Thanks for a great Community Potluck

On Wednesday, September 14th, we were joined by over 50 Nature Mappers and other members of our community to celebrate the legacy of Bert Raynes at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse!

About Nature Mapping Jackson Hole

Nature Mapping Jackson Hole is a group of volunteer citizens working collectively to create a long-term dataset containing wildlife observations. When everyone contributes a small amount of data, the end result is enormous. Nature Mapping Jackson Hole strives to fill wildlife observation and distribution needs not already covered by state and federal agencies or local research organizations.

Goals of Nature Mapping Jackson Hole

Nature Mapping Jackson Hole is a long-term, citizen science research project with the goals of:

  1. Keeping common species common (studying all species not just high-profile species or species of concern).
  2. Increasing citizen’s knowledge of and appreciation for wildlife in Teton County, WY.
  3. Engaging citizens in long-term wildlife data collection.
  4. Informing management decisions that favor wildlife sustainability.
  5. Contribute data to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s Wildlife Observation System (WOS) to augment state data.

Nature Mapping Jackson Hole Database

Nature Mapping Jackson Hole strives to fill wildlife observation and distribution needs not already covered by state and federal agencies or local research organizations. Creating a long-term dataset on all species, collecting data on private and public lands, and providing able bodies to work collaboratively with other research organizations on projects that lack resources, are niches Nature Mapping is striving to fill in Jackson Hole’s wildlife-rich community.

A History Thanks to Meg and Bert Raynes

Nature Mapping Jackson Hole was begun in 2009 by a group of dedicated volunteers and local biologists under the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund. In 2011, a cooperative relationship between the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation and the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund began in order to build on the initial success of the Nature Mapping Jackson Hole program.

Please be aware of Nature Mapping Data Collection Guidelines Related to Private Property

To sign up for a certification training, please email!

JHWF’s Nature Mapping Jackson Hole casual observations of elk from December 2015 to December 2020. Our Nature Mapping projects included are Backyard, Moose Day, Snake River Float Trips, and Casual Observations.

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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.


2 / 9

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?

3 / 9

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?"

4 / 9

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.....

5 / 9

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)?

6 / 9

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?

7 / 9

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?

9 / 9

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!

Your score is

The average score is 57%


It’s fun to open somebody’s eyes the way mine were opened. You can sit there and see them get the spark and think, there, I’ve ruined another life. They’re gonna be bird watchers. Satisfying.

Bert Raynes

Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund

Total Observations

Trained Nature Mappers

Moose Observed on 2020 Moose Day

2020 Moose Day Volunteers

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.” – Aldo Leopold

Data Request Process – How it Works

  1. Requester submits a data request using the info on this form. Please fill out the information found on the form as completely as possible and explicitly tell us why you are requesting Nature Mapping data.
  2. Nature Mapping Advisory Committee reviews the data request at their monthly meeting.
  3. If the request is approved, the requester will sign a data release agreement with Nature Mapping/JHWF.
  4. Data will be delivered electronically as either a shapefile or Microsoft Excel document.
  5. Requester’s end products will be delivered to Nature Mapping/ JHWF per the timeline outlined in the data request form.
  6. The intent is for wildlife to benefit from this cooperative agreement.

Data may be provided to individuals or organizations on a demonstrated need basis for single use purposes related to the appropriate conservation and management of wildlife in Teton County, Wyoming. Data requests submitted by area agencies, research organizations and land management organizations which may positively influence wildlife management decisions are encouraged.

At no time should Nature Mapping data (partial or in total) be redistributed by the recipient to third parties whether for a fee or free of charge. Data recipient should direct all other parties to request data directly from Nature Mapping Jackson Hole/Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Data may not be provided to any entity for the creation of independent datasets.

Photo Credits:

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

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

Office Location:
25 S. Willow St., Suite 10
Jackson, WY 83001

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8042
Jackson, WY 83002

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