Overview

There is nowhere in North America as iconic as Yellowstone National Park. Towering mountains, spewing geysers, vast forests and valleys harboring the highest megafauna density on the continent make this a must-visit destination for anyone wanting to experience the classic American West. But the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, as it is known by locals and researchers, is much more than what is found within the National Park’s borders, despite its enormous size. The ecosystem includes huge, pristine prairies, alpine crags and meadows, near-arid desert, and the most diverse and lovely scenery one could hope for.

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Tour Facts Top Birds
Grey-crowned & Black Rosy Finches; Great Grey, Boreal & Northern Pygmy Owls; Red & White-winged Crossbills; Gyrfalcon; Sharp-tailed & Greater Sage Grouse; Lapland Longspur; Barrow's Goldeneye; Bohemian Waxwing; Pine Grosbeak; Clark's Nutcracker; Townsend's Solitaire; Steller's Jay.
Top Mammals
Gray Wolf; Elk; Pronghorn; Bighorn Sheep, American Bison; River Otter; Pine Marten; Red Fox; Coyote
Habitats Covered
shortgrass and mixed-grass Prairie, Riparian Deciduous Forest, frozen Lake and Marsh wetlands, Montane Coniferous Forest, Alpine grassland
Expected Climate
Yellowstone in the winter is freezing! Temperatures typically range from a high of 26°F (-3°C) to an average low of 4°F(-16°C). Snow fall or rain is expected on average 11-13 days of the month.
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper Leader and local leaders where necessary
Tour Pace & Walking
tour pace is relaxed
Accommodation
3-4 star accommodations throughout the tour.
Ease of Birding
generally easy, though sometimes species like Northern Pygmy Owl or Gray Partridge can be a little tricky to pin down.
Other Attractions
wildlife and photography, riding a snowcoach, Old Faithful and Steamboat Spring geysers erupting, Lamar Valley
Photographic Opportunities
excellent photo ops of bird and mammal species
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I just wanted you to know that the trip to Texas with Stefan and Claudia went fantastic. The birding was unbelievable and the logistics to pull that all off in such a large state as Texas were near flawless. Stefan is an amazing birder and his persistence and patience made certain everyone got on the birds; the views were amazing. Claudia was a great help for him and was fantastic at quickly getting the scope on the birds as well. It was all wonderful Rockjumper birding until you drop at its finest! On side notes, the food was great.

Stephan Lorenz was a fantastic guide! He found all the birds; and also importantly, he made sure everyone was able to see them. He and Claudia were delightful to travel with. Stephan was also very knowledgeable about the general natural history of Texas and the state in general. It made the trip especially interesting. Stephan was stellar, the trip was great!

We enjoyed the tour. Stephan was great in every way and Claudia also terrific. The locations were interesting. The Lost Maples area was really lovely. The bat cave experience was amazing!

Stephan Lorenz is a fantastic leader. This is my second trip with him and the reason I booked this trip. His attention to details and relentless searching for sought after birds makes any trip with him well worth the time. He and his wife, Claudia work well together as a dynamic team solving any problem that arise. We missed our connections and were late for the first day and efforts were made and resolved for us to join the group quickly. Despite the stormy weather we were able to see the target birds. This trip was selected because of the shorter amount of days making it easier to fit into our schedule. During this pandemic we felt safe traveling with this group and with the conditions of lodging and take out meal dining. I look forward to my next trip with Stephan.

Overall it was a great trip. Stephan made sure everyone got good looks at all the found birds. Highly recommend it.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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