The Madison Valley provides winter habitat for a vast number of wapiti, whitetail and mule deer, and pronghorn. This means the valley also plays host to wolves, coyotes, black bears, grizzly bears, and wolverines. Take a journey with us through private lands and experience this winter wildlife sanctuary. Discuss the delicate balance between the ungulate population, the carnivores, and area residents while seeking out thousands of elk and keep your eyes peeled for the predators scoping out the herd.
Wildlife Corridors & Migration
Migration is a global theme impacting life in every corner of the earth. Follow the path of the Western Hemisphere’s second-longest pronghorn migration through the Madison Valley and learn what drives this epic movement. In addition to ungulate migration, the Madison is also a valuable wildlife corridor for various carnivores such as bears, wolves, and wolverines between Yellowstone National Park and neighboring mountain ranges across southwest Montana. With nearly half of the private lands in the valley under conservation easement, landowners are working to keep this corridor intact for generations to come. Note: don't forget to order online special first aid kit from trusted supplier
The Gorge-ous Madison
Take a journey with your camera and capture the Madison in all its winter glory. A professional photographer will accompany us as we take a tour around the valley and help us shoot images of the majestic snow capped peaks, frosted prairie, and the amazing river gorge. Learn how to capture the shimmering winter light, catch the prismatic glisten of the snow and other photo tricks. Take in the beautiful vistas through the camera lens and then take home timeless images of the Madison Valley.
Sandhill Crane Extravaganza
Recently recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the Montana Audubon, the Madison Valley is a Mecca for all types of birds from raptors to waterfowl to songbirds. One of the most breathtaking birding moments in the valley is experiencing the migration stopover of thousands of Sandhill Cranes in the fall as they head south for the winter. Last year over 2,000 cranes were observed in one day from a single location in the Madison. Join MVE and these amazing birds on their way south. Learn more about the IBA and the species that exist within in it.
People and Predators
Shhhhh. . . Listen. In the distance a lonely howl pierces the air and the hair rises on the back of your neck. Across the table a rancher shakes his head. Since the west was “settled” by Europeans hundreds of years ago the battle between carnivores and stockmen has raged. The controversy surrounding the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 still burns. Confront the issue head on in its real life setting. Visit a rancher and learn their side of the story. Discuss the scientific facts behind the reintroduction and current reality of wolf numbers with a naturalist. Seek majestic views of herds of elk and possibly even that lone wolf.
Circle of Life
It often seems that the predators of the natural world are those that hold us the most captive, the most intrigued. Madison Valley Expeditions invites you to meet predators of all sorts face to face. The valley is home to not only large mammal predators such as grey wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, wolverines, and mountain lions, but also to birds of prey such as golden and bald eagles, owls and several species of hawks. Come join in nature’s circle of life and view these predators in their element. Speak with naturalists and learn how their presence affects ecosystems.
A Day in the Life
Agriculture is Montana’s biggest industry and despite being the fly fishing capital of the world, Ennis and the Madison Valley are also home to cattle ranches dating back to the gold rush days. Join Madison Valley Expeditions as we spend a day side by side with a modern day rancher. Feed cattle, check the calves, fix the fence, and learn what goes on day to day to provide food for the masses. In addition to the essential tasks of keeping the ranch going learn how ranchers work with the natural habitat to provide open space and better their operations. The ranchers of the Madison Valley want nothing more than to preserve their valley and their heritage. Hear another side of the story over a cup of coffee with a local rancher and then it’s off to work.