Tag: Conservation

Circle Ranch Habitat Restoration Crews at Work – August 2014

Every month we edit 5,000 game photos from 13 cameras across the Circle Ranch. We have many species, and large animal numbers, as these photos show. The idea that these animals “compete” or otherwise “harm”

Ecology and Conservation of the Prairie Dog Grassland Ecosystem of the Northern Chihuahua Desert, and Far-West Texas

Long considered pests, prairie dogs are in fact necessary to the health of desert grasslands and wildlife. The desert grasslands of the Janos region in northern Chihuahua are home of one of the largest surviving

After Slow, Cold Trip Across Pacific, Sea Creatures Find Little Warmth

Every single day for uncounted millions of years, billions of pieces of flotsam – many bearing lifeforms – have drifted onto beaches across the world. Here is an example of the utterly futile, wasteful and

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Restoring Desert Grasslands or Creating Desert Badlands?

For 60 years, this National Park Service land has been “protected” from cattle, unintentionally accelerating its desertification.   Here is a typical Big Wildlife program being pursued at Big Bend National Park to “protect” degrading

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New Year's Greetings from Far-West Texas

A 1-week family gathering in far-West Texas between Christmas and New Year’s is a family tradition. New Year weather can be fair, or brutal. Our best 2014 ranch investment was our standby generator system: We

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Desert Grasslands Restoration: Time Can Be a Grazier’s Best Friend or Worst Enemy

Whether cattle are good or bad for grasslands depends on TIME    By Robert L. Kinkead, DVM, retired Originally published in Stockman Grass Farmer Photos and Video from Circle Ranch, Hudspeth County, far-West Texas

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Restoring Desert Grasslands: Thistle and the Yeomans Keyline Plow

Thistle, also known as the “Tumbling Tumbleweed” is an iconic Western plant.  Even though it is despised by many as an “invasive” “exotic”, it is probably the single best rescue plant for our declining desert

Amish Farmers Point the Way for Desert Grasslands Restoration

These lessons, from  organic farming, are completely portable to desert grasslands restoration.

Australia: Restoring Desert Grasslands with Holistic Planned Grazing

Here is a major cattle venture funded by European institutional investors in the Australian outback.

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Restoring Desert Grasslands: A Video Comparison of Cattle, Water Harvesting and Keyline as a Safer, Cheaper and Faster Alternative to Spike

Here is a well-intentioned but ill-advised project for “restoration” of desert grasslands.