In honor of springtime, I did what lots of people who live in Yellowstone Country do. I bought myself some new bling for around my neck. And we’re not talking about another turquoise necklace. No, I went whole hog and invested in this darling camo-colored pair of 8 x 32s with ultra-clear fluoride HD objective lenses, multi-coatings for exceptional resolution, magnesium construction that is durable but lightweight, nitrogen purged, fully sealed and abrasion resistant. Oh yeah. These babies are the bomb.
And every one of my friends – women and men – will be coveting my new binoculars when I break them in at this year’s Spring into Yellowstone Festival May 13 -17.
This is the third year of the Spring into Yellowstone Birding and Wildlife Festival. I took a peek at the festival website, to see what’s in store this year, and it looks to me like the line-up is bigger and better than ever. The festival kicks off at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on the night of the 13th. And the next two days are jam-packed full of guided hikes, seminars, tours and workshops led by some of the top folks – many of them good friends – in the fields of wildlife biology, birding, geology and history.
It’s going to be tough to decide what to do. On Thursday, there is a full-day trip into Yellowstone National Park to study wildlife and geology. There are also several shorter events, like a Heart Mountain Ranch Hike and a Black Footed Ferret Display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
And for people who like a different kind of bling around their necks, there is a Spring into Yellowstone Photo Contest. The event organizers will choose the best of the nature photography from the entries and compile them into a 2016 calendar.
As for me, I’ll be reviewing my Yellowstone Wildlife Field Guide and polishing my new neck candy for the next few weeks until the festival.
Until next time, I’m lovin’ life and spotting magpies in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.