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Do you alter your driving behavior based on messaging from signs? Have you ever been in a wildlife-vehicle collision? Did you seen our Give-Wildlife-a-Brake ads on social media?

We hope you’ll devote 3-5 minutes to the survey (follow this link to the Google Form). Your answers to these and other questions will help us to improve our Give-Wildlife-a-Brake Program.

Take our Winter Wildlife Quiz!

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Jackson Hole ‘Winter Wildlife’ Quiz

Do you consider yourself an expert on all things winter-wildlife in the Jackson Hole area?

We hope this quiz will test your knowledge when it comes to a few species synonymous with cold temperatures and deep snow here in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

As always, don’t forget to nature map your wildlife sightings when you’re out-and-about this winter!

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Trumpeter Swans occur year-round in Jackson Hole.

In winter, it’s not uncommon to witness Trumpeter Swans flying between open water in the Snake River Corridor and Flat Creek Marsh.

True or False – Trumpeter Swans are assumed to mate for life.

 

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Ermines’ coats turn white in winter to help them blend in with the snow, while elongate body shapes allow this predator to maneuver efficiently through subnivean tunnels in search of prey.

Which two species of weasels are you most likely to encounter in Jackson Hole?

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Moose are also exceptionally well adapted to Wyoming’s winters.

However, warming temperatures and a dryer climate is likely to threaten moose populations in coming decades.

Above what winter temperature can moose start to experience “heat stress?”

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The elusive wolverine is yet another creature linked to cold, snowy landscapes.

Known to travel extraordinary distances, in 2009 biologists tracked the movements of an individual wolverine from near Togwotee Pass (east of Grand Teton National Park) all the way to…..

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Can you identify this hawk?

Pictured here is one of a handful of avian species that occurs in Jackson Hole exclusively in the wintertime.

Can you identify this hawk AND where it spends the summer (breeds)?

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While wolves occur year-round in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, winter is an especially good time to be a wolf!

Wolves large paws act as snowshoes which keep them afloat while pursuing prey in deep snow. This advantage can translate into winter hunts having higher levels of success than summer hunts.

Do you know how many separate wolf packs currently inhabit nearby Yellowstone National Park?

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Did you know that rabbits and hares are separate species?

Wyoming has both…but only one species of hare (pictured) has a coat that turns white in the winter.

This is likely a tricky question, but do you know how many species of hare are currently found in Wyoming?

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When we consider wildlife well-adapted to winter, it’s hard not to think of the Canada lynx!

Although relatively high-quality lynx habitat exists on the eastern edge of Yellowstone, in the Wyoming range, and the northern Wind River Range, lynx are still extremely rare in Wyoming.

Which of the following variables are believed to strongly influence distribution and abundance of the Canada lynx?

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The hardy, Black-capped Chickadee can withstand extremely cold temperatures and is one of two, resident Chickadee species which spends the winter in Jackson Hole.

True or False, Chickadees can expand the part of their brains known as the hippocampus by 30% to better remember where they stored their food!

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Carcass Survey Addresses Impacts of Roads on Wildlife

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 carcass survey, along with representatives from Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, and the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, which will include the South Highway 89 corridor from Hoback Junction to the Jackson town limit.

We all know that this past winter has been a bad one for our wildlife. The data we collect will contribute to WGFD and conservation groups management of these wildlife herds. No experience in carcass surveying is needed! Agency professionals from WGFD will show you what to look for and how to conduct routine but important assessments.

We’ll meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Hoback Junction carpool lot near Hoback Market, discuss the day’s plan, the science underlying the survey, and volunteer roles while enjoying donuts and coffee. We’ll do our survey and return around noon. Some folks may gather for lunch thereafter.

Learn about and participate in wildlife science!

Volunteers are encouraged to take part in carcass assessments by extracting teeth and assessing bones with guidance from wildlife professionals. Please bring a stout knife and/or a saw if you’d like to participate in this aspect of the survey.

We will provide: Safety vests, data sheets, rubber gloves for handling carcasses (optional), packets for tooth samples, donuts and coffee, fun!

Volunteer notes

Please dress warm, appropriate for the conditions with boots, layers, sunscreen, etc. and bring a water bottle any other personal essentials in a small backpack.

Each volunteer is free to contribute for as long as they like, covering as much ground as is comfortable. We will break into teams assigned to various sections of different sizes to accommodate everyone. Volunteers will survey land within the highway’s right of way – generally well marked by a fence, but we’ll provide instruction on minimizing any safety risks.

Carpooling is encouraged, so if you do not have transportation or would prefer not to drive, we would still love to have you join us!

If you’d like to join us in this scientific survey, please email Jon Mobeck at jon@jhwildlife.org by Tuesday, April 25 so we can assign territories prior to the survey day.

We look forward to seeing you on April 29!

Wildlife Friendlier Fencing Public Project Dates Posted

Wildlife Friendlier Fencing Public Project Dates Posted

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation has released dates for its public fence projects in 2016 after a winter and spring of project coordination and site reconnaissance. The Wildlife Friendlier Fencing program reduces dangerous and challenging barriers to wildlife movement. Public projects offer volunteers the opportunity to contribute to the removal or modification of fences that pose avoidable threats to wildlife while fragmenting vital habitat. JHWF and its “Fence Team” leaders also work on a number of private projects with landowners throughout the summer toward the same end.

Public fence projects typically occur on Saturdays and span from 9am – 2pm with a lunch break. On some projects, half-day “shifts” are possible. While listed dates are subject to change or cancellation due to weather and other conditions, JHWF encourages volunteers to save the dates in order to ensure that all can participate as their schedule allows.

JHWF will require an RSVP from each volunteer in advance to ensure that we have the ideal number of volunteers for each project. Interested volunteers receive an email invitation and RSVP request about two weeks prior to the project date with the description, details and other logistics outlined. Please email jhwffencepull@gmail.com if you are not currently receiving fence project updates and would like to, or if you have questions about volunteering.

Wildlife Friendlier Fencing Public Project Dates

June 11
June 25 
July 16 
August 6 
August 20 
September 24 
October 8  
October 22 (tentative) 

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