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An Ode to the Prairie

January 11, 2017View for printing

The last transect I walked was the final transect for the Landmark Project managed by Adventure Scientists on American Prairie Reserve https://www.americanprairie.org/ in northeastern Montana. The day was December 13, 2016, the walk was about 9.5 miles, the temperature was near 0°F, the wind was blowing, and the sky was blue with wispy, white clouds. I stopped at the end of the transect, looked back at my footprints in the snow, snapped a picture and took a quick moment to be grateful for the herd of 180 pronghorn, the flock of 75 sage grouse, and the smaller groups of mule deer, white-tailed deer and sharp-tailed grouse we'd seen that day. Then the pain in my toes and fingers reminded me that I was half frozen, so I climbed in the 4Runner and we headed back to the Enrico Center.

​By Sandy Van Dijk

Full Story: http://www.adventurescience.org/land ... the-prairie

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