In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter's Immersion in Wild Yellowstone

In the Temple of Wolves A Winter s Immersion in Wild Yellowstone More than STAR reviews on When Rick Lamplugh arrives at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch on New Year s Eve he has one goal to learn as much as possible about the ecology of the Lamar Valley All

  • Title: In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter's Immersion in Wild Yellowstone
  • Author: Rick Lamplugh
  • ISBN: 9781490372051
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • More than 80 5 STAR reviews on When Rick Lamplugh arrives at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch on New Year s Eve, he has one goal to learn as much as possible about the ecology of the Lamar Valley All winter he will work and live in this remote corner of Yellowstone National Park, home to some of the best wildlife watching in the world Winter hungry elk and bisonMore than 80 5 STAR reviews on When Rick Lamplugh arrives at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch on New Year s Eve, he has one goal to learn as much as possible about the ecology of the Lamar Valley All winter he will work and live in this remote corner of Yellowstone National Park, home to some of the best wildlife watching in the world Winter hungry elk and bison migrate there to graze Wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions stalk the grazers while eagles, ravens, and magpies wait to scavenge The snowy backdrop makes the saga of death and life easy to spot He has three frigid months to explore on skis and snowshoes, observe with all his senses, listen to and talk with experts A literary blend of facts and feelings, In the Temple of Wolves celebrates nature s stark beauty and treacherous cruelty, while revealing Lamplugh s inner battles with his own human nature.

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    1. We had just arrived home from Yellowstone when I found this book that mimicked my own experience while there, even though it was only a day trip.While preparing for this trip, I worried myself to death. What if a bear comes up to our car? What if we have to spend the night in our car because we have no reservations and a bear comes over to us? How would I even get out of the car to use the bathroom? Can we take a potty can with us? My husband said, "You worry too much," Ah, I have heard that bef [...]

    2. It was such a pleasure to drop into Yellowstone with Rick Lamplugh. I liked the voice of his naturalist best, being present and observant with what is around him. His detailed descriptions of walking (or snow-shoeing) in nature had the effect of slowing me down, in a meditative way, making me hungry to re-establish my own connection with nature. I appreciated the thorough presentation of the wolf dilemma in regards to rancher's losses, but it took me out of the "being present" and pulled me into [...]

    3. I read this book during my season as a program assistant at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, so I could sit outside and listen to the babble of Rose Creek as I read Rick's description of it. I could look across the road at Rick's favorite stand of six cottonwoods. I could experience camp duty and driving the bus for visiting instructors like he did here just a few seasons ago. It's surreal - like deja vu.

    4. A great read. It made me want to sign up as a volunteer in Yellowstone right away. I have always been fascinated by the history of human/wolf relations in the US and the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone is something I have followed with interest over the last 18 years. I really appreciated the way the author reminds the reader that One thing that this book does well is present the wolf vs. rancher part of the story from a business perspective, which is different and interesting. I am very [...]

    5. I think if you have either been to Yellowstone or love nature then you will absolutely love this book. I enjoyed it but felt the language was a little over the top at times. I'm sure it was to evoke the same emotion in the reader that the author experienced. I really enjoyed a lot of the history of the park, bison and wolves and the interconnectedness of nature that was provided. It was really fascinating to hear how the elimination of species affects so many others including trees. It's a fun r [...]

    6. I'm biased. An animal lover, a biology major, and someone who has watched the reintroduction of the wolf to Yellowstone, I was a sucker for this book. I also have lived within 6 hours of Yellowstone for the last 9 years and visit at least once a year. Our neighbors told us about the great wildlife watching in the Lamar Valley and it has become our favorite part of the park. So what's not to like about a book about the wolves in the Lamar Valley, written by someone who also loves wolves, the area [...]

    7. A wonderful invitation to sit quietly and be with nature learning from your surroundings and from the creatures that form the great web of life. This exploration of the winter world of wolves in Yellowstone dives into not just the packs that roam a corner of the great park but into the larger ecosystem that they support. From Coyotes to Caribou a wolf kill is essential for the system to balance and the author takes the reader from flinching at the thought of watching game being taken down to a d [...]

    8. Rick tells the story of his three months driving a bus in Yellowstone during the winter in the "temple of the wolves". I love nature stories and studies of people living in remote locations observing wildlife, however this book was not as strong as some others that I have read. It lacks some of the specific details and heart that make such books as Fire Season or Indian Creek Chronicles linger with the reader.

    9. Wolf ChampionI became a wolf activist in 1987 by joining a letter-writing campaign supporting the re-introduction of wolves in Yellowstone NP. What a pleasure to read this account by this talented outdoorsman. Thank you, Rick, for keeping the flame alive. Wolf supporters certainly cannot rest as new threats to this magnificent species multiply. The effort - like this book - is life affirming and heartbreaking.

    10. Didn't want it to endI have a long time fascination with wolves and their powerful presence. This book reinforces the greatness of this amazing species in a comfortable way of presentation that makes you want more. It's as if you were sitting down with a trusted friend to listen to their tale of life in the presence of wolves. Will definitely be reading it again.

    11. Don't read this if you don't want to take an immediate trip to Yellowstone, because after reading the beautiful nature and wildlife described in this book I wanted to head to Yellowstone as quickly as possible! It is also very informative and thought-provoking about why we need to fight to keep wolves in our ecosystems. A very good book!

    12. I think to enjoy this book as much as I did you must have experienced the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. It is indeed a magical place if you love nature and wildlife as I do and as the author does. For any fan of the wolf reintroduction and of Yellowstone I would consider it a must-read.

    13. Astounding! I am not an environmentalist per se, and certainly do not read these types of books often but I will have to remedy that. I found this a great mix of history with experiences. Really enjoyable. I love Rick's writing style and flow.

    14. Wonderful storyWonderful story. I want to experience the adventure for myself. Yellowstone is a national treasure, and the wolves of Yellowstone are the brightest jewels.

    15. Filled with fascinating natural history & conservation information, Rick Lamplugh draws us into the wonderful Lamar Valley winter through his experiences as a volunteer there. I picked up this book at the end of our first winter visit to Yellowstone, & can't wait to go back again with the insights Lamplugh provided.

    16. Good blocks PeterEven if u cut the rope Tenn U jailNerds and I have the same thing to say I love q is the same as you are going out with a new job of your own site is not the only thing I don't think you are the other hand in a bit more about the same

    17. I received this book from a friend of mine as a gift. She is currently living this life and I'm glad that I have a glimpse into what she also is living/seeing/breathing on a day-to-day basis in such an amazing place. Personally, I have never been to Yellowstone but have been to other national parks and have volunteered throughout my life for various wildlife and biological organizations internationally and I had to laugh out loud at some of the stories as I have also experienced the "photographe [...]

    18. A winter journey into the magical place we call YellowstoneI have spent weeks in Yellowstone's Lamar valleyhave toured the buffalo ranch and the wolf pens, hiked slough creek, specimen ridge and the hill to trout lake.but I have never visited the park in winter. This book introduced me to the beauty and splendor of the following the wolves through the cold months, while the bear hibernate and the elk and buffalo struggle to survive. I lingered in familiar spots, looked across imagined views cove [...]

    19. Awesome read!I very much enjoyed the observations the author made about the environment around him, and I found myself being more critical of the same things while in nature and watching wildlife. I visited Yellowstone as a child, and this book has definitely inspired me to go back. I recommend this read for any outdoor enthusiast, ecologist, conservationist, and wildlife lover. It reminded me a bit of Aldo Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac".

    20. A long-time visitor becomes a park volunteer.Long, very descriptive passage about the death of a calf elk and the animals that come to feed on it.Talks about walking in silence and sitting in patience. Which is all well and good except that the Park Service recommends always having at least three people with you.A nice mix of history and present, what you would expect from someone getting to spend a large amount of time in class with Yellowstone experts.

    21. Rick Lamplugh does a fantastic job bringing the reader into the lives of the animals and the people who watch over them in Yellowstone. The gray wolf holds an special, reverent place in the web of life there, and for the people who protect and observe them. For little while, we get to tag along, participate in the experience, and learn quite a bit about the ecosystem, and the wolves of Yellowstone along the way. Rick's honest telling is well worth the read.

    22. What a wonderful read! I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. This was a fantastic story about a man's journey as a volunteer at the Buffalo Ranch in the Lamar Valley at Yellowstone Nation Park. You will not be disappointed.

    23. It was a fun and entertaining read. I really enjoyed this book. I have my bachelor's degree in wildlife biology so it had a lot of biological information but a good story line to make it fun.

    24. Another good book to read while you are visiting Yellowstone or after visiting the park because you can "see" what the author is talking about when he describes the vastness and wild life of the park.

    25. Great insight to the truthGreat insight to the truthI thoroughly enjoyed this book all within one day. I stubbled upon while doing some research for class. The authors experiences and knowledge has given me some great direction.

    26. Absolutely loved this book. As a fellow wolf activist/advocate, I read Rick's information and tales on FaceBook and enjoy his point of view on the subject of wolves and also Yellowstone National Park. I would recommend this book to all.

    27. Fun and informative read that allows you to step into Yellowstone's Lamar Valley in winter. Rick held a coveted position at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch and I'm grateful he was willing to share the excitement and learning with all of us through this book.

    28. A good report on wintering with wolves in Yellowstone. Lamplugh's readable and informative account of his winter volunteering in Lamar Valley made me finally resolve to figure out a way to get out there and see the wolves myself. It's ridiculous that I haven't done that yet.

    29. Must read.Before you condemn wolves read this book. I know they can be cruel, but they are wild animals and they are necessary.

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