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Posts With Tag: Wildlife Whereabouts

  • August Wildlife Whereabouts: Foraging and Feeding

    Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

    A healthy black bear searches for berries. Photo: Lisa Wan August is a busy month for wildlife in the park as bears are intensively foraging, elk are preparing for the rut, and eagles have recently fledged. • By the end of August, many berry crops, particularly huckleberries, are on their way out while others, like […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Nesting and Nurturing

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019

    The onset of spring and increase in nutritious vegetation supports new life as animals return to the park to forage and reproduce. Birds are nesting, trout are spawning, and mammals are caring for their offspring after a long winter. Much of Grand Teton’s wildlife are particularly protective of their young during this time of year. […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Spring is in the Air

    Monday, April 29th, 2019

    Warm temperatures, valley snowmelt, and greening vegetation will help many of Grand Teton’s animals get a jump on replenishing critical energy reserves, particularly pregnant females that will be giving birth in the next two months. • Since gestation lengths in mammals are very consistent, calving seasons will be similar to previous years, regardless of weather. […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Winding Down Winter

    Friday, March 29th, 2019

    This is a challenging time of year for wildlife as winter fat reserves have been depleted and new season plant growth is in its earliest stages and limited in distribution. Energy conservation is still a high priority. Please remember to give all wildlife plenty of room and don’t cause them to move or alter their […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Park Animals Pushed to Their Limits by Record-Breaking Snowfall

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

    This winter has been an interesting one for wildlife as consistent snowfall and an exceptionally snowy February has led to a much higher than average snowpack. Deep snow depths challenge herbivores — like bison, elk, deer, moose, and bighorn sheep — because forage is difficult to access and provides an edge to their primary predators. […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Hibernation and Migration

    Thursday, November 29th, 2018

    Bear 399 and her two cubs were spotted frequently during the month of November. Photo by Jack Bayles Photography. November brought cooler temperatures and snow to Grand Teton. The park’s wildlife is either settling into their winter dens or preparing for the long, cold season ahead. • Fall spawning mountain whitefish are headed to winter […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Getting Ready for Winter

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

    Shorter days and cooler nights mean Grand Teton’s wildlife are preparing for the long winter ahead. • Moose have started concentrating in the sagebrush/grassland areas in the south end of the park. They are seeking bitterbrush and other foods in these areas that provide fall nutrition. • Pronghorn are generally migrating out of the Jackson […]

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  • August Wildlife Whereabouts: Preparing for the Rut

    Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

    August is a busy month for wildlife in the park as bears are intensively foraging, elk are preparing for the rut, and eagles have recently fledged. • By the end of August, many berry crops, particularly huckleberries, are on their way out while others, like mountain ash, hawthorne, and chokecherry fruits, are just ripening. Bears […]

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  • June Wildlife Whereabouts: Summer Has Arrived

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

    Photo by Lisa Wan. Long days and warm temperatures mark summer’s arrival in Grand Teton National Park. As daily high temperatures rise with the season, mid-day animal activity will be reduced considerably. Be sure to get out early in the morning or later in the evening for your best chance to see some of the […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Spring in the Tetons

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

    This time of year, nesting raptors often vocalize alarm calls when you are too close to their nests. Bears, moose, bison, and elk are also particularly protective of their young. Please remember to give all wildlife a wide berth. If you are altering an animal’s behavior, such as eliciting an alarm call or any other […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: On the Move

    Thursday, April 26th, 2018

    Early snow melt at low elevations, warm temperatures, and greening vegetation will help many animals get a jump on replenishing these critical energy reserves, particularly pregnant females which will be giving birth in the next 2 months. • Since gestation lengths in mammals are very consistent, calving seasons will be similar to previous years, regardless […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Between Seasons

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

    Photo by Patrick Leary, Director of Wildlife Expeditions This is a challenging time of year for wildlife as winter fat reserves have been depleted and new season plant growth is in its earliest stages and limited in distribution. Energy conservation is still a high priority. Please remember to give all wildlife plenty of room and […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Surviving Mid-Winter

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

    This winter has been an interesting one for wildlife. The upper Snake River and adjacent mountain watersheds are all recording snow water content levels well above 100%, yet valley snowfall has been one of the lowest on record. This is because unusually warm temperatures during many of our winter storms this year resulted in the […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Adjusting to Warmer Temperatures

    Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

    Photo by Sean Beckett • Snowfall has been lower and temperatures higher than average so far this winter. Many bison and elk have responded by staying away from core winter ranges and remaining on spring/fall transitional ranges where adequate forage is still available. • The ice on Jackson Lake has been variable so far this […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Getting Ready for Winter

    Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

    Photo by Jerry Herman. November brought cooler temperatures and snow to Grand Teton. The park’s wildlife is either settling into their winter dens or preparing for the long, cold season ahead. • Fall spawning mountain whitefish are headed to winter habitats as their eggs incubate for the next several months. • Fish energy needs and […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Migrating into Fall

    Thursday, September 28th, 2017

    Photo by Lisa Wan. September is a time of change for wildlife in Teton Park. Many ungulates (hoofed animals) are mating, birds are abandoning territories and embarking on their fall migration, and all animals are preparing for the winter months ahead. • By the end of September, elk, moose, and pronghorn are still breeding but […]

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Foraging Toward Fall

    Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

    August is a busy month for wildlife in the park as bears are intensively foraging, elk are preparing for the rut, and eagles have recently fledged.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Transitioning Into Summer

    Thursday, June 29th, 2017

    Longer days and warmer temperatures mark summer’s arrival in Grand Teton National Park. As daily high temperatures rise with the season, mid-day animal activity will be reduced considerably. Be sure to get out early in the morning or later in the evening for your best chance to see some of the park’s incredible wildlife.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Cubs, Calves, & Nestlings

    Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

    Spring brings new life to Grand Teton National Park. The valley is a vibrant green and buzzing with the arrival of migratory birds and baby animals. Be safe and enjoy the park’s remarkable wildlife during this special time of year!

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Restoring Energy Through Spring Foraging

    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

    Spring provides wildlife with vital energy resources to help them regain strength after winter in Grand Teton.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Grand Teton’s Wildlife Running Low on Energy as Spring Begins

    Thursday, March 30th, 2017

    This is a challenging time of year for wildlife as winter fat reserves have been depleted and new season plant growth is in its earliest stages and limited in distribution.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Heavy Snowfall Impacts Animals in Grand Teton National Park

    Friday, February 24th, 2017

    Record snow depths in both the mountains and valley have brought many deer, elk, and moose to the lowest elevations of the park and Jackson Hole. Many of these animals are not used to being in such close proximity to people, which can add considerable stress and lower fitness.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Survival of the Fittest

    Thursday, January 26th, 2017

    Cold temperatures and abundant valley snowfall have Grand Teton’s wildlife utilizing all of their incredible adaptations to navigate and survive the harsh winter season.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Hibernation & Migration

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

    The Tetons are beautifully blanketed in snow and winter is quickly approaching. Some wildlife in Grand Teton are settling into their winter dens, while others have left the park for warmer winter ranges.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Warming Up for Winter

    Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

    Fall means wildlife is on the move! Mule Deer are migrating to warmer winter destinations while migratory birds have already left the valley. Read more about fall in Grand Teton and how wildlife prepares for the cooler months ahead.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Mating, Migration, and More!

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

    By the end of September, animals are reading for the winter months ahead. Elk, moose, and pronghorn are still breeding, but won’t be for much longer. The forests, meadows, and shrublands are quiet in the mornings as breeding birds abandon territories and begin migrations to distant wintering areas.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Foraging, Fighting, and Fledging

    Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

    August is a busy month for wildlife in the park as bears are foraging, elk and bison are preparing for the rut, and eagles are fledging.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Summer is FULL of Animal Activity

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

    There is no shortage of wildlife activity during the month of June as wolf pups, grizzly cubs, and ungulate calves are playing and exploring, bird eggs are hatching and nestlings are feeding, and Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout and Utah suckers are spawning in park lakes.

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: A time of year we love—pups, calves, and cubs!

    Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

    Bison, elk, moose, and bears are just some of the animals giving birth this month. Birds are on nests incubating eggs. Fish are spawning in spring creeks. Learn more in our latest edition of Wildlife Whereabouts!

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  • Wildlife Whereabouts: Migration, incubation, and more!

    Thursday, April 28th, 2016

    Spring provides wildlife with vital energy resources to help them regain strength after winter in Grand Teton National Park. Learn more in our latest edition of Wildlife Whereabouts!

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