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 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....

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...

Wildlife Winter Survival Tactics

by Frances Clark Wildlife deals with winter in many ways: some leave the valley, many others stay year-round. They may go underground for the duration; adapt their hunting strategies to deep snow--burrowing below or plunging deep; or just keep on moving until they get...

Christmas Bird Count Warms a Cold Landscape

Temperatures never rose above zero during the 2016 Christmas Bird Count on December 17, but it was filled with the warmth of a wonderful tradition and the thrill of joyful interaction with the birds of winter. According to Bert Raynes, the Jackson Hole Christmas Bird...

Citizen Scientists Gather in Lander

Earlier this month the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute hosted the first ever Wyoming Citizen Science Conference in Lander. Several representatives from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF) and Nature Mapping Jackson Hole (NMJH) attended the...

Science for Healthy Sheep

One of the perks of working for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation is that occasionally you get invited by local scientists to do really, really cool stuff!  Case in point, this past weekend staff traveled into the Gros Ventre Range with a crew of researchers to...

Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill, and must include completion of an extensive service project that the Scout plans,...

Making the Best of Citizen Science

Registration is now open for the first ever Wyoming Citizen Science Conference! Hosted by the UW Biodiversity Institute, the conference will involve keynote and breakout sessions that guide program managers and citizen science participants (teachers, Scout leaders,...

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

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