Nebraska Pine Ridge and Grasslands Extension

The current Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway ends in Alliance. However, Hwy 2 continues through Crawford to the South Dakota border. This extension includes…
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a close up of a bee on a plant with white flowers in the back ground
Bumblebee (Bombus nevadensis) on creamy milk-vetch (Astralagus recemosus), Toadstool Geologic State Park, NE.
a yellow flower is in the middle of a cactus
Plains prickly pear (Opuntia polyacantha), Oglala Natl Grasslands, NE.
a grassy field with trees and blue sky in the background
Pine savannah, Pine Ridge, NE.
purple flowers with green leaves in the background
Standing milk-vetch (Astragalus laxmannii), Pine Ridge, NE.
a small bird sitting on top of a wooden post
Western meadowlark, Sandhills, NE.
a bird sitting on top of a barbed wire
Western meadowlark, Sandhills, NE.
a brown and white bird standing in the grass
As I ventured out into the Oglala Natl Grasslands I scared this young horned lark out into the road. I finally had to scoop it up and place it in the deeper grass away from the road. The adult returned to its side almost immediately.
a black and white bird perched on a tree branch
Black-and-white warblers nest in the riparian forests in the Pine Ridge.
small white flowers are growing out of the ground on a rocky surface with grass and dirt
Desert sandwort (Arenaria macradenia), Toadstool Geologic Park, NE.
a blue dragonfly sitting on top of a tree branch
Springwater Dancer (Argia plana), Pine Ridge, NE.
a blue and black insect sitting on top of a green leaf
Mexican Forktail (Ischnura demorsa), Pine Ridge, NE
two black and yellow bums sitting on some white flowers
Bumblebee (Bombus nevadensis) on alkali milk-vetch (Astragalus racemosus), Toadstool Geologic Park, NE.
a blue dragonfly sitting on top of a green plant
Alkali Bluet (Enallagma clausum), Oglala Natl Grasslands
the landscape is covered in sand and grass
Ash fall near Toadstool Geologic Park, NE.
a yellow cactus flower in the desert
Plains prickly Pear (Opuntia polyacantha), Oglala Natl Grasslands, NE.