Waterfowl

Waterfowl reflect the conditions of the land and the water across the North American continent.

As they migrate from north to south and back again, they, depending on species, rely on a wide range of environments. They overwinter in salt marshes and in hardwood river bottoms. They stopover in the grain fields and playa lakes of the Plains States. And nest in the vast wet expanses of northern marshes. Of course, some species take up residence in a single location.

Like other species, waterfowl benefit from management that takes into account the big picture instead of a single focus. Unlike most other species, their well-being involves a cooperative vision across a continent.

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A Navy Veteran Went to Prison for Digging Ponds in the Mountains

“Range practices we take for granted in Texas can land you in prison out West.   Notwithstanding the many fine things accomplished by EPA, actions like these really hurt public attitudes about conservation – and […]

Sam

A viewer remarked, “Nothing is more beautiful than a good dog – one that wants to retrieve and flush birds. The natural instincts are always the driving factor in the best gun dogs. Unfortunately, they can’t […]

Wyoming’s Incredible Animal Migrations Revealed as Never Before

“Here is a wonderful video showing animal movements around Yellowstone and Teton National Parks. In a first-of-its-kind mapping project by the University of Wyoming, researchers track how elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn […]

Hunting Gambel’s Quail Through the Lens

The Gambel’s quail (Callipepla gambelii) is a small ground-dwelling bird in the New World quail family. It inhabits the desert regions of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Sonora; also New Mexico-border […]

Scaled Quail Hunting

Scaled quail are notorious for running from dogs on point. After the covey rise, the singles are tired and will usually hold a little better. English Pointers, Labs and English Cockers do a great job […]

The Marvelous Migrations of Greater Yellowstone

Pitchstone Waters Ranch is five miles southwest of the southwest corner of Yellowstone Park, surrounded on three sides by national forest. Our highest priority is addressing the issues set forth in the excellent report below. […]

How Beavers Build Dams

For 20-million years, beavers have been nature’s water engineers. In North America – before Europeans trapped them out – 400-million beavers impounded 50-million surface acres of water. Beaver eradication was a disaster for continental hydrology. […]

Installing Posts for an Artificial Beaver Dam

A simplified version of these artificial beaver dams will work great in a desert gully or runoff channel where a “plug and spread” dam is impractical because there is nowhere to spill the water. Substitute […]

Book Review… “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter”

A reader remarks: “Ben has woven together a holistic picture about beavers, illustrating the remarkably diverse interactions between this species’ biology and the history of the North American landscape, both geologically and culturally.”

Oregon Beavers Engineer Better Fish Habitat, More Fish

How building artificial beaver dams accelerated stream recovery in Oregon. These ideas will work across Texas.

Arizona’s Gambel’s Country

Far-West Texas is the Eastern limit of this amazing and beautiful gamebird. Gambel’s Quail need brushy habitat which gets grazed. So landowners considering brush and cattle removals should understand this: No brush, no cows, no […]

The Secret Lives of Well-Digging Burros

“Far-West Texas burros are eradicated by state and federal parks & land managers based on the belief that they “compete” with other wildlife for water. In reality – as this Arizona study explains – “it […]

Circle Ranch: A Chihuahuan Desert Sky Island

Laurence Parent’s stunning pictures of the Sierra Diablos in far-West Texas. Renowned Texas author and photographer Laurence Parent has done 44 books. His latest, Colorado: A Photographic Journey was published in 2016. New Mexico: A Photographic Journey […]

Circle Ranch Wildlife Cameras – Summer 2017

Every month we review 5,000 pictures and post a few of the most interesting. What is pictured here is biodiversity. Multiple species are complimentary – not competitive. Ranges need keystone grazers like bison or cattle, lots of […]

Drought Busters 101

“Drought Busters” is an inexpensive, quick, physiologically and economically sustainable method of habitat and wildlife restoration. We call it Drought Busters because it increases effective rainfall by rebuilding soil fertility and the soil’s ability to […]

MDF / Lado Ranch Wildlife Water Project

In far-West Texas water additions like these are the very best, cheapest and quickest wildlife practice. Free water hurts nothing and helps everything.

Far-West Texas Mountain Wildlife 1

First in a series of game camera photos taken in Winter, 2017.

Desert Permaculture: Gulleys for Grass and Wells

Here is a gulley treatment that restores grassland and recharges aquifers. Gulleys for Grassland Restoration from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

The Ultimate Pursuit in Hunting: Sheep

Desert Bighorn Sheep are one of four wild sheep found in North America. All four are incredible animals. Few private landowners in far-West Texas have as much experience or success with Desert Bighorn Sheep as […]

Slideshow: Circle Ranch Wildlife, December 2016

There is not a federal or state park in far-West Texas where one can see free ranging elk, sheep, pronghorn and mule deer together. These animals and many others are found in abundance at Circle […]

If Monsanto Loses Its Name, What Will Opponents Oppose?

The Wall Street Journal remains in the hip pocket of the agrochemical giants. In the story below, the supposedly conservative news organization makes fun of those who worry about the poisons being poured on our […]