This brilliantly colored male seemed fascinated by my camera lens and stared so intently at it, I wondered if he was seeing his own reflection in the glass.
A family of red foxes has denned just outside Grand Teton National Park and consists of two parents and five kits. The parents are working full time to feed their hungry offspring and this image shows how one of today’s hunting expeditions was very successful.
The young kits went crazy when this adult returned to the den with a mouthful of small mammals for dinner!
Ospreys are back in Jackson Hole and almost every osprey nest along the Snake River is occupied with a pair. The bald eagle nest on Spring Creek Ranch had a late start but our local eagles are on the nest and we’ll remain hopeful that they have a successful nest this year.
Other birds to have returned recently include sandhill cranes, several different species of waterfowl and loons.
The “snipe hunt” has been a traditional practical joke on inexperienced campers and consequently has led to many thinking that a snipe is a fictional animal. It is very real but heard more often than seen so this snipe out in broad daylight was exciting to observe on today's safari.
April is a wonderful month for wildlife watching as the national parks are quiet, animals are in motion and each day seems to bring a new species out of hibernation or returning from warmer climates.
Come to Jackson Hole this May and enjoy the beginning of summer and the great events that we have to offer. May 22 and 23rd is the 43rd annual World Famous Jackson Hole Boy Scouts Elk Antler Auction. An exciting time for celebrating nature, outdoor skills, hunting and ecological education and awareness.
Every spring, thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge lose their antlers before they migrate to their summer range. The Boy Scouts assist the Refuge with harvesting the shed antlers and auction them to bidders from around the world who make furniture, wall decorations, jewelry and food products from them.
This annual event, which includes a Chili Cook-Off with live musical performances, and the kick-off of a Mountain Man Rendezvous and an Antler Rendezvous, supports the winter feeding program on the National Elk Refuge with 80% of auction proceeds going back to the Refuge.
Spring Creek is also celebrating with the ElkFest Celebration Promotion!
Valid May 17 – 31, 2010 – From $95 per person / per night
- Deluxe Accommodations with wood burning fireplace
- Breakfast each morning at the Granary Restaurant
- Dinner nightly at the Granary Restaurant
- 2 tickets to the National Museum of Wildlife Art
- Complimentary shuttle service to/from Spring Creek Ranch, the museum, and the town of Jackson
**Reserve 4 nights and get a 2-hour nature hike with our Resident Naturalist Free!
Restrictions apply. Click here to find out more about the event and what is going on!
Reserve Today as space is filling up for this great event in Jackson!
This large species of sage grouse had been in the headlines a bit lately as it has been up for consideration for increased protection under the Endangered Species Act. Grouse are often good subjects for photography as they are relatively tame, but this individual posed for our photo safari participants especially well.
During the month of April we’ll be able to observe the elaborate courtship displays that these birds exhibit on their leks (breeding grounds).
Spring is coming to Jackson Hole and the ice fishing is all but over. While ice is still present on most lakes in the area, the rivers are flowing and the river access ramps are open and it’s time to put away the ice rods for my favorite fly rod. I got the boat out of storage last week and headed over to Idaho to see how the South Fork of the Snake was fishing. The sun warmed up the water in the afternoon and the fishing improved.
All in all a great day on the river. This weekend will be the Snake River in Jackson. Keep you posted on what happens. Get out there and wet a line. You can stop by Snake River Angler to grab your license and flys before heading out. See ya on the water!
We left Spring Creek Ranch at dawn this morning to take advantage of nice lighting for this morning’s photo safari.
These excursions differ from our wildlife safaris in that we work to put ourselves in the best possible photogenic locations while discussing camera equipment and useful techniques for nature photography. We ended up with excellent opportunities to photograph the Teton Mountains, this coyote stalking prey, and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
In the evergreen forests of North America the chattering of a red squirrel is a frequent presence to any outing. Our squirrels are active year-round, but have shown increased enthusiasm in the past couple weeks as Spring quickly approaches. Interesting sightings lately have included a porcupine, mountain goats and my first sighting of a 2010 butterfly (likely a Milbert’s tortoiseshell).
During this snowmobile trip, we explored the trails of the Salt Creek Pass as did several other enthusiasts. We enjoyed a few signs of spring along the way on our fifty-seven mile round trip day and we loved every minute!
We stopped in a cabin that is perched on the top of one of the buttes that was built for snowmobilers to get warm and enjoy a quick meal before heading back out.
We are very fortunate to live where we do and we respect the beauty of the land for those who will come after us. Contact a Spring Creek Ranch concierge to get you set up for your own snowmobiling adventure.