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Fractured Perfection

June 16, 2012

Raising families isn’t easy. There are challenges that must be overcome all the time. It’s a tenuous connection within the circle of life, too. Our team has been blessed to witness the wonders of nature’s families and the challenges they must overcome to survive.

Young Great Grey Owl

Young Great Grey Owl in a nest near the Beartooth Mountains. Photo by Melissa Downland

Spending the day with Dan Hartman, a renowned naturalist and photographer, deepened our understanding of the inter-connectiveness of life. His passion for the preservation of all life energized our perspective and dedication to do the same upon our return to North Carolina. We renewed our awareness that our lives are not that much different than the wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which he works so hard to protect. Over the past few days, we witnessed a variety of family connections as we encountered a mother black bear and her two playful cubs during a hike, and then we marveled at the responsibility of a badger parent to make sure she took care of her litter.

Red Fox leaping after a snack

We followed a red fox as it hunted for its prey in the Beartooth Mountains. Photo by Melissa Dowland

Today reinforced this concept, as we witnessed the family dynamics of a Great Gray Owl family and the struggles the mother and her two chicks face every day. Then while traveling through snow-covered Beartooth wilderness, we were thrilled to watch a red fox hunt for food for its family. Shouts of glee rang through our vans as the fox stalked many rodents, lept into the air, and then plunged nose first into the snow to capture its prey.

Spending the day with Dan Hartman renewed our perspective about the circle of life.

By Rowan, Ami, and Joyce

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ginny Byrne permalink
    June 20, 2012 3:05 pm

    Lou, here is your beautiful photo of the Great Gray Owl family that you wanted to share with your 6th graders. From the other blogs it looks as if you saw other owls as well. Enjoy your trip photos. Ginny Byrne, alternate, for 2013

  2. June 20, 2012 5:46 pm

    Great picture of a fox in action. May we use it in the Educator’s Guide for Yellowstone in Winter?

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