Willows and Wolves
August 1 - 3
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Brenna Cassidy, Ph.D. student
Join us in the unforgettable Lamar Valley, where you will witness the intricate dance between wolves and their environment, discover the secrets of trophic cascades, and explore the legacy of wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park. You will be immersed in the park's Northern Range, known for its rich wildlife, including wolves, bears, beavers, elk, and bison. Daily field trips will provide you with hands-on experience in how the ecosystem has changed over the last 30 years. As your adventure unfolds, you will engage in conversations about Yellowstone's future. This immersive experience promises an unforgettable encounter with the park's natural wonders, where the wolves howl and the bison roam!
About the instructor
Brenna Cassidy was born and raised in northern Illinois where her curiosity for the natural world grew in the forests and tall grass prairies. She completed a degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and spent summers during her undergraduate degree in northern Wisconsin and Yellowstone National Park. After graduating, she moved back to Yellowstone and worked on multiple projects studying birds, cougars, and wolves and spent five years seasonally migrating between the Bird Program and Wolf Project. Her PhD research focuses on the survival and reproduction of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park. While not working, she can be found in the pottery studio and following her dog around the mountains.
"We had a great instructor; knowledgeable and able to teach lay-people about the complex interactions occurring every day in our wild areas. I loved sharing the experience with fellow wildlife enthusiasts. I gained an understanding of the patience required to fully observe species in the wild. There are few experiences that equal feeling the sense of awe, excitement, and wonder while observing formerly endangered species." - Doug, MN
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