Windows Into Wonderland banner with NPS arrowhead
Page 48 of 50

Nevertheless, the Firehole River Valley is important habitat for elk and bison in the central part of the park—especially during the winter. Grazers find food to eat and warm ground upon which to rest—which mean predators, such as wolves and bears, find plentiful prey!

The thermal runoff also provides habitat for ducks, geese, and swans. During the winter, sections of the Firehole River remain ice free. Waterfowl gather in these areas because they can find water plants to eat—maybe even with aquatic insects for spice!—and open water for their flight takeoffs.

Back || Next

back button next button
Cast of characters - Maya Crowbes, Dr. A Beadle, Gray Fischer, Viola DeRama
home button
Q: How do thermally influenced areas of the Firehole River help waterfowl?

GLOSSARY: habitat— the environment in which life forms live and grow

predator(s)—an animal that survives by killing and eating other animals