"2 Minutes in the Yellowstone Ecosystem" is a short weekly podcast about the animals of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem from our education department. You can listen here or subscribe on iTunes or PodBean .

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Episode 1: Return of the Sandhill Cranes

April 13, 2018
Even as snow continues to fall, signs of spring are in the air in the Yellowstone ecosystem, and one of the biggest, loudest signs of spring is the annual return of the sandhill cranes.

Episode 2: Don't Feed the Wildlife

April 20, 2018
We all love seeing wildlife, especially pretty songbirds at our bird feeders. But should we be feeding other wildlife? Absolutely not! In fact, it may even be illegal!

Episode 3: The Bears are Up — Basic Bear Safety

April 27, 2018
Bears of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem are digging out of their dens and blinking at the bright spring sunlight. This week, we talk about hibernation and bear safety.

Episode 4: Bobcat vs Lynx: Which is which?

May 4, 2018
The greater Yellowstone ecosystem is one of the few places where you can find both bobcats and lynxes in the wild. What's the difference? How can you tell which is which?

Episode 5: What is the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?

May 11, 2018
We've spent the last four episodes talking about aspects of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. This week, we talk about what the greater Yellowstone ecosystem actually is.

Episode 6: Porcupines

May 18, 2018
Porcupines are the second-largest rodent in the Yellowstone ecosystem, and they fill a very important niche. Spoiler Alert: No, they can't throw their quills at you!

Episode 7: Swainson’s Hawks

May 25, 2018
Masters of migration, Swainson's Hawks connect our Yellowstone ecosystem with one over 6,000 miles away in Argentina.

Episode 8: Behavioral Enrichment

June 1, 2018
At a wildlife sanctuary, it's important to keep the animals both physically and mentally healthy, and behavioral enrichment is one of our key tools.

Episode 9: Wildlife Safety

June 8, 2018
The recent spate of injuries in Yellowstone Park highlights the need to be aware of your surroundings around the big mammals of this ecosystem.

Episode 10: Turkey Vultures

June 15, 2018
These much-maligned icons of the American West are only part-time residents of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, but they fill a critical ecological niche.

Episode 11: Coyotes

June 22 2018
Coyotes are amazingly adaptable and resilient, and despite all attempts to wipe them out, they have not only survived, but thrived.

Episode 12: Training

June 29, 2018
Animal training in zoos & wildlife sanctuaries isn't about performing tricks for an audience: it's about making the animals' lives healthier, happier, and safer.

Episode 13: Bald Eagles

July 6, 2018
What better subject for the week of America's Independence Day than the conservation success story of the bald eagle? Our national bird came close to extinction, but concerted efforts have them back, strong and proud.
Two Minutes in the Yellowstone Ecosystem is written and hosted by Gary Robson, the Education Director at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.
Audio recording is provided by FM99 radio and our co-host Les King.