We thoroughly enjoyed Jo Piazza’s visit and resulting article about our Bison Quest Wildlife Vacations!
Helicopter Eagle Nest survey – how we do it. June 8, 2014
For those who are curious, here’s how we try to determine the number of golden eagle nests in an area (for those concerned about tax dollars, these aren’t. This is money from oil and gas leases, which is fitting since they are some of the issues causing the problems.)
Golden eagles need either cliffs or very large trees to nest in (Bald eagles nest primarily in really big trees near water). So to find Golden Eagles (the primary target of this study) here’s what we do:
Get up in the morning, grab a bite to eat, and run out to the pasture to catch a helicopter to work. We’re doing Golden Eagle surveys this week :)!
New Buff Babies at Bison Quest! April 30, 2014
The last week of April and the first week of May are the big baby buff weeks here! Here are Emma and Gracie with their new little ones last week.
Bison Quest Drive In – We drive in and the bison calf jumps on! January 5, 2014
This youngster isn’t big on waiting for the hay to come to him. Once we arrive, he jumps on the trailer and rides while I drive. Craig throws hay off of the front of the bale while the youngster snacks on the back. It’s a buffalo sort of “Drive In Dining.”
Bison Quest Christmas Carols continue – A Hay in a Stranger December 21, 2013
Lions and coyotes and wolves, oh my! December 16, 2013
Ok, the other day I shared a mountain lion track and talked about what makes a cat track distinctive. Well, a few days later we found a very excited herd of bison when we went to feed. They were snorting and bucking and kicking up their heels, quite literally. That happens with them, and sometimes for no particular reason except that they feel good, but this time was a little different. Like they were proud of themselves or something. It wasn’t until my walk that I found out what had gotten them riled. Wolf tracks crossing through our aspen drainage. I followed the tracks and found that, while the wolf pretty much made a straight shot across the ranch, all the other ranch inhabitants certainly didn’t ignore him. I found where a deer had bounded across the wolf tracks and the buffs had milled around behind the wolf and completely obliterated the his tracks in other places. It didn’t look like the buffs chased the wolf, and he certainly hadn’t chased them, it was more like the buffs wound around behind the wolf and kept him on the move. I also found a set of coyote tracks that came up to the wolf tracks. Stopped (probably sniffed them), then began to follow the wolf tracks – the opposite direction the wolf was going! That coyote’s mom didn’t raise no dummy!! So very cool!