GPT Photo of the Week

Grass is everywhere and can be found on all of the continents, even a few spots in Antarctica!  However, most of the major grasslands in the world are tropical or subtropical.  The Great Plains is one of the few temperate grasslands in the world.  Asia is the only other place with a large expanse of temperate grasslands.

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GPT Photo of the Week

The American Bison, what can you say?  It’s the national mammal of the United States, and the most iconic creature of the Great Plains.  They were nearly hunted to extinction, and they’re still on the way back  – majestic and regal – The American Bison!

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GPT Photo of the Week

The pronghorn are the second fastest land animal on the planet, and can reach speeds of up to 60 mph!  The African cheetah is faster but also tires out quicker.  In a sprint, the cheetah would win, but in a long distance race, no one can top the pronghorn who can maintain 30-40 mph for several miles.

 

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GPT Photo of the Week

The burrowing owl is native to the Great Plains as well as other areas.  It operates during the day and sometimes runs to catch its prey.

Its habitat in many areas is threatened by development.

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GPT Photo of the Week

The Black Footed Ferret (BFF) is your Best Friend Forever, but they’re endangered. Here’s one way to help:  http://www.prairiewildlife.org/top5gs.html

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GPT – Photo of the Week

Which way to go?  This is near the towns of, well, Bison and Buffalo, South Dakota.  The trail runs through Buffalo.  By the way, the proper scientific term is the American Bison, but the word buffalo has a long history in our culture, so I think it’s fine to use it to describe our majestic official National Mammal. 

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GPT – Photo of the Week

One of my favorite spots along the trail.  This is deep in the badlands on the Bison Trail between Toadstool Geologic Park and Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed, Nebraska.

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