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By all accounts…..

Yeah, by all accounts 2017 was a wretched year.  2018 seems no better.  I have been at turns sad, angry, disappointed, bitter, troubled, enraged and a slew of other descriptors I won’t trouble you with.  Trump and his band of destroyers will do that to a person.

Common Merganser [Mergus merganser]

On a high mountain lake in Colorado we happened on this group of juvenile Common Mergansers, common in name only.

Redhead Duck  [Aythya americana]

Same lake, Redhead duck female and her clutch of little ones.

Rocky Mt. Bighorn Sheep [Ovis canadensis]

Sometimes, just being out there, the unexpected happens. Near that same lake a band of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep was feeding on a hill-side. Ewe and lamb of the year.

Rocky Mt. Bighorn Sheep [Ovis canadensis]

Sheep have a sense of curiosity, sometimes it backfires…..this ewe did extricate herself from this embarrassing situation.

I find solace in the natural world, always have but I find an even greater need for the wonder and joy in the views and lives of a world untroubled by the madness we are otherwise surrounded by.  Sadly, we have to ask, how long will we have even this?  With the ongoing attacks on public land here in the US to the assaults on the Endangered Species Act and all wildlife which can have world-wide affects, we all need to find that space in peace or beauty that can heal.

Sandhill Crane [Grus canadensis]

Dance like no one is watching.

Sandhill Crane [Grus canadensis]

Keep dancing,

Sandhill Crane [Grus canadensis]

and keep dancing.

Sandhill Crane [Grus canadensis]

A tender moment, Sandhill Cranes

Nuttall's Cottontail Rabbit [Sylvilagus nuttallii]

Bunnies talkin’ it over.

Mountain Goat [Oreamnos americanus]

Mountain Goat kid munching on Cinquefoil. Mt. Evans is the go to for Mtn. Goats in Colorado, this isn’t Mt. Evans. A little research might get you away from the crowd. No, I’m not giving the location, but it is in Colorado.

Mountain Goat [Oreamnos americanus]

Mtn. Goats shed….a lot.

Ducks flying into sunrise

Sunrise geese

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

Contentious American Avocets

Beauty is still out there, we just have to find it.  And protect it.

 

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Yellowstone Bison

Bison [Bison bison] cow & calf

Resting Bison cow & calf in a tender moment of bonding; Madison R. valley, Yellowstone NP., WY

The following is a press release issued today from the Buffalo Field Campaign, an organization whose sole purpose is to save our only wild and genetically-pure bison from extinction in the lower 48.



This morning a large banner depicting a buffalo and a tipi with the message “Protect the Sacred” was discovered by Buffalo Field Campaign patrols as they were documenting livestock trailers loaded with captured Yellowstone buffalo heading to the slaughter house. The banner was hung off of the Corwin Springs bridge that crosses the Yellowstone River, just a few miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

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©A Buffalo Field Campaign photo

A short time later, Buffalo Field Campaign received the following statement:

A Call to Action: Save the Buffalo of Yellowstone Park:

As the last resisters in Standing Rock hold off the pipeline, so do the last remaining 5,000 indigenous Buffalo here at Yellowstone Park. Every morning up to 100 of the sacred Bison are exterminated during a government-sponsored population control program. Today, at dawn, at least fifty of our Buffalo brothers were shoved into trailers and hauled to slaughter. There are 1,500 Bison that are slated to be captured and slaughtered.

Yellowstone Herd Bison are descendants of twenty-three Great Plain’s Bison who survived the 19th century extermenation campaign, managing to eke out a living in the corner of the National Park. Once, they numbered 60 million, and ranged the entire continent, supporting millions of Indigenous lives. Since 1901, they have managed to repopulate in this harsh reservation style habitat. However, each year through government mandate, Buffalo are trapped and slaughtered by contract killers–the pregnant mothers have their offspring ripped from their wombs. These last remaining Bison live precariously under govermental control and continue to be pushed into oblivion.

Our communities are made up of many different nations, belief systems and lifestyles. Each member plays a role and in a way that role resembles nature. Honeybee’s work together to maintain their colony; buffalo, when going through hardship, will circle and protect the weak and when attacked, trees will signal other trees to start their self defense response before being invaded. On a micro level the change we create in every community is momentous as it encourages and unifies on a macro level.

This is a call to our relatives from all four directions to step forward in prayer and in action, to put an end to genocide and save the last wild roaming Buffalo, without the Buffalo we cease to exist.

Wake up! The Buffalo need your help!

In Memory of Rosalie Little Thunder, All Buffalo Nations, The Ancestors, and All Future Generations. For Mni Wiconi!

Earth’s Indigenous Army


 

The Montana-based wild bison advocacy group, Buffalo Field Campaign, applauds this courageous action which will help draw more attention to the growing opposition to the maltreatment and slaughter of the country’s last continuously wild buffalo herds.

“This is great timing, as this comes on BFC’s last day of our Week of Action, so it tells us that others have heard the call, are paying close attention, and are taking steps to make their opposition to the slaughter of the sacred buffalo known,” said Buffalo Field Campaign media coordinator Stephany Seay. “This banner is a testament to the resistance strengthening and solidarity growing throughout Native communities and earth defense allies.”

For more information about what is happening to America’s last wild buffalo, visit http://www.BuffaloFieldCampaign.org.


Snakes Alive!

Western Prairie Rattlesnake [Crotalus viridis]

Western Prairie Rattlesnake

The snake was in the sun, loosely coiled, relaxed.  Not all that obvious, blending with the pinyon needles, twigs and grass.  It was in a small flat surrounded by rock, granite rock, weathered into smooth shapes but still rough, mica and quartz glinting in the sun.  There was a second snake, smaller, also relaxed, in the shade a foot or two from the first.  I would never have seen it had Mark, our neighbor and the one that told us about these two reptiles, not pointed it out for me. (more…)