebraska Speaker Series 2011

Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center
9325 S Alda Road, Wood River, NE 68883

March 5:

Cynthia Duff and Tricia Moon-Beem artist reception and book signing. 1-3 p.m. Cynthia is an artist, painter and sculptor and will give a short presentation and host an artists reception. Cynthia enjoys a wide variety of subjects including wildlife, sandhill cranes, people, landscapes and abstracts. She has been published in Nebraska Life Magazine, Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magic and “Outdoor Life” Television. Her works reside in many corporate and private collections. She has partnered with Tricia Moon-Beem to produce a book that celebrates the cranes!

March 12:

Dr. Paul Johnsgard speaking and signing his new book “Crane Music, A Natural History of American Cranes”. 1p.m.
Paul Johnsgard has shown us the wonders of the natural world and our fellow inhabitants through his writing, photography and illustrations. He has literally written the book on Nebraska’s sandhill cranes and will be speaking and answering questions about cranes and Nebraska’s migration. He will also be signing his newly updated book.

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Brian “Fox” Ellis will perform “Animal Tales” program. 2 p.m.
Brian “Fox” Ellis is a performer and storyteller who will entertain the entire family. He has performed across the country in the character of John-James Audubon, Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Darwin.

Jorn Olsen will be signing his photo new book “Across a Wide Horizon”. 11 a.m.
Landscape Photographer Jorn Olsen will be signing his new book “Across a Wide Horizon”.

Cedar Hill Vineyard & Gardens wine tasting 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Check out these Nebraska Grown Wines from Cedar Hills Vineyard!
Brianna: Created from the sweet Brianna grape with flavors of pineapple and a finish of pumpkin spice.
Annevar Blush: This wine is flavorful and delicate, yet fruity in quality with a charming bouquet. Delightfully delicious!
Taste these and many more of Nebraska’s great wines!

March 13

David Freeman will be speaking about his new book “Implementing the Endangered Species Act on the Platte Basin Water Commons” 1 p.m.
David Freeman has followed the formation of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program and has written a book that chronicles the program from inception to implementation. He will be discussing the program and signing copies of his new book.

Joe Duff Operation Migration pilot . 2 p.m.
Joe Duff is the Chief Executive Officer for Operation Migration and over the past 10 years has led Whooping cranes in migration for a combined distance of more than 13,000 miles. In 2010, Duff’s personal aircraft went on permanent display beneath the nose of the Concord at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Joe will be presenting a multi-media program about Operation Migration.

March 19

Ryan McGinnis photographer and storm chaser to speak at 1 p.m.
Ryan is the official photographer following the Vortex 2 severe weather program across tornado alley. Ryan will give a multimedia program highlighting his amazing photos of tornados and severe weather. He will tell the stories behind making of these powerful images from across the Great Plaines.

March 20

Dr. Will Locke from Hastings College will be speaking about the Platte River at 1p.m.
Emeritus Professor of Teacher Education at Hastings College Dr. Locke has toured the Platte River from mouth to source. He will lead you on a journey of the natural history and heritage of this great river.

Dr. Karine Gil is an ecologist with the Crane Trust will perform a piano recital. 2p.m.
Dr Gil has studied ecology of various species of birds from around the world. Karine is also an accomplished concert pianist and she will be performing songs from her most recent CD “Migration”.

March 26

Randy Hampton wildlife photography workshop. (registration required) 1- 8 p.m.
Spend an afternoon with one of Nebraska’s finest photographers and teachers. Randy will teach wildlife and long lens technique and students will end the day in a crane viewing blind with Randy. Contact eh Center to register or get more information.

Wildlife Photography Open House with Nebraska photographers 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Photographers Rick Rasmussen, Jorn Olsen , Randy Hampton, and Brett Erickson will be on-site talking with the public about photography and highlighting their work. This is a great opportunity to speak with professional wildlife photographers about their work. We will also be featuring Rockbrook Camera and Video who will be on-site with cameras, equipment and tips.

March 27

Blake Hatfield with Raptor Recovery of Nebraska will be presenting with live birds. 1 p.m.
Blake will be highlighting Nebraska’s birds of prey. He is a volunteer with Nebraska’s Raptor Recovery Program and provides an entertaining and educational program for the entire family.

April 9-10

Clickin’ with Chickens Wildlife Photography experience. (Registration and fee required)
Nothing beckons to the heart of ancient Nebraska like the dance of the Prairie Chicken. Join us for a guided photographic experience in the heart of Nebraska’s sandhills. Professional photographer and teacher Randy Hampton and Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center Director Brad Mellema will be your hosts as you tour a working sandhills ranch and learn how to improve your photographic skills. Form more information or to register, go to or call the office.

April 22-23

Chicken and Stars Astronomy and prairie chicken experience. (Registration and fee required)
The night sky in the heart of Nebraska’s sandhills is like no place else. The timeless booming of the sharp tailed grouse and greater prairie chicken provide an unequaled wildlife show. Join Educator Dan Glomski and Director Brad Mellema for an outdoor experience that is sure to be a memory maker. Oh yes, Dr. Paul Johnsgard will be joining us as well!

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