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George Sims lived in northeastern Louisiana until his retirement in 2006, when he, his wife, and then three-year-old daughter moved to twenty acres down in a “holler” in the Missouri Ozarks. There, he discovered the joys of amateur entomology and became a decidated hunter of dragonflies and damselflies and developed side interests in collecting beetles. He was a Missouri Master Naturalist, Missouri Stream Team member, outdoor educator, Ozark Trail volunteer, volunteer water quality monitor, and received the 2009 Stream Team Ambassador Award for volunteer water quality monitoring, as well as the Conservation Federation of Missouri’s “2012 Water Conservationist of the Year” award for Missouri.

In 2013, his wife accepted a job in Lander, Wyoming, and the family moved to beautiful Fremont County, in late July of that year. George had previously written a blog, “The Bugs of Booger County”, which chronicled his naturalist exploits in Missouri, and decided to create this new blog to keep track of all the new stuff he discovers in and around the Rocky Mountains.  Originally, this blog was to be “The Bugs of Wind River”, honoring the Wind River Range of the Rocky Mountains, which lie only ten miles from his home; however, it was quickly changed to “The Bugs of Popo Agie”, to reflect the ultra-cool name of the river flowing through Lander.

Popo Agie is a Crow Indian word that most people believe means “gurgling river.” When the first white trappers arrived in the area the Crow people were here, and that is what they called the river.

It is pronouced: “Puh – PO – juh”.  As the nice lady at the Wyoming Game and Fish office told me, “It’s ‘Puh-PO-juh’, like I told ‘ya”.

The Shoshone Indians also were in the Popo Agie River Valley and they called the river Wuhnzee Ohgway which translates to: Wuhn-zee (pronghorn buck) Oh-gway (flowing river).

The Shoshone called the Lander Valley Wuhnzee Gahdtuhd which translates as:Wuhn-zee (pronghorn buck) Gah-dtuh-d (sitting).

His original blogs, The Bugs of Booger County (www.bugsofboogercounty.wordpress.com) and The Ozarkian (www.theozarkian.wordpress.com) are still to be found within the bowels of cyberspace, containing many original stories from his newspaper and magazine columns, plus original, entomology-related stuff that has not seen print.  Those blogs are “historical artifacts”, and are not being updated.

  1. Hey George– wondered where you were! Keeping up through Amanda and am so jealous of where you live now! Just let me know how the winter is! Lol wishing you both the best of luck in your new adventure! Enjoy reading about yours and Amanda’s adventures!!

  2. Love reading about your new home.

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