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May eNewsletter Features
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Wildlife Whereabouts -- Spring updates on wildlife in Grand Teton from senior biologist Steve Cain
Love Photography? -- Register for this fall's workshop--and mention us at sign up!
Beloved Bears -- Updates on famous Grand Teton grizzlies, 399 and 610!
Grand Teton Trivia -- Tidbits of interest about our favorite national park
Discover Grand Teton Online -- A dynamic website focused on Grand Teton  

  • Bison, moose and elk calving seasons are at their peaks.  Nearly all bison and elk will have moved off of the National Elk Refuge soon.  They will follow snow melt and vegetation to more northern parts of the valley.
  • Wolf pups are making their first exploratory appearances from their dens.
  • Female black and grizzly bears with cubs are now out and about but are making only small movements so that their cubs can keep up.
  • Neotropical migrating birds (western tanagers, hummingbirds, warblers, and others) have returned and are beginning nesting activities.
  • Cutthroat trout are initiating 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.

Photo by Jerry Herman  

Learn about the Foundation-funde
d Wildlife and Natural Resource Initiative and the crucial research of black and grizzly bears, wolves, and cougars it enables. 


Hone your photography skills in  
Yellowstone National Park 

This fall: benefit from the instruction of two of the area's most
notable photographers and help support our work in Grand Teton! 

Join Foundation friends Ed Riddell and Jonothan Stuart in the midst of exquisite fall colors for a four-day photography workshop in Yellowstone National Park.  For every person that mentions GTNPF at sign-up, Ed will donate $100 to the Foundation in support of our mission to protect and enhance Grand Teton's resources. 


Ed and Jon, both veteran photographers, have photographed in the greater Yellowstone area for over 35 years.  Having taught over 20 workshops in Yellowstone over the years, they know the best locations for fall photography. Their local knowledge will allow you to escape the crowds and visit "secret spots" for unique shots.   


The workshop will emphasize hands-on learning during field outings.  Daily field trips and critiques along with group and individual instruction are guaranteed to make you a better photographer.

September 26 - 29, 2013  
(optional additional day)

All ability levels welcome!



Click here for tuition information, etc. and to sign up!


A Grizzly 610 cub in early Spring 2013. Photo by Lisa Wan. 

Late last month, park officials and biologists reported that one of the area's best-known grizzlies, Grizzly 610, weaned her three cubs and cast them off to live on their own.  This is typical behavior for grizzly mothers and cubs in their third spring or summer together. At this time, grizzly mothers come into estrus and begin another reproductive cycle.  Grizzly 610 and her cubs were frequently sighted alongside roads in Grand Teton, giving them somewhat of a "celebrity status" over the past two years.  Since their separation, the three cubs have stuck together and could remain together for the summer, reports Grand Teton National Park senior biologist, Steve Cain.   



Grizzly 610 is the daughter of another well-known bear in Grand Teton National Park, Grizzly 399.  In mid-May, Grizzly 399 was spotted with three new cubs, her third set of triplets. To learn more fascinating details about Grizzly 399 and Grizzly 610, click here! 

Video: Grizzly 610's final spring with her first set of cubs
By Mike Cavaroc
Video compilation by local photographer Mike Cavaroc. Visit his website, Free Roaming Photography for more photos and the full story on Grizzly 610 and her cubs. 
Bear Safety!
With bears out and about in Grand Teton, make sure to review the park's guidelines to recreating in bear country
before heading into the park.

Did you know? 
In the 1900s, men known as "Tuskers" killed elk for their ivory teeth and sold it mostly to jewelry makers. A pair of elk ivory teeth was work as much as $100 on the open market. 

*Source: Grand Teton Trivia, Charlie Craighead  


The Foundation is proud to have funded Discover Grand Teton, an interactive educational website with resources to engage park-lovers of all ages.

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