JHWF 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!

Won’t You Join us in Celebration?

Won’t You Join us in Celebration?

By the JHWF Staff As wildlife conservation professionals, we remind ourselves to celebrate the successes. Sometimes we get so wrapped into understanding and mitigating the challenges facing wildlife that we feel frustrated. In these moments, it is sometimes in our...

Beaver Project

Beaver Project

By Jeff Burrell and Hilary Turner Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with beaver researcher and hydrologist Jeff Burrell and a new project for interested Nature Mappers – Beaver Project! In Beaver Project, Nature Mappers will...

A Weekend on the Wind River Indian Reservation

A Weekend on the Wind River Indian Reservation

By Charlie Brandin The great debate - bison or buffalo? I spent last weekend at the Wind River Indian Reservation learning how western science (which classifies the animal as bison) and indigenous knowledge (which classifies it as buffalo) come together for an...

Nature Mapper Profile: Meet Kathy O’Neil and John Norton!

Nature Mapper Profile: Meet Kathy O’Neil and John Norton!

By Hilary Turner As Nature Mapping Jackson Hole nears its landmark 1000th certified Nature Mapper, I thought it would be fun to write an article featuring a couple of newer Nature Mappers who were just trained in the last year. Many of you have participated in Nature...

Meet our Summer Bird-Banders

Meet our Summer Bird-Banders

This year, Vicki Morgan and Kevin Perozeni will head up our MAPS bird-banding stations at Boyle's Hill and the Kelly Campus of the Teton Science Schools. Vicki will be returning for her third summer in a row, while Kevin will be joining us for the first time! Vicki...

Spring Emergents and Arrivals: First of Year (FOY)

Spring Emergents and Arrivals: First of Year (FOY)

Nature Mapping Enews – April 4, 2022 – Written by Frances Clark “I saw my first robin!”  “I saw bluebirds!” “Did you hear the sandhill cranes the other day?”  “No, but I heard meadowlarks up in Antelope Flats.” “The bears are out.” “Have you seen an...

Moose Day 2022

Moose Day 2022

By Frances Clark A valiant cadre of over 95 volunteers ventured out on a frigid morning to scout for moose with great accomplishment. The latest count, still to be verified, is 94 moose. This compares well with Moose Day 2021 when 109 volunteers recorded 106 moose....

Thanks for a Great Hosted Moose Day!

Thanks for a Great Hosted Moose Day!

We'd like to extend a special thank you to all the new participants and visitors who joined us at Rendezvous Park in sub-zero temperatures on the morning of February, 26th for Hosted Moose Day. While only one of our hiking groups spotted a moose, it's important to...

JHWF Receives Bear Wise Jackson Grant

JHWF Receives Bear Wise Jackson Grant

Did you know that Teton County experiences an average of 71 human-bear conflicts per year? Sadly, in 2021 alone, six grizzly bears were euthanized because of human food-conditioning.   Now more than ever, we believe bears need our...

Why Should I Care About Winter Range?

Why Should I Care About Winter Range?

By Morgan Graham, Teton Conservation District Growing up in Pennsylvania, I was not intimately familiar with the concept of winter range. Seasonal shifts were marked by hundreds of Canada geese gorging on leftover corn and soybeans. Over time more and more of those...

Beavers: We need them but they need our help

Beavers: We need them but they need our help

By Jeff Burrell - Hydrologist and former director of the Wildlife Conservation Society Northern Rockies Program. Cover Photo from Neil Herbert (Yellowstone National Park) There’s been a growing appreciation of the important role beavers can play in creating and...

Protect our Bears by Keeping Them Wild

Protect our Bears by Keeping Them Wild

Holy cow. I am impressed at the boldness of bear 399. She is a survivor and is imparting this skill and resourcefulness on her four cubs. How did we get from the near extirpation of grizzly bears to bears walking through Jackson? The incredible foresight of the...

Meet the Neighbors to Nature Volunteers

Meet the Neighbors to Nature Volunteers

By Hilary A. Turner, JHWF Neighbors to Nature (N2N) is a community science project supported by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF) and our partners – The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming (TNC), Friends of Pathways (FOP), and the Bridger-Teton National Forest...

August is for the Shorebirds

August is for the Shorebirds

Hilary Turner | Nature Mapping Program Coordinator Fall migration is a fun time for birders and it is the only time of year we Wyomingites get to examine many members of one of my favorite groups – the shorebirds. These members of the order Charadriiformes can be...

Message from JHWF Executive Director April 12th, 2021

Message from JHWF Executive Director April 12th, 2021

By Renee Seidler | Executive Director What a great time to be out traveling between Victor Idaho and Farson Wyoming! On Friday, a beautiful sunny spring day, wildlife was on the move and easily seen from the road. My wildlife sightings list in one short day included...

Moose Day 2021 (Unofficial) Results

Moose Day 2021 (Unofficial) Results

By Frances Clark | Nature Mapping Ambassador All 2021 Moose Day Volunteers, Thank you for your extraordinary participation in Moose Day 2021. At this time, we have preliminary totals of 106 moose and 109 volunteers who spent 300 hours scouting! The majority of you...

What Happens to Your Nature Mapping Observations?

What Happens to Your Nature Mapping Observations?

By Hanna Holcomb In 2009, local volunteers and biologists launched Nature Mapping Jackson Hole under the Meg and Bert Raynes Fund as a way to document local wildlife. Since then, more than 500 citizen scientists have logged over 70,000 observations. But as Nature...

Counting Crows: Corvids in the Spotlight

Counting Crows: Corvids in the Spotlight

By Frances Clark The members of the Corvid or Crow family are smart, often showy, and have a reputation. As a group they are omnivores, eating a range of food from carrion to berries to bugs. They are known for their intelligence, such as remembering locations of food...

New Flashing Radar Signs Ordered for Wilson

New Flashing Radar Signs Ordered for Wilson

By Renee Seidler Sign, sign, everywhere a sign… And these ones are meant to preserve the scenery, as opposed to the signs in Les Emmerson’s song (1970). I know many of you have been long awaiting the fixed radar speed limit sign installations in Wilson. Where are...

Give Wildlife a Brake Updates

Give Wildlife a Brake Updates

By Renee Seidler This month, the Teton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Agreement to Render Services (ARS) that allows Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to conduct the planning, engineering, design, permitting and construction of two...

Jackson Hole’s Awesome Amphibians

Jackson Hole’s Awesome Amphibians

By Debra Patla The tiny Boreal Chorus Frog owns the natural soundscape of Jackson Hole wetland areas during mild weather in May and early June. Each male chorus frog sends out a trill, lasting about one second and repeated 30 or more times per minute. Each responds to...

Moose Day Jackson Hole (Unofficial) 2020 Results

Moose Day Jackson Hole (Unofficial) 2020 Results

By Frances Clark | Lead Nature Mapping Volunteer The data is in: 127 moose, 100 volunteers in 32 teams, who donated over 350 hours!  Wow, thank you all. Teams ranged north to Arizona Creek in Grand Teton National Park, east out the Gros Ventre, west to Alta, and south...

Onward and Upward: Transition at JHWF

Onward and Upward: Transition at JHWF

By Jon Mobeck, Executive Director | The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation had a terrific year in 2019, making meaningful contributions to our wild community in a variety of ways. Our work to make roads safer for people and wildlife, which began at our founding 26 years...

Braking For Wildlife: The Science of Slower Speed Limits

Braking For Wildlife: The Science of Slower Speed Limits

By Kyle Kissock | Do slower speeds reduce the chance of a wildlife-vehicle collision? While the short answer is yes, the longer answer is likely a bit more complicated. An article in a recent Jackson Hole News and Guide highlighted the research of biologist Corinna...

Five Species to Nature Map in Wintertime

Five Species to Nature Map in Wintertime

By Kyle Kissock | What birds come to mind when you think of species that are 'seasonal residents' of Jackson Hole? While you'll likely consider any number of summertime breeders, Osprey, Mountain Bluebird, or vibrant Yellow Warblers, there are a select few...

What to Nature Map: November – Early December

What to Nature Map: November – Early December

By Lead Nature Mapping Volunteer Frances Clark Late fall, early winter is a time of adjustment for wildlife, as well as us. The increasing cold and diminishing food in November encourages movement of species. Many warm bodied critters have left the valley, while...

Summary of the 2019 Mountain Bluebird Field Season

Summary of the 2019 Mountain Bluebird Field Season

With the 2019 field season in the books (and Mountain Bluebirds from our nestboxes showing up as far south as Ft. Worth, Texas), November is a great time to cozy up by the fire and reflect on the robust, scientific data gathered during this year's monitoring program!...

Watch for Wildlife Where the Fences End on S. Highway 89

Watch for Wildlife Where the Fences End on S. Highway 89

By Kyle Kissock | Communications Manager Wildlife-Fencing Project Completed The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) recently completed the installation of “wildlife-fencing” along S. Highway 89 from South Park Loop Road to Munger Mountain Elementary School....

Let’s Save a Songbird

Let’s Save a Songbird

By Kyle Kissock, Communications Manager 2.9 billion birds. Let that number sink in. That’s how many less birds inhabit North American skies, forests, and cityscapes today, than did in 1970. You probably saw the (now viral) scientific study that was released last...

Shrubs for Wildlife

Shrubs for Wildlife

As wildflowers fade and grasses dry, wildlife depend on the more permanent presence of woody plants to get through the next several months. Lowly shrubs are key for survival. They offer up colorful fruits and still-green leaves and stems providing essential fats and...

Working for Wildlife with Hoback Ranches

Working for Wildlife with Hoback Ranches

By Kyle Kissock, Communications Manager Not all wildlife-friendlier fence projects are created equal. Rarely, for example, are Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation fence volunteers treated to homemade pastries, a full wash station, and unobstructed mountain views all in...

The Pronghorn Antelope: A True American Survivor

The Pronghorn Antelope: A True American Survivor

Guest Blog by Ben Wise |  Biologist - Wyoming Game and Fish Pronghorn Antelope can be found throughout the grasslands and sagebrush landscapes of the valley and have a long history of finding ways to survive in the harsh landscapes of western North America.  Pronghorn...

Peregrine Falcons in Grand Teton National Park

Peregrine Falcons in Grand Teton National Park

Guest Blog by Sarah Hegg | Biologist - Grand Teton National Park The American Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is one of the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) most remarkable success stories. Grand Teton National Park was an integral part of their recovery in the...

The Case for Community-Funded Wildlife Crossings

The Case for Community-Funded Wildlife Crossings

by Jon Mobeck, Executive Director “Preserve and protect the area’s ecosystem in order to ensure a healthy environment, community and economy for current and future generations.” – Teton County Comprehensive Plan’s Vision Statement, adopted 2012 In July 2019, the...

Sights and Sounds of the Sagebrush-Steppe

Sights and Sounds of the Sagebrush-Steppe

As the sun warms in mid-May, the aroma of sagebrush fills the valley once again. Sage-grouse leks are quieting down, bird migrants are staking out territories, and resident mammals are shifting their habitats. Nature mappers can see and hear a good number of species...

JHWF Welcomes Summer Passerine Bird Banders

JHWF Welcomes Summer Passerine Bird Banders

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation is excited to introduce our two, new seasonal passerine bird banders! Dakota Vaccaro and Vicki Morgan will be joining our team this summer and will be tasked with leading our Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS)...

Sign up Now for Snake River Float Trips!

Sign up Now for Snake River Float Trips!

by Kyle Kissock, JHWF Communications ManagerBeginning May 5th, we invite you to kick-off your Sunday mornings with guided wildlife-watching adventures on the Snake River!Veterans and newcomers alike are welcome to join us for the 10th season of Nature...

Wilson Moose Get New Collars

Wilson Moose Get New Collars

Kyle Kissock - Communications Manager Next time you see a moose along the Moose-Wilson Road, you might notice it sporting something a little different… Starting this week, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is fitting ten moose with GPS tracking collars in the...

Moose Day Jackson Hole 2019 (Unofficial) Report

Moose Day Jackson Hole 2019 (Unofficial) Report

The unofficial number of moose counted on Moose Day 2019 (Saturday, February 23) was 131 moose.  This is over the 124 total in 2011 (another deep-snow year) and below the record of 172 in 2017—when a mother lode of 57 moose was observed out the east end of the Gros...

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