Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

BIGHORN SHEEP

    The Red Deer River Naturalists had an interesting speaker tell us about bighorn sheep.

    Kathleen Ruckstuhl, an expert on bighorns presented a wide variety of information on the sheep. Kathleen has studied bighorns for 23 years.

    The bighorn population is worrisome. Populations have gone down and not come back up. Sheep are transplanted in different groups to add to the population. The social aspects are quite interesting. Males stay with males and only  few dominant males  get to breed as other males are fought off.

     Kathleen had many great photos.

    Many questions were asked during the talk and a long question and answer period happened after the talk.

    People are very curious about bighorns. I always stop when I see a bighorn herd. I usually see some sheep around whirlpool point on the David Thompson highway.

    Huw Jenkins has a nice shot of a typical little bighorn sheep herd.

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