8 Photos of Spring Awakening on the Great Plains

(Photo and Captions by Elaine Kennedy)

Elaine Kennedy is a crew member for the Landmark project, where she volunteers for my organization Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation on the American Prairie Reserve. She just finished a two-month term living on and trekking through the prairie, collecting data and documenting her experience through her medium of choice: photography.

“The American Prairie Reserve is composed of vast expanses of native prairie, and teeming with beautiful and unique wildlife,” explains Elaine, a member of the March-April Landmark crew. “Being part of the ASC Landmark crew was a great way for me to experience the Great Plains ecosystem while contributing to an ambitious research and conservation project.”

Through these photos, she hopes to share some of the interesting species she saw on the prairie, and encourage the public to appreciate and value wildlife and the environment.

You can see more of Elaine’s photos at www.elainekennedyphotography.com, and learn more about ASC on our website, the Field Notes blog, and by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Google+

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Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011 with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration. National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year in 2008 when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range. He was included on the Christian Science Monitor's 30 under 30 list in 2012, and the following year became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, he was named a Backpacker Magazine "hero", in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men." In 2017, he was named an Ashoka Fellow. Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004. Read more updates from Gregg and others on the Adventure Scientists team at adventurescientists.org/field-notes. Follow Adventure Scientists on Instagram @adventurescientists, on Facebook @adventurescientists, and on Twitter @AdvScientists.