Renowned conservation photographer Michael Forsberg will be a featured presenter Feb. 6 at the 25th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar in Grand Island.
As part of the daylong program, Forsberg will deliver a multimedia presentation of “Working Wild in Flyover Country,” showcasing the wild beauty and diversity that remains in the heart of Nebraska.
The program at the Ramada Midtown Grand Island begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a welcome at 9:30. Admission is free for landowners and operators. For all others, the registration fee will cover a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, refreshments and all presentations.
Forsberg, a Nebraska native who lives in Lincoln, has had a 25-year career as a photographer and conservationist dedicated to wildlife and conservation stories in North America’s Great Plains, once one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth. His images have been featured in publications including Audubon, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy and Outdoor Photographer magazines. His fine-art prints are in public and private collections, and his solo exhibitions have traveled nationwide.
He is the author and photographer of two books and co-produced a PBS documentary called “Great Plains — America’s Lingering Wild,” based on the title of his second book. Two of his photographs have been selected as art for U.S. postage stamps.
Forsberg is a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a Fellow with the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Daugherty Water for Food Institute. He also is a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Steve Moran, the first and former coordinator of the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, will be the first speaker for the Feb. 6 program, providing a historical overview of RWBJV and its activities.
The Joint Venture, with offices in Grand Island, effectuates partnerships between agencies, organizations and landowners to promote wildlife habitat conservation in economically beneficial ways throughout the Rainwater Basin region.
The day also will feature presentations about the birds, plants, insects and other wildlife inhabiting the RWBJV admininistrative area and a look at past and present conservation programs developed to create “win-win” solutions for wildlife and people.
Andy Bishop, current Rainwater Basin Joint Venture coordinator, will wrap up the day with a look at the Joint Venture’s future, highlighting unique opportunities for habitat conservation being created through new collaborations to achieve bird population goals and objectives.
The RWBJV Stewardship Awards will be announced during lunch. A slideshow also will be running at points throughout the day featuring images of past Joint Venture seminars, fieldwork and activities over the first 25 years.