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Spring Wolf Watch II

Dates: April 22-27, 2018
Places left: 5
Cost*: $1,950.00
Deposit required: $500.00 per person
*Cost is per person based on double occupancy. $150.00 additional for single room supplement.
Plus tax when applicable.


Description

Have you always wanted the vast expanse of Yellowstone's wild country all to yourself? This is a rare opportunity! Enjoy wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park at the transition to spring time. In April, few people visit the park, leaving it to the wildlife, which are abundant, including wolves settling into their denning routines, herds of elk gathering on the first new growth of grasses, bison having their calves, and grizzly and black bears emerging from hibernation.

Join Yellowstone Wolf Tracker (www.wolftracker.com) biologists for this unique early season program that is sure to impart lasting memories of an awakening landscape rich with wildlife, fantastic gourmet food, and comfortable lodging all in one perfect package! Includes naturalist guiding for this 6-day, 5-night program with lodging, transportation to/from Bozeman, Montana (BZN), in-park transportation, park fees, the highest quality spotting scopes, and most meals.

The Wild Side, LLC, is an authorized tour and transportation provider (CUA 13-133) in Yellowstone National Park.


Schedule

April 22, 2018 — Travel to Bozeman, Montana, which is served by Bozeman Yellowstone Airport at Gallatin Field (BZN). Check in on your own at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman anytime after 3 PM (stay included in package). The GranTree Inn offers free shuttle service to/from the airport, and for visiting downtown shops or the famous Museum of the Rockies. Dinner is on your own.

April 23, 2018 — Have breakfast at the GranTree with a tour voucher then after check out, meet our staff at 11 AM in the lobby for transport to Yellowstone National Park. The route is through the scenic Paradise Valley rimmed with rugged mountain peaks. A lunch stop is planned on route to the park. At Yellowstone, the group will visit the famous Roosevelt Arch for a formal arrival to the park. Our first destination in the park is Mammoth Hot Springs where we will walk the terrace boardwalk to experience the amazing travertine hot springs, some of Yellowstone’s finest thermal features.

Check in follows at the Absaroka Lodge in Gardiner, where the group stays until the last night. From your room, the views of the Yellowstone River and its rolling hills and snow-clad mountains astound! The Absaroka Lodge features wifi, cable tv, and balconies in each room overlooking the Yellowstone River. Our evening meal will be prepared and served by our chef Zac Kellerman of Zac’s Montana Kitchen. Zac has been at the helm for our program's dinners for years with thoroughly rave reviews. Dinner is accompanied by an orientation for the days ahead.

April 24, 2018 — An early morning departure creates our best chances of viewing active wildlife. Wolves will be our priority, but many wildlife species are seen along the way. We will search the park’s northern range for wildlife from bison to bears, badgers to bald eagles. Search areas include the Blacktail Plateau, the Slough Creek valley, and the famous wildlife haven, Lamar Valley, for resident wolf packs. Our search will team with rangers, scientists, and the eclectic wolf-watching faithful in a mutual effort to find and observe wildlife. Picnic breakfast each morning will be served in the field to maximize our time searching and observing in the field. Lunch on day 2 will be at the home and photography gallery of our good friends, Dan and Cindy Hartman, who are exceptional naturalists that share their many insights to wildlife in the area. An evening presentation accompanies Zac’s gourmet catered dinner at the Track Education Center in Gardiner.

April 25, 2018 — Our schedule will be similar to the previous day, as the goal is to look for multiple wolf packs and make observations of a variety of behaviors and activities (hunting, playing, traveling, feeding, (sleeping!), etc.). This time period is at the tail-end of the breeding season for wolves, so courtship behavior may bring exceptional opportunities to view and learn. Lunch will be back in Gardiner. An after-dinner evening session at the Animal Track Education Center in Gardiner will feature one of our special guest speakers, to be announced. Past speakers have included Dr. Douglas Smith, film-maker Bob Landis, UCLA behavioral geneticist Dan Stahler, and other distinguished experts in the field of wolf biology and behavior.

April 26, 2018 — To maximize our opportunities for viewing wolves, bears, and many other wildlife species we will return to the Northern Range and Lamar Valley. Lamar is one of the best areas in the park for wolves, bears, and vast herds of bison and elk. The sheer abundance gives this area its well-earned nickname, “The Serengeti of North America.” A final celebration dinner follows with Chef Zac in Gardiner.

April 27, 2018 — After breakfast we will transport to the Bozeman airport (or a nearby destination) for mid-day airlines departures no earlier than NOON.

NOTE: Best-laid plans are always subject to change pending weather, wildlife sighting opportunities, and/or any unforeseen circumstances. Please bear with us and remain flexible to better enjoy this experience. If you have any questions concerning the tentative itinerary, do not hesitate to contact us!


Terms and conditions

Cancellations: To book a package, multi-day group program, a per person deposit is required up front to reserve a space. The balance will be due prior to the beginning of the program, usually 30-60 days out, depending on the specific program. A full refund minus $45 processing fee will be given for all cancellations more than 45 days before the trip. For cancellations less than 45 days prior to departure, the deposit is non-refundable. We accept personal and/or cashier's checks made to THE WILD SIDE, LLC, and mailed to PO BOX 769, Gardiner MT 59030, or you may also sign up here at the Yellowstone Wolf Guides web pages.

Health and Safety: The trip requires good physical fitness and mobility, or the ability to walk up to 1 mile over uneven terrain. The trip is suitable for people of all ages, though children below the age of 14 must receive prior approval. If you have health questions, consult your doctor for more information. The tour leaders must be advised in advance of any special health needs. Weather conditions can change without notice and it is the responsibility of the traveler to have proper clothing and equipment. We will provide a list for the clothing and gear recommended for the trip.

Responsibilities and Conditions: We act only in the capacity of agent in all matters of transportation and tour operation. We are not responsible for delays, inconveniences, accidents, expense or mishap of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part, from the negligence of others or from causes beyond our control. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the participant, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. The right is reserved to substitute accommodations or modes of transportation and to make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary or caused by changes in transportation schedules. We take no responsibility for special arrangements or problems incurred by persons physically unable to participate in the planned activities. No refund can be made for absence from the tour unless arrangements are made at the time of the booking. The right is reserved to decline, to accept or to retain any person as a tour member for any reason which affects the operation of the tour or the rights and welfare or enjoyment of the other tour members. We will not discriminate against any individual because of race, sex, creed or nationality.

Cancelled Trips: We reserve the right to cancel any trip if conditions arise that are beyond our control and adversely affects the well-being of the trip members. In such a case, a full refund of the trip cost is given, but we are not responsible for additional expenses incurred by members in preparing for the trip including flights and other travel expenses.




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