It’s been called The Big Empty – an immense sea of sagebrush that once stretched 500,000 square miles across North America, exasperating thousands of westward-bound travelers as an endless place through which they had to pass to reach their destinations. Yet it’s far from empty, as those who look closely will discover. In this ecosystem […]
The pronghorn is the fastest land animal in North America and evolved to run on the open range. However, an increasingly fragmented environment, criss-crossed by livestock fences, is creating problems for the fleet-footed creature.
Go on location with cinematographer and producer Eric Liner as he films the greater sage-grouse for NATURE “The Sagebrush Sea”.
Cinematographer Gerrit Vyn talks about the challenges of filming the ferruginous hawk for NATURE “The Sagebrush Sea”.
In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. For a few, this happens just moments after birth, with no life lessons from parents to help them, no time to hone their survival skills. Others have the advantage of […]
In the springtime, male greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) gather in groups, called leks, to compete for females. Males guard a territory a few meters in size (on average) and try to attract a mate by ruffling feathers and making a distinctive noise produced by air sacks in their chest.
The nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) is a desert-dwelling goat that gives birth to young atop tall windswept mesas. The mesa’s steep cliff faces offer protection from predators. When the offspring are a few days old they must scale these cliff faces to reach food in the valleys below.