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Chicken Dance – Celebration of Life

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Sage Grouse | 1 comment

Chicken Dance – Celebration of Life

During my trip in Wyoming I had a privilege to meet with and photograph an award-winning Native American dancer, Levon Big Knife. Levon. He is Chippewa-Cree and Shoshone (tribes based on western states such as Montana and Wyoming) and has been preforming “chicken dance” for over a decade. There are many types of dances among Native American tribes – the dance of rain, hope, love, grass, peace, war, nobility, and there is a prairie grouse dance (chicken dance). All Western tribes cerebrate grouse species with a version of chicken dance....

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Highway of Death

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Sage Grouse | 0 comments

Highway of Death

Highway 28 in Wyoming crisscrosses an area that has one of the largest sage-grouse gatherings in Wyoming. The highway also divides sage land with a Big Sandy River where sage grouse travel for water and food source. This creates deadly consequences to these birds, especially during the month of late July-September when hens are in desperate need of food and water for her broods. One morning I counted seven dead sage-grouse on a highway. I can only imagine how many birds are getting killed by automobiles every year. Now, what can be done about...

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Sage grouse’s wintering ground and danger of fences

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Photoshooting, Sage Grouse | 0 comments

Sage grouse’s wintering ground and danger of fences

This winter I went to photograph sage grouse in Wyoming and was able to witness a large gathering of sage grouse. A good friend and world-renowned falconer, Steve Chindgren, said that he has seen a large flock as many as 1,000 sage grouse congregate in that area during the winter. Due to unseasonably warm weather with no new snow, I only encountered a smaller flock of around 300 birds feeding on sagebrush leaf, but it was quite a sight to see, so rare these days. Sage grouse can survive and even thrive during the coldest months as long as...

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Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Program, Sage Grouse | 0 comments

Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea

Last Friday I had an honor to share my experiences and images at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon at the opening reception for their exhibit, “Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea.” I felt especially honored after I found out how impressive the exhibit was. The length they’d gone to make the exhibit extensive, thorough, educational, and visually-appealing were apparent in every panel and every display at the exhibit. I especially enjoyed the taxidermy of different sage-grouse and notes from early pioneers who...

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Program at the Capitol to raise awareness on sage-grouse

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Program, Sage Grouse | 0 comments

Program at the Capitol to raise awareness on sage-grouse

By the end of this month, it will be determined whether to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act (NPR Article). In the past 6 years, their number decreased by about 60 percent. I’m doing a presentation to raise awareness on this issue at the Washington DC Capitol visitor center this Wednesday (9/9). It is a complicated issue, but it is critical we make an educated decision. And in order to do that, first we need to be aware of and understand the birds and what’s at stake. Whether we like it or not, what we do today...

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STCP merging with Sutton Center with a million dollar donation

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in General | 1 comment

STCP merging with Sutton Center with a million dollar donation

I can’t be more proud and honored to have served as a board member of the Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus, Ltd. (STCP) and help with a recent merger between the STCP and the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research (Sutton Center). With $1 million being generously gifted from the STCP, the Sutton Center will help continue the STCP’s legacy and further support and expand research and conservation studies on prairie grouse. Our relationship started when the STCP became one of the sponsors of my book “Save the Last Dance.” I was honored when...

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Kids are our future!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in General | 2 comments

Kids are our future!

A few years ago when my daughter started tagging along to my talks and programs about prairie-chickens and other grouse, I promised her I’d take her to see prairie-chickens when she turned 5. This year she turned 5. On her birthday, we took her to one of my favorite prairie preserves. Excited, she got up by 4:30 a.m. without anybody waking her up and headed out to a photo blind in the prairie. Located miles away from any town, it was pitch-dark except millions of stars in the sky. She looked up and was amazed by the number of stars. She said,...

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“Save the Last Dance, A Prairie Ballet” at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Events, General | 0 comments

“Save the Last Dance, A Prairie Ballet” at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

If you have enjoyed my book and my award-winning images of North American grouse, you’ll surely enjoy this exhibition, “Save the Last Dance, A Prairie Ballet.” I’ll be also sharing my over-a-decade-long journey of documenting these extraordinary birds with behind-the-scene videos and pictures at the center in an evening of March 20th (“Saving the Last Dance through the eyes of a photographer”). If you are interested in registering for the program, please contact the Flint Hills Discovery Center to reserve your seat. I hope you join me for the...

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My Biggest Exhibition ever – Flint Hills Discovery Center (2/14-5/17)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

My Biggest Exhibition ever – Flint Hills Discovery Center (2/14-5/17)

I am happy to announce my upcoming exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas (2/14-5/17). Flint Hills Discovery center is a world-class nature center and exhibit facility that promotes learning and understanding of the tallgrass prairie and its long-term preservation. This exhibit will be my biggest and most extensive exhibit ever, with over 50 of my best and most favorite images displayed on canvas and frame. The exhibit will showcase many images from my book “Save the Last Dance” along with images that show an...

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When we put making profit before protecting environment …

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in General | 3 comments

When we put making profit before protecting environment …

For several years now there have been wars between politicians vs. endangered species protection, prairie-chicken vs. wind energy companies, sage-grouse vs. fracking companies, and lately lesser prairie-chicken vs. XL pipeline. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) is seeking authorization to strip off lesser prairie-chicken’s federal projection to clear path for XL pipeline construction (article). The bird has been on steep decline, and evidence is so clear that it takes no brainer to figure out that these birds are heading to extinction without...

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