10 July 2006

Wolves, and Eagles, and Bears, Oh My!

Ok, as promised I will now post pictures from our visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discover Center. This first picture is of the Alpha Male (Hayden) being kissed by the Beta Female (Naya), and is one of our favorite pictures.

We had a really good time at the ‘Wolves’ and were treated to seeing them right after being given their evening meal. This picture is of the Alpha Female (Lakuna) enjoying part of that meal. After their dinner, they played around a bit and Hayden buried several of the bones, then we were treated to the evening howl. The Omega females that have been separated from the pack and are now kept in enclosures back behind the Bear exhibit until they can build them their own enclosure in view started it. The Omega’s had to be separated because the Lakuna (the alpha female) decided it was time for them to leave the pack and since there was no where for them to go, being in what is essentially a cage, she was keeping them by force in a corner and not letting them interact or eat. So, they separated them and put them in somewhere they would be safe until such a time as when they can have their own house. However, they still started the evening sounding off, so the pack hasn’t forgotten them completely.

While at the Discovery Center we also spent some time watching the Bears, they are such large and powerful creatures. I’m not as familiar with the bears as I am the wolves, so I’m not sure which bears these are. They bring their bears out in shifts because some of them don’t get along with others.

All in all we had a great time with the wolves and bears and will go back several more times while we are here so I’m sure this won’t be the last post about the wolves.

In the title of this blog I mentioned Eagles. We had another awesome experiences minus the cameras. Bill and I went for a bike ride yesterday and on our way back were treated to a mated pair of Bald Eagles circling and playing in the wind of a coming thunder storm. They were obviously on the hunt, but still enjoying playing. They circled low enough that it was clear these were large, adult, bald eagles. They are so beautiful and so majestic. Bill and I stopped riding and just sat there for a minute watching them. Then we started riding again and they seemed to be flying with us on our ride for a mile or so before they took off to the east and headed towards the mountains. What an experience!

I think that’s about all I have for this blog, except I want to post this last picture. Bill took this one at the Discovery Center just to show how blue the Mountain Blue Birds are.