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Yellowstone National Park


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Yellowstone is a gem that holds many geological wonders and an abundance of wildlife.  I wasn't disappointed in the amount and variety of wildife that I've seen when I've gone.  But I was disappointed in how much of a "zoo" (refering to the human part) it can feel at time.  It's also annoying to see how people approach wildife and how disrespectful in general they can be.  Still, Yellowstone is a wildlife haven - and sadily one of the few remaining in the US - and perhaps the best example of what things would be without the strong distruction of humans (and even humans still mange/influence wildlife in Yellowstone). In the fall, the crowds are significantly less so getting around it a lot easier.

The Lamar Valley is definately worth the visit.  Just pull off the road and set up a scope to watch the herds of animals. 

The Geyser Basin is a very popular spot for tourists (i.e. very crowded).  People flock to Old Faithful and the surrounding springs.  They are beautiful creations of nature and worth the visit at least once, but I don't think I'd visit again - just to avoid the large crowds.

Previous trips: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010

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Pictures

North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Mammoth Springs
Yellowstone National Park
Bison
Yellowstone National Park
Grey Wolves are a spectacular and rare treat in the park
Pronghorn are common during the summer months
Beautiful Lamar Valley in Yellowstone.  
Wildlife is bountiful here.
Fall is very different, but still beautiful
Yellowstone famous for its geysers.
Old Faithful
Yellowstone NP
The pools were as beautiful as they were stinky.

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Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Mallard
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Bufflehead
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Barrow's Goldeneye
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
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American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Rock Pigeon
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Hairy Woodpecker
Three-toed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Gray Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Dipper
Mountain Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
Dark-eyed Junco - Pink-sided race
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Grosbeak
House Sparrow

Other Critter List

Richardson's ground squirrel
Red Squirrel
Douglas Squirrel
Least/YellowPine Chipmunk
Long-tailed Weasel
Muskrat
White-tailed Jackrabbit
Mouse/Kangaroo Rat sp.
Coyote + kits
Black Bear
Grizzly Bear
Gray Wolf
Elk + young
Pronghorn + young
Bison + calf
White-tailed Deer + young
Mule Deer + young
Moose + young
Mt Goat + young
Big Horn Sheep + young

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Yellowstone National Park

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