Yellowstone Celebrates National Wetlands Appreciation Month
Contact: Al Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, (307) 344-2012
May is National Wetlands Appreciation Month. In celebration of the importance of America’s wetlands, Yellowstone National Park staff invites all interested parties to attend a special field trip and an evening talk highlighting wetlands and the flora and fauna living in them.
On Sunday, May 13, Yellowstone’s ornithologist Terry McEneaney, and vegetation specialist Mary Hektner will lead you on a field trip to explore wetland ecology. Participants are asked to meet in front of the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs at 6:00 a.m., where they will carpool to nearby wetland areas to explore and observe the rich diversity of plants, springtime birds and other wildlife. The group will return to the visitor center by 9:30 a.m.
On Thursday, May 24, at 8:30 p.m., Yellowstone’s botanist Jennifer Whipple will explore the fascinating array of wetland plants found in the greater Yellowstone area with a talk and slide presentation in the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Map Room. Discussions will include how the geothermal systems in Yellowstone create an intermingling of hot and cold waters leading to diverse wetland communities and an interesting array of wetland plants.
If you have questions about either event, please call 307-344-2151.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.