For the love of birds and parks.
In the midst of an intensifying battle between protecting public lands and advancing private interests, I want to share a moment of avian celebration at Yellowstone National Park. As the first U.S. national park (1872), birding records date back to its establishment. There are 258 species documented; half of which nest in the park.
Canada Goose family. Photo by © Robin Edwards
Yellow-headed Blackbird. Photo by © Robin Edwards
Red-breasted Nuthatch. Photo by © Robin Edwards
Mountain Chickadee. Photo by © Mark Schraad
Mountain Bluebird. Photo by © Mark Schraad
Mountain Bluebird. Photo by © Robin Edwards
Dusky Grouse. Photo by © Mark Schraad
Common Raven. Photo by © Mark Schraad
Clark’s Nutcracker. Photo by © Mark Schraad
Canada Jays. Photo by © Robin Edwards
This is the bird formerly known as Gray Jay (from 1957 to 2018). Now it’s been returned to its original moniker – the Canada Jay.
Black-billed Magpie. Photo by © Robin Edwards
For information on the YNP bird program and to find checklists, visit the National Park Service REPORTS.
For a disturbing summation of the damage done to our national parks, monuments, and wildlife refuges in one short year, consider this infographic of political maneuvering by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke…
Infographic courtesy of © The Wilderness Society
To protect our wild spaces and all the flora and fauna (including humans), add your voice!
ACTION ITEM: “America’s top program for protecting parks ends soon.” (The Wilderness Society)
(Featured image – Trumpeter Swans. Photo by © Robin Edwards)
“One basic weakness in a conservation system based wholly on economic motives is that most members of the land community have no economic value…We have no land ethic yet, but we have at least drawn nearer the point of admitting that birds should continue as a matter of biotic right, regardless of the presence or absence of economic advantage to us.”–Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac)
Thank you for this A.L. quote!
Hey Angela, I just happen to be in Yellowstone right now. Getting cold, and I am having a hard time finding to many birds! Still great to be here. Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swans, Common Mergansers, and a few others. So far I have not been able to find any Canada (Gray) Jays to photograph, but I have three more days. Heading to the Lamar Valley area tomorrow.
Hi Tom, Any day in Yellowstone is a good day!! Have a grand birding adventure, and soak up some fall in the park for us. *definitely having road trip envy* 😉