Willows and Wolves

Willows and Wolves

$825
Dates:
August 4-7
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Brenna Cassidy, Ph.D. student
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Conservation, Natural History, Wildlife

This course will explore trophic cascades, important interactions between species that can affect an ecosystem in significant, and possibly unexpected, ways. Come investigate how wolf reintroduction, fluctuations of elk and bison numbers, and landscape changes have altered Yellowstone over the decades. Along the way, this course will investigate how these and other species of plants and animals have been changed with field trips and short classroom discussions to emphasize important concepts.

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 in 2012, 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 Ph.D. research focuses on the survival and reproduction of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park. While not working, she can be found trying her hand at most art forms and outdoor activities.

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Willows and Wolves Course Itinerary

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We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.

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.