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Getting ready for lambing

Lambing shed--getting ready for action!

Lambing shed–getting ready for action!

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Events

 

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Greater Sage Grouse under Muddy Mountain

Pat took our Partners friends to watch Greater Sage Grouse dance on our BLM lambing grounds near Muddy Mountain. According to the Wyoming Game & Fish, it is the largest lek within 3,000 square miles. We told our visitors, “You’re from the Government, and we’re here to help you.”

Morethan 1120 Sage Grouse were dancing on this BLM lek.

More than 120 Sage Grouse were dancing on this BLM lek.

 

Grouse under morning sky

Grouse under morning sky

Love Birds

Love Birds

 

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First branding

It’s that time of year. We have lots of calves on the ground, so it’s time to brand, castrate and earmark, so the calves will be ready for the rest of the season hanging out with their Moms and eating green grass.

brand goes on

brand goes on

JO brand on calf

JO

Brian and Tiarnan--'rasling crew

Brian and Tiarnan–‘rasling crew

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Animals, Cattle

 

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Springtime reflections

Bulls and Sandhilll cranes by Battle Creek

Bulls and Sandhilll cranes by Battle Creek

Blue Heron in flight

Blue Heron in flight

Heron at sunset

 

Cows in the Lemmons Place, Sheep Mountain

Cows in the Lemmons Place, Sheep Mountain

 

A new calf sporting a new eartag

A new calf sporting a new eartag

Young bull in the willows

Young bull in the willows

Old fence in the Big Meadow

Old fence in the Big Meadow

Willow reflected

Willow reflected

 

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Animals, Cattle, Events, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Easter Saturday at the Savery Museum

 

On the hunt for Easter eggs in front of the Jim Baker cabin

On the hunt for Easter eggs in front of the Jim Baker cabin

The Savery Museum (formerly the Savery Schoolhouse) hosts many community events. The Museum is home to a number of historic buildings from around the Little Snake River Valley. The centerpiece of these historic structures is Mountain Man Jim Baker’s original cabin. Jim Baker was a trapper and a trader. After traveling much of the West in the beaver trapping and settlement era, he chose the Little Snake River Valley as his home. His cabin is now located at the Museum, not far from where it was originally built, but it spend a number of years on display in Cheyenne. It was returned to Savery in Wyoming’s Centennial year, 1990. Baker and many of his family members are buried on the hilltop just west of the Museum. Several of his family members still reside in the community.

The Museum provided the perfect setting for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Lucky for the Bunny, Jim Baker and his rifle were nowhere to be seen. He would have been gratified to see happy children racing around.

Maeve's Easter look

Maeve’s Easter look

 

Lucky that Tiarnan hadn't put any eggs in his bucket!

Lucky that Tiarnan hadn’t put any eggs in his bucket!

egg hunters on the run

egg hunters on the run

 

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Events, Family, Folks

 

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Calves under Powder Mountain

Here are even more calves, bless 'em, near Powder Mountain

Here are even more calves, bless ’em, near Powder Mountain

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Animals, Cattle

 

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Spring calves under three mountains

Keeping an eye on the babies

Keeping an eye on the babies

The baby calves continue to arrive, keeping us and their moms busy. We have had, blessedly, a wet spring. We’ve gotten lots of wet overnight snows which melt into the ground the next day. As one of our irrigators said, “God gets all the high spots.”

Luckily, this weather has not been to stormy or windy, so it hasn’t hurt our calving. We did get a really wet snow today. It closed Interstate 80, but aminly gave us more water in the ground and in the streams. Our friends on down the Colorado River should be happy. It was this time last year that we had a killer storm that killed both calves and lambs, so we are grateful for wet weather that’s not too severe.

We are enjoying the return of the birds. Some are migrating through and some are coming to spend the summer. When we check the cows, lots of birds are in attendance. The cry of the Sand Hill cranes accompanies the calls of the mama cows and the baby calves.

in the Lemmons meadow

in the Lemmons meadow

Baldie calf with Sheep  Mountain

Baldie calf with Sheep Mountain

Cows and calves under Battle Mountain

Cows and calves under Battle Mountain

Squaw Mountain

Squaw Mountain

 

 
 

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