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Top Prairie Photos From a Wrangler/Snowboarder

Landmark is the groundbreaking project that Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) has undertaken in conjunction with American Prairie Reserve (APR) to provide “boots on the ground” support for the conservation management team at APR. Landmark crews consist of six highly motivated and skilled outdoors men and women who will leave and work on the Reserve for 1-3 months at a time, collecting valuable data that will directly influence conservation management on APR.

Greg Tsairis, a member of the April Landmark crew, has worked as a farmer, wrangler, snowboard instructor, art teacher, and rafting guide in the Greater Yellowstone area and beyond. During his time with Landmark Greg has been intimately involved in the conservation efforts including the annual bison release onto the Reserve and has documented his experiences through his photography. Here is a unique insider’s view into the Landmark project through his words and photographs:

“I dreamt of dust. I dreamt of thunder. Just as the stars in the heavens cannot be counted, the beasts before me were too numerous to number. The land trembled as hooves struck earth, with one-ton masses of sheer muscle and resolve riding high. The air was thick with scent and heat and wild energy. The american bison—the buffalo—had returned to the prairie.” —Greg Tsairis

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A bison skull weathers on the prairie. (Photo by Greg Tsairis)
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The Hi-line provides endless panoramic vistas. (Photo by Greg Tsairis)
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The air was thick with scent and heat and wild energy. Bison release on APR. (Photo by Greg Tsairis)
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Landmark crew members traverse the open landscape. (Photo by Greg Tsairis)
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Birds of prey are one of the many impressive species that Landmark crew members interact with regularly. (Photo by Greg Tsairis)
An oasis on the American prairie. (Photo by Greg Tsairis)

Find out more about the project and apply for a crew position on the Landmark pageKeep up with ASC by subscribing to ASC’s blog, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@AdventurScience)Instagram (@AdventureScience) and Google+. You can see more of Greg’s stories and photographs on his personal blog, Finding Place.

Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011 with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration. National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year in 2008 when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range. He was included on the Christian Science Monitor's 30 under 30 list in 2012, and the following year became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, he was named a Backpacker Magazine "hero", in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men." In 2017, he was named an Ashoka Fellow. Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004. Read more updates from Gregg and others on the Adventure Scientists team at adventurescientists.org/field-notes. Follow Adventure Scientists on Instagram @adventurescientists, on Facebook @adventurescientists, and on Twitter @AdvScientists.

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