Signs of Early Spring in the Park

p1Spring comes relatively late to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. You can’t always tell the season by the weather around here – especially in the mountains.However, one of the telltale signs of early spring is when the birds begin to separate into mated pairs.In Yellowstone Park alone there are 285 documented species of birds, and approximately 150 species nest and fledge their young in the park. There are many kinds of birds to see, including raptors, songbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Many of the species are migratory.



Guidelines for viewing birds


  • View from a distance: if you are too close, you could disturb the bird and potentially cause the bird to abandon its nest.
  • Never feed birds or other wildlife in the parks.
  • The National Park Service periodically issues wildlife alerts. Follow your tour guide’s direction when viewing wildlife.

More information on birds

For additional facts about birds and a list of some of the most common species found in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, visit these National Park Service webpages:

Yellowstone National Park -Birds
Grand Teton National Park- Birds