The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is rife with eye-catching scenery and majestic wildlife—it only takes a few hours of driving or hiking to see it. But much of what makes Yellowstone truly great isn’t obvious from roadside or trailside. Watch these four videos for a less-obvious look into the inner workings of the world’s first national park and its connected environments.
1. Climate Change and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
The National Park Service, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, has provided conservation and environmental studies that have been a great benefit to Yellowstone and its visitors. But the effects of climate change have compromised the stability of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Park Service works to gauge the effects of climate change, and take proactive measures to stifle its effects.
2. Greater Yellowstone Whitebark Pine
Whitebark Pine are a delicate, essential part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The National Forest Service provides detailed information on threats to Whitebark Pine—threats that come from multiple ecological phenomenons.
3. Madison Valley, Montana: A model for land & water conservation
Ecosystem conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem doesn’t necessarily happen with Yellowstone’s park boundaries—nature doesn’t draw such defined lines. In places like southwest Montana, conservationists ensure residential development and other private enterprises don’t soil lush wilderness that house diverse plant and animal lif
4. Photographing Animal Migrations, the Heartbeat of Yellowstone
Wildlife ecologist Arthur Middleton and photographer Joe Riis outline the beauty and struggle of animal migration across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—a subject that’s been hasn’t been researched in great depth. Middleton breaks down detailed behaviors of migrating ungulates and their interactions with animals and objects in the Greater Yellowstone, and Riis captures incredible, telling photos of these animals on their journeys. Their findings on these animals can be found in the Invisible Boundaries exhibit—currently housed here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.