Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a great place for a field trip! The 59,020 acre refuge is a piece of the past. Here natural grasslands escaped destruction during the days when the west was being plowed under. The mixed grass prairie survived because of the plentiful rocks. Just try to run a plow over that! Mount Scott is worth a visit. I recommend going during colder months so you can feel safe rock climbing. There are plenty of rattlesnakes to avoid in warm months. Elk, bison, deer, longhorn cattle, cliff swallows, and prairie dogs are some of the animals you're almost certain to see.

 Bison (American Buffalo)

Longhorn cattle

Prairie Dog

Bluebonnets are from the lupine family

 White-tail deer

Wheat fields

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