Thursday, August 5, 2010

A report from Thompson Falls, MT

Yesterday we drove 60 miles to see the National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge at Moiese, MT.    There are many Bison Ranges in the U.S. managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This one is home to about 400 bison.  It took us about 90 minutes to make the 20 mile loop around the range.  We saw the most bison in the last half mile.  It was late in the day and three rangers were herding many of the bison.  We kind of happened upon the event, could not get too close and did not have much time to set up to take photos.  I got a couple of good shots.

     We were on the road as part of the herd passed by.

Deer, antelope and elk also live here.  We saw a few of each and a lot of their antlers.
The rangers stack them on this pole outside of the visitor's center.  The sign says there are hundreds in the pile.

Back at "home" we see this lovely doe each evening, and while she is not tame, she generally will let us walk by without running into the woods. 

Sandy and I have done more tree trimming and are making real headway into our project.

Much of this brush pile has been built by me and Sandy.  You can see a tree trunk sticking up in the middle of the pile.  From that point forward is most of what we have trimmed from live trees.

This is a large section that was cleared by Sandy and me.  The section extends all the way back to our Honda (near middle of right edge).

                A decaying log in the meadow. 

Friday morning Sandy, Diane (my youngest cousin) and I will drive Moose into Missoula for some work on the rear brakes and to do some shopping.

Stay tuned

1 comment:

  1. I love the pic of all those antlers.
    You guys have done a lot of clearing in the woods and it really does look better... you gotta be tired from all that work.
    Take care and be safe.
    Mike & Gerri