Red Foxes Make Excellent Parents!

Red Fox - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
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!

Snipe Hunt

Snipe - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
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.

Photography Safari Highlights

mule deer - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Our photo safaris are designed to enhance every nature photographer’s technique and opportunity. Jackson Hole is a playground for wildlife photographers and today’s snowy safari provided opportunities for great shots of bighorn sheep, moose, bald eagles and this small herd of mule deer bucks.

Photographers thinking about a visit to Jackson Hole should consider Spring Creek Ranch as THE destination for their base-camp for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks photography.

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X-country Skiing Through Grand Teton National Park

Kathi Davis Explores the Park on Cross Country Skis

Cross Country Skiing in Grand Teton National Park
Just because it’s winter outside doesn’t mean you can’t get out and have some fun.

Grand Teton National Park is a winter playground for those that get out and experience it and it’s only about a half hour away from Spring Creek Ranch.

Cross country skiing is a great way to explore the park, you get a little exercise and the chance to see moose, elk, deer, and bison.

The day was so beautiful and the sun was calling me to get out! The snow sparkled all around while we watched a bald eagle soar overhead. In front of me are moose tracks crossing the meadow. Truly breathtaking!

Bull Moose in Grand Teton National Park

Moose - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Animals are on the move in Jackson Hole as some species migrate away and others make smaller migrations within the valley. Many of our moose have moved away from rivers and ponds to browse on shrubs within open sagebrush habitat.

This makes them easier to find this time of year and this bull foraged contently near our most recent wildlife safari. He’ll keep his antlers for another six to nine weeks before shedding them.

Grizzly Bear, Moose, Muskrat & Swans

Trumpeter Swans - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
We had hoped to make it to Yellowstone National Park yesterday, but icy roads kept us away. It turned out that plan B was full of opportunities including a close sighting of a grizzly bear, several sightings of moose and wonderful wildlife watching along the Snake River.

These trumpeter swans noisily flew back and forth in front of the Tetons while muskrats worked tirelessly nearby storing food for the upcoming winter months.

Fires in the Jackson Hole Valley

Fires in Jackson Hole, WY
Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks both have wildfires currently burning. This has led to a bit of haze across the landscape during the day, but created some amazing sunsets. On one of our recent excursions up to Yellowstone, we were able to see the largest fire currently burning Arnica fire, which has grown to almost 10,000 acres. This is the largest fire of the season, but, with forecasts for snow later in the week, may not last much longer.

Newborns in Grand Teton National Park

Moose Calf - Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, WY - Spring Creek Ranch
Early summer is an ideal time to see newborn animals and recent sightings have included young bison, pronghorn, owls and moose.

This moose calf may have been just days old, but it lay calmly underneath its mother surrounded by Arnica wildlflowers.

Bears have been cooperative on recent excursions and we have had regular sightings of both black and grizzly bears.

May Flowers

Bear - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
During our safaris, we strive to meet the specific interests of our participants. Today, we had a strong interest in both birds and wildflowers.

Thanks to an abundance of winter snow this year, we are currently enjoying wonderful spring wildflowers such as balsamroot, spring beauty, arnica, yellow violet, larkspur, yellowbell and Oregon grape.

Bird sightings included bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, osprey, pelicans, mergansers, bluebirds, cranes, swans and warblers. We certainly couldn’t ignore mammal sightings such as marmots, pronghorn, moose, elk, deer and bison with young calves.

Despite our botanical interests the highlight of today’s trip was this young grizzly bear, which graced us with its presence for 15 minutes as it walked nearby and lifted boulders looking for insects. Both grizzly bears and black bears consider Grand Teton National Park their home, but it is always a meaningful encounter to see them in the wild.

Winter Birds

Winter Birds - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
As our ski season winds down for the year the local wildlife watching remains dynamic and as interesting as any other time of year. Spring migrants are getting most wildlife enthusiast’s attention these days as we welcome back red-wing blackbirds, red-tailed hawks, ospreys and mountain bluebirds.

As the snow melts in the southern grasslands of our valley, elk and bison are beginning to make their way off of the National Elk Refuge and into Grand Teton National Park.

The birds to the right are intrepid little animals that will endure our long winters rather than migrate south.

Each species can commonly be observed at feeders and from top to bottom are nuthatch, pine siskin, pine grosbeak, black-capped chickadee and mountain chickadee.