Yellowstone in Early Spring: Mar 24—30, 2019
Bears, Wolves & Birds
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Timeless Yellowstone National Park provides the setting for this early spring tour—a complete natural history experience featuring birds, mammals, and beautiful scenery.
Yellowstone National Park is known throughout the world for its magnificent wildlife, spectacular geothermal features, and tremendous scenery. Our first national park, it is today a bastion of wilderness, harboring the greatest abundance of wildlife in the lower 48 states.
On this exciting tour, we will visit incomparable Yellowstone at the onset of spring, a fascinating time of the year when mammals are abundant, winter birds are still present, and the first returning birds of the season are in evidence. Based in Gardiner, Montana, we will focus our activities on the north portion of the park from Gardiner to Cooke City, including the famed Lamar Valley.
Yellowstone is renowned for its remarkable concentrations of mega-fauna. Bison and Elk have long been symbols of the park, while the presence of Grizzly Bears and Gray Wolves provides some of Yellowstone’s biggest draws. We will spend considerable time searching for these animals in addition to a range of other mammals large and small. We should be able to observe Moose, Mule Deer, Bighorn Sheep, Pronghorn, and Coyote, while River Otter, Beaver, American Marten, and Red Fox are certainly possible.
Late March is a good time for birding in Yellowstone, and our visit should produce a host of specialty species typically associated with the far north or mountain-west including Trumpeter Swan, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bald and Golden eagles, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Black-billed Magpie, Clark’s Nutcracker, Gray and Steller’s jays, American Dipper, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend’s Solitaire, Black-crowned and Gray-crowned rosy-finches, and Pine Grosbeak.
Additionally, Gardiner offers close access to a number of geothermal and other features inside and outside the park including the Yellowstone River, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Paradise Valley, and the iconic Roosevelt Arch.
This tour will be led by Montana resident and naturalist extraordinaire Denver Holt. Supplementing our observations, Denver will provide expert interpretation on a variety of important topics covering the biology and ecology of the national park and its wildlife.
A two-accommodation tour with good quality lodging and meals; a variety of weather conditions from cool and dry to cold and rainy, even snow.