Dakota Badlands

The North Dakota badlands are found in the western portion of the state. The badlands were laid down 65 million years ago during the Paleocene Epoch. Petrified sequoia stumps can be found in the badlands a result of the ancient swamp which was later covered with volcanic ash. Bison, elk, coyote, prairie dogs and beautiful birds are now found in the badlands.

 

"The Bad Lands grade all the way from those that are almost rolling in character to those that are so fantastically broken in form and so bizarre in color as to seem hardly properly to belong to this earth." "I grow very fond of this place, and it certainly has a desolate, grim beauty of its own, that has a curious fascination for me." Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America 1901-1909, rancher in North Dakota Badlands 1883-1887

 

The North Dakota Badlands

 

 

American Bison

 

 

Dust to Dust

American Bison

 

 

Pronghorn

 

 

Western Meadowlark

 

 

Mule Deer

 

 

Wild Horse

 

 

Sharp-tailed Grouse

 

 

Mountain Bluebird

 

 

Mule Deer

 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park contains 70,000 acres in three units: the South Unit has 46,158 acres of which 10,510 are designated wilderness; the North Unit has 24,070 acres of which 19,410 are designated wilderness and the Elkhorn Ranch has 218 acres. The Elkhorn Ranch was the site of Theodore Roosevelt's second ranch in the badlands. The park has excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

 

 

Coyote

 

 

Coyote

 

 

Coyote

 

 

American Badger

 

 

American Badger

 

 

American Badger

 

Coyote at Sunrise

 

 

Coyote

 

 

Coyote

 

 

American Badger

 

 

American Badger

 

 

American Badger

Most of the North Dakota badlands were created from erosion by the Little Missouri River. The exposed sediments were deposited during the Paleocene age. These sediments of sandstone, claystone and lignite coal were deposited by rivers flowing east to the Dakotas from the Rocky Mountains in Montana and Wyoming. Some layers are from volcanic ash.

 

 

Little Missouri River

 

 

American Bison

 

Nursing

American Bison

 

 

Autumn Colors

 

 

Mountain Bluebird

 

 

Sunset North Dakota Badlands

 

 

American Bison

 

Bison Rubbing on Butte

American Bison

 

 

Sunset

 

 

Mountain Bluebird

The mountain bird's summer range extends from western North Dakota to Canada and Alaska. During the winter, the travel to southern central states and Central America. They hover while looking for insects.

 

 

Black-billed Magpie

 

 

Fox Squirrel

 

 

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

 

 

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

 

 

Feral Horse

 

 

Feral Horse

 

 

Loggerhead Shrike

 

 

Least Chipmunk

 

 

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

 

 

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

 

 

Feral Horse

 

 

Mule Deer

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