Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Episode 20: Animals With the Wrong Names

Episode 20: Animals With the Wrong Names

August 30, 2018

Jellyfish aren't fish; sea horses aren't horses; flying foxes aren't foxes. We also have some animals here in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem that got the wrong names.

The 2 Minutes in the Yellowstone Ecosystem podcast is a production of the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.

Episode 19: Wolverines

Episode 19: Wolverines

August 24, 2018

They may not have adamantium claws, but this largest terrestrial member of the weasel family is still a fascinating and impressive animal!

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Episode 18: Lagomorphs

Episode 18: Lagomorphs

August 17, 2018

Is it a rodent? No, it's a lagomorph! Join us for a discussion about rabbits, hares, picas, and washing your mouth out with soap.

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Episode 17: Red Foxes

Episode 17: Red Foxes

August 9, 2018

Red foxes, the smallest wild canines in our ecosystem, are quite different from their larger cousins, the wolves and coyotes.

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Episode 16: North American Cheetahs

Episode 16: North American Cheetahs

August 2, 2018

The predecessor of today's modern cheetah, the fastest land animal, roamed the Montana and Wyoming plains as recently as 12,000 years ago.

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Episode 15: Rattlesnakes

Episode 15: Rattlesnakes

July 27, 2018

There are definitely snakes in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. There's just one that's dangerous to humans, though.

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Episode 14: Great Horned Owl Ears

Episode 14: Great Horned Owl Ears

July 19, 2018

Asymmetrical ears and feathers modified for silent flight are just two of the factors that make great horned owls some of the most fearsome predators of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. 

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Episode 13: Bald Eagles

Episode 13: Bald Eagles

July 6, 2018

What better subject for the week of America's Independence Day than the conservation success story of the bald eagle? Our national bird came close to extinction, but concerted efforts have them back, strong and proud.

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Episode 12: Training

Episode 12: Training

June 28, 2018

Animal training in zoos & wildlife sanctuaries isn't about performing tricks for an audience: it's about making the animals' lives healthier, happier, and safer.

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Episode 11: Coyotes

Episode 11: Coyotes

June 22, 2018

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable and resilient, and despite all attempts to wipe them out, they have not only survived, but thrived.

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Episode 10: Turkey Vultures

Episode 10: Turkey Vultures

June 14, 2018

These much-maligned icons of the American West are only part-time residents of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, but they fill a critical ecological niche.

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Episode 9: Wildlife Safety

Episode 9: Wildlife Safety

June 8, 2018

The recent spate of injuries in Yellowstone Park highlights the need to be aware of your surroundings around the big mammals of this ecosystem.

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Episode 8: Behavioral Enrichment

Episode 8: Behavioral Enrichment

May 30, 2018

At a wildlife sanctuary, it's important to keep the animals both physically and mentally healthy, and behavioral enrichment is one of our key tools.

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Episode 7: Swainson’s Hawks

Episode 7: Swainson’s Hawks

May 24, 2018

Masters of migration, Swainson's Hawks connect our Yellowstone ecosystem with one over 6,000 miles away in Argentina.

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Episode 6: Porcupines

Episode 6: Porcupines

May 17, 2018

Porcupines are the second-largest rodent in the Yellowstone ecosystem, and they fill a very important niche. Today's episode is all about the porcupines!

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Episode 5: What is the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?

Episode 5: What is the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?

May 10, 2018

We've spent the last four episodes talking about aspects of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. This week, we talk about what that really means.

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Episode 4: Bobcat vs Lynx: Which is which?

Episode 4: Bobcat vs Lynx: Which is which?

May 5, 2018

The greater Yellowstone ecosystem is one of the few places where you can find both bobcats and lynxes in the wild. What's the difference? How can you tell which is which?

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Episode 3: Basic Bear Safety

Episode 3: Basic Bear Safety

April 26, 2018

Bears of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem are digging out of their dens and blinking at the bright spring sunlight. This week, we talk about hibernation and bear safety.

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

 

Episode 2: Don’t Feed the Wildlife

Episode 2: Don’t Feed the Wildlife

April 19, 2018

We all love seeing wildlife, especially pretty songbirds at our bird feeders. But should we be feeding other wildlife? Absolutely not! In fact, it may even be illegal!

Learn more about us on the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary website.

Episode 1: Return of the Sandhill Cranes

Episode 1: Return of the Sandhill Cranes

April 12, 2018

Even as snow continues to fall, signs of spring are in the air in the Yellowstone ecosystem, and one of the biggest, loudest signs of spring is the annual return of the sandhill cranes.

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