Suggested Reading List
Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness
Author: Paul Schullery
Description: Eloquent, elegant, truthful and practical - an environmental history of America's best idea, Yellowstone.
Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country
Author: William Fritz & Robert Thomas
Description: Updated, classic roadside geology book for the Yellowstone Region explains current geological theories.
Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park
Author: Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf
Description: This first comprehensive account of Indians in and around Yellowstone corrects more than a century of ignorance. Detailed here is Yellowstone's native peoples and their story of a long engagement with a remarkable landscape.
To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone
Author: Mary Ann Franke
Description: The author brings clarity and revelation to one of Yellowstone's most complex struggles by tracing the history of bison and humans into the 19th century and further into the national parks era. Here's discussion of bison management and park policy - the battle over brucellosis, snowmobiles and groomed winter roads, desires of Native Americans, bison and predators.
Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Author: Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel
Description: Find out about the forces that shaped and continue to shape the Greater Yellowstone-Teton region. Illustrations and driving tours of both parks help visitors enjoy and understand the Earth's creative forces in this wondrous region.
After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park
Author: Linda Wallace, Editor
Description: The ravaging fires of 1988 caused many scientists to predict long-term devastation which did not come to pass. This scientific summary by wildlife biologists, ecosystem and forest scientists and landscape ecologists discusses the many things that changed and did not change in the Yellowstone area. Realize the role of fire in the ecosystem and the resiliency of nature.
Seen and unseen: Discovering the Microbes of Yellowstone
Author: K. Sheehan, D. Patterson, B. Dicks, J. Henson
Description: Discover the nearly unexplored world of Yellowstone's microbial flora and fauna - bacteria that color scalding hot springs, algae that thrive in acid, microbes that allow bison to digest grass and microbial mats in every color of the rainbow.
Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone
Author: Douglas W. Smith and Gary Ferguson
Description: Research and storytelling meld to document wolf recovery in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wolf biologist, Smith, and nature writer, Ferguson, provide an inside look at the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project ten years after the controversial decision was made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to reintroduce wolves into the park. Smith, wolf project leader who has worked with the Yellowstone Wolf Project since its inception, has studied wolves for 25 years. Ferguson, whose writing largely arises from intimate experiences, followed through the seasons, the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park. Their collaboration offers hard facts and 'impressionistic portraits of individual wolves that reveal their epic lives full of struggle and conquest.' Here is the history of the return of the top predator to Yellowstone.
The Sibley Guide to Birds
Author: David Allen Sibley
Description: Sibley, a talented painter, offers this wonderful, data-packed color guide with range maps and detailed descriptions of songs and calls. This book is perfect for field trips with short walks and may be too heavy for some to take to the field in which case it can await back in the car.
Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition
Author: Marlene Deahl Merril, editor
Description: Daily record of Ferdinand Hayden's historic 1871 scientific expedition to the Yellowstone basin. This expedition's findings influenced Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world's first national park. The expedition made many scientific discoveries as well as producing the earliest on-site images of Yellowstone by photographer, William Henry Jackson, and guest artist, Thomas Moran.
Interpreting the Landscape: Recent and Ongoing Geology of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
Author: John M. Good and Kenneth L. Pierce
Description: Text, photography and graphics explain how both parks were formed - the product of volcanic eruptions, profound glaciation and earth movements. The authors describe 'how processes originating half way to the earth's center seem to be the primary force which created volcanic fires, glacial ice and the mountain ranges of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.'