Wyoming Spring Creek – Day One on the Road

The first day of our statewide roadtrip started like most others: with breakfast at UW. Then, we loaded up and hit the road. As members of the Spring Creek field study, we’re used to long hours in the vans, so our first stop – Independence Rock – didn’t seem so far away. The Rock was…

A Grazing Survey of the Spring Creek Preserve

If it’s grassy, graze it. That’s the philosophy in Southeast Wyoming, where ranches span hundreds of thousands of acres and permits allow livestock to roam on public lands, too. Range management is an essential tool of responsible stewards – ranchers aim to maximize the agricultural productivity of the land while also protecting its biodiversity so…

Wyoming Spring Creek – Working Backwards

Last week, the class was working backwards – we visited a field of cow bones and considered evidence to try and decide how they got there. The exercise was designed to get us thinking about taphonomy, the state of remains as they enter and exist in the fossil record. It explains why so few fossils…

Wyoming Spring Creek – A Lesson

Davey was born on an airplane and has two social security numbers. He’s bandy-legged in his riding boots and sweating through his felt hat – a character and a cowboy, a great roper and a decent teacher. It’s 4th of July in Rock River and we’re taking turns swinging his lariat at a barbecue grill….

Wyoming Spring Creek – The Windscape

There are cows on the plains and people in Rock River behind them. They live in the wind and with the things it brings them: violent storms, harsh winters, ugly turbines, and a persistent dryness that has forced life – cow, human, and otherwise – to adapt. The Laramie Valley clears desert status by just…

Wyoming Spring Creek Introduction – Chad Greville

Hello, my name is Chad Greville and I’m a rising Junior with majors in Environmental Studies and Political Science. I transferred to Pitt at the beginning of last fall and have really enjoyed my time here so far! Now that I’m all settled, I’m looking forward to exploring some extra-curriculars. I’m originally from Kane, which…