JH Wildlife Blog

Thanks for visiting! Here, we feature the writing of staff members, board members, partners and friends as we celebrate wildlife. We’re excited to include stories about wildlife encounters, reflections on wildlife conservation and personal depictions of our on-the-ground work. We’ll keep you posted on what we’re up to, but also share stories about the work of our partners that benefits wildlife – and inspires us. If you would like to contribute, please email your interest and idea to info@jhwildlife.org. We hope you enjoy the writing you find here!

A Bird in the Hand

While the saying has had many applications over the years (it’s first recorded use dates back to the 16th century!), “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” can be taken quite literally when it comes to bird banding. Having a bird in the hand allows researchers...

Spring Wildlife Emergence and Arrivals: First of Year (FOY)

“I saw my first robin!”  “I saw bluebirds!” “Did you hear the Sandhill Cranes the other day?”  “The bears are out.” “Have you seen an Osprey?”  “Not yet, should be here soon though.” As March melts into April, Nature Mappers are excited for spring: we have new...

Moose Day Jackson Hole 2018 (Unofficial) Report

by Frances Clark First the stats, then the fun. We had a windy day with off-and-on light snow, pretty good visibility, and temperature ranging from around 8 degrees to 18 degrees Farenheit in the Jackson area. We had 80 Moose Day volunteers on 33 teams covering 53...

Protecting Vulnerable Bighorn Sheep

By: Aly Courtemanch, Wildlife Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department You may have noticed some bighorn sheep wearing radio collars or perhaps a helicopter flying low in the Gros Ventre and Curtis Canyon areas earlier this month. For several years, the Wyoming...

The Call of the Loon

by Susan Patla, Non-game biologist for WGFD and NMJH Science Advisory Committee member The call of a loon echoing across a still mountain lake is a sound that embodies the essence of wilderness. Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), in partnership with Yellowstone...

A Deer and a Fence

by Jon Mobeck, JHWF Executive Director This is a little story about a deer and a fence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I am today. I was driving down busy Excelsior Boulevard when I saw a doe and fawn gallop across two lanes, then a tree-lined median, then two more...

I Spy With My Eye … a Clark’s Nutcracker!

Very recently an exclusive opportunity was made available to all certified Nature Mappers and 13 of them joined JHWF and scientist Anya Tyson on July 25 for a discussion on the Clark's Nutcracker -- a clever bird with a big conservation importance. As the primary...

It’s Time to Re-sight Mountain Bluebirds

As one leaves the town of Jackson and heads north on HWY 89, a trail of nestboxes lines the fencing of the National Elk Refuge. These nestboxes are part of JHWF's Mountain Bluebird Nestbox Monitoring Project, which is designed to mitigate for extreme habitat loss that...

Nature Mappers Help with Mountain Bluebird Banding

Since 2003, Nature Mapping Jackson Hole volunteers have monitored 104 Mountain Bluebird (MOBL) nestboxes along the National Elk Refuge (NER). Over the course of many years the loss of standing aspens, cottonwoods, and other riparian vegetation due to thousands of...

All Things Citizen Science: YOU are a part of IT!

Last month, JHWF’s Executive and Associate Directors attended the biannual meeting of the Citizen Science Association (CSA) in St. Paul, MN. The CSA aims to bring together the expertise of diverse practitioners working in the field of citizen science, to share the...

Wildlife Friendlier Fencing 2017 Project Dates Announced

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation has announced dates for its public fence projects in 2017 following its winter and spring of project coordination and site reconnaissance. The Wildlife Friendlier Fencing program reduces dangerous and challenging barriers to...

Carcass Survey Addresses Impacts of Roads on Wildlife

Dear friends of wildlife, You can help the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD) and wildlife conservation groups better understand winter mortality of deer by participating in a half-day citizen survey on Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. – noon. WGFD will lead a...

Bluebird Brilliance Shared with Dubois

“O bluebird, welcome back again. Thy azure coat and ruddy vest, Are hues that April loveth best.”                            - John Burroughs The great writer and conservationist John Burroughs shared his love of the Eastern Bluebird brilliantly, with words that...

Moose Day 2017 Yields Record Results

Moose Day 2017 set a record for community participation and for the number of moose counted. We extend our thanks to the Nature Mappers and new recruits as well as, biologists from Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Grand Teton National Park and U.S. Forest Service. All...

Citizens Can Help to Capture Wildlife Mortality Data

Our collective Nature Mapping observations create a long-term dataset of wildlife distribution throughout Jackson Hole. The obvious benefit is that these data provide a more comprehensive view of how wildlife use the valley. The less obvious product of the database is...

Photo Credits:

Henry Holdsworth
Mark Gocke
Steve Morriss
Sava Malachowski
Leine Stikkel
Tim Griffith
Jon Mobeck

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