Movie Credits

Major funding from: The Edward K. Love Conservation Foundation

        supporting the Prairies, Forests and Wildlife for generations of Missourians

Created by Birdman, Tim BarksdaleDirected and Produced by: Timothy Barksdale

Editor and Co-Producer: Rob Whitehair

Written by: Rob Whitehair

Cinematography: Timothy Barksdale

Original Music By: Cody Westheimer, New West Studios Legend

Narration: Larry Yazzie, Native Pride Dancers

Native American Prairie Chicken Dancing: Dustin Whitford

Native American Clay-Baking: Crystal Spratt

Sproul BlackHatSupervising Sound Editor: Dave Nelson

Sound Design and Re-Recording Mixer: Dave Nelson, Miik Dinko

Dialog Editor: Miik Dinko

Foley Editor: Aaron Garabedian

Foley Artists: Karl Force, Becca High

Audio Post Production: Outpost Studios, San Francisco

Graphic Animation: Edward M. Roqueta

Surround Sound/ Natural Sound Recording: Mike Andersen, Lang Elliott, Nature Sound

Tabb Firchau preparing helicopter to fly over fireStudio Technical Consultant: Shane Ross, Scott Sterling

Online Editor & Colorist: Scott Sterling

Additional writing: Kate Youngdahl, Steve Zorn, Timothy Barksdale

Additional Camera: Nick Clausen, Shawn Dunaway, Rob Whitehair, Joshua Carney

Additional Editing: Ryan Lewis

Assistant Editor /Logging: Elizabeth Wilk, Joshua A. Carney

Assistant Producer: Christian Hagenlocher

Time-Lapse: Randy Halversion, Dakotalapse

Transcription Services: Heidi Geiser - Amicus StenTel

Plowing: Special Thanks to: Mahaffie House, Olathe, Kansas, Barnie Wall & Earl the Mule

Historical Photos & Images: North Dakota Historical Society, Kansas Memory Org, New York Historical Society

Minicopter, Helicopter & Aerials: Tabb Firchau, Aerial Imaging, Allen Wolf Zon, Wichita, Kansas & Kathy McCoy, Cozad, NE

Blinds: North Country Canvas, Great Falls, MT

Webmaster: Ann Johnson AJ Endeavors, LLC

Special Thanks to: 

        The American Bird Conservancy

                Dave Younkman

                Jack Morrison

        The Nature Conservancy 

                William Kleiman, Nachusa Grassland, Illinois                         

                Randy Arndt, Dunn Ranch, Missouri

                Brian Obermeyer, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Kansas

                Timothy O’Connell, Texas City Prairie Preserve

Laura Gilchrist


  • Laura Gilchrist, Educator, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Robert Jones, Rancher, Stapleton, Nebraska

  • Dr. Clarence Lehman, Cedar Creek Natural Area, Minnesota

  • Dr. Lance McNew, Wildlife Biologist, Bozeman, MT

  • Bill Sproul, “Chicken” Rancher, Sedan, Kansas

  • Dr. Jeffery Walk, Wildlife Biologist, Champaign, Illinois

  • Dustin Whitford, Vice Chairman, Stone Child, Montana

  • Philip Wire, Author. Educator, Troy, Missouri
Field assistance: Seth Ames, Taras Bereskovsky, Brett Budach, Joshua Carney, Shawn Dunaway, Laura Gilchrist, Christian Hagenlocher, Jason Kessler, Nancy Leo, Brian Obermeyer, Linda Williams, Philip Wire, Ms. Gilchrist’s 6th Grade All Stars: Ashlyn Darnell, Isaac Esquillin, Ross Lewis, Hannah Long

Heath Hen

After being a bountiful food source for a growing population for many years, the Heath Hen of the Northeast was the first to become extinct.

Attwater's Prairie Chicken

Attwater's subspecies of the Greater Prairie Chicken has specific coastal habitat requirements that have rapidly disappeared.

Greater Prairie Chicken

Today landscape level remnants of Tallgrass Prairie are shrinking rapidly and threatening our Greater Prairie Chicken.