I have received messages from social media friends who wonder why I am posting less. I'm glad they noticed and I'm happy to explain.
First, I'm still committed to advocating for wolves on The Dodo, Facebook, Google+, Linked In, Rick Lamplugh's Blog, and wherever loyal friends see fit to share my writing.
However, when Mary and I moved recently to just outside of Yellowstone's north gate, Nathan Varley asked me to write feature articles for Yellowstone Reports, the website that he and Linda Thurston run. I could write in my voice and choose any topic that related to Yellowstone, a place I love and have a long history with, including the three winters that Mary and I lived and volunteered at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch. I jumped at the chance.
I write three or four features each month; they are exclusive to Yellowstone Reports. The articles are two to three times as long as my typical social media posts and take correspondingly more time to produce. I also create a slide show that goes with the articles (like my photo of the great blue heron family in a rookery along the Yellowstone River that accompanies this post). This writing and photography limits the time available for creating other pieces, and so I post less elsewhere. The features I've written so far cover a wide range of topics including:
- A bushwhack up Terrace Mountain and an exploration of the courting and mating of grizzly bears
- A bike ride in which I learn the connection between pronghorn fawns and local land owners
- A celebration of Spring's wildflowers and their multitude of pollinators
- A bike and hike toward Electric Peak and into the heart of the Little Joe Fire
- A meander into Hayden Valley and a tribute to its resilient bison
- A climb up Specimen Ridge and a descent into its fiery history
In addition to feature articles by guides, naturalists, experts, and other writers, Yellowstone Reports has daily posts on Yellowstone's wolves. Laurie Lyman and other knowledgeable wolf watchers post articles and photos every day on the activities of park wolves. A person who religiously follows the posts would learn a tremendous amount about wolves in general and would learn more about Yellowstone's wolves than most people know about their children.
I would love to have you read my articles and watch the slide shows. Yellowstone Reports is a website that you subscribe to for only $20 per year (less than 40 cents per week). You can sample the website for free-and read some of my feature articles-before deciding to subscribe. Just click the link below.
To sample Yellowstone Reports
Rick Lamplugh is a wolf advocate and author of the Amazon Bestseller In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter's Immersion in Wild Yellowstone. Available as eBook or paperback. Or as a signed copy from the author.