Grass­lands Na­tional Park

Canadian Wildlife - - BIGGER PICTURE -

It’s all about the sky here — al­most too blue and too vast to be real. Grass­lands fea­tures one of the last in­tact ecosys­tems of its kind — a semi-arid land­scape of mixed grasses, sedges and shrubs, whose windswept warm tones con­trast with the sky above. That ground cover is shel­ter or food for sev­eral threat­ened species, in­clud­ing bur­row­ing owls, pronghorns, greater sage-grouse and plains bi­son — rein­tro­duced here in 2006, af­ter nearly going ex­tinct around the turn of the 20th cen­tury.

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