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Michael Forsberg

Michael Forsberg is a Nebraska native and conservation photographer who has focused much of his work in North America's Great Plains, once one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth. His goal has been to try to capture the wild spirit that still survives in these wide-open spaces and put a face to the often overlooked native creatures and landscapes found there.

Forsberg's work has appeared in publications including Audubon, National Geographic, National Wildlife, Natural History, and NEBRASKAland and recognized in the Pictures of the Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions. In 2001, his image of a Nebraska tallgrass prairie was selected for use on an international postage stamp. In 2004, he was awarded a Conservation Education Award from The Wildlife Society. In 2007, he was featured in the PBS documentary Crane Song, and was the 2009 recipient of the North American Nature Photographer's Association Mission Award. He is also a 2010 recipient of the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize from the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for his book "Great Plains-America's Lingering Wild."

Mike’s first book project, “On Ancient Wings – The Sandhill Cranes of North America”, self-published in 2004, was the result of a five-year personal journey connecting the lives of the cranes and their habitats across the continent from western Alaska to Cuba, made possible with a grant from the International Crane Foundation.

His second book, “Great Plains – America’s Lingering Wild”, came together traveling 100,000 miles crisscrossing the Plains from Canada to Mexico. It explores the wildlife, habitats and conservation challenges in the heart of the continent, with essays by South Dakota writer and rancher Dan O’Brien. Released in 2009 by the University of Chicago Press, the book was supported with a major grant from the Nature Conservancy. "Great Plains-America's Lingering Wild", the documentary film, was released in November 2012, a co-production of NET Television and Michael Forsberg Photography. The documentary will be released to a national audience by PBS in September 2013.

Currently Mike is co-directing the Platte Basin Time Lapse Project in partnership with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The project is a multi-year effort that uses time-lapse photography to document water use in the Platte River Basin from its headwaters in the Colorado Rockies to its confluence with the Missouri River along Nebraska's eastern border.

Forsberg earned a degree in geography with an emphasis in environmental studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UN-L). He is currently an assistant professor of practice within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UN-L. Mike is a charter member of the North American Nature Photographer's Association and a fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.




Platte Basin Timelapse Project
Aug 20, 2013
Platte Basin Timelapse Project
Aug 20, 2013
iLCP Fellow Michael Forsberg, and Platte River Timelapse co-founder Michael Farrell, utilize a system...
Moving Slowly to Capture the Swift Fox
Oct 7, 2014
Moving Slowly to Capture the Swift Fox
Oct 7, 2014
Michael Forsberg
"It was difficult because they are mostly nocturnal, they live in holes in the ground, and their location...
Great Plains –America’s Lingering Wild Documentary Goes National
Sep 16, 2013
Great Plains –America’s Lingering Wild Documentary Goes National
Sep 16, 2013
Michael Forsberg
Based on iLCP Fellow Michael Forsberg’s award-winning book of the same name, "Great Plains" will be...
A Climate for Life: Meeting the Global Challenge
Jan 1, 2008
A CLIMATE FOR LIFE: Meeting the Global Challenge examines the impact of climate change on biodiversity and focuses on the most important challenges currently facing life on our planet.
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Great Plains - Americas Lingering Wild
Jan 1, 2009
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (2009)
On Ancient Wings - The Sandhill Cranes of North America
Nov 1, 2006
Written, photographed and published by Michael Forsberg Photography.
ON ANCIENT WINGS: The Sandhill Cranes of North America. Featuring the stunning photography of Michael Forsberg, this book is the culmination of a five-year personal project on sandhill cranes and their...
Photo © Joel Sartore
We are blessed to be stewards of this planet, but in many cases we have forgotten that with this privilege comes responsibility. Conservation photography is an active and powerful tool to start the conversation, to call to action. Time is short.
  • iLCP Photographer Since 2008
  • Specialties
    • Wildlife
    • Science
    • Landscapes
    • Underwater
    • Aerial
    • Multimedia
    • Editorial
    • Birds
    • Watersheds
    • Natural History
    • Camera Traps and Remotes
  • Shoot Locations
    • North America
  • Sites