Submitted to: The Progressive Rancher
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/25/2016
Publication Date: 5/1/2016
Citation: Blank, R.R., Allen, F.L. 2016. A western photographic collection: birds of prey. The Progressive Rancher. p. 8-10.
Technical Abstract: Since 1987, Dr. Robert Blank has been the Research Soil Scientist at the Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, located in Reno, Nevada. Throughout his career, he has been involved with soil studies examining a variety of natural landscapes and environments mostly located within the Great Basin. His research includes; invasive weeds, effects of wildfires on soil chemistry, pedology of landforms, soil mineralogy, seedbed ecology, biogeochemical cycling, and rangeland rehabilitation projects. During this time, Dr. Blank has become more interested in photography. His artistic talent and ability to photograph flora, fauna, and landscapes within the Great Basin and eastern Sierra Nevada’s provides a unique visual collection of the environment. He carries his camera with him in the field, but mostly spends the weekends exploring the countryside for his next photo opportunity. This article showcases Dr. Blank’s birds of prey photography.