When Mary and I moved this spring 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 two features each month-these articles are only posted to Yellowstone Reports. The articles are two to three times as long as my Facebook posts, which gives me more room for interesting facts and storytelling. I also create a slide show of photos that goes with the articles.
- The features I've written so far cover a wide range of topics including:
- How the return of wolves to Yellowstone has produced food for the masses
- An exploration of the courting and mating of grizzly bears
- Notes from a day spent in the bottom of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
- The history of the poaching-and saving-of Yellowstone's wildlife
- A meander into Hayden Valley and a tribute to its resilient bison
In addition to my features, there are articles by guides, naturalists, and other writers.
And there are 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 those 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.