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Elk crossing, Siobhan running

Elk migrating

Elk migrating

Pat was on his way back from Siobhan’s track meet when he saw these migrating elk near Meeker, Colorado, on the White River.

Crossing the White River

Crossing the White River

Why do the elk cross the river?

Why do the elk cross the river?

Siobhan on the run

Siobhan on the run

Siobhan:  long jump

Siobhan: long jump

 

 

 
 

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Dunkin redux

d Dunkin is enjoying his retirement


Dunkin is enjoying his retirement, but he was disappointed that Sharon didn’t bring him a treat.             photo by  Sam      “Thirsty Land”

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Battle Creek structures

rock structure in Battle Creek

rock structure in Battle Creek

We have worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program to improve the habitat for fish in Battle Creek. The structures, which are engineered to guide the flow of the creek through high water and low, and to prevent erosion. The structures also help with our flood irrigation system which also provides habitat for birds and other wildlife.

waterfall

waterfall

Confluence of Battle Creek and the Little Snake River

Confluence of Battle Creek and the Little Snake River

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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The Ides of April

Bull fight

Bull fight

The bull fight crowd is pretty placid

The bull fight crowd is pretty placid

the cranes of spring

the cranes of spring

Seamus on the run

Seamus on the run

Free range children

Free range children

Seamus with Val and Dulce

Seamus with Val and Dulce

McCoy, Tiarnan and Maeve ready for lambing

McCoy, Tiarnan and Maeve ready for lambing

 

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Animals, Cattle, Dogs, Family, Horses

 

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Checkin’ out the heifers

Pat and Rhen, checking the heifers

Pat and Rhen, checking the heifers

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Animals, Cattle, Family, Folks

 

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Easter Sunrise on the Muddy Mountain lek

male grouse line up to try to impress the girls

male grouse line up to try to impress the girls

One of the largest Greater Sage Grouse leks in southern Wyoming lies right on our lambing grounds below Muddy Mountain. We don’t start lambing until after the lekking season is past, but sometimes we go up just to watch the birds courting. It reminds me of a singles bar scene, where a bunch of guys show up and try to pick up a lady. The guys are the ones with the big white puffy chests, and the hens are the smaller brown ones. A lot of hooting and chasing around goes on, and I’m not too clear one why one guy becomes the chosen one. And these guys don’t seem to stick around for rearing chicks!

This particular area is slated for oil and gas development, and it has also been proposed for addition into Wyoming’s Sage Grouse core area, which would give some extra protections to the birds. It is also the nexus of a proposed mitigation area for the Grouse, which are awaiting a status determination from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sage Grouse dancing under Muddy Mountain

Sage Grouse dancing under Muddy Mountain

guys Sage Grouse looking for "Easter Chicks"

guy Sage Grouse looking for “Easter Chicks”

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in Events, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Out like a ram: sorting the bucks

Edgar checking the bucks

Edgar checking the bucks

The bucks have done their job and are back on the Home Ranch for another ten months of bachelorhood.  It’s easy enough for them. In the meantime, the ewes carry their pregnancy to term, trail 100 miles or so, get sheared, and have their lambs. The ewes then trail to the Forest with their lambs, raise them–dodging coyotes, bears and ravens, and trail back to the ranch for weaning.

Some of the rams have given their all, and won’t make it to another breeding season. We sorted out the bucks who are old, thin, and/or no teeth, These will be sold and are destined to be buckburgers or dog food.

The rams do lead a good life, and we take care of them until the end.

Brittany, Meghan and Katie checking teeth

Brittany, Meghan and Katie checking teeth

Tiarnan and Meghan

Tiarnan and Meghan

crew: Katie, Brittany, Randy, Tiarnan, Meghan, bucks, Randall, Cody, and Edgar

crew: Katie, Brittany, Randy, Tiarnan, Meghan, bucks, Randall, Cody, and Edgar

 

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