American Prairie Reserve

By Damien Austin Freezing rain has left inches of ice across a snow-crusted prairie. A few days from now the creeks will be running high as warm weather moves in to unravel the layers of winter. It’s also the time of year when my two young daughters stand at the kitchen windows with their faces...

While parts of the U.S. bundle up for extreme winter weather, the animals on American Prairie Reserve (APR) have enjoyed several warm weeks in January. Since my last trip to the Reserve earlier this month, our staff and volunteer adventure scientists have spotted bison, mule deer, and large groups of pronghorn moving with ease across the...

I spend a good deal of time each month in the noisiest places in the world – big cities, airports, train stations, and hotels. Even where my wife Kayla and I live in Montana on a quiet and fairly out of the way street, with no street lights and little traffic, the hum of the...

Looking back over a year’s worth of photos, the prairie weaves an ever-changing tale of drama, peace, microscopic detail, magnitude, and resilience. The seasons become less defined, and the decade I’ve spent helping build American Prairie Reserve blends in a single, long journey. As you scroll through our snapshots from the field, I hope you get...

WRITTEN BY Lars Anderson, with Kyran Kunkel You would be surprised by how slowly a dart filled with sedative travels through the air. You can see it as it leaves the shaft of the gun and slowly floats toward its target. With any luck, the dart lands in its rather large destination – a bison’s...

When you think about modern day adventurers, how many of them live and work in the continental United States? On American Prairie Reserve, our staff spend their lives submersed in the grassland ecosystem in all seasons. As winter rolls in across the plains, extreme weather teaches us a lot about what it means to survive...

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species. In that spirit, his blog posts appear both here on Explorers Journal and in Beyond the Edge, the...

On National Bison day today, we are reminded of the magnificent role that bison play in the prairie ecosystem. Oral history, diaries and journals, and paintings by early explorer/artists like George Catlin tell us that large herds of bison were awe-inspiring (and intimidating) sights. Imagine standing on the high cliffs above the Missouri River and...

    THIS MONTH: Bison Make a Comeback, Przewalski’s Horse Decoded, Antelopes Rebound, Habitat for Grassland Birds, Nebraska’s Sandhills In an effort to increase awareness of grasslands issues, American Prairie Reserve compiles news items that encourage you to fall in love with our world’s prairies. These stories introduce you to the organizations working to restore this endangered...

    THIS MONTH: Bison Make a Comeback, Przewalski’s Horse Decoded, Antelopes Rebound, Habitat for Grassland Birds, Nebraska’s Sandhills In an effort to increase awareness of grasslands issues, American Prairie Reserve compiles news items that encourage you to fall in love with our world’s prairies. These stories introduce you to the organizations working to restore this endangered...