Monday, May 18, 2020

An Incredible Wolf Journey (Part 2): An Audio Post



In Part 1 I described how Wolf 341F left her birth pack, travelled through Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah and finally entered Colorado in 2009. She was only the second confirmed wolf to reach Colorado since the Yellowstone reintroduction fourteen years earlier. 

By the time 341F reached Colorado she showed her skill at knowing when, where, and how to cross life-threatening roads as she continued deeper into the state. Eventually, above Interstate 70, she turned north into the wildlife-rich Rocky Mountains...

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Rick Lamplugh writes and photographs to protect wildlife and wild lands.

His bestselling In the Temple of Wolves; its sequel, Deep into Yellowstone; and its prequel, The Wilds of Aging are available signed

His books are also available unsigned or as eBook or audiobook on Amazon.


Wolf pictured is Oregon wolf, OR-2, photo by ODFW. I found no useable images of 341F alive, but she looked like OR-2.

Monday, May 11, 2020

An Incredible Wolf Journey (Part 1): An AudioPost


in Part 1 of this special two-part AudioPost, I want to tell you about an incredible wolf journey.

When wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone in the mid-90s, they were expected to leave the park and repopulate other areas. And they did, traveling in many directions. Two wolves came together just north of the park in 2000 to form the Mill Creek Pack. By 2007 that pack had three adults and five pups. One of those pups was a female who, though she started her life in Montana, would end her life—after an incredible journey—far from her birthplace and family.

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Rick Lamplugh writes and photographs to protect wildlife and wild lands.

His bestselling In the Temple of Wolves; its sequel, Deep into Yellowstone; and its prequel, The Wilds of Aging are available signed

His books are also available unsigned or as eBook or audiobook on Amazon.


Wolf pictured is Oregon wolf, OR-2, photo by ODFW. I found no useable images of 341F alive, but she looked like OR-2.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Witness to A Bison Birth: An AudioPost


I want to tell you about the birth of a bison.


I was tinkering in the garage when I heard a bison grunt nearby. I looked out the window and there, just fifteen feet away, was a bison giving birth. Giggling with excitement, I snuck in the house to get Mary. We crept back and took turns peeking out the window—our eyes just above the sill so as not to disturb the laboring mom. From the time the calf’s hooves emerged until the newborn was on the ground in its translucent sac...


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Rick Lamplugh writes and photographs to protect wildlife and wild lands.

His bestselling In the Temple of Wolves; its sequel, Deep into Yellowstone; and its prequel, The Wilds of Aging are available signed

His books are also available unsigned or as eBook or audiobook on Amazon.


Photo by Rick Lamplugh

Monday, April 27, 2020

In Awe of Bison: An AudioPost


I want to tell you why I'm in awe of bison.


One day I was cross-country skiing with friends on a national forest road just outside Yellowstone. As we rounded a bend, I spotted a group of bison. One female caught my attention. She stood apart from the group, seemingly intent on a spectacular view of Electric Peak. Behind her, the distant terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs steamed away.

To reach here, she and the other bison had migrated at least thirty-five miles from the Lamar Valley. They were led by a matriarch; she probably learned the migration route from matriarchs that once led her. Along the way...

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This reading based on a chapter of the best selling Deep into Yellowstone.




Rick Lamplugh writes and photographs to protect wildlife and wild lands.

His bestselling In the Temple of Wolves; its sequel, Deep into Yellowstone; and its prequel, The Wilds of Aging are available signed

His books are also available unsigned or as eBook or audiobook on Amazon.


Bison photo by Rick Lamplugh

Monday, April 20, 2020

Leaving Yellowstone's Lamar Valley: An AudioPost


I want to tell you about leaving the Lamar Valley.


Mary and I spent three winters living and volunteering at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch in the heart of Yellowstone’s wildlife-filled country. That experience changed our lives, prompted us to leave our home in Oregon so that we could live next door to Yellowstone.

I looked recently at my dog-eared copy of In the Temple of Wolves, the book I wrote about those three winters. The last chapter captures why those winters were so powerful. And why we live here today.

Here’s the story:



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This reading based on a chapter of the best selling In the Temple of Wolves.




Rick Lamplugh writes and photographs to protect wildlife and wild lands.

His bestselling In the Temple of Wolves; its sequel, Deep into Yellowstone; and its prequel, The Wilds of Aging are available signed

His books are also available unsigned or as eBook or audiobook on Amazon.


Coyote photo by Rick Lamplugh




Top photo by Rick Lamplugh.