Sunday, April 26, 2009

Early morning = No wolves or grizzlies

Our early start began on schedule but with snow falling. We pulled out of the driveway at 5:20AM. On our way out to Lamar we passed a kill at Specimen which had obviously been an active sight in the past couple of days. Cones were up and one lone photographer was still hanging out. But nothing to see but ravens. At Slough Creek we saw a very new bison calf, still quite wobbly in the legs. Lot's of snow covered bison in the road.

In picture above from left to right: Becca, Brittany, Maya, Mackenzie, Camden and David

The lab at the lodge.

Back to the lodge by 9:45AM and then back to working on making soil culture tubes and making soil extracts for bacterial and fungal counts.

Snow has stopped now (4:15PM) but the forecast looks tough for the rest of the week, but we have plenty to do. Tomorrow we will install the soil culture tubes in Gardiner Basin and collect soils in the exclosure in Gardiner Basin that is the site of the restoration project. Barley seeds will be planted this week in the exclosure to act as a cover crop, stablizing the soil and increasing soil organic matter in preparation for future seeding with native grass species.


  1. I've been keeping a list of all the birds we have seen so far on the trip. For a larger list of the birds of yellowstone, you can check out:

    Our list:
    Thirty one spp. as of 4/26/09

    Trumpeter Swan
    Canada Goose
    Green-winged Teal
    Lesser Scaup
    Common Goldeneye
    Barrow’s Goldeneye

    Red Tailed Hawk
    Golden Eagle
    Bald Eagle
    American Kestrel

    Blue Grouse

    American Coot
    Sandhill Crane

    Rock Dove

    Northern Flicker

    Clark’s Nutcracker
    Black-billed Magpie
    American Crow
    Common Raven

    Black-capped Chickadee
    Mountain Chickadee
    Red-breasted Nuthatch

    Mountain Bluebird
    American Robin

    European Starling

    Spotted Towhee
    Dark-eyed Junco

    Brown-headed Cowbird

    White-winged Crossbill
    Pine Grosbeak

    The Crossbill is my favorite so far. They were on the edge of the parking lot at Mammoth Hot springs using their specialized bills to open spruce cones.

  2. Here are a few pictures from the web of some of the species we saw:

    White-winged Crossbill-

    Common Goldeneye-

    American Kestrel-

    Sandhill Crane-

    Clark's Nutcracker-

    Mountain Chickadee-

    Mountain Bluebird-