Signs of Spring

Although winter has held us in its clutches for far too long, spring is starting to show itself. The land is thawing, the earth is awakening and the silent skies are once again filled with song. Here are a few photos of spring's subtle arrival on the ranch. 

Sharptail Grouse & Meadowlarks

Above image is of a sharp-tailed grouse with a meadowlark to the right. The male grouse will soon start dancing on the "dancing grounds"posturing and sparing with other males in hope of luring a mate. 

This meadowlark arrived a couple of weeks ago and can often be found on his new "Conservation Easement Boundary" perchsinging his beautiful song, claiming his territory. The meadowlark and the grouse are both ground-nesting birds. 

Bison Herd

Most of the buffalo have returned home from their winter grazing pasture on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. They are as fat as bears, the mothers heavy with calves. Soon, very soon - new baby buffaloes!


Spring isn't spring without robins. Always the first to arrive. Welcome home.

Pink Clouds over Prairie

They sky has started to soften with its pastel colors, illuminating a hint of green on the prairie. 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a wonderful spring. 

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  • Love the photos. More would be welcome anytime.

  • Beautiful, made me feel as if I where their. Thank you for what you do.

    Dennis Nevills
  • We’ve been gone from the Hills for some years, but I remember our first Spring there. The sun warming things up, grass beginning to turn green and the patches of snow hanging near the ridge-tops on the Eastern Rim. I remember the annual buffalo roundup at Custer State Park, with horses, ATVs, and trucks moving the herd toward the corrals for branding and vaccination.
    Truly, the Black Hills are a sacred place.

    George Frantz
  • I so enjoy the sharing of your seasonal changes. We don’t get much variation here in SoCal except for the mudslides, fires and earthquakes.
    I yearn for those wide expanses; I’m so happy they still exist somewhere and your family is maintaining this gift for all of us.

  • Beautiful pictures! Love those buffalo! Thanks for sending.

    Charlene Beane
  • And I wish you the same as above!

    I as a retired person after working for 51 years (self employed 41 years) have kept myself busy photographing wildlife,
    mostly birds. Should you ever need an image that you don’t have in your inventory but find it on my website, you are
    welcome to use it at N.C.

    Gerhard Assenmacher
  • Dan’s books have been a great resource for us to keep up on your grassland restoration. Maybe you could review them for readers of these emails ?

    Eric Burr

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