Wildlife

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.

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Read more about wildlife and management practices in America:

During the Drought

In low rain areas, maintaining plant coverage through periodic planned grazing and limited mechanized soil disruption are basic principles of regenerative farming and regenerative grazing. These work wonders for cows, crops and wildlife.   NOTE: […]

Fat Bear Week: It’s Time to Weigh in on Katmai National Park’s Biggest Bear

As described below, the amount of food – in the form of migrating salmon – available to Alaska’s coastal grizzlies is amazing, as is the size many reach after a season spent gorging on live […]

Hailing From the Primordial Realm, Meet Mother Nature: Goddess of Earth’s Ecosystems

Don’t miss this hilarious little video from Whole Foods.   As they put it, “With over 50 (million) years of experience, Mother Nature’s job is to maintain the harmony that keeps the planet spinning. Things […]

Wyoming Sage Grouse Counts Fall Again, Marking a 5-year Trend

The more chemicals and pesticides we use, and the more we destock public ranges across the West, the more our treasured game birds decline. As usual, the “experts” blame climate change.  

Birds of Prey Face Global Decline From Habitat Loss, Poisons

The ubiquitous use of chemicals and poisons, combined with the removal of animal impact, is devastating wildlife.

Desert Bighorn, Mule Deer and Cougar in High Desert Mountains of Far-West Texas

Desert Mountain Wildlife #2 – part of a series on wildlife pictures was taken in Winter 2017, at Circle Ranch in the Sierra Diablo Mountains of far-West Texas. The series contains many wildlife photos, and, […]

Not Quite Right – Not All Herbivores Are The Same

More thoughts on how – and why –  wild horses can improve habitat and reduce wildfire.  

Turning the Tide of Our Water Crises with Regenerative Agriculture

Presented below are some very interesting ideas on regenerative agriculture.  

Bill Negley: Bwana Bowman

Bill Negley of San Antonio, Texas, remains the only sportsman ever to successfully hunt all of Africa’s “Big Five” (elephant, lion, cape buffalo, rhino and leopard) with a conventional bow (102-pound recurve) and no rifle backup. […]

Grand Teton National Park Hopes Collaboration, Not Closures, Will Protect Bighorn Sheep

According to the “experts” quoted below, backcountry skiers threaten bighorn sheep numbers.   This is contrary to our hands-on, 20-year experience with the desert bighorn sheep in far-West Texas. If humans don’t harass them, bighorn […]

Far-West Texas Mountain Wildlife 1

First in a series of game camera photos taken in Winter, 2017.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 22, 2017  

‘Silver Bullet’ for Business: The Aussie Farmers Bringing Dingoes Back

As discussed below, restoring predators in the Australian outback has had very positive effects on habitat and animals.  

Livestock Pond Attracts Wildlife in Idaho Forests Near Yellowstone Park

At Pitchstone Waters in the Idaho forests near Yellowstone Park, we built a small stock pond to keep our cattle drinkers filled. This pond and other water additions are heavily used by a wide variety […]

Bayer Blasts ‘Unscientific’ Rejection by Mexican Regulator of GMO Corn Permit

As discussed below, Mexico does not want Monsanto/Bayer’s Roundup-laced food. Any discussion of GMO safety is in truth a discussion of Roundup (glyphosate). GMO corn is modified to tolerate the poison, which is linked to […]

Why Beavers Were Parachuted Into the Idaho Wilderness 73 Years Ago

Parachuting beavers – Jump ahead to 7:20 to see how the Idaho Fish and Game Department relocated beavers using parachutes. The department made this 14-minute film in the 1950s to show how fur-bearing animals are […]

Forest Thinning Helps Curb Wildfires

According to the experts quoted below, lack of selective logging and prescribed burning are primary reasons for the increasing severity of wildfires, and declining forest health.  

Grizzly Pond Wildlife, Summer 2021

  Grizzly Pond Wildlife, Summer 2021 from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.   At Pitchstone Waters Ranch 5-miles southwest of Yellowstone Park on the Fall River, we built a small ‘turkey nest’ pond, to gravity feed […]

Can Sheep Save the Planet?

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” states Allan Savory in his quiet but inspirational form.   NOTE: this post was originally published on May 10, 2017   Desertification is […]

Diversity of Life at a Beaver Pond

  Quoting the producer, “A compilation video of some of the wildlife that visited a beaver pond in New Hampshire over a six-month period. The series shows beavers, river otters, bear mother and cubs, mink, […]

Desert Permaculture: Gulleys for Grass and Wells

Here is a gulley treatment that restores grassland and recharges aquifers.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 8, 2017.   Gulleys for Grassland Restoration from Christopher Gill on Vimeo.

Masters of Desert Survival, Can Saguaros Survive Wildfires?

According to the article below, saguaros are being harmed by buffelgrass wildfires. “The biggest threat for saguaros in climate change isn’t the heat or the drought. It’s fire that sweeps in and burns extremely hot.” […]