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Yellowstone’s birds are vital

January 1, 2019

Traveling through Yellowstone National Park (YNP), visitors frequently stop to enjoy the park’s birds: small songbirds flitting about the willows, sandhill cranes engaged in their ritual mating dances, or myriad species of waterfowl loafing in one of the park's many wetlands. Typically while driving the roads of YNP, a majority of visitors consider a stopped car and raised binoculars a sure sign of some large mammal sighting. Bird watchers in YNP are familiar with this expectation and steel themselves to deliver the tough news. Certainly the park boasts its share of large charismatic birds, including trumpeter swans and bald and golden eagles; however, next to the bison, wolves, bears, and elk that bring so many visitors to Yellowstone, the park’s birds often seem overlooked.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2019
Title Yellowstone’s birds are vital
Authors Robert H. Diehl, Douglas W. Smith
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Yellowstone Science
Index ID 70238869
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center