Calendar of Events

This is the spot to keep track of many wildlife friendly and nature events in Jackson Hole. You’ll not only find the JHWF events like fence projects, Nature Mapping certification trainings, potlucks & picnics, but also events of interest from the wildlife-loving community in Teton County.

April 24, 2018 | Wildflower Watch Program Introduction with Trevor Bloom

Beginning in the 1970’s, Dr. Frank Craighead Jr. began collecting scientific observations on the seasonal timing of events, or “phenology”, in the Tetons. These observations became the baseline data for the formative book, For Everything There is A Season – The Sequence of Natural Events in the Grand Teton-Yellowstone Area. Today, nearly 50 years later, we initiated Wildflower Watch – a program where biologists and citizen scientists retrace Craighead’s footsteps to record similar events such as first leaf-out, budding, flowering and fruiting of numerous native and invasive plant species. The basic research question we seek to answer is: are phenological (seasonal ecological) events at a species level occurring at the same relative date now, as they were in the 1970’s under a warming climate? Our results our preliminary after only a single field season of contemporary data collection, but many species are observed flowering days to weeks earlier now then in the 70’s due to warmer spring temperatures and earlier snow-melt. Learn more about this ongoing local research project and how to get involved as a citizen scientist for Wildflower Watch!

Last year, we recruited and trained over 55 volunteers, aged 9-89, to record botanical events at Blacktail Butte. This year, Wildflower Watch is partnering with JH Wildlife Foundation – Nature Mapping, Friends of Pathways, and Bridger-Teton National Forest to expand and focus collective citizen science efforts at the Cache Creek trailhead. Learn more about the Cache Creek Neighbors to Nature Program and Wildflower Watch, April 24th at the Teton County Library.

April 28, 2018 | The Art and Science of Learning to Coexist with Urban Wildlife

A FREE public talk and artist workshop at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

Bringing Artists and Scientists Together for Animal Conservation | Presentations Open to the public in Cook Auditorium

11am-12pm: Art Can Save a Panda:
A TEDx Talk by Dr. Lucy Spelman, Professor of Biology & Science Visualization at Rhode Island School of Design

Illustrating “BirdNote: Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds from the Popular Public Radio Show”
Emily Poole, Jackson-born artist & illustrator

12-12:30pm: BirdNote Book Signing

12:30-4pm: Visual Artist Workshop
(Registration Required, Limit 30)

This workshop brings together artists and scientists to practice interpreting and communicating science through visual art. Participating scientists include ecologists, researchers, and biologists who protect and study wildlife native to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Lunch provided. To register for the workshop, please call or email Lisa Simmons (307-732-5435,
lsimmons@wildlifeart.org) or Jane Lavino (307-732-5417, jlavino@wildlifeart.org)

April 28 or 29, 2018 | Mountain Bluebird Classic Fondo

Be part of a Jackson Hole rite of spring–The Mountain Bluebird Classic Gran Fondo. Join JH Cycling and community cyclists for this annual road ride along one of the most scenic stretches of road in America! This year’s event once again supports the Nature Mapping Jackson Hole Bluebird Nestbox Project!

To include more people, there will be two distances to choose from: A true Gran Fondo and the shorter Piccolo Fondo.

Gran Fondo Distance • 70 miles
Leaving Home Ranch Parking Lot at 10:00 am
Arriving Bradley-Taggart parking lot at approximately 11:15 am
Ride north to Signal Mountain
Regroup after descent return to town

Piccolo Fondo • 30 miles
Meet at Bradley-Taggart parking lot
Leaving Bradley-Taggart parking lot at +/- 11:15 am
Ride north to Signal Mountain
Regroup after descent, return to Bradley-Taggart

The date will be April 28 or 29, 2018 (the exact day will be decided closer to the date to see which day will be better weather). Learn more at the JH Cycling website.

May 3, 2018 | “Living in Large Carnivore Country” Seminar with WGFD

Do you know what you’d do if you found yourself face to face with a bear or mountain lion? If not, you should attend the “Living in Large Carnivore Country” Seminar! You will hear good, practical information from experienced bear biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and other agencies.

When: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Teton County Library Auditorium
Cost: FREE!

For more information please call the Jackson Game and Fish office at 733-2321 or 800-423-4113.

May 8, 2018 | Where are the Animals Going - and Why? with Matt Kauffman

Join Matt Kauffman, leader of the University of Wyoming Migration Initiative for a special presentation, Where are the Animals Going – and Why? on May 8, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Teton County Library.

Jackson Hole Bird & Nature Club holds its monthly meeting on the second Tuesday on each month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Teton County Library. Free and open to the public.

May 12, 2018 | Grand Teton National Park Migratory Bird Survey

Grand Teton National Park invites you to join park ranger Andrew Langford on a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 12, 2018 to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). During his event we will visit areas throughout Grand Teton that provide the best opportunities to locate, identify and record birds.

Anyone interested in birds is welcome to participate. The bird-watching excursion begins at 8 am from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose and finishes by 4 pm at Christian Pond by Jackson Lake Lodge. The activity is free and reservations are not required. Throughout the day, participants will take short walks at various locations. Participants may join the caravan anytime during the day, a schedule of the times and locations visited is available from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose or call 307-739-3399. More information can be found HERE.

May 19, 2018 | South Park WHMA Migratory Bird Survey

Susan Patla will again lead the Wyoming Game & Fish Department/Jackson Bird & Nature Club Migratory Bird Count on Saturday, May 19 starting at 8:00 am. Meet at the Hay Sheds at the South Park Wildlife Habitat Management Area (down the access road to the parking area at the gate).

We will likely break into smaller groups depending on the size of the crowd. South Park WMHA is on South Park Feedgrounds Road, six miles south of the Y intersection, just beyond the Transfer Station on the other side of Highway 89 South. Here’s a link to the map HERE:

June 1 - Aug. 19, 2018 | Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone's Great Animal Migrations

This unique exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) combines artwork and natural history by examining the migrations of local ungulates such as elk, pronghorn, and deer. Stunning photographs, paintings, videos, and an amazing interactive map are included. These media come together to chronicle the difficult journeys herd animals face every year. Contributors include Wildlife Ecologist Arthur Middleton, Photographer Joe Riis, Artist James Prosek, and Filmmaker Jenny Nichols. The title comes from the idea that these migratory animals cross many “Invisible Boundaries,” including lines between national park and wilderness areas, public and private lands, and neighboring states and countries. This exhibit encourages guests to think about the complexities of wildlife and land conservation.

Learn more at the NMWA website.

Photo Credits:

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

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