Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The view from Oxbow Bend was stunning, especially contrasted to the solid gray wall of smoke from a week ago.
Monday, August 27, 2018
We had a cold, wet day with some poignant moments. This was our shift summary:
"1000-1800 Neither rain nor snow nor sleet shall keep us from protecting our moose. So it was on Moose Wilson Road for a couple of hours but at least one cancer survivor checked moose off of her bucket list. Quiet for the rest of the shift. Thank you Kate for our waterproof Marmot jackets."
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The Signal got stronger and stronger and then 399 walked into the road in front of us. You can see her collar in this photo.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Next day they were feeding on berries among the Signal Mountain cabins. This was the beginning of a seven hour effort to get them out of the developed areas. Past the cabins, past the marina, behind the restaurant and into the campground. They went where they wanted and no amount of clapping and yelling got them to move in any other direction. We even tried a powered megaphone with different siren noises. She ignored it. We finally got them out of the campground down to the boat launch where the cubs climbed into a culvert and took a nap for over an hour. At one point there were seven of us but we were no match for these determined bears. It dragged on until dark.
As a final reminder that bears are everywhere, we found this little pile of bear scat on the campground road near our motorhome yesterday morning.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Not surprisingly, some of the cards we exchanged had a bear theme. This one to my big cuddly husband
Friday, August 10, 2018
The end of the road is the trailhead for hikes into the Wind River Range. As we scoped the hillsides with binoculars, we spotted a cowboy leading five pack horses high on a steep meadow. Look for the arrow in the center to see the spot.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Bears are not the only cute critters. Here a least chipmunk creates a debris pile getting inside a pine cone.
Many of you remember grizzly bear 399. This is one of her yearling cubs and it is really big. Since grizzlies den with mom a second winter (third if you include when they are born), 399 is going to need to dig a really big den this winter!
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
On the narrow summit road we want people to drive by slowly but not stop. We think the cub was the only one to read the sign.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
We got this email from the park Public Affairs Office.
National Geographic is airing live broadcasts from the Greater Yellowstone Area- including Grand Teton National Park- Sunday-Wednesday, August 5-8, at 7pm local time each night, on the NatGeo Channel.Several film crews are in the park and have been working with the park's Special Use Permit Office regarding this "live" programming. They are specifically filming wildlife viewing opportunities and wildlife jams, search and rescue operations, as well as obtaining general landscape images in the park, and our cooperative work with whitebark pine restoration efforts. We may see some of our coworkers in the film.So don't be surprised to see filming crews out and about. They are also filming in adjacent national forests and Yellowstone.Please be sure to share this info with all employees, volunteers, and partners, and perhaps your family and friends.