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Bison Quest Christmas Carols continued “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” December 19, 2014

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Bison Quest Christmas Carols continue with “Dashing Through the Snow”” December 13, 2014

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Dashing Through the Snow

Dashing Through the Snow

And for those who want to see this in action, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7dp8NYiJSo

 

Bison Quest Christmas Carols the Buffalo sing November 30, 2014

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"Deck the horns with boughs of aspen...."

“Deck the horns with boughs ….”

Ok – this is how we entertain ourselves when the weather is subzero and we’re out feeding the buffs, with Christmas carols playing on the radio! Inspiration (or desperation) abounds!  Other ideas welcome – I’ll see how many of them I can match with photos :).  We started this last year, so I thought I’d repost those we did last year interspersed with some new ones this year.  So send me some catchy Christmas song titles!

 

Bison Quest Christmas Carols continued “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” December 24, 2013

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Bison Quest Christmas Carols continue with “Dashing Through the Snow”” December 22, 2013

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Dashing Through the Snow

Dashing Through the Snow

And for those who want to see this in action, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7dp8NYiJSo

 

Bison Quest Christmas Carols the Buffalo sing December 19, 2013

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"Deck the horns with boughs of aspen...."

“Deck the horns with boughs ….”

Ok – this is how we entertain ourselves when the weather is subzero and we’re out feeding the buffs, with Christmas carols playing on the radio! Inspiration (or desperation) abounds!  Other ideas welcome – I’ll see how many of them I can match with photos :).

 

Snow stories – end of the road January 8, 2013

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Sometimes the snow stories are funny, and sometimes they’re sad.   But they’re always interesting.  Here I can see the tracks of a cottontail rabbit making it’s way across the top of the snow.

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Cottontail rabbit tracks running across the snow

I followed these tracks which disappeared in a set of wing tracks.  End of the road for the bunny and dinner for the owl.

End of the road.

 

Snow stories – the lion doesn’t sleep tonight. December 18, 2012

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Ghosts.  And like ghosts, our lions are rarely seen.  But there is a reason that “our” does have their fawns in the yard every spring, and keep them there throughout the summer.  Although we don’t often see our lions we, like our deer, know that they are here.  Because our ghosts leave tracks.  Snow stories.  Gotta love it!

Ghost tracks

Round with no claw marks, the size of Craig’s palm – unmistakeable lion tracks.

 

Because everything dies. December 10, 2012

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It’s the time of year when we field harvest some of our buffalo and I invariably get the question, “I know you love them, so how can you live with them and still kill them?” Those are honest questions and here’s my best answer.

“Because everything dies. Every thing.”

As a biologist, as well as for me philosophically, it’s not the fact that things die that we should focus on – after all, every one of us will do that – it’s the quality of life and the quality of death that matters. Because we do love our buffalo. And we do care about them. And we do eat them. Those are not mutually exclusive ideas. In fact, they are the basis of life around us. We all eat living things.

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To us, that means that our bison are treated with gentleness and respect and honor. They are never penned and fattened, but are allowed to roam wherever they want on the almost one square mile they call home. It means that calves are never separated from their mothers, that there is no pain of castration, dehorning, branding, squeeze chutes, or electric prods – often a part of “traditional” livestock raising. It means that we can live on a ranch that is home to other wildlife including predators, where we can encourage native vegetation rather than introduced plants, and basically run the ranch in an environmentally friendly manner, all while living with that most amazing of creatures – the buffalo.

Yes, there is a cost to that, in both time and money. It means that we have to spend hours trying to coax a buff onto a trailer instead of forcing it, that there is never a semi-truck crowded full of our bison and trucked long distances to a central feedlot and slaughterhouse with it’s horrors, and it means marketing the meat ourselves, wholesale, one animal at a time, instead of in large commercial quantities.  But it also means that when death does come to our buffs, it is done instantaneously, painlessly, and without bringing fear. And most of all, it means that each bison is treated as an individual with emotions and feelings that deserve respect. I wish we all had it so good.

 

Snow stories – Pop goes the weasel. December 7, 2012

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Deer mouse tracks

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Weasel tracks

First I saw the weasel tracks – then I saw some deer mouse tracks.

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Oh Oh.

Oh Oh.  Weasel tracks on top of mouse tracks.  I bet the weasel was smiling.

 

 
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