June 21, 2010
We were up early for one last adventure in Lamar Valley. As the sun started to peek over the mountains, we spotted Bison, a Bald Eagle, Pronghorn, a Black Bear and two cubs, and two Grizzlies – one who had a radio collar so researchers could track its movement.
We continued to drive through the valley and spotted a Grizzly on a fresh Bison kill. Through the spotting scope we saw wolves heading toward the Grizzly. It was the best view of the Silver Pack wolves we had all week. It was really neat to see the wolves and ravens interacting with the Grizzly. The Grizzly would swat at and chase off the wolves – which allowed the raven to get a bite – and then the bear would go back to eating. Finally, the Grizzly allowed the wolves in to feed on the carcass.
From observing baby bears and Pronghorn to the Bison kill, we had watched the circle of life unfold in front of us.
We know Yellowstone will forever have a special place in our hearts. Just as Earth needs balance, we as humans need it too. Yellowstone gave us the chance to experience nature’s classroom. And our trip also had a playful side to it! We enjoyed lots of camaraderie, laughter, and fun.
The Yellowstone Institute 2010 team leaves you with two thoughts:
“Today is gone
Today was fun
Tomorrow is another one.
Everyday from here to there
Funny things are everywhere.”
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods.”