Snowshoeing the Landscapes of Wolves

Snowshoeing the Landscapes of Wolves

$787.50
Dates:
February 20-22
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Carolyn Bulin
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife

This program is designed to immerse ourselves in wolf habitat by snowshoeing 3-5 miles each day, while also taking advantage of the world-class wolf watching opportunities presented by Yellowstone’s road corridors.

Early mornings will be spent along the roadsides, searching for wolves and learning about their behavior and social interactions. The heart of each day will be on the trail or off-trail in the open country of Yellowstone’s Northern Range, experiencing the landscape that these wolves call home. As we snowshoe 3-5 miles each day, we’ll see portions of wolves’ territories that are not visible from the roadway, search for signs of wolves and other wildlife, and continue to explore the story of wolf reintroduction and the biological and ecological lessons emerging in Yellowstone every day.

Program Itinerary

  • Day 1 Welcome & Introductions
    Meet & Greet, Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch and course specifics.
  • Day 2 Introduction to Yellowstone’s Wolves & Wolf Ecology
    • Early-morning wildlife-watching: Introduction to the geology and geography of the Northern Range, Yellowstone’s current wolf packs, pack dynamics, history of wolves in Yellowstone
    • Mid-morning Snowshoe hike to explore wolf reintroduction and predator-prey relationships: 3-5 miles, up to 800’ elevation gain/loss.
    • Lunch in the field
    • Return to Lamar Buffalo Ranch
      Evening Classroom presentation
  • Day 3 Current Research & The Future of Wolves
    • Early-morning wildlife watching: In-depth discussions of wolf behavior, ecology, and current research
    • Mid-morning Snowshoe hike to explore wolf habitat, ecology, and current research. Hike up to 5 miles with up to 800’ elevation gain/loss.
    • Lunch in the field
    • Discussion: Wolf management and the future of wolves in the Northern Rockies
    • Return to Lamar Buffalo Ranch for wrap-up and closing discussions

About the instructor

Carolyn Bulin has been leading programs in Yellowstone for over a decade. She studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management, with emphases in ecology and cultural anthropology, at Northern Michigan University. Carolyn’s professional experiences in Yellowstone have been diverse: She has volunteered on snow tracking surveys with the Yellowstone Cougar Project, as an interpretive ranger at Old Faithful, and spent countless days leading classes on topics ranging from hiking and backpacking to nature journaling and wolf research through the Yellowstone Institute. She is a certified trainer of interpretive guides through the National Association for Interpretation.

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SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.