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!

What to Look for This Fall

By Frances Clark - Lead Ambassador, Nature Mapping Jackson Hole What to look for in October? – Almost everything! October is a critical month of movement for wildlife as cold settles in, grasses dry, insects die, and berries and seeds are there for the picking. We...

What Happens to Jackson Hole’s Amphibians Come Winter?

By Debra Patla - Research Associate, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative If you see or hear an amphibian this month, wish it “Good Night and Good Luck!” Amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders) mostly vanish from our view in September and are not seen again...

Be Bear Wise This Fall

  By Kyle Kissock, Communications Manager As the town of Jackson welcomes the return of yellowing cottonwoods and frosty mornings, we also enter another season of animals on the move. With the chance for large wildlife encounters improving daily, fall’s imminence is...

That’s a Wrap on MAPS!

by Max Frankenberry, Assistant Bird Bander After nine weeks of banding birds this summer, JHWF’s first MAPS season has officially come to an end. Every Wednesday and Friday sunrise, from June 6th to August 3rd, was spent setting up nets, collecting data on the birds...

Surveying Snakes on The Refuge

GUEST BLOG: The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation asked our friends and fellow Nature Mappers, Betty and Chuck Mulcahy to share a bit with us about their current volunteer work at the National Elk Refuge. Betty and Chuck do a lot to educate the public about the wonders...

Year Two of Mountain Bluebird Banding is in the Books!

by Kate Maley, Lead Bird Bander Since Chuck Schneebeck started the Bluebird Trail in 2003, members of the Jackson community have endeavored to create nesting habitat for Mountain Bluebirds and other native cavity-nesters along the southwestern edge of the National Elk...

Wildlife Legacies

by Jon Mobeck, Executive Director For 25 years, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF) has worked to reduce human-caused impacts on wildlife. One of our most visible programs, Wildlife Friendlier Fencing, began in 1996 when a small group of local citizens and JHWF...

Give Birds a Brake

by Jon Mobeck, Executive Director Across all of our programs, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation works to reduce human-caused impacts on wildlife. The negative impacts of roads are well documented, at least as it relates to vehicle collisions with large mammals. Less...

Moose Casualties and Responses

by Jon Mobeck, Executive Director Three moose were hit and killed by vehicles on WY 390 in July, the last of which was killed during daylight hours, which is very rare – about 90% of moose collisions with vehicles occur at night. Summer collisions with moose are also...

Dedicated Fence Crew Shines Through the Dog Days

by Jon Mobeck, Executive Director Saturday, August 11 was the sort of sunny scorcher that forces even the most ebullient dogs to slink into the shade. These are the days that force siesta. Yet despite the 95-degree heat, 35 dedicated souls showed up to the Hardeman...

Pollinators at Work in Jackson Hole

Wildflowers abound this time of year, throughout the valley and up amongst the high peaks of the Tetons and Gros Ventres. Alpine prairies provide vivid photo-ops as we hike past vast fields of green, yellow, purple and red. As humans we tend to naturally appreciate...

Sounds of Summer

by Max Frankenberry, Assistant Bird Bander Jackson Hole has officially entered the season of sun and snowmelt. Tourists are making their way through town to and from the parks, and the bustle around downtown Jackson has gotten exponentially louder. But step outside of...

Small Mammals: What Good Are They?

by Frances Clark, Lead Ambassador Nature Mapping Jackson Hole At this time of year, people see their lawn and gardens riddled with ground squirrels or pocket gophers or their trees chewed to toppling by beaver and ask, “What is the purpose of these pests?” Small...

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...

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