Gunnar: Yellowstone Day 3
Today was a busy day and long day of hiking. We started by looking for pika, which is the smallest member of the rabbit family, in an area known as Hells Roaring. We were able to see two different pika in the area and hear a couple separate ones before we climbed up to the top. Once we reached the top it was a great view of the valley below and from the top we could hear coyotes howling from a relatively close distance away. Once we finished searching for pika we went to look for wolves, and we found eight of the Junction Butte pack feeding on a bison carcass that they had recently killed.
After looking for the wolves we went hiking up to the top of Junction Butte. We hiked about a total of five miles to the top of the butte combined with hiking down to the confluence of the Yellowstone and the Lamar Rivers. At the confluence we did a couple separate activities on how to measure different things throughout the park that could be affected by climate change like; precipitation, snow fall, and temperature. After hiking we went back to Gardiner, Montana where we are staying and listened a speaker talk about climate change and how it affects the Yellowstone ecosystem and surrounding ecosystems.