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June 18, 2015 – Perseverance 

June 19, 2015

After several days of searching for wolves and leaving Roosevelt camp at 5 am, we were rewarded with the chance to observe the Lamar Canyon wolf pack. This pack has had to persevere through the tragic death of the alpha female, but despite massive disruption and challenges, this pack has recovered. We enjoyed watching one member of the pack bring fresh kill to his brothers, and he was greeted with playful tail wagging. We watched with anticipation as the wolves stalked a pronghorn and her two fawns; however, the mother pronghorn stood her ground and the babies escaped.

Later that morning, Quinn, a researcher with the Yellowstone Wolf Project, led us on a trek to see an abandoned wolf den. He also showed us how he researches the diet of wolves by examining a bison carcass, in CSI fashion. Dawn, Michelle, and Coleen persevered in sawing through a bison femur to collect a bone marrow sample for wildlife research.

Dawn sawing the bison femur for a bone marrow sample.

Dawn sawing the bison femur for a bone marrow sample.

On the way to our afternoon hike, we witnessed the perseverance of a mother black bear as she guided her two cubs safely across a busy road in search of food. We stopped traffic to assure their safe crossing.

Finally, we challenged ourselves with a hike up to a high elevation lake and stream to witness the perseverance of cutthroat trout as they swam against the current to spawn. As we sat in an alpine meadow filled with wildflowers, reflecting on our day, we acknowledged our growing connection to this place.

teachers hiking towards a lake

Hike to Buck lake from Trout Lake.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Arne permalink
    June 19, 2015 5:45 pm

    What happened to the great picture of Coleen holding the bisons skull? It looks as if everyone is learning and at the same time having a wonderful experience. Exciting that the school board made this trip possible for the top teachers keep up the good work and bring your experiences back to the classroom.

    • meganchesser permalink
      June 19, 2015 10:56 pm

      Thanks Arne!!! Love my hiking boots!

  2. Molly permalink
    June 22, 2015 5:38 am

    Sonja, What an amazing adventure! I am so excited to hear about all you have learned and experienced. What a gift! Safe travels and much love!

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