Limited Edition Designer Debit Card
Joel Sartore, Jun Kaneko, and Michael Forsberg’s art is being used for Limited Edition Designer Debit Cards. You can select a true original and make a $10 donation to the preselected charity of the artist whose work is featured on the card. Michael Forsberg’s art is from his nature photography pictures that he takes in the Midwest.
When Michael began taking pictures, he said it was mostly for himself. But since then his mindset has changed. He now has two daughters and he says he does the work mostly for them, “I don’t want my kids or anyone else’s to grow up one day and only be able to appreciate the wonders of nature in a museum or read about it in a book or see it in a zoo.” He says that our responsibility for the care of this planet, being its stewards, is a blessing that we shouldn’t forget about. This conviction has led to heavy involvement in conservation photography and its community. He is a part of several groups including:
- North American Nature Photographer’s Association
- International League of Conservation Photographers
- University of Nebraska’s Center for Great Plains Studies
- Water for Food Institute.
- 2009 Recipient of the North American Nature Photographer’s Association Mission Award
Michael uses is photographs to show us that beauty and hope still exist in the natural world. Even though it can reveal our short-comings, it is a powerful communication tool. It shows people why something matters, why we should be interested, and it helps spur people into taking action. His love for nature, and the importance of conserving it is why he has chosen to support the Nebraska Audubon Society.
Nebraska Audubon Society
The National Audubon Society was formed in 1905 to help preserve wildlife, especially birds. Their mission is: To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
There are two locations for the Nebraska Audubon Society, the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary and Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. Rowe Sanctuary is placed on land that was originally purchased in 1974 by Lillian Annette Rowe. The area has increased over the years to include 1,900 acres. The land is home to sand hill cranes, whooping cranes, and other migratory birds that travel along the Platte River area. Aside from wildlife conservation, the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center hosts year-round education opportunities for schools and the general public.
Spring Creek Prairie’s Mission is to foster the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Nebraska’s tallgrass prairie ecosystem by engaging people in the site’s natural and cultural resources. The site is 850 acres of tallgrass prairie that hosts more than 215 species of birds and 370 species of plants, in addition to three miles of walking trails, grasslands, wetlands, ponds, and other wildlife. A visitor’s center, which opened in 2006, educates the public on the importance of preserving this threatened portion of the plains.
How You Can Help
Photography is one of Michael’s ways to help the environment. Through it he tries to expose problems, and get people to care. Michael has partnered with Union Bank to showcase some of his photos through Union Bank’s Limited Edition Designer Debit Card promotion. For a $10 donation to the Photo Ark through Union Bank, you can have a debit card featuring some of Michael’s best work.