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Winter Wolf Retreats for 2013 dates TBA

Tentative Itinerary

DAY 1:

Meet at the at Bozeman, Montana, (BZN) airport between NOON and 1 PM.  All paperwork, waivers & releases, will need to be signed at or before this time.  Transport is through the scenic Paradise Valley to Yellowstone Park. Once in the park we will drive to the Buffalo Ranch in Lamar Valley to get settled into our cabins.  Wolves have been sighted prior to arriving at the ranch during some of the previous retreats.  We will briefly discuss the history of the ranch, wildlife watching, and preparations for the coming days before a gourmet dinner prepared by chef Zac Kellerman.

Day 2:

We will rise early for a full breakfast before departing for the field shortly after first light.  Early morning is the best time to catch the wolves while they are active.  The incredible Lamar Valley will be the backdrop for sightings of bison, elk, and coyotes while searching for wolves in 2-3 wolf pack territories.  We will return to the ranch for lunch each day.  After lunch, group members have the option to take a snowshoe hike or relaxing at the ranch.  We will return to the field observations at dusk.  Wine, beer, nuts, and cheeses will proceed Zac's gourmet dinner.  We will be treated to an evening presentation by one of our special guest naturalists/scientists (TBA).

Day 3:

The following days will follow a similar outline to the first full day at the ranch with a hot breakfast served prior to our early morning departure.  After lunch, we will again have the option for a snowshoe adventure.  Past snowshoe destinations have included the historic Rose Creek acclimation pen where wolves were first released in Yellowstone, a previously used wolf den, and a carcass site of a wolf-killed elk or bison.

Day 4:

Another hearty breakfast provided by the caterer will precede our last day in the field.  Experience dictates that by the third morning there will have been ample opportunity to watch wolves but additional sightings will be "topping it off" with more activity, different packs, and different observed behaviors.  The daily schedule will mirror the previous daysí schedules.  Another guest speaker (TBA) will give an evening talk.

Day 5: 

Our last morning will require early departures to the airport to catch flights.  The drive is 3+ hours, so PLEASE plan to arrive at the Bozeman airport no earlier than 11 AM to make flights no earlier than NOON.  NOTE:  Best-laid plans are always subject to change pending weather, guest speakersí schedules, wildlife sighting opportunities, and/or any unforeseen circumstances.  Please remain flexible to better enjoy the Yellowstone Winter Wolf Retreat experience.  If you have any questions concerning the itinerary, do not hesitate to contact us.

Past Guest Speakers at Winter Wolf Retreats:

bulletDr. Douglas W. Smith, author of the acclaimed book Decade of the Wolf, will give a presentation on his work as the supervisor and head biologist of the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project.
bulletDaniel Stahler, wolf biologist whose work includes nearly 10 years with the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project has studied predator-prey and wolf-scavenger relationships, as well as, most recently embarked on a PhD dissertation at UCLA using genetics and behavior data to look at individual wolves and their contributions to population recovery. 

Your Hosts:

bulletLinda Thurston has worked on wolf conservation and research over a decade in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Alberta.  Her work includes research on predator-prey relationships and innovative projects with local ranchers aimed to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts.
bulletDr. Nathan Varley will talk about his recently completed PhD research at the University of Alberta on wolves and elk in Yellowstone.  This research led to the discovery of distinct hunting grounds where wolves tend to be successful hunting elk, a pattern that influenced territoriality and ultimately wolf population growth.  Predation effects have trickled down to whole communities in the park where wolves influence vegetation and a diverse assemblage of species that rely on it.

Cost ($1790/person/double occupancy; $300 single supplement) includes transportation to/from Bozeman, MT, airport (BZN), all transportation, food, lodging, guiding, snowshoes, and presentations.  A $500 deposit is due at time of booking, remainder due 60 days prior to the trip.