We’ve enjoyed a glorious Indian summer in Jackson Hole this year. A high pressure lingered over the valley for most of October bringing unseasonably warm days with autumn’s signature chilly nights and great fall colors. As we reach the end of the month, snow and chilly temps have arrived, right on schedule. The change in the weather encourages migration so keep on the lookout for wildlife while you are out enjoying the beauty.
— LOCAL —
So Long Teepee Glacier
We can no longer question whether or not nature is changing. The human imprint on the Earth is starting to tip the scale, and not in a positive way. Sad to read that the Teepee Glacier in Grand Teton Park is no more, at least on the surface.
Learn more: At least on the surface, Teepee Glacier is gone
— REGIONAL —
The Importance of Beavers in Nature
Beavers are amazing creatures, dubbed nature’s engineers. They are the largest member of the rodent family (in the United States) and like other rodents, their teeth never stop growing — so the animals never stop gnawing. Their diligent dam-building work can change the landscape to maintain wetlands, store water, and create habitat that is used by many different species. American Indians called the beaver the “sacred center” of the land because the species creates rich, watery habitat for other mammals, fish, turtles, frogs, birds and ducks.
With current drought conditions in the West, a healthy beaver population is crucial for balance. “Today, a growing coalition of ‘Beaver Believers’ — including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens — recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier than those without them,” writes Ben Goldfarb in his book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret life of Beavers and Why They Matter.
— SPIRIT —
“The harder we try to catch hold of the moment, to seize a pleasant sensation …, the more elusive it becomes …. It is like trying to clutch water in one’s hands — the harder one grips, the faster it slips through one’s fingers.”
~ Alan Watts
- Change in the weather and temperatures keep animals moving to winter territories. Be extra careful driving at night.
- Flocks of robins are gathering near town to prepare for migration.
- Eagles live in Jackson Hole all year and can be seen flying over town in search of food sources.
- Tread lightly on muddy trails to reduce impact.
- It is still hunting season so remember to wear orange.
- Make sure to give wildlife space with minimal disturbance. Winter is a stressful time of year for them.
The change in the season can make trail choices more challenging. Choose wisely and avoid mud, especially if biking, to reduce impact on the trail. It’s a great time of year for a quiet walk around Jenny Lake before the snow accumulates. Choose the Cache Creek road, river dikes or the paved pathways around the valley when the trails are wet. Tread lightly and have fun.