Patterns
Art / Photography

Patterns

There are times when photography captures a scene equivalent to our perception, and there are other times when photography allows us to enter a visual world impossible without the advent of a lens connected to a light sensing and recording mechanism.     Continue reading

Willow Restoration
Ecology / Life in Jackson Hole / Stewardship

Willow Restoration

Last week a high school group from Gillette, Wyoming participated in a stewardship project through the Conservation Research Center (CRC) on the Jackson campus. One of the current projects of the CRC focusses on restoration of the riparian community. The riparian community is composed of all of the plants and animals found near bodies of … Continue reading

Ecology / Phenology / Wildlife

Winter Life: Bears

Black bears (Ursus americanus) and grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) share similar winter strategies. Bears are widely known as hibernators, although their strategy departs from the classic physiological definition of hibernation. Bears enter dens in early winter when food becomes scarce and temperatures plummet. Prior to entering the den, bears have gone through a stage … Continue reading

Winter life: Painted turtles
Ecology / Phenology / Wildlife

Winter life: Painted turtles

Common name: Painted turtle Scientific name: Chrysemys picta Winter Ecology: During late May to early July, female painted turtles dig nests and lay their eggs underground. Although the baby turtles hatch in late August or early September, the hatchlings will not leave the nest until the following spring. Before temperatures drop in early winter, the … Continue reading

Winter Life: Pronghorn
Ecology / Phenology / Wildlife

Winter Life: Pronghorn

Pronghorn are short, stalky, strong animals that are incredibly well-adapted for cold conditions, but very poorly adapted for deep snow conditions. Pronghorn hooves lack dew claws, which serve to increase surface area when walking on snow. Without this increased hoof surface area, pronghorn post-hole when walking in deep snow, requiring  an unsustainable amount of energy. … Continue reading