Monday, July 9, 2012

Wildlife Wonders in Yellowstone and Grand Teton

Grizzly Bears
Bison laying next to a thermal at Mud Volcano
Yellow-bellied Marmot
Red Fox
Female Sage Grouse
Mountain Bluebird
Male Moose
     For two weeks at the end of June, my family embarked on an amazing outdoor adventure to Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain National Parks. After a few days in Grand Teton, my husband, kids and I started reflecting on the animals that we had seen thus far and were amazed at the list we had generated. Everyday afterwards, we added to that list.

Elk – male and female
Yellow bellied marmot - many along Jenny Lake
White pelican - on the Yellowstone River at Fishing Bridge
Moose - one at Willow Flats and one female and
male on our raft trip
Bison and bison calves - hundreds everywhere
but the most spectacular was in Lamar Valley
Snowshoe Hare
Coyote - surprised one while hiking the Howard
Eaton Trail along the Yellowstone River
Black bear - multiple times in Yellowstone
Wood duck
Grizzly bear - two adult and one cub off the road 
near Canyon Village
Red fox
Wandering Garter Snake
Wolf - in distance at 8:45 pm near Pleasure Valley 
in Yellowstone
Ground squirrel - these burrowing animals are everywhere
Sage grouse - on our hike up Bunsen Peak near Mammoth Springs
Mountain Bluebird - on our hike down Bunsen Peak near Mammoth Springs
Cinnamon black bear - side of the road at 9:30 pm on the pass south of Roosevelt Lodge
Bald eagle - on our raft trip down the Snake River in Grand Teton
Beaver - on our raft trip
Loon - kayaking Half Moon Bay on Jackson Lake
Bighorn Sheep (ewe) - Colorado River Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

    I am so grateful to have been able to share this wildlife experience with my children, for them to understand that we are visitors in these animal's homes and that we must do everything in our power to respect and protect them and their habitats.

Note: These photos were taken with respect to the wildlife using a high power zoom lens.


  1. Fabulous pictures - love them, and your full list of sightings!

  2. Thanks Lynette! It was a great experience for B and V.