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Lost wilderness in the west

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Lost wilderness in the west

  It is quite a sight, if I can put it that way. It has been three years since my last visit to the Jonah Field near Pinedale, Wyoming. During a visit to Wyoming after a book tour in Jackson Hole in August, I decided to visit the Jonah Field again with Erik Molvar, Director of Sagebrush Sea Campaign with WildEarth Guardians. I was shocked to see that much of the land has been completely destroyed from what I’d seen just three years earlier. It was beyond recognition. The land once covered with sagebrush has been plowed to make space for...

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Save the Last Dance tour, sponsored by the WildEarth Guardian

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Save the Last Dance tour, sponsored by the WildEarth Guardian

I’m excited to be on a week-long tour to promote prairie grouse conservation ranging from Salt Lake City, Utah to Jackson Wyoming. This tour is sponsored and organized by the WildEarth Guardian. If you are in any of these areas, please stop by to see my program. 8/24: Brewvies, Salt Lake City, Utah (Facebook Event Page) 8/25: The Roxy Theater, Missoula, Montana (Facebook Event Page) 8/27: The National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming (Facebook Event Page) 8/28: Ag Auditorium, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming (Facebook Event...

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Return of Heath Hen?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Heath Hen | 0 comments

Return of Heath Hen?

Heath Hen, a subspecies of Greater Prairie-Chicken, was last seen on Martha Vineyard in March 11, 1932. The last of Heath Hen was named “Booming Ben” and his story captivated many people, including me. Recently an article in Martha Vineyard Times caught my attention. There has been some discussion on re-establishing Hean Hen on the island. I can only imagine what would be like to listen to the booming sound of Heath Hen once again. Unfortunately challenges are not about bringing them back genetically. After all we have a capability to clone a...

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Amazing snow dancers, Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Photoshooting, Sharp-tailed Grouse | 0 comments

It has been three years since I last visited Wyoming, and I still remember trekking through 8-feet of snow trying to photograph Columbian sharp-tailed grouse. I spent 5 days there and came back with many memorable images. After returning from the trip, I thought I’d never try that again. But after several years I was itching to go back and challenge myself and hopefully to document those snow dancers again. My trip didn’t start as well. A 14-hour trip from Missouri to Wyoming turned to 36 hours. There was a blizzard in both Nebraska and...

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In 10 years they will be gone

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in General, Save the Last Dance | 0 comments

In 10 years they will be gone

  The issue of grassland grouse was brought up again in Washington DC as Congressional Republicans hope to block federal protection of these birds. The argument is that this protection will hurt energy expansion. Their plan is to prevent US Fish and Wildlife from listing several endangered species, such as Gunnison sage-grouse (3,000-4,000 in total population) and greater sage-grouse, under the Endangered Species Act for 10 years. This plan serves no purpose in conservation what so ever. In 10 years, most of these birds would be either...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

This coming Thursday I will be presenting a program at the Center for Prairie Studies at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. The Center for Prairie Studies manages the 150-acre tallgrass prairie preserve owned by Nature Conservancy. During the program I will be discussing prairie grouse’s unique spring courtship and conservation efforts to save them from extinction. The program start at 7:30pm followed by an artist reception and exhibit. For more information about the program, please visit...

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Lesser prairie chicken listed as a threatened species

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in General, Lesser Prairie Chicken | 1 comment

First time I saw the Lesser Prairie-Chicken was in 2003 in western Oklahoma.  Even back then I was aware that their population was in a sharp decline.  A few years later a massive wind farm operation was expanded in the region and destroyed much of their historic leks which have been used for spring courtship.  I am not a scientist, but around 2011 the population decline was so alarming that I couldn’t help but notice their decline.  I could not find any bird in several leks where I’d photographed them before. Currently the Lesser...

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Tips for Winter Photography

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in General, Photoshooting | 4 comments

Tips for Winter Photography

Winter creates unique photo opportunities for wildlife and nature photography. But extreme weather makes outdoor photography challenging, to say mildly. Countless time, I’ve seen people who aren’t dressed adequately for cold weather. Consequently, they usually can’t stay long outside and have to take frequent breaks to warm themselves up. Obviously that means missing good photo opportunities when good actions happen. My advice is to “dress for success”.  Dressing appropriately for the weather, and thus stay longer outside to witness key...

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Why Prairie Matters

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in General | 0 comments

This is a wonderful video on the importance of prairie in our ecosystem, sponsored by Missouri Prairie Foundation and Roeslein Alternative Energy.  Nowadays rare, native prairies play an important role in the survival of various wildlife and plants. This seven-minute video, “Why Prairie Matters,” features many of my images (and me) and will surely make you want to go out on a prairie during summer...

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“Best of the Best” award!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in General, Save the Last Dance | 0 comments

“Best of the Best” award!

This image (included in the “Gunnison Grouse” chapter of the book) won the “Best of the Best” award in Photo category from the 2013 Outdoor Writers Association of America contest.

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