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National Park - Snow Movers
of sign - Upper Geyser Basin near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
taken June 2008
For months on end their food is buried. Herbivores - plant
eaters - face the same relentless fate: adapt or starve.
reach sedges and dry grass, bison swing their huge heads back and
forth, clearing away the drifts. Fields become pocked
bowl-shaped "feeding craters."
bison often stand motionless for hours, conserving strength, their
foraging techniques are not always evident. Look for the
mask of survival - snow still clinging to a shaggy face.
in the deep snow has selectively shaped bison anatomy. Above
neck and shoulders, large muscles attached to bony spinal
give the dark heads tremendous excavating power.
on the sign
addition to the text this sign features a skeletal graphic of a buffalo
(bison) and a photo of a buffalo in the snow.
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