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With spring upon us, animals are out and about

Animals are giving birth to their young and feasting away on all the greenery they've been deprived over the winter.  This makes for amazing animal-watching!  Please take a moment to view Grand Teton National Park's video, highlighting advice to help you stay safe and keep animals wild.  As a reminder, you may encounter wildlife anywhere and the park service needs your help in protecting these magnificent animals.

 
Wildlife Viewing in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Viewing in Grand Teton National Park

 

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Wildlife Whereabouts 

The second ever Wildlife Whereabouts is back to keep you in-the-know about the ever-changing landscape of Grand Teton National Park.  With all the snow it may not feel like spring, but the animals are proving that snow or not, spring is in the air!  May brings the following:

 

  • the peak of bison, moose, and elk calving.
  • nearly all bison and elk will have moved off of the National Elk Refuge, following snow melt and vegetation to more northern parts of the valley.
  • wolf pups make their first exploratory appearances from their dens.
  • female black and grizzly bears with cubs are now out and about, making only small movements so that their cubs can keep up.
  • neotropical migrating birds (western tanagers, humming birds, warblers, and others) have returned and are beginning nesting activities.
  • cutthroat trout initiate spawning as water levels rise with spring run off.
  • bald eagle eggs are hatching and young nestlings are being closely guarded by their brooding parents.

 

Two bald eagles in tree

 

 

 

Thank you to Tina Damalas, who shared this photo of two bald eagles perched on a frost-covered tree.  Hopefully they have a nest nearby filled with little ones. 

 

Don't forget to send us your photos  of wildlife in Grand Teton National Park so we can share them with others on Facebook and in these monthly e-mails

 

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In the Spotlight

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This year, Four Seasons celebrates 50 years of hospitality.  If you aren't familiar with our local resort, head to Teton Village and get to know one of our longest-standing partners.  Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole sits at the doorstep of Grand Teton National Park and is the brand's base camp for exploring two of America's most iconic national parks.  It's also the first of the Four Seasons properties to forge a strong relationship to its setting and to give its guests an opportunity to do the same.  General Manager Steve Benson provides critical funding for Foundation programs that improve Grand Teton.  Our mission offers a natural alignment with the resort's work in furthering sustainability and bettering our community--two of the pillars that Four Seasons' philosophy of giving back is built upon.

 

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Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is committed to conserving natural resources and reducing impact on the environment.  The resort's Eco Luxury program generates money for Foundation projects each time a guest declines to have linens washed.  Bedside pitchers keep plastic water bottles out of the local landfill, and guests will help place pheromone packets that deter mountain pine beetles on trees this summer as part of the local fight against the epidemic.  Through its Clean the World effort, guests' shampoos and soaps that are left behind are sanitized and sent to third-world countries.

 

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is about creating an experience that actively connects people to place.  Travel evolves, and the focus on wilderness couldn't be more in tune with what guests crave today.  The resort offers a multitude of excursions, many of which include a national park pass designed to put people on the path to developing a lifelong love of the outdoors.  "Our packages show people what's possible at a destination," Marketing Director Kimberley Hoffman says.  "We plant the seed about what you can do."

 

Creating memorable experiences and fostering ideas is what Four Seasons is all about.   It provides a gateway to unforgettable places that encourages guests to think about conservation and the elements that make a particular community thrive.  "We want to get people involved," Hoffman says.  With this simple approach, Four Seasons will continue to positively impact the natural world for generations to come.

 

On behalf of everyone who cares about Grand Teton, thank you for your many years of support!

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National Trails Day is June 4!

Join others in this day of national celebration for trails!   

Explore the beauty of Grand Teton National Park or

visit this searchable database

to find a local hike, trail work project, or other volunteer opportunity near you!

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Conservation Deserves More Than 2%

 Support the Earth Friends Challenge to benefit Grand Teton National Park Foundation and help us raise $150,000 by September 30, 2011.  Through this challenge grant we hope to encourage more giving to environmental and animal-based organizations,
which currently receive only 2% of all charitable giving in the U.S.   
Make a gift to help us reach the goal! 

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