Every March, thousands of Sandhill cranes stop in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve on their way to their northern breeding grounds. The fields and wetlands of Colorado’s San Luis Valley provide excellent habitat for these majestic birds. With the dunes and mountains nearby, they dance and call to each other. It’s one of nature’s great spectacles. Photo by National Park Service.
#mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM Wyoming checks out pronghorn, deer, sagegrouse, and more amazing wildlife on #wildlifewednesday!
Wyoming has an unbelievable variety of world class wildlife. From grizzly bears to marmots, golden eagles to cutthroat trout, Wyoming offers something for everyone. BLM lands are vital to big game, upland game, waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and hundreds of species of non-game mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
As you drive through Wyoming, you’ll see pronghorn - commonly called antelope after its African cousin - the fastest land animal in North America at up to 55 mph. There are almost as many pronghorn in Wyoming as people!
If you look overhead, try to spot a golden eagle, a Swainson’s hawk or peregrine falcon. Listen closely and you’ll hear the distinctive song of Wyoming’s state bird the western meadowlark. And keep a close eye on the landscape - Wyoming is home to about 40 percent of the Greater Sage-Grouse in the United States.
In cooperation with other state and federal agencies, BLM Wyoming manages habitat for several endangered or threatened species like the black footed ferret, the Wyoming toad, the Canada lynx, grizzly bears, and trumpeter swans. Wyoming’s wildlife is truly worth the watching!