Category Archives: General Info

The Onaqui Mustangs

In 1971 Congress passed a law requiring the Secretary of the Interior to preserve, protect, and manage wild, free-roaming horses and burros on public lands in the West. Subsequently the BLM established herd management areas in all but one western state. Throughout the state of Utah there are 24 designated areas managed for wild herds. Those herds are mostly comprised of descendants of animals that strayed from Native Americans, explorers, pioneers and ranchers over time. However, the ancestry of some Utah animals can be traced to stock brought to the Americas by Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s. Some Utah populations are believed have the purest bloodlines tracing back to those early Iberian animals. Continue reading »

Lightning Bugs

Fireflies, Haun's Mill Historic Site, Caldwell County, Missouri

One of the highlights of our summer vacation this year was watching my kids see fireflies for the first time. Continue reading »

Springtime in Yellowstone (Video)

Springtime in Yellowstone from Thayne Shaffer on Vimeo.

I’m still catching up on the summer’s photos. Last year (2011) my family and I visited Yellowstone during the first week of June. It was an amazing trip, and we saw a greater diversity of wildlife than in any other trip in memory. This year my daughter and I decided to go back this spring in hopes of seeing wolf pups.  It was rainy, snowy and cold, but equaled last year’s trip in wildlife spottings.  We learned that it was a little early to find wolf pups away from the den, but in spite of the weather, it cemented springtime as an amazing time to be in the park.  Continue reading »