Meadowlarks are one of the common birds of the Badlands and across the Dakotas. They are early risers and fill the air with melodies and tunes that travel at great lengths. The Western Meadowlark call the Dakotas home and are known for their yellow front and head feathers with a black bib. The Eastern Meadowlark is present in Minnesota looking nearly identical to its close relative. Western Meadowlarks share their beauty and song with all visitors wether they come to on-look or listen. The Lakota have a strong connection to these Meadowlarks which can speak the Lakota language. The Western Meadowlark above called out on a warm Badlands day sharing a moment with me that lasts forever in this image.