Barbara Ulrich

a Connecticut native, has been exploring and studying Yellowstone for the past fifteen years. Retired from her career as an environmental geologist with the State of Colorado, she moved to Gardiner, Montana where she lives on the Yellowstone River.

In Yellowstone, she has worked as instructor for the Yellowstone Association, a guide for Xanterra, driving snow coaches and historic yellow buses, and is doing ongoing archival work at the Yellowstone Heritage and Resource Center. With Eric Bindseil, she co-owns Wild Bear Adventures.

Her love of the Yellowstone ecosystem originates from her interest in wolves and the wolf reintroduction program in Yellowstone. Sharing Yellowstone with first time visitors and facilitating a visitor’s first glimpse of a wild wolf are the highlights of her job.

When she is not working in Yellowstone, Barbara enjoys traveling and has visited the Brazil Amazon and Pantanal, France, South Africa, the Arctic, the Galapagos and the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon.

Barbara received her B.A. in geology from Vassar College and her M.S. in geology from Rutgers University. A writer as well, she attended Yale University’s Summer Writers’ Institute and is working on a memoir titled “Paddle Like You Mean It.” Barbara is currently working on her Doctorate at Montana State University.

Eric Bindseil

a native of Erie, Pennsylvania has worked as a wildlife biologist for the National Park Service and the US Forest Service for over two decades focused on threatened and endangered species throughout the Western United States including Alaska. His experience and interests include grizzly bears, brown bears, wolves, lynx, wolverines, black-footed ferrets, spotted owls and jaguars. 

He currently lives in Gardiner, Montana, where he has worked in Yellowstone as a researcher, an instructor for Yellowstone Association, for Xanterra as a snowmobile guide and driving snow coaches and historic yellow buses, and as a river guide on the Yellowstone. With Barbara Ulrich, he co-owns Wild Bear Adventures.

His interest in worldwide conservation has taken him to many places including Antarctica, South and Central America, Nepal and the French Alps. Eric has worked with the Jaguar Conservation Fund in Emas National Park in Brazil.

Eric graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in wildlife sciences. He is a Wilderness First Responder and is certified in Swift Water Rescue. He is currently a graduate student in wildlife ecology at Montana State University.


Eric and Barbara are both Certified Interpretive Guides with the National Association for Interpretation.