Intelligence of Animals
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
George Bumann, M.S.
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What is the raven’s word for eagle? How does a wolf know when to give up the chase? How do animals pass on information through time? Delve into these and other questions of animal intelligence by directly observing Yellowstone’s winter wildlife. You’ll learn to decipher body language, behavior, and vocalizations for clues to help you more finely tune into your surroundings. Watch how different species interact with each other and their environment. And consider how this information applies to other species – including those you may know from home.
The itinerary is designed to take advantage of the best opportunities in the park, but may be adjusted to adapt to weather conditions, wildlife activity, holidays, and road construction. The details and timing of the agenda are subject to change. For more information see the Course Letter below.
- Day 1
Participants are welcome to check into the Lamar Buffalo Ranch starting at 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Meet & Greet, Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch and course specifics.
- Days 2-4 Animal Interpretations
Early mornings will be spent in the field looking for wildlife. Afterward, participants will return to the ranch for breakfast, discussions, and free time. After lunch students will then again be in the field watching wildlife and going for hikes. Evenings will be spent with evening programs.
- Day 5 Check out by 9:00 a.m.
About the Instructor
George Bumann, M.S., can draw, sculpt, and teach about all aspects of Yellowstone. He has a degree in wildlife ecology and works as a professional artist and educator. His art and writing have appeared in popular and scientific publications, and his sculptures can be found in collections throughout the United States and abroad.
George helped us tune in to the messages behind the song of the birds and the direction the pronghorns were looking. — Summer 2021 student
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