Climate Change in Yellowstone – Prismatic Hot Spring

Lodgepole PInes at Prismatic Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park by Larry Eifert, 2014
Lodgepole PInes at Prismatic Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park by Larry Eifert, 2014


Commissioned by the Crater Lake Institute and painted by Larry Eifert in 2013, this dramatic painting shows the fire-devastated forests around the Midway Geyser Basin and Prismatic Hot Spring.

Climate Change in YellowstoneShown in summer with flowers and high water levels in spring.
lodgepole pine forest in Midway Geyser Basin overlooking the hot spring.shown as a burned stand, but also live trees with beetle infestations. Stark ghost trees, downed trees, with young lodgepole sprouts coming up around them. Show closeup detail of mtn pine beetle engravings under the bark. 
Grand Prismatic Hot Spring Warmer temps mean less summer ground water probably mean all thermal features are at risk.
bison Risk less good summer browse due to early summer drying.
elk Declining birth rates due to lower summer moisture for forage
grizzly bear On the endangered list again
Gray wolf
black bear
red squirrel
American marten In tree
snowshoe hare Show as prey species for bobcat
least chipmunk
golden-mantled ground squirrel
deer mouse
silver-haired bat Roosts in trees.
garter snake
dusky grouse
northern saw-whet owl
great-horned owl
Lewis’s woodpecker (likes flycatching) Show all woodpeckers tearing at trees to get beetles.
red-naped sapsucker See above
downy woodpecker See above
3-toed woodpecker See above
Northern flicker See above
Steller’s jay
mountain chickadee May temporarily benefit from more insects and tree holes, but few conifer seeds.
red-breasted nuthatch
Chipping Sparrow
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-tailed hawk
Aster species
Columbia needlegrass Achnatherum nelsonii  and some others like pinegrass Calamagrostis rubenscens
bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
snowbrush ceanothus Ceanothus velutinus
creeping Oregon grape Mahonia repens
birch leaf spiraea Spiraea betulifolia
dwarf huckleberry Vaccinium caespitosum
currant Ribes species
Indian pipe
Pinedrops Pterospora andromedea
coralroot orchid Corallorhiza spp.


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