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The road from Taylor HQ toward the feeder. November 2017.
Sunset over the cotton field and irrigation system. November 2017.
Sunset over the cotton field. November 2017.
Cotton ready to harvest. November 2017.
Same sunset looking east across Highway 70, over Charles' and Janyth's home. November 2017.
Thousands of Sandhill Cranes and other birds benefit from the playas scattered across the Panhandle.
In the Texas Panhandle, playas provide shelter and food for the migratory birds. In this video, I show several thousands of Sandhill cranes. Among them thrive other fowl, such as Snow and Canada geese, several species of ducks, and grebes. Steven this week mentioned having seen Bald and Golden eagles, in addition to the Northern Harrier hovering over the playa as I filmed the video. November 2017.
A short video in which we can hear the chatter of the Sandhill cranes. November 2017.
Meda stands in front of Mr. Bird's house.
Fall sunrise at Mr. Bird's house.
Two roads (left) that lead to the headquarters home (right).
Dung beetles at work on T Pit Road. June 2017.
Milkweed seeds. June 2017.
In this view to the north east of Mr Bird's house, one can see the breach in the former dam. November 2016.
Fence line and narrow gulch to the east-southeast of Mr Bird's house. November 2016.
Les operates the mechanical Mesquite extraction tractor during a three-month long project. Amid the rooting of the plants above, he confers with John. November 2016.
Charles' new combine and two tractors at sunrise during the corn harvest. October 2016.
View from the southeast as we arrive in Pampa, at right.
Characteristic landscape of the Texas Panhandle near Pampa.
Flowers, plums, and grapes grow prolifically, especially during rainy years.
Thousands of geese and other birds fly over the landscape and as shown, over Charles' and Janyth's house.
The playas host birdlife all year, and provide refuge and nutrition during their migratory periods.
The work toward protecting the status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken benefits the ranchers. The individuals shown in the photographs above live on the Anderson Ranch.
The caliche pit (top right of the landscape).
Cattle graze in the many draws while cowboys work hard every day to maintain the ranches.
A distinctive sight, the feeder at the top of a hill, serves as a landmark.
A storm cloud pops up in the horizon. Corn grows on the farm (left), and cattle graze in the grasslands (right).
Underground water provides water to the irrigated crop circles.
While Charles drives the combine, Brody and Chandler drive the tractors and fill up the trucks.
The farmers and Tessa, the dog, welcome meals prepared and delivered by Jena and her children during their twelve-hour work days.
Lightning, or the strong winds of the Texas Panhandle combined with the low moisture level in the air will occasionally cause fires.
Prairie Dogs, a keystone species, manage to survive.
Moonrise and moonset over the escarpments. The red lights depict a neighboring wind farm.
A neighbor's wind farm near a playa.
John stands at a gap in the hills.