Bugling Elk and Sleeping Grizzlies: The Who, What, and When of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Bugling Elk and Sleeping Grizzlies: The Who, What, and When of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

by Shirley Craighead
     
 

Restructured from Dr. Frank C. Craighead's popular book, For Everything There Is a Season, Bugling Elk and Sleeping Grizzlies illuminates the natural seasonal world of Yellowstone-Grand Teton National Parks. With text and numerous color photographs woven into a month by month timeline, park visitors will learn the activities and stages of the flora and fauna in the

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Restructured from Dr. Frank C. Craighead's popular book, For Everything There Is a Season, Bugling Elk and Sleeping Grizzlies illuminates the natural seasonal world of Yellowstone-Grand Teton National Parks. With text and numerous color photographs woven into a month by month timeline, park visitors will learn the activities and stages of the flora and fauna in the parks. Author Shirley A. Craighead, a naturalist in her own right, presents this nature calendar for young readers (ages 8 to 12), showing the most visible species as well as the most curious and hidden. Readers will learn what to look for when and how to know what is going on behind the scenes.

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Review posted on Amazon.com for trade paper title For Everything There Is a Season:
"For anyone who's in love with the land of the Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Craighead's book is required reading. What a joy to follow the changes of the seasons and the cycle of birth and migration of the area's animals with this knowledgeable man as a guide! Craighead focuses on weekly changes in climate and life, and each week is brimming with details of flora and fauna. I am constantly learning about my home, but this book isn't just for Jackson Hole dwellers - there are vivid photos on every page and extensive appendices for birders and amateur ecologists, as well as mammoth additional reading lists and a detailed index."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762728640
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Early August
Goldenrod and yellow sweet clover reach their peak of flowering. You will see the clover along roadsides in Grand Teton, especially along the road from Kelly up the Gros Ventre River. Yampa tubers, a favorite of grizzlies, are plentiful now. These tubers, which produce and store starch, taste like nuts. If you are sure of your identification, try them.
By this time kestrels have all fledged and are flying well. Young ravens join together by flying in groups. If you see a raven landing awkwardly on a fence post, you will know you are watching a young bird. The parent ravens are still feeding them.
Huckleberries are ripe. They have such a strong aroma that you can often smell them while walking along the trails in the Tetons. Be wary of bears, which are as fond of huckleberries as we are and can frequently be seen greedily stuffing themselves. Bears are as likely to be close to a hiking path as they are to be in the backcountry.
Uinta ground squirrels are fat and ready to hibernate. Many have already gone underground. The last ones will disappear by midmonth and will not be seen until spring. These ground squirrels are true hibernators. Their body temperature drops from 97 degrees to near freezing. They take only about four breaths a minute. These squirrels are so deeply asleep when hibernating, that if picked up, they would not awaken.
Young badgers and porcupines are four months old now. The badgers follow their parents through the sagebrush, intent on food and play. They eat mice, ground squirrels, and even insects. Immature porcupines-usually one per litter-spend their time in trees, eating the tender inner bark of trunks and limbs.

Meet the Author

Shirley A. Craighead lives in Moose, Wyoming, in Grand Teton National Park. She worked closely with her late husband, Dr. Frank C. Craighead, Jr., as he researched and wrote For Everything There Is a Season. She has hiked, fished, rafted, and observed flora and fauna throughout Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Dr. Frank C. Craighead, Jr., kept detailed, daily journals, recording the patterns of life that revolve around the changing seasons. He wrote For Everything There Is a Season after studying the plants and animals of the Yellowstone ecosystem for more than forty-five years

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