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!

Communications Manager Position

Communications Manager – Job Description About Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation For 25 years, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF) has helped our community to live compatibly with wildlife – by working collaboratively with landowners and public land managers to...

Bullock’s… Wait, BALTIMORE!

by Max Frankenberry, JHWF Assistant Bird Bander This past Saturday, May 19, 2018, JHWF staff participated in the annual Wyoming Game & Fish Department bird survey of the South Park Wildlife Habitat Management Area, just south of Jackson. Our group of volunteer...

Ode to the Northern Goshawk

by Jon Mobeck, Executive Director This is the story of an elusive and magnificent bird, and a story of a walk in the woods. They are connected. I enjoy wandering in the forest, looking and listening for things. I'm not alone. One morning recently, I parked at the...

Catching Data on Snake River Float Trips

A quick step into the dory and a careful shifting of weight with binoculars raised and off we go, five lucky Nature Mappers floating the Snake River on a sparkling Sunday morning. We glide swiftly and smoothly under the Wilson Bridge (with the chittering of swallows...

Louisianans and Barbed Wire in the Rain

by Jon Mobeck, Executive Director A steady rain saturated the ground as I looked out the window. It was 5:30 a.m. on the day of a fence pull – Saturday, May 12. It’s hard not to feel that a bit more sleep would be a better choice than pulling down barbed wire fences,...

Opening Day: Snake River Float Trips 2018

“You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.” – Jim Harrison On Sunday, May 6, I had the privilege of participating in my first Nature Mapping Snake River float trip. And what a trip it was! Along with fellow “bird nerds” Jon Mobeck and Tim Griffith...

JHWF Welcomes New Board Vice President and Member

We are excited to welcome Bruce Pasfield to the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation’s (JHWF) Board of Directors executive committee as vice president and Ben Wise as a new board member. Bruce Pasfield is an attorney who practices environmental law in Wyoming and...

Osprey Project’s Recent Migration

By Sarah Ramirez, Teton Raptor Center Research Technician It's nearly impossible to drive around the Jackson area without seeing a wooden platform attached to a powerpole or freestanding. This summer, Teton Raptor Center will utilize citizen scientists to monitor over...

A Bird in the Hand

While the saying has had many applications over the years (its 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...

Photo Credits:

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

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