Sunday, December 14, 2014
Dramatic Photo Time Series, 1912-2010 Yellowstone National Park
The below link was forwarded onto me by Allen Shallenberger (double click to open it). It is a photograph time series from 1912 to 2010 of the Madison River near the Seven Mile Bridge in Yellowstone National Park. This photo series does and incredible job of demonstrating the types of vegetation community changes that have occurred across our landscape in as little as 100 years. In this particular case, the complete conversion of a willow and aspen dominated riparian area to a much drier grassland type. I would hypothesis that even in the complete absence of hunting, moose occurrence on this particular landscape has trended from common to little or none, because there is no longer moose habitat present.
Dean Waltee, Wildlife Biologist, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.