The nighthawks leave me alone every winter to do lab work, write my dissertation, fiddle with the statistics and ponder the landscape in GIS. When I need to take a break, I do a little crafting. I’ve been making scenes out of cut paper depicting the landscape and organisms of South Dakota. People call South Dakota a flyover state, but there is a lot of life here if you are paying attention. I am selling the framed pieces, cards, and calendars on Etsy and at the 10/27/16 and 11/12/16 Vermillion Farmer’s Markets. Sales will benefit Common Nighthawk research.
Snowy Pond with Ring-necked Pheasant, Tiger Salamander, Canada Goose, Snow Geese, Dark-eyed Junco, and Woodhouse’s Toad.
Cropland with Eastern Kingbird, Praying Mantis, Western Meadowlark, Northern Leopard Frog, and Plains Spadefoot.
Backwater with Wood Ducks, Green Lacewing, Clouded Sulfur Butterfly, False Map Turtle, Water Tiger, and Spotted Gar.
Small River with Cliff Swallows, Yellow rumped Warbler, Silver Carp, Great Blue Heron, Snapping Turtle, Paddlefish, Water Boatman, Lethoceres, and Topeka Shiner.
Backyard with Chimney Swifts, Great Horned Owl, House Wren, Eastern Cottontail, American Goldfinch, Sunflower, Common Garter Snake, Monarch Caterpillar, Milkweed, White-lined Sphinx Moth, and Creeping Charlie.
Roadside with Red-headed Woodpecker, Red Fox, American Badger, Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel, Big Brown Bat, Chorus Frog, and Pyralus Fireflies.
Fossils: Pleistocene 2 Mya to present, American Bison; Broadwater 2-3 mya, Catfish, Stegomastodon; Ash Hollow 10-12 mya, Secretarybird mimic, Barrel bodied rhino; Valentine 12-14 mya, Giant Tortoise, Giant salamander; Sharps 28-30 mya, False sabercat, Oreodont; Brule 30-34 mya, Mesohippus; Chadron 34-37 mya, Alligator; Pierre 66-75 mya, Ammonite, Pleisosaur, Mososaur.