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Posts With Tag: Field Notes from Steve Cain

  • Field Notes from Steve Cain: Wildlife Reproductive Strategies

    Thursday, April 26th, 2018

    Spring in the Rockies is a time of renewal, dramatic season change, and the business of reproduction among wildlife. In this high elevation, interior climate where summers and associated growing seasons are short, animal reproductive strategies focus on getting the job done through a variety of means.

  • Field Notes from Steve Cain: Winter Animal Tracking

    Thursday, January 26th, 2017

    One of my favorite activities in winter is interpreting stories animals leave in the snow. Just knowing which animals have been active and what they’ve been up to can bring a completely new context and level of appreciation to your winter treks.

  • Field Notes from Steve Cain: Albino Pika Seen in the Tetons

    Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

    Earlier this summer, park wildlife biologist Sarah Dewey observed an albino American pika in a remote Teton canyon. This seems to be the first such record for the Tetons and perhaps for this species of pika across its range, which includes the mountainous areas of the western U.S. and southwestern Canada.

  • Field Notes from Steve Cain: Essential Winter Adaptions

    Friday, December 18th, 2015

    Winter in Jackson Hole was a bit slow in coming this year, but by mid-December it seemed to be revving up in good form. While winters can be tough on ill-prepared individuals, human or otherwise, our native fauna have endured thousands of Teton winters and have developed a variety of effective adaptations for survival in the process.

  • Field Notes from Steve Cain: Bugling Elk

    Monday, August 31st, 2015

    Shorter days, cooler temperatures, new snow in the high country, changing colors on the landscape, and the eerie trill of elk bugles in the morning and evening air signal the coming of fall in Grand Teton National Park. Bugling by bull elk in September and October serves to alert other elk to the status of a breeding male, in a highly ritualized and ages-old breeding system known as the rut.

  • Field Notes from Steve Cain: Wildlife Reproduction

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

    In Jackson Hole’s temperate landscape, where abrupt seasonal changes have profound effects on almost everything, spring is a time of renewal. Days lengthen, temperatures warm, snow and ice melt, and brown turns to green as another annual growing season begins.


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