Wildlife of the Bighorn Basin

The Bighorn Basin is a special place.  It's beautiful.  It's rugged.  It's wild.

We are paleontologists, but it isn't just the life of the past that fascinates us.  The modern plants and animals of this dry landscape are just as captivating and worthy of our admiration.  Many are endangered - threatened by invasive species, habitat decline, or climate change. 

Take a few moments to enjoy the life and scenery captured on camera and assembled on this page, and learn more about the amazing wildlife of this special region.  

 

Flora in & Around the Bighorn Basin 

Mountain Flora

Photo by D. Crumbling

Photo by D. Crumbling

Photo by D. Crumbling

Alpine Avens

(Geum rossii)

Blanket Flower

(Gaillardia aristata)

Cushion Goldenweed

(Stenotus acaulis)

Bladder Campion

(Silene vulgaris)

Photos by D. Crumbling

 

Cushion Phlox

(Phlox Pulvinata)

Photos by D. Crumbling

Photo by D. Crumbling

White Campion

(Silene latifolia)

Photo by J. Schein

Showy Fleabane Daisey

(Erigeron speciosus)

Photo by D. Crumbling

Prairie Smoke

(Geum triflorum)

Parry's Lousewort

(Pedicularis parryi)

Photos by D. Crumbling

Meadow Goat's Beard

(Tragopogon dubius)

Non-Native Species

Photos by D. Crumbling

Photo by D. Crumbling

Globeflower

(Trollius laxus)

Photo by D. Crumbling

Fern-leaf Lousewort

(Pedicularis cystopteridifolia)

Photo by J. Schein

Dwarf Clover

(Trifolium nanum)

Fire Weed

(Chamerion angustifolium)

Photos by D. Crumbling & J. Schein

Howell's Pussytoes

(Antennaria howellii)

Photos by D. Crumbling

Photo by D. Crumbling

Lance-leaved Stonecrop

(Sedum lanceolatum)

Photo by J. Schein

Unknown

(Still Researching)

Photo by D. Crumbling

Nutall's Pussytoes

(Antennaria parvifolia)

Rocky Mountain Paintbrush

(Castilleja covilleana)

Photos by D. Crumbling & J. Schein

Sticky Geranium

(Geranium viscosissimum)

Photos by D. Crumbling

Photo by D. Crumbling

White Campion

(Silene latifolia)

Photo by J. Schein

Daisy

(Erigeron sp.)

Darkthroat Shootingstar

(Dodecatheon pulchellum)

Photos by J. Schein

Photo by J. Schein

Common Alplily (L) - Alpine Bluebell (R)

(Gagea serotina - Mertensia alpina)

Image by J. Schein

Unknown

(Still Researching)

Camas

(Still Researching)

Photos by J. Schein

Sticky polemonium or Sky Pilot

(Polemonium viscosum)

Photos by J. Schein

Harebell

(Campanula rotunifolia)

Photos by J. Schein

 

Long-stalked stitchwort

(Stellaria longipes)

Photos by J. Schein


Basin Flora

Photo by J. Schein

Tufted Evening Primrose

(Oenothera caespitosa)

Image by J. Schein

Unknown

(Still Researching)

Image by J. Schein

Plains PricklyPear Cactus

(Opuntia polycantha)

Photo by J. Schein

Unknown

(Still Researching)

Image by J. Schein

Unknown

(Still Researching)

Image by J. Schein

Unknown

(Still Researching)

 
 

Image by J. Schein

Unknown

(Still Researching)

 

Image by J. Schein

 

Unknown

(Still Researching)

 

Image by J. Schein

Unknown

(Still Researching)

Unknown

(Still Researching)

 
 

prince’s plume

(Stanleya pinnata)

Image by J. Schein