|Yellowstone National Park - sky, land, water. life.|
This summer, I took a trip to Yellowstone National Park where I was saw an extraordinary amount of wildlife - amazingly, we saw wolves four times. Under the guidance of a wildlife biologist friend, I learned about animal interactions in the Yellowstone environment. I've read about Yellowstone ecology and wolf reintroduction since then, but I've got a lot more to learn.
Over the next few days, I am going to share some of my photographs and observations from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - "one of the largest intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth today" according to the National Park Service. I know that visiting Yellowstone has influenced how I interpret the landscape and the behavior of wildlife on the Dipper Ranch, especially regarding predators.
By sharing these Yellowstone observations, I hope to start conversations about the functions and health of our local ecosystems. I look forward to your comments about how Yellowstone might teach us about our local natural areas, no matter how small in size or diversity.
Tonight I will start with the first post - a wolf feeding on a carcass along the Gibbon River. Over the next 10 days, I hope to share observations of other wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, pronghorns, and scenic vistas of this rich and sometimes controversial ecosystem.
This is part of a series of posts on wildlife observed in Yellowstone National Park in September 2012. To see more posts, select "Yellowstone" in the Sightings box in the right column.