When I am photographing prairie wildlife, I often feel like I am chasing ghosts. Photographing the survivors of prairie species whose numbers have been decimated, or all but eliminated from these wide-open spaces. Even on the Platte River, where 500,000 sandhill cranes and millions of ducks and geese find critical refuge each spring, there is the underlying reality that only a fraction of the habitat remains that existed a century ago. –Michael Forsberg
From 2005-2009, Forsberg traveled 100,000 miles crisscrossing the Plains from Canada to Mexico working on a book called Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild. The main goal of the book project was to put a face on and build appreciation of what many from the outside looking in consider “flyover country.” The book explores the wildlife, habitats and conservation challenges in the heart of the continent. The Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild exhibition opened at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska in February 2010. It has since traveled to locations across the United States.
In November 2012, the documentary film Great Plains-America’s Lingering Wild was released on NET, Nebraska's PBS television station. It was released to a national audience by PBS in September 2013. In the film, Forsberg examines what wildness remains in the Great Plains of North America. Featuring brilliant and stunning imagery, Forsberg meets a host of dedicated people working to keep the wildness alive. The documentary is a co-production of NET Television and Michael Forsberg Photography.
Today Mike continues to capture and tell the stories of the Great Plains' lingering wild.