Photo of the Week – October 22, 2015

Today was a busy one.  I helped with one of our two annual bison roundups (one for each herd) at the Niobrara Valley Preserve.  We brought about 500 bison in from the hills, ran them through a corral system, and sorted the ones to be kept from those to be sold.  It was a cool and cloudy day, but the predicted rain held off until the last two hours, and we got everything done by late afternoon.  I always love the chance to see these animals up close, and to listen to the sounds of pounding hooves and bison grunts.

Bison roundup at TNC Niobrara Valley Preserve. Nebraska.

Portrait of a bison cow in the corral.  The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve.

I will post more photos from the Preserve next week, but I’ve just got time to post this one before I head to supper and then bed.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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5 Responses to Photo of the Week – October 22, 2015

  1. Pat says:

    Thank you for taking the time, she’s a beauty. What an incredible experience that must be.

  2. jimfetig says:

    I admire how you make the simple and mundane so profound. As a consequence, this is one of my favorite blogs. Thanks for that.

  3. Pauline Coston says:

    Love buffalo. A true & magnificent icon. Thanks for sharing!

  4. btremback says:

    Incredible animals. We’re so lucky not to have lost them in the 1800’s. Looking at these beautiful animals makes me so sad to think about the dismantling of the prairie ecosystem. Not to mention the loss of the dozens of species of megafauna (mammoths, mastodons, giant ground sloths, camels, cave bears, dire wolves, sabertooth cats, etc.) that occurred 10,000 years ago, possibly also with the help of humans.

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