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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-31 Coyote

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-30 Bison Mother

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-29 Moose and Owl

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-28 Raven Studio

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-27 Bison B&W

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-26 Clark's Nutcracker

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Here's a video of a Clark's Nutcracker foraging on whitebark pine seeds. A rare thing to watch, yet an incredibly important piece of natural history out here. These seeds are a major component of grizzly and black bear diets prior to hibernation. Fall is here!

The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-25 Tetons

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-24 Alpine Flowers

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-23 Reflections

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-22 Celebrating 100 Days!

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I started this project on May 9th during a time when it seemed like winter would never end. Grizzlies were scavenging in icy water, and bighorn sheep still clung to low-elevation haunts on the National Elk Refuge. Bison had thick, bleached coats that were felting and matting together. Bluebirds glowed like neon signs in storefronts, providing the only chromatic in a landscape devoid of color since November. Soon, birds of prey were hatching in stick nests and young mammals of all stripes were being born into a world of lush, green grass thriving between snow patches. An almost fantastical density of wildflowers followed. For us, a scene from "The Sound of Music." For the flowers, the narrow window in which this climate would allow growth, flowering, and seeding.

Now, as the flowers fade and the grass browns, bison are roaring and stomping in the Serengeti-like grasslands amid buck pronghorn that viciously defend their territories. The high peaks are as warm and as dry as th…

The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-21 Sunflowers

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-20 On Top of Middle Teton

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-19 Garnet Canyon

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Some friends and I hiked up Middle Teton last week. Today is a taste for the hike, tomorrow is the view from the top. Enjoy!



The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-18 Wolf 889F

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The Yellowstone Phenology Project: 8-17 Bull Moose

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