Wildlife, especially game species, capture human’s imagination.
They are iconic symbols of the health of our wide open spaces. Attempts to manage them as if they are industrialized livestock is ill-conceived and ill-fated. Wildlife are part of nature’s whole. To improve their future, we have to improve their habitat from the soil up.
Read more about wildlife and management practices in America:
Building Waterfowl Habitat on the Snake River in Idaho
Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area in Southwest Idaho provides an important stop over for resident and migrating ducks and geese. Habitat biologists strive to create the perfect mix of open water, cover and food. […]
Coming home: As discussed below, “Horses evolved millions of years ago in North America and, after spreading to Eurasia and Africa, went extinct in their homeland at the end of the last ice age. Along […]
Wolf Caught Swimming Off Remote Part of Vancouver Island
“A British Columbia woman was on a boat at the right time and managed to see a wolf swimming near Kyuquot Sound off the coast of Vancouver Island.
RESEARCH ARTICLE ON HORSES: Early Dispersal of Domestic Horses Into the Great Plains and Northern Rockies
Are horses native to, or so-called “invasive exotics“ in North America? As discussed below, “Horses were deeply integrated into Indigenous (American Indian) societies before the arrival of 18th-century (1700’s) European observers, as reflected in […]
How Predators and Forest Management Affect Elk Numbers
Elk numbers around Yellowstone Park have declined over recent decades. This is usually blamed on wolves and bears. But according to this video, forest management probably plays a larger role. NOTE: this post […]
Glyphosate for Breakfast?
As discussed below, “American applications of Glyphosate – the most heavily-used chemical weed killer in human history – increased sixteen-fold between 1987 and 2007. Today, traces of the chemical are found far from the farm. […]
Webcam Captures Mama Bald Eagle Who Won’t Leave Nest Covered in Over Foot of Snow After Winter Storm
“A blanket of snow absolutely swamped the bald eagles’ nest. But mama eagle wasn’t going anywhere.
Dropping the Fences, Episode 2: RAIN
After reading the signs, Johnny’s predictions of good rain come true after seven years of drought. Within weeks the veld is transformed in a great renewal as seeds that have lain dormant for years come […]
My Rancher Parents Hate Wolves. I Took Them on a Wolf-Watching Tour in Yellowstone to Change Their Minds
The wolf debate out West is driven in large part by ignorance – on both sides. A morning spent with Wolf Trackers would greatly help the parties to find common ground for compromise. In […]
“A national park should present a vignette of primitive America.” – A. Starker Leopold Predator-prey chases happen countless times every day in Yellowstone, but we rarely witness them. Kira Cassidy, research associate with […]
Nature’s Fear Factor
“For animals in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, the normal balance of competition and predation was upended when a war wiped out the top predators. The remaining animals didn’t simply grow in numbers—they began behaving in […]
Winter Crushes Wyoming Range Mule Deer Fawns
The usual suspects – hunting, weather, livestock, and development – are blamed for this very cold and wet season’s toll on wildlife. As usual, there is no thought about how so-called ‘conservation’ practices have […]
Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia for First Time in 3000 Years
Here is an interesting article about how on the Australian mainland, Australian wildlife managers are reintroducing an animal wiped out thousands of years ago by human impact. Reintroducing a native animal thousands of years […]
Politicians Tell Forest Service: Do More to Fight Wildfires
“Quoting the article below, “The Forest Service has estimated that more than 460 million acres are at moderate to high risk from wildfire.”
What is Holistic Management?
From the Savory Institute. The Savory Institute’s mission is to facilitate the large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management. The organization’s educational consulting activities are turning deserts into thriving grasslands, […]
Be on the Lookout for Rodents of Unusual Size With Orange Teeth
As discussed below, “The nutria’s voracious eating habits—they consume up to a quarter of their weight daily—have damaged thousands of acres of Louisiana coast, turning some wetlands into open water.” Nutria will overpopulate without […]
Purcell Mountains Wildlife
Idaho Fish and Game cameras capture wildlife in Idaho’s Purcell Mountains. This remote and rugged range extends north into British Columbia where its upper reaches offer some of the continent’s most famous mountaineering and powder […]
Mother Grizzly and Cubs
Idaho Fish and Game posted this video with these comments: “Every year Idaho Fish and Game Biologists place GPS collars on grizzly bears to learn about their reproduction, survival, and distribution. A recently retrieved […]
The Function of Time in Environmental Recovery
Understanding the grass and grazer relationship
Yellowstone in Depth: The Northern Range
The Northern Range is the hub of wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Occupying just 10 percent of the Yellowstone Park, the Northern Range is winter range for the biggest elk herd in Yellowstone and is […]
Lake Powell is Filling Up – With Mud
The basins behind America’s dams are filling up with sediment and the dam structures are aging. As discussed in the article below, this problem is acute at Lake Powell, the enormous reservoir created by the […]