Pronghorn Passage

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For at least the last 6,000 years, pronghorn antelope have trekked more than a hundred miles between Grand Teton National Park and the sagebrush basins of the Upper Green River of Wyoming. Their age-old route is becoming increasingly fragmented by roads, fences, oil rigs, and all manner of human development.

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Adventurer Rick Ridgeway and photographer Joe Riis set out to discover the migratory bottlenecks that pronghorn face — by painstakingly walking out their ancient route. Here’s what they found:

I photograph this migration to inspire people to care about it. It is an incredible migration and people need to know about it — It is happening right in the middle of the U.S. and it is the second longest migration in the western hemisphere.” — Joe Riis, photographer

Over the years, the Land Library has never been able to pass by a book on pronghorn. Here’s three of our favorites!

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Built for Speed: A Year in the Life of Pronghorn by John A. Byers, Pronghorn: Portrait of the American Antelope by Gary Turbak, Prairie Ghost: Pronghorn and Human Interaction in Early America by Richard E. McCabe, et.al.

Read more about pronghorn in our earlier post:

With Sagebrush in Their Blood

along with more on a terrific new book at our Waterton Canyon Kids Nature Library:

Ancient Paths & Modern Lives

For more on Joe Riis’ ongoing work on the pronghorn migratory route, be sure to visit his excellent site:

Pronghorn Passage

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