We are partnering with the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to capture and mark Wyoming burrowing owls to learn more about their summer and wintering areas and their seasonal migration routes between the two. Here's a shot from the project showing an adult burrowing owl that has been fitted with a solar-powered GPS transmitter.
Did you know the nickname for a bison calf is “red dog?” This is due to the orange-red color of the calves when they are born. After a few months they transition to a dark brown color, like the bison pictured here. . . . . . #wygfd #ThatsWY #Wyoming #307 #Buffalo #Bison #water_perfection
A Baird’s sandpiper was spotted inside Chain Lakes WHMA during its long migration. The species leaves South America each spring to return to its breeding grounds in the northernmost parts of Canada and Alaska. Some complete the 9,000+-mile journey in as little as 5 weeks.
Carl Brown, nongame technician, records data during burrowing owl surveys at Chain Lakes Wildlife Habitat Management Area.
Nongame biologists identified this as a pocket gopher mound because the mound opening was backfilled with soil. Pocket gophers backfill their burrows because they spend the majority of their time underground and do not often come out. Surveys later in the summer may help determine which species of pocket gopher inhabits the Chain Lakes WHMA.
A peregrine falcon was spotted inside Chain Lakes WHMA. This Species of Greatest Conservation Need was seen hunting the wetlands. Although they nest in the state, there is no suitable nesting habitat for them within Chain Lakes and this bird was likely moving through and fueling up. . . . . . . #peregrinefalcon #wygfd #wyoming #wetlands #birds #birdwatching
131 Wilson’s phalaropes were seen during nongame surveys on the Chain Lakes Wildlife Habitat Management Area. Wilson’s phalaropes are a sandpiper that picks very small prey from the water’s surface. . . . . . . #wygfd #birdfacts #wyoming #Wilsonsphalaropes #nongame
Marbled godwits are a large shorebird that use the chain of lakes 32 miles north of Rawlins as one of their resting areas during migration to their more northern grassland breeding grounds. Visit the link in our profile to learn more about the Chain Lakes Wildlife Habitat Management area. . . . . . . #Wyoming #wygfd #marbledgodwit #birds #birdwatching
Did you know golden eagles can live up to 40 years? This golden eagle was spotted at the Chain Lakes Wildlife Habitat Management Area where more than 100 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are known to occur.