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STCP merging with Sutton Center with a million dollar donation

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in General | 0 comments

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 | 1 comment

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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Wild At Heart

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in News | 0 comments

WildEarth Guardians‘ Fall 2014 “Wild At Heart” magazine featured my work with grouse and my book, Save the Last Dance (Page 3). WildEarth Guardians is a non-profit organization that seeks to protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. They also sponsored my week-long book tour last August in three different states, to promote and educate the public about the need of sage-grouse conservation. Erik Molvar, Sagebrush Sea Campaign director of the WildEarth Guardians, who helped me...

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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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