"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Monday, May 30, 2016

Grand Teton National Park, No Wolves - No Grizzlies

Memorial Day weekend has come, and almost gone. With the holiday came the expected increase in park visitors, filling some campgrounds and creating wildlife jams even with commonly seen species such as elk and deer.  The increase in traffic since the beginning of the month has reduced our wolf sightings dramatically. Hopefully the wolves will adjust in time and come out of hiding.

There are other things to see if one takes the time to notice. The most obvious is the scenery, like this sunrise view of the Snake River...



At one location, where I like to watch for wolves, this chipmunk provided an interesting diversion...




A bald eagle soared overhead at Cattlemans Landing...


This young bull elk posed for a close-up on Two Oceans Lake Rd...



This older, and perhaps wiser, bull used a small growth of aspens for cover...


On the road to Uhl Hill we encountered this bison bull, near a long abandoned ranchers shack...


A female tree swallow and her mate were investigating tree cavities for a nesting site...



A red-shafted flicker chick watches for a parent to deliver its next meal...


From an overlook we watched as a black bear passed two elk...


One species that seems uncommonly plentiful this year is the sand hill crane...




A yellow-bellied marmot sunbathes on an ancient tree...


A cow moose and her yearling calf feed in the willows of Pacific Creek...



This bull reclines in the open, undisturbed by our presence...


Ruffed grouse must have had a good winter because their numbers seem to be higher than usual...



Most of our coyote sightings have been distant and fleeting with this exception...


A fox den is once again in our campground.  We are eager to see the new kits born this year...



This cowboy totem has hung in the same location for several years on North Uhl Road...


Thanks for visiting, be well, and come back soon.



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