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Updated on October 21, 2019
The busy season nears an end for the herd! About this time of year, you can read the fatigue in the faces of the horses as they come to the close of the busy guest ranch season. In these northern climes, it seems both humans and horses furiously work during the long days of the "snow-free" season and feel a sense of relief when late fall arrives to signal the beginning of the season of rest. Whew! We made it once again through the season of "no rest" and are ready for a long winter's night's sleep. The first signal to the horses that they have reached the end of their summer's work comes when Dunrovin's farrier, Calvin, shows up to pull their shoes off. Sure, he comes often during the summer months to trim their feet and replace their shoes, but when he puts their feet back on the ground without a new shoe attached, they know their work is over. Look for Calvin at Dunrovin this coming Thursday and Friday to perform this seasonal ritual.
The DIVAS, of course, don't do any REAL work. They do, however, get their hooves regularly trimmed throughout the year, and they are of the belief that Calvin is there solely to give them a pedicure during their regularly scheduled spa days. Our good friend and wonderfully artistic photographer, John Ashley, happened to be here during one of their pedicure sessions and took some fun photographs.
The seed and suet eaters have found the nest feeders! The word is out among the local avian population that the feeders at the ospreys' nest are up and ready for business. Our experiment with redesigning and re-positioning the feeders is teaching us some lessons that will inform the next version of the feeding station. On the positive side, the seeds scattered from the feeders are falling on the nest itself instead of the ground below and encouraging the birds to forage on the nest in front of the web camera. Also, the trees visible behind the feeders make a lovely background for bird photos. On the negative side, the web camera will not move high enough to catch closeup photos of birds that land on top of the structure. Dunrovin plans to reconstruct the web camera support system this spring and will take that issue into consideration when positioning the webcam.
Naturally, the most common birds at the feeding stations are the most common birds in the area. Duh! While starlings and sparrows are some of the most common, that does not mean that they are not beautiful, especially when we can capture the details and colors of their feathers and slow them down in mid-flight. The series of photos below show the white tips and brown edges on a starling's green, blue, and purple feathers along with some stop-motions images of a sparrow coming in for a landing.
Animal Advice from the Wise Asses
The Dunrovin DIVAS feel it is their civic duty to respond to pleas for advice from less sophisticated and wise animals of the world. Readers beware. The opinions expressed by the DIVAS are not necessarily endorsed by Dunrovin Ranch.
Ranch talk and barnyard chatter
Not every horse needs to wear shoes. Not all horseshoes are made of iron. Horse owners disagrees on what is needed. It's more complicated that it seems. Join Dunrovin Ranch Manager Kelli give you the lowdown on horseshoes during this week's broadcasts.
October 22, 2019
Nearly a year ago, Dunrovin installed an experimental station with bird feeders and bird bath on the bench that overlooks the riparian forest in the hopes of attracting different species of birds. Learn what's next during our October 15 broadcast.
October 14, 2019
Dunrovin has had bird feeders on the ospreys' nest for the last 5 year and they have brought us all some great bird viewing. This year we are trying something new to provide even better photographic opportunities of the birds that com.
October 7, 2019
Trees take center stage during autumn when their leaves enchant us with their brilliant colors and turn landscapes into artists' canvases on which buckets of red, yellow, orange, and purple are strewn. Join us in a celebration of autumn trees that delight us so.
October 1, 2019
For the past nine years an eclectic and fun-loving group of women have gathered at Dunrovin Ranch to enjoy horses, Montana adventures, board games, good food and wine, and most of all one another's company. They call themselves the Giddy-Up Girls.
August 20, 2019
It was a match made in heaven. Dunrovin Ranch was just right place to fulfill Katie's dreams, and Katie was just the right person to fill Dunrovin Ranch's description of the dream ranch hand.
August 8, 2019
Mystery is what is known as "green broke" in that he has not yet had lots of experiences with lots of different riders in vayring circumstances. Ranch Manger Kelli is working to ensure that he get out on the trails to put some miles under his saddle and become a great guest horse.
August 6, 2019
Ride with Ranch Hand Katie Wardisiani when she returns the mounted osprey that Dunrovin Ranch borrowed from Montana Wild in Helena, Montana to assume educational duties during the 2019 Awesome Osprey Project. Katie turns the everyday into the extraordinary.
August 1, 2019
Upon returning to Montana, Dunrovin Ranch owners SuzAnne and Sterling Miller planted an orchard and large garden with high hopes and big ambitions. While it did not work out exactly as planned, Dunrovin's orchard and garden have been a source of great joy.
July 30, 2019
Join Kelli when horse trainer Jane Getz return Erskine and they get him out on the trail and crossing the Bitterroot River as part of his training and evaluation to become a guest ranch horse.
July 25, 2019
Erskine came to Dunrovin Ranch in the summer of 2016 and has been in either rehabilitation or training ever since. Our ambition is to have him join the herd as a top notch guest horse. Will we succeed? Only time and additional training will tell
July 18, 2019
What a treat it is to have internationally know fabric artist, animal communicator, and author Lorraine Turner come to Dunrovin Ranch to visit and and have fun getting to know us and our D@D community.
July 18, 2019
It's time to clear Dunrovin Ranch's trail that follows and crosses the Bitterroot River. Ranch Manager Kelli is determined to get our tech guru James Wasem out on a horse to help her do the job.
July 16, 2019
Horse trainer Montana Jane Getz has been working with Erskine daily and is ready to return to Dunrovin to report, show off his progress, and work collaboratively with Ranch Manager Kelli to ensure the his training continues once he has returned to Dunrovin.
July 11, 2019
Ranch Owner SuzAnne Miller gave three new names to Dunrovin Ranch's three new horses. And Ranch Manager Kelli has been working with them to get them integrated into the herd, accustomed to the Dunrovin way, and out on the trails with guests.
July 9, 2019
The University of Montana scientists will come out to Dunrovin Ranch on Tuesday, July 9th at 10:30AM to band Pip, Hip, and Hooray. The chicks are really growing fast and have already begun to exercise their wings, so the scientists want to get them banded as soon as possible.
July 9, 2019
People love to celebrate the Fourth of July with bright and loud fireworks filling the skies. However, for many other animals, it can be a very stressful time as they do not understand and all their senses tell them that the sky is falling!
July 2, 2019
Dunrovin's big beautiful blue roan, Erskine, needs a refresher course in how to accommodate novice riders. Luckily, Dunrovin has found just the right local trainer to give him some lessons.
June 27, 2019
Dunrovin Ranch often uses trailers to haul horses for a variety of reasons, from taking guests on special rides that start in the mountains and can only be reached by old logging roads, to participating in clinics, or giving rides to kids at the local YMCA.
June 25, 2019
It has become a tradition to plant trees to memorialize recently departed animals who have lived and been part of the Dunrovin Ranch family. A colorful Hawthorn tree has been selected to honor Bonnie's and Clyde's passing
June 20, 2019
At the change of every season, Dunrovin Ranch's friend and nature guide, Hobie Hare, comes out to visit, share the joys of the season, and help us deepen our connections with nature.
June 13, 2019
Mackenzie Cole returns to Dunrovin Ranch to once again demonstrate the effective and gentle method of clicker training that can be used with any type of animal, from marine mammals, to birds, and, in Dunrovin's case, to horses, donkeys, and dogs.
June 6, 2019
Just like human athletic runners need shoes that fit and support their feet, each horse needs a saddle that properly fits its physical structure and keeps the weight of the rider or the pack cargo off of its spine. Saddle fit is an important health issue for guest ranch horses.
June 4, 2019
Join Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks wildlife biologist Torrey Ritter for live broadcast sessions on Wednesday, May 29 to talk with participants of the Awesome Osprey Project. Check the D@D calendar for times.
May 29, 2019
Be sure to tune in for a live broadcast sing along with Charla Bauman and Doug Hogan. These two will bring their music and tall tales to Dunrovin Ranch on Tuesday, May 128th at 2:00PM. Download the lyrics to the music HERE, and tun up your vocal cords for some musical fun!
May 28, 2019
This is the story of water at Dunrovin Ranch: too much or too little. Spring floods wreck havoc for several months only to let the long hot days of summer threaten to dry everything up. Managing water and vegetation at Dunrovin requires organization and commitment.
May 21, 2019
This is the time of year when all of us celebrate our mothers and fathers and honor the most important jobs in the world. Our wild and domestic animal parents at Dunrovin experience different challenges than we humans face, but they are every bit as dedicated and thoughtful as we are. Get to know some of the Dunrovin animal parents.
May 13, 2019
The adult ospreys generally eat their fish dinner away from nest when there are eggs or chicks are present in the nest. Dunrovin will replace two "dining perches" to give the ospreys a place to eat alone that is well within webcam view.
May 11 , 2019
Learn about the D@D Member Moments Program that is designed to get you as involved with our community as you desire. The more we learn about one another, the more we connect as friends. Help us celebrate Mother's and Father's Day by completing our D@D Parenting Survey. Visit the Member Moments Program to learn more.
May 10, 2019
School-year teacher and summer ranch hand Katie Wardisiani is a ball of creativity, spirit, and energy. She loves what she does and it shows in the quality of her work.
May 7 , 2019
The Awesome Osprey Science Project is a collaboration between the D@D community and school kids across the nation. Focused on osprey life history as seen through our web cameras, data will be collected and shared. Take a look and get involved!
May 6 , 2019
Dunrovin Ranch is fortunate to be able to count on master horseman and trainer Brandon Carpenter to help us train and maintain our horses. His gentle, knowing ways with horses and people enable him to bring them together in a true partnership.
April 25, 2019
A sleepless night brought Dunrovin Ranch owner SuzAnne Miller to the web camera controls to see what she could see. Dunrovin can be as enchanting at night as it is by day. Take a look!
April 28, 2019
Mystery is an 8-year-old goof ball of a horse who is kind, gentle, and very cooperative. He still needs some additional training this summer before he goes to work as a guest horse. Oggy was born at Dunrovin Ranch in May of 2017 and is full of himself. Oggy's world is one of learning - from his mother, his herd mates, and his human handlers.
April 25, 2019
What a pleasure it is to welcome Lorraine turner to the DaysAtDunrovin community where she will share her world of Art and Animals. Her enormous creative spirit is matched only by the size of her heart and commitment to using her art to support animals and people in need of support and comfort.
April 18, 2019
Each spring, Dunrovin Ranch welcomes little cowboys and cowgirls to the ranch to experience the joys of partnering with horses and ponies. Our after-school pony club and our home school horsemanship classes are the perfect way to transition from the quiet of winter to the hustle and bustle of summer.
April 18, 2019
Spring has officially sprung, which means that the horses need to return to the main barn and riding area of the ranch after their winter off to rest and relax with their friends. The first horses to come back will be those that are used by the young ones in our kids' after-school programs.
April 9, 2019
We are in for a treat when when we meet with two Missoula Valley Brookdale residents to hear their stories of how they have not let age keep them from experiencing the thrills of skydiving.
April 7, 2019
A good trail guide must be prepared for anything and everything when guiding guests on horses in Montana's back country. Having the right emergency supplies is essential.
April 1, 2019
It is our home galaxy and has been the source of wonder and delight throughout the ages. It is not possible to witness it and not feel the enormity of space, to know that the number of stars within it are uncountable, and to thrill at the mystery of it all.
March 23, 2019
Mother and son Bonnie and Clyde are inseparable. He started out life under her care, and she will live out her life under his care. She is blind and he is her eyes. These two resilient and brave little ponies have brought much joy to children of all ages at Dunrovin Ranch.
March 22, 2019
Two of Dunrovin Ranch's web cameras are out-of-reach for routine cleaning and maintenance. Both the osprey nest webcam and the ranch webcam sit atop high poles. Assistance from a bucket truck with a skilled operator is needed. Furthermore, the maintenance schedule is dictated by the ospreys!
March 17, 2019
It is in human nature to be connected to nature. Being in nature contributes in so many ways to our wellbeing. But it is not always possible to go outside in nature. Luckily, there are ways to connect with nature regardless of where you are, and there are people like Hobie Hare to guide us along the way.
March 15, 2019
Montana is blessed with Big DARK Night Skies that allow us all to enjoy its spectacular celestial wonders. Join astronomer Diane Friend and photographer John Ashley for educational romp through Montana's night skies.
March 6, 2019