Welcome to the mon@rch nature blog and I hope you join us in some of our nature adventures through the Allegany State Park area!
I am a naturalist, field biologist and nature photographer from the Western New York area. I have started exploring nature writing through this blog and it truly has been fun sharing my numerous adventures with everyone. Thanks to the many other authors that help me with my post and they will be sharing some of their nature explorations.
I have always had a latent interest in birds and photography and have been lucky enough to find time to explore these interests over the last few years. I am very thankful to the Cattaraugus County Bird Club for getting me started, sharing their wealth of knowledge and for their wonderful programs. And many thanks to Tom for letting me share some of my adventures and photos on the Monarch Nature Blog.
Thank you for taking the time visiting and commenting on this blog.
Now don’t tell me those were wandering through your back yard! 🙂
12 March 2008 at 7:50 am
I just love seeing buffalo. Many moons ago buffalo migrated through our town. The main street was the route they took to cross the Wabash river. Old maps show the route.
12 March 2008 at 7:55 am
Oh how grand! I’ve never seen them with snow–I guess they would be warm in those buffalo robes.
12 March 2008 at 7:57 am
So magnificent. Thank you!
12 March 2008 at 9:11 am
powerful animals, aren’t they. Bald eagles and bison – so Americana.
12 March 2008 at 10:00 am
I always thought buffalo were special. I used to save buffalo-head nickels as a child. These are great photos of them in the snow. You have buffalo nearby? I don’t see any trees in the photos.
12 March 2008 at 10:34 am
I hate to say this but bison meat is my favorite so I look at this with a different view. We have a couple buffalo farms in the area which I patronize–I know I won’t get tainted meat. Lovely photos though!
12 March 2008 at 10:54 am
Beautiful (and yummy 🙂
12 March 2008 at 11:26 am
There is something about seeing buffalo that always makes me feel wistful, like I am looking back in time. They are magnificent creatures, and I wish they still thundered across the country in herds too large to fathom.
Great eagle nest pics below. We have seen “our” pairs of eagles lately, but haven’t seen their nests yet. As far as we can tell, they’ve moved.
12 March 2008 at 11:32 am
Nice picture! Not an animal we would see around here (apart from the zoo!)
12 March 2008 at 11:47 am
Cool! They have a bison farm here in NJ where you can buy meat.
12 March 2008 at 12:04 pm
Those pictures look like another place in another time — and very COLD and LONELY! I can see them in black & white. Nice shots!
12 March 2008 at 12:29 pm
@ Wren – nope they were on a Buffalo Ranch
@ Lisa – They are neat big animals and very fun mammals for sure! Thanks for telling us about their old migration path!
@ Beth – thanks and I normally visit them in the summer! This is my first winter view also!
@ Liza – thanks
@ Barb – they sure are and very big in size! It was a fun day yesterday! I also captured turkey which almost became our national bird!
@ Linda – they are great mammals and I save the buffalo nickels also! It’s a buffalo farm they were at!
@ Joan – I have never tried buffalo meat and would like to one of these days!
@ Adam – they sure are!
@ Robin – big creatures and too bad we didn’t have more of them out in the wild!
@ Mel – thanks and these were farm animals! Raised probably for their meat!
@ Patrick – I wonder if these guys let you buy meat from them? Hmm, I don’t see where they have a store though!
@ Barb – thanks and these would make great B&W Shots!
12 March 2008 at 12:55 pm
Great buffalo pictures Mon@rch. I like buffalo a lot and also reading stories about their history. It would have been neat to see the huge herds of them before the pioneers moved westward and decimated the herds.
12 March 2008 at 1:48 pm
I love bison: they are amongst my favorite animals. Just as a bit of trivia: Neil Young owns a pet buffalo.
12 March 2008 at 3:52 pm
I must admit you had me there. I remember seeing a lot of wildlife at Allegany but no bison!
12 March 2008 at 4:48 pm
So cool. I saw a baby one once at a farm and it was the cutest thing ever!
12 March 2008 at 5:18 pm
Wonderful pictures, it would be cool if they roamed around here!
12 March 2008 at 5:31 pm
@ RuthieJ – thanks and they are such cool birds! Wouldn’t that been amazing to see?
@ Scienceguy – thanks and they are so interesting looking! I didn’t now that about Neil Young! I guess you can do whatever you want when you have money!
@ Joe – LOL, you never know what you will find on my site! LOL
@ Rurality – last time I visited this farm during the summer they had some little ones running around with them! Wish I had my camera with me!
@ YN – J – thanks and it would be very cool to see them out and about!
12 March 2008 at 6:24 pm
i love this photo.
12 March 2008 at 6:34 pm
i should have said “photos”
12 March 2008 at 6:35 pm
Ohhh, I love Buffalo, these are cool photos, Tom!! Where’s the Buffalo Ranch?
12 March 2008 at 7:03 pm
Wonderful images as I catch up but Brrrrrrrr!
I am flattered that you continue to comment on my Arizona posts..nature lovers are everywhere!
P.S. any tips on a filter for my camera to cut down on glare? Email me . thank you..hugs NG
12 March 2008 at 8:03 pm
The buffalo are magnificent. We have a small zoo just down the road from our school that used to have four buffalo (they brought them in when they were young). They’re not there any more. I think they got too big. But I enjoyed visiting them while they were there.
12 March 2008 at 10:14 pm
@ Nita – thanks and no worries!
@ Pam – thanks and north of here!
@ Naturegirl – thanks and I love visiting your site! Thanks for returning here! I did send you an email!
@ Rondi – thanks and would have loved to see them up close!
12 March 2008 at 10:45 pm
I think Bison are so amazing and these are some really great shots of them. The only ones I’ve seen were at Yellowstone and they looked pretty tired at being such superstars. Great work Tom.
13 March 2008 at 2:43 am
@ Aullori – they sure are and some of our bigger mammals that roam around here! Stunning for sure!
13 March 2008 at 9:27 pm
we have a buffalo ranch near here. they are awesome.
13 March 2008 at 11:40 pm
Those are such wild and primitive looking animals-great photos too.
16 March 2008 at 8:46 pm
Bison are such majestic creatures ~~ gorgeous shots, Tom!
17 March 2008 at 7:26 pm
You certainly don’t need words to explain those shots, Larry. Very cool!
22 March 2008 at 10:40 am