A Treasure Hunt for Prairie Wildflowers

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Each year, Nature Conservancy staff engage in a treasure hunt. The Tallgrass Aspen Parklands is on the northern edge of the tallgrass prairie. Only a small portion of prairie plants make it so far north. A combine harvesting prairie seed for planting.

Could Prairie Chickens Come Booming Back?

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Prairie chickens were once so abundant in the Great Plains that they were hunted for the market and shipped by the trainload to New York City. Could prairie restoration bring them booming back?

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Elk Antlers on the Prairie: A Shed Hunt to Benefit the Local Community

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Rolling prairie dotted with beautiful wildflowers, with towering snow-capped peaks in the background. I’m at The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in northeast Oregon for what has become an annual event: a search for antlers shed by bull elk each spring.

Hope on the Prairie: The Black-Footed Ferret Returns to Colorado

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Take, for instance, my recent experience helping reintroduce black-footed ferrets to their historic home on eastern Colorado’s prairie. Training programs put young ferrets through prairie dog hunting “boot camps;” if they learn to hunt, they’ll be eligible for release.

Tracking a Secretive Snake on the Prairie

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Researchers at the Chippewa Prairie in Minnesota are using radio telemetry to provide a better picture of the lives of one of the most secretive and little-known creatures of grasslands: the plains hog-nosed snake (also known as the western hog-nosed snake). Big Snake on the Prairie.

Space Cowboys: A New Generation of Prairie Keepers

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How many cows can you graze and maintain a healthy prairie? These are important questions for ranchers and scientists interested in sustainably supporting cattle and protecting prairie habitat for wildlife. Elk Antlers on the Prairie: A Shed Hunt to Benefit the Local Community.

Prairie Falcon Attack on a Northern Shoveler

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On 11 November 2012 I was leaving Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake after a fruitless morning of trying to photograph birds in a snowstorm and poor light when a female Prairie Falcon ambushed this Northern Shoveler on the water not far from the causeway on which I was driving.

Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

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Views on deer management are deeply entrenched , both among those who hunt and those who don’t. Decades of effort, patience, and expense were invested to enhance populations to the point where hunting success is now commonplace.

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Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

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Six species of prairie grouse – greater and lesser prairie chickens , greater and Gunnison sage grouse , and sharp-tailed grouse – display in flat, open areas, offering excellent viewing. Now is a great time to watch them on the hunt.

Birding and Butterflying North Carolina Gamelands

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Prairie Warbler. Sure enough, the bird popped up a few minutes later on a young tree with no leaves, allowing me to see in perfect detail my very first Prairie Warbler ! Note : Whenever you bird on game lands, make sure to check the regulations and schedule, and be aware of special rules or hunting days. Trips butterflies migration North Carolina prairie warbler I don’t know if you have ever tried to bird with a cold, but it’s not easy.

ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. The Kentucky Ornithological Society and the Beckham Bird Club have both come out strongly against the hunting season. It is OK for people to like to hunt.

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12 Examples of Keystone Species


Prairie dogs. It also enables large predators like lions to have a bounty of prey to hunt [2]. They maintain healthy populations of these species by hunting the weak individuals, or scavenging on carcasses and “cleaning” up the forest. Prairie dogs – the lifestyle influencers.

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It’s Raining Blood and Feathers: Catching the Spring Raptor Show

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The adults are in full-on hunt mode. Some of the most dramatic predators can be observed hunting in farm fields, suburban backyards and even amidst the skyscrapers in the biggest cities. They often migrate through an area of small farms where I hunt quail.

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Weird Nature: An Owl That Uses Dung Tools

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They nest underground, using abandoned prairie dog or ground squirrel holes. Not just any tool, either: the owls utilize animal dung to make hunting easier. They’re fascinating birds, worth searching out on prairies, deserts and other open areas.

Reintroduction Program Succeeding For Black-Footed Ferret

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The ferret was released near a prairie dog colony as prairie dogs compose the majority of their diet. Black-footed ferrets dwindled in numbers in the 1900s as the prairie dog population across the country declined.

Cows and Grassland Birds: Can They Get Along?

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A Treasure Hunt for Prairie Wildflowers. Hiking across the prairie at dawn, enjoying the sunrise in the cool morning air and taking in the dawn chorus of songbirds renews my passion for conservation every year. What’s the effect of cattle grazing on grassland birds?

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The Wearing of the Bins

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Last weekend I was in North Dakota attending The Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival in Carrington, ND. And the P&PBF is an easy way to have friendly folks show you the wonders (feathered and otherwise) of the prairie. Hunting?

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Celebrating the Native American Heritage

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Many times, rather than tearing up an entire acre to grow their crops, Native Americans carved out three-foot areas of prairie sod and planted seeds in that. Celebrating the Native American Heritage. Totem Pole They were the first Americans, and they lived lightly on the land.

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What is the National Bird of Aruba?

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The Aruban Burrowing Owl hunts primarily from the ground, hopping and running after lizards, insects, and small mammals. These owls use the tunnels of other species as their nesting burrows, and so can be found associated with ground squirrels, tortoises, and prairie dogs. They hunt both during the day and into the night, making spotting one more likely.

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book

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There is also an effort to represent all geographic areas of North America, from Eastern Bluebird (below) to Greater Prairie-Chicken to California Scrub-Jay.

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Are We Losing Our Wetlands Conservation Legacy?

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Despite better hunting regulations and the creation of the National Wildlife Refuge System, duck numbers continued to decline. This is part of the “prairie pothole” country: small wetlands scoured in the prairie by glaciation.

10 Great State Parks for Wildlife

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Herds of bison graze among prairie dog towns at Custer State Park. The granite peaks and native prairie of Custer State Park have long made it a popular draw for Black Hills tourists. It’s hard to miss the 1500 bison and expansive prairie dog towns.

The Wildlife Conservation Stamp: An Additional Income Stream for Our National Wildlife Refuges

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As a result, animals like the Florida panther and diminishing habitats like the prairie grasslands stand a fighting chance. She says, “there’s just a cultural bias against anything related to hunting.” President Obama has added 10 new refuges in his first term.

The Hooting Season: Enjoying Great Horned Owls

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It is at home in desert and wetland, forest and prairie. Female owls stay on the nest for prolonged periods (and when they leave to hunt, the male will take over). Young great horned owls must also master complex hunting maneuvers.

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A New Year Begins! But First–A Celebration of My 2018 Top Ten Birds

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Baird’s Sparrows are true prairie birds, and their population is declining as their grassland habitat is cultivated for agriculture. John James Audubon first heard the sparrow in July, 1944, on a buffalo hunt in North Dakota.

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Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

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Done properly, a young hawk is curtailed in a growing compulsion to fly greater distances and hunt for herself by a process sometimes called “manning.” Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. such as California Condors and Passenger Pigeons.

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A Field Guide To Tracking in Your Neighborhood

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Track slowly, and scan ahead of you: you may catch a glimpse of the fox hunting or even resting. Rabbit tracks in snow with prairie grasses at Deep Well Wildlife Management Area Prairie, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission site. Central Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion.

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Connecting The Ocelot’s Home on the Range

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We even see zebras and waterbuck, far from there African home but now living here thanks to the abundant hunting ranches in the area. It’s a cattle ranch, it’s a hunting ranch and it’s a wildlife preserve. A resting ocelot. Photo: © Lynn McBride. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

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What is the State Bird of New Mexico?

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Walking along a dirt track next to a prairie, my friend and I were on the look-out for different sparrow species when a large bird suddenly darted into the clearing. Their impressive speed is used for hunting, and roadrunners will eat almost anything that moves. I saw my first real Greater Roadrunner on a cold winter day in the Southwest.

The Best Places to See 10 Iconic American Animals

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Numbers have been roaring back after being severely depleted by hunting and DDT. A spectacular place to see the great herds on beautiful prairie is at the Conservancy’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

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Shrinking Fish, High Flying Bumblebees, Speeding Glaciers & More

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The tiger beetle goes so fast it can’t see what it’s hunting. Mock lion hunts put livestock-raiding lions near Amboseli National Park on notice. Our colleague Chris Helzer at The Prairie Ecologist is asking what readers think of his blog. The Prairie Ecologist).

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Top 10 Winter Wildlife Experiences to Enjoy Near You

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Unlike most Idaho owls they hunt during the day. Winter is also a great time of year to spot hawks and falcons, often hunting from a telephone pole, fence post or bare tree. The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Why Is Biodiversity Important to Ecosystems?


An owl hunts a rabbit. California has prairies, deserts, lakes, forests and beach. The biosphere, the totality of life is a. membrane of organisms wrapped around the earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from the space shuttle.

Elk in the Neighborhood: On Conservation and Lost Hope

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Elk Antlers on the Prairie: A Shed Hunt to Benefit the Local Community. Since large mammals had no hope, they would preserve them as taxidermy specimens, so that the public could see the animals that once roamed the mountains and prairies.

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Nest Cam of the Month: Great Horned Owls

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Great horned owls typically hunt at night, but a daytime meal isn’t out of the question, especially with hungry mouths to feed. An adult great horned owl. Photo © Vince/Flickr. By Justine E. Hausheer, science writer at The Nature Conservancy.

2015 114

The American Woodcock, And Why We Should Be Cutting More Trees

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The Snipe Hunt: Myth and Reality. Young forest nesters: blue grosbeak (MJ Kilpatrick), brown thrasher ( Kenneth Cole Schneider / Flickr CC license), prairie warbler (MJ Kilpatrick) and eastern towhee ( Ellen DeCarlo / Flickr CC license).

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State of North America’s Birds Report Released to Commemorate Centennial of the First Migratory Bird Treaty

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Shorebirds Are Still Being Hunted, Often Legally. The vast majority of our continent’s pre-settlement prairie has been converted to agriculture and residential development. One hundred years ago, North Americans united for birds.

Wind Turbines and Birds: What’s the Real Story?

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This phenomenon is of great concern for at least two species either recently listed or being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act: Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Greater Sage-Grouse. By David Mehlman.

Camera Trap Meets Studio Lighting: Stunning Images and the Story Behind Them

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Zumwalt Prairie: Mountain Lions, Mountain Quail & More. The species that we connect with through fishing, hunting and birding all have a constituency. This is not your usual backyard camera trapping.

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Bird Science and Evolution: 2013 Year In Review

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02–19 There may be a crisis of the Duck Stamp, and the relationship between duck hunting, habitat preservation, and funding may be shifting as Duck numbers and Duck stamp sales no longer correlate. … The dinosaur specimen in question was found in deposits west of the city of Grande Prairie in west-central Alberta, Canada. Many, many things happened in the area of bird science this year, so this review can not be comprehensive.

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If You Don’t Invest in Your Water Supply, Someone Else Will and It Won’t Be Pretty

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More trees on river banks and more wetlands would attract more migratory birds and those areas can even be managed to provide hunting opportunities. Prairie Farmer Blog (published online February 16, 2015 at [link] ). Water purification systems at Bret Lake, Switzerland.

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Welcome Back Waterfowl at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

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Like several of my favorite NWRs, this one was established as a haven for migratory birds, most notably waterfowl, during the bad old days when uncontrolled hunting and habitat loss had put the future of even species we now think of as common in doubt.

Birds that Costa Rican Birders Want to See the Most

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I love the challenge of “the hunt” and the satisfaction of the find but I also have the ones I want to see the most, my biggest targets if you will. Prairie ? No matter where or when we bird, we have our targets.

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