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The sound of science in Yellowstone

"Telemetry" refers to the wireless transmission of information, often via radio waves, from one location to another. Our public radio-style audio series helps transmit some of Yellowstone's scientific investigations to listeners, wherever they are. Go on a sound safari in the world's first national park for surprising stories and in-depth reporting that highlight science and issues in the region.

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Dark smoke from the 2016 Maple Fire towers over the landscape.
Reburn: The Maple Fire Story
On August 8, 2016, a lightning strike ignited a small fire on the edge of Yellowstone National Park near the community of West Yellowstone. Most fires in the park never burn more than about a quarter-acre, but the Maple Fire would go on to burn over 45,000. It was the largest fire in the park since the historic fires of 1988.
A Yellowstone mountain lion photographed with a camera trap. Photo courtesy of Drew Rush.
Cougar M198
Last January, one of Yellowstone's marked mountain lions went missing. Scientists traveled deep into the park to investigate. And that journey? It wasn't as straightforward as they thought it would be.
One Fish, Two Fish: Saving the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
One Fish, Two Fish: Saving the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
Back in 1870, a member of the Washburn Expedition wrote in his diary about the Yellowstone cutthroat trout: "Two men could catch them faster than half a dozen could clean and get them ready for the frying pan.” Since then, things have become a lot more complicated.
Telemetry: To Catch a Loon
To Catch a Loon
What do scientists do when they're racing to understand what's happening to one of the smallest and most isolated common loon populations in North America? Whatever it takes. Get ready because this story might change the way you think about birders forever.


Telemetry is supported by the Acoustic Atlas through a collaborative project with the Montana State University Library, which collects and curates field recordings of natural sounds in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Telemetry is supported, in part, by Yellowstone Forever, and by a generous grant through the Eyes on Yellowstone program. Eyes on Yellowstone is made possible by Canon U.S.A., Inc. This program represents the largest corporate donation for wildlife conservation in the park.

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Last updated: June 7, 2017

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