Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Booming and Blooming

The day started at 6:00 am. Everyone gets here early...they are excited to see a prairie chicken and see they will.

We have 4 vans, two we borrowed, and two that we have here at the refuge.

I am ready and on the trailer with a scope set up.

It was so exciting to see the look on faces that have never experienced this before...the prairie chicken on the lek displaying in all his glory.

I was delighted to show this little girl her first prairie chicken. She reminded me of our granddaughter, looks a lot like her and she is the same age.

She could hardly pull herself away from my scope!!!

My job at the trailer was over by 11:00 am and after that, I helped Mike Morrow on a plant walk. He said that was the best plant walk he has had.

The wildflowers are really beautiful this year.

This is our last hoorah!!! We will be making our way north this Saturday...only one more working day here this year. It's been a good three months even though we did not get to work with the heavy just has been too wet to get out in the field.

The festival was a huge success and made a good ending to our time here.

Until next time...


  1. What.... no photos of the booming guys? I think back on my days on the farm and when I watched ruffed grouse doing their thing on a log..... hard to believe they did that with their wings!... anyway... I didn't even have a camera that was capable of capturing them back then... love seeing your photos of the group. Hey... go back a few days in my blogs and see if you can ID a wildflower that is blooming here in TX now.... it's right up your alley, so to speak.

  2. It looks like y'all had another fun winter.
    We drove through snow for a couple of hours yesterday crossing from Wyoming to Montana.
    Be safe. Have fun in Maine!

  3. I'm hoping to get to Minnesota soon enough to possibly see the prairie chickens booming there.