Michael Forsberg is conservation photographer who has dedicated 25 years of his life to photograph America’s Great Plains, once one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth. He is best known for his images of the Great Plains, wildlife, landscapes, sandhill cranes, and watersheds. His images have been featured in publications including National Geographic, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, and the Nature Conservancy.
In 1999, Michael embarked on a mission to photograph and write a book documenting the migration of the sandhill cranes. The book, On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America was self-published in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 Michael traveled 100,000 miles in twelve states and three Canadian provinces taking the photographs that appear in the book Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009. In 2011 Michael co-founded the Platte Basin Timelapse project (PBT) in partnership with the University of Nebraska. Today it operates as a long-term documentary project using time-lapse photography and multimedia storytelling to put a Great Plains watershed in motion. In August 2018, the PBS documentary about the project titled, Follow the Water was released in Nebraska and is scheduled to be released nationally on Earth Day 2019.