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Yellowstone Trip Day 3; June 14, 2014

June 15, 2014

We began the day early again at 4:30 in the morning with the task of being in the Van at 5:00 am. Then after everyone slowly awoke in the van ride we stopped at a site where we checked on a carcass and spotted two Grizzlies in the distant mountainside. During our driving experience we endured a curious snow storm as the wind blew a mixture of hail and thick snow. After the Grizzly Bear spotting we met up with the charming Wolf Biologist Colby. Colby first showed us a bull Elk carcass where we helped with a necropsy. We also learned about wolves’ hunting strategies. Soon afterwards we explored a female bison carcass by the water and were able to use GPS trackers to learn about the use of wolf collars. Afterwards we hiked along a hill in hail and partial rain and down steep hills to see the placement and purpose of wildlife cameras — set up to spot mountain lions. After our stinky and wolfy adventures with Colby we had lunch with him and met Melissa’s friend Tamarack who entertained us with her humor and vast knowledge of Yellowstone. Seeing wonderful rock formations and geology we hiked along the white-watered Yellowstone River with Tamarak. During our hike we saw a band of Bighorn Sheep about ten yards away along with a Black Bear on the hill and a newborn bison being protected by its mother. Finally we finished our day with a delicious dinner and a drive to spot more wildlife including a Peregrine Falcon nest and of course, more bison. Now we are packing for our exciting trip tomorrow!

-Nate, Alasdair, Eli and Jason

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Audrey checking out the elk carcass

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Group along the Yellowstone river

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mickey Jo permalink
    June 16, 2014 9:45 am

    No way! I’m already tired – and exhilarated – from your adventures of just one day. What an awesome trip. SNOW! And hail? It’s mid-June over here on the east coast (feels like mid-summer).

  2. megan permalink
    June 17, 2014 2:46 pm

    I am super jealous of these adventures and new found friends.

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