Wolf Retreats for 2013
at the at Bozeman,
Montana, (BZN) airport between NOON and 1 PM. All
paperwork, waivers & releases, will need to be signed at or
before this time. Transport is through the
scenic Paradise Valley to Yellowstone Park. Once in the park we will drive to the Buffalo Ranch in Lamar
Valley to get settled into our cabins.
Wolves have been sighted prior to arriving at the ranch during some of the
previous retreats. We
will briefly discuss the history of the ranch, wildlife watching, and
preparations for the coming days before a gourmet dinner prepared by chef Zac
will rise early for a full breakfast before departing for the field shortly after
first light. Early morning is the
best time to catch the wolves while they are active.
The incredible Lamar Valley
will be the backdrop for sightings of bison, elk, and coyotes while searching
for wolves in 2-3 wolf pack territories. We
will return to the ranch for lunch each day.
After lunch, group members have the option to take a snowshoe hike or
relaxing at the ranch. We will return to the field
observations at dusk. Wine, beer, nuts, and
cheeses will proceed Zac's gourmet dinner.
We will be treated to an evening presentation by one of our special guest
following days will follow a similar outline to the first full day at the ranch
with a hot breakfast served prior to our early morning departure. After lunch, we will
again have the option for a snowshoe adventure.
Past snowshoe destinations have included the historic
Creek acclimation pen where wolves were first released in Yellowstone, a previously used wolf den,
and a carcass site of a wolf-killed
elk or bison.
hearty breakfast provided by the caterer will precede our last day in the
field. Experience dictates that by
the third morning there will have been ample opportunity to watch wolves but
additional sightings will be "topping it off" with more activity,
different packs, and different observed behaviors. The
daily schedule will mirror the previous daysí schedules.
Another guest speaker (TBA)
will give an evening talk.
last morning will require early departures to the airport to catch flights.
The drive is 3+ hours, so PLEASE plan to arrive at the Bozeman airport no earlier than 11 AM to make flights no earlier than NOON.
Best-laid plans are always subject to change pending weather, guest
speakersí schedules, wildlife sighting opportunities, and/or any unforeseen
circumstances. Please remain flexible to better enjoy the Yellowstone Winter Wolf
Retreat experience. If you have any questions
concerning the itinerary, do not hesitate to contact us.
at Winter Wolf Retreats:
($1790/person/double occupancy; $300 single supplement) includes transportation to/from Bozeman, MT,
airport (BZN), all transportation, food, lodging, guiding, snowshoes,
and presentations. A $500 deposit is due at time of booking,
remainder due 60 days prior to the trip.