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"Minute Out In It" Video Series

Got a minute?

Enjoy our series of short videos documenting a variety of events and phenomena in Yellowstone. We hope they'll be the next best thing to being here in person.

Full disclosure: some videos run more than a minute in length.

 

Steamboat
What's it like to witness an eruption of the world's largest active geyser? Three employees share their story from the night of September 3, 2014.

 

Backyard Owls
Great horned owls live in Alaska, Florida and virtually everywhere in-between, but people rarely get to see them because they mostly hunt at night. This spring, a pair of owls delighted crowds in Mammoth Hot Springs when they established a visible nest and hunted during the day since that's when local prey (the Uinta ground squirrel) is most active.

 

Morning Fog
Every so often, the air temperature and dew point conspire to create a misty morning along the river valleys of the northern range.

 

Ruffed Grouse
A male ruffed grouse claims his territory in the forest near Mammoth Hot Springs. During this ritual display, the grouse beats its wings in a series of thumps that builds to a resonant crescendo, the bird's wings blurring with speed.

 
Chorus Frogs
If you've visited Yellowstone during spring, you've probably heard the all-male chorus of the boreal chorus frog: but actually seeing them is another matter. Ranger Rita Garcia reminisces about discovering them for the first time.
 
Spring Sunset Sonic
The sounds of spring fill the air as the sun sets on the Lower Geyser Basin. Featuring the slurps and gurgles of Fountain Pain Pot, the splashes of Clepsydra Geyser, the song of the American Robin, and the calls of a Sandhill Crane.
 

Spring Bears
Bears have begun emerging from their winter dens in Yellowstone. As a grizzly forages near the Midway Geyser Basin, the park's bear management biologist explains early spring bear behavior, and how the public can both help bears and protect themselves over the next few months.

 
Rumor Control
Should you worry about earthquakes near North America's largest volcano? Are animals fleeing the park? Public Affairs Chief Al Nash sets the record straight on a few stories circulating about Yellowstone.
 

Spring Plowing
If you've ever wondered why it takes us so long to transition from oversnow travel to wheeled vehicles, grab a front row seat to the park's plowing operations

 

Twofer
Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of geysers in the world. Even so, watching two at once makes it a special day. In this video, Castle Geyser is accompanied by a distant favorite: Old Faithful.

 
Winter Driving
Winter drivers face a number of potential hazards in Yellowstone, including black ice, snow-packed roads and whiteouts. Evaluate conditions before you head out, and drive carefully so that you can spend your time watching wildlife instead of waiting for a tow truck.
 
Hidden Gems in Pebble Creek
Enjoy the unusual ice formations along Pebble Creek as this slow stream transitions from late fall to winter.

Did You Know?

Fishing Bridge.

You cannot fish from Fishing Bridge. Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area. It is now a popular place to observe fish.