An American avocet, a long-billed shore bird, prances in shallow water; a grizzly bear lumbers through a stand of fire-blackened trees; a golden eagle chick devours its meal of rabbit leg; mudpots bubble and boil in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin. It's all part of the nature of life in the Yellowstone area-and captured on film by the Greater Yellowstone Sights and Sounds project (GYSS) of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Draper Museum of Natural History.
And now it's easily accessible to all through the video sharing phenomenon of YouTube. "We're pleased to announce our newly produced YouTube channel," says GYSS Manager Richard Chapman. "It features more than 20 new and exciting short video clips, with more to come-all in stunning high definition-that highlight a variety of sights and sounds from the Greater Yellowstone area."
The videos on YouTube, for public interest and educational use, are designed to get people-kids in particular-interested in natural history and science. This public component is one part of the larger GYSS Archive project, which collects sights (video and still photographs) and sounds (audio) of Yellowstone nature, including animal life, geology, vegetation, geography, and human commentary or interaction. The resulting archive, when completed, will be a searchable, scientific database that creates a unique and enduring record of life and human perceptions in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The GYSS videos are on the Draper Museum of Natural History's own channel on YouTube, found at www.youtube.com/user/DraperNHMuseum or by searching for Draper Museum from any YouTube page. The videos are also linked to the Draper's content on the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Web site, www.bbhc.org http://www.bbhc.org/
FMI: Visit the new www.bbhc.org or call 307.587.4771.
Photo Credit: The natural wonders and wildlife-like grizzly bears-of the Greater Yellowstone area star in Greater Yellowstone Sights and Sounds videos now available on YouTube. Photo by C.R. Preston.