So, after a day and a half of travelling around on planes and then driving an automatic car (!) from Bozeman to Gardiner MT, I arrive at my accommodation and immediately (yes, immediately) head straight out into Yellowstone National Park (and into Wyoming) while battling to stay awake! However, it was well worth it as I saw my very first wild wolves – the Junction Butte Pack!…..Suddenly my tiredness was all gone and I was wide awake!
Wolves are crepuscular and naturally very cryptic, which makes it difficult to ever see them in the wild. However, the people I am with in Yellowstone know exactly where and when to look for the wolves!
You guys might be wondering why I’m out here – well, a really nice man called Rick McIntyre (lead field biologist for the Yellowstone Wolf Project) invited me out here to see what he, Dr Doug Smith and their research crews do out here with the wild wolves of Wyoming! (and thanks to ‘Gandalf’ I was able to accept the invite) I am also accompanying the Yellowstone Wolf Watchers to learn more about finding and observing wild wolves – and a friend of mine, Sian Jones (from the UK Wolf Conservation Trust), is profound in her ability to find the wolves!
So, for the next month I will be driving about Yellowstone networking with people and observing wolves in their natural habitat – from quaint little Durham ‘city’ to roaring Yellowstone with its forests, rivers and many mountains, not to mention the many Bison!! Not bad eh!?