This Acrylic Fridge Magnet Shows a Great Blue Heron in Wyoming's Grand Tetons National Park
The Grand Teton National Park is a part of the wider Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a huge expanse of wilderness roughly seventy seven thousand square kilometres (about nineteen million acres). This is one of the largest tracts of unbroken wilderness in North America and is one of the only fully intact ecosystems. The ecosystem includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Gallatin, Custer, Caribou-Targhee, Bridger-Teto and Shoshone National Forests and the National Elk Refuge and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. This makes it a great place to look for birds (especially migratory birds love the large lakes and waterways) as well as land-based wildlife.
Wildlife at the Grand Tetons National Park: Part of an Intact Ecosystem
The image on this particular souvenir fridge magnet shows a Great Blue Heron wading into a lake in Grand Teton National Park. The region is well known for its wildlife. It is home to the United State's oldest extant bison herd, packs of endangered gray wolves, huge elk herds (in fact the largest elk herd in the world is found in Jackson Hole), pronghorn antelope, grizzly bears and deer. After the devastation of the bison in the 19th century, the Yellowstone herd was the last surviving remnant of the species in North America. From these twenty-three individuals (along with a few imported from Canada over the years), the herd grew over the 20th century so that today it numbers almost 4,000 individuals. The gray wolf is another example of successful rebirth: the wolves were driven out of Yellowstone in the early 20th century, but were restored in 1995 and have since had a dramatic role in balancing the number of elk in the region - especially in the over grazed areas around Grand Teton.