Local Wildlife May started with a whisper of winter and ended with the brilliance of spring — from brown dried vegetation to vibrant green leaves and the dance of color on the hillsides. Bears emerged from dens and the infamous Grizzly 399 surfaced and greeted onlookers with four new cubs. She's quite the matriarch! See Grizzly 399 with her cubs … [Read more...] about May Nature News: Moose calves, bison calves and Grizzly cubs, oh my!
Heat and haze dominate the start of August. Temperatures this month were hot, rain was minimal and the lack of moisture has left a crispy landscape. Fire danger changed to extreme. Winds brought smoke and haze from northern California making the month predominately smoky. As I have mentioned before, fire is extremely important in the Greater Yellowstone … [Read more...] about August Nature News: Smoky skies, the controversial Grizzly hunt, and berry season in Jackson Hole
January brought winter storms, wind, sun and rain. Typical weather except the thin snow pack on the valley floor. Playing in the mountains becomes a challenge when you have to navigate through the thick vegetation at lower elevations. This year, the temperatures are warm enough that the valley snow continues to melt so the usual white landscape is missing. … [Read more...] about January: winter storms, wildlife, thin valley snow
The month of December begins with white peaks and a brown valley. The warm temperatures in November melted the valley snowpack so the month starts with biking and hiking at 6400 feet. By the third week, the Solstice brought winter back to Jackson Hole and over a foot of snow fell in the mountains and the valley landscape changed. Due to the low snow … [Read more...] about December: Solstice, Christmas Bird Count, Elk on the move
The rhythm of nature around the solstice, June 20, is hard to describe. Nature peaks at the start of summer in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Flowers fill the meadows. Young animals and birds abound. Rivers pulse. Life is busy, busy, busy. This month a baby raven came into my life. I thought it was fledging or learning to fly. Out my bedroom window, I … [Read more...] about June- high water, Grizzly in the news, RAY of summer, young everywhere