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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sweet Summer Home

About 3:00 P. M. today, I finally made it to Bison Range NWR, which will be my home until mid-August. I'm pretty exhausted since I've been getting up around 4:00 A.M. each day and then staying up way too long in the evenings. I've also unloaded about two-thirds of my car and stopped for a little grocery shopping when I drove through Missoula, the closest big town.

So I'll just give you a peek of what I saw as I drove in and then as I drove around the part of the auto tour that is open.  The staff expects to be able to open the rest for the weekend when we'll be celebrating Migration Day and Refuge Opening Day for the summer.

View from the parking lot

And turning to the right, you see this collection of antlers

This huge crabapple tree is in the yard of one of the staff

I was glad to see the yellow-headed blackbirds

Prairies and forest make beautiful patterns

The Mission River flows down from the Mission Mountains

White-tailed deer

I saw over fifty pronghorns

This was the only bison visible tonight

Lots of these flowers were growing in groups in the prairie

Mountain bluebird - western are also supposed to be here

A few of a small herd of horses used to herd the buffalo
So far, I know I'm going to be getting a little training tomorrow, and then Saturday, I'll get to go birding early in the morning - I think it starts at 7:00 A.M. Then I'll run a game called Migration Headache for visiting kids for several hours. And finally, I'll get to go on an evening tour at 6:00 P.M.

It's 10:00 P.M. and I still need to take a shower and make my bed. I do have a large room with 2 single beds so for sure can have female company.  We'll have to see if there is extra room for males.

Last night, I got to camp across the Tongue River from a dipper's nest.  Very cool.