All time road trip through southern Utah. Amazing landscapes everywhere. You'd think 2 weeks would be enough but seemed like we could have used at least one more. Are you headed out looking for dark skies this weekend to check out the lyrid meteor shower? Where's your favorite star gazing site?
Make sure to check out the new @yellowstonenps podcast, Telemetry, profiling a day in the life of Dr. Dan Stahler and the crew of the @yellowstone_cougar_project. Using cutting edge technology with Phd researcher @cobblestonetosandweasel these guys are doing great work to learn more and educate the public about Cougars in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Link in my bio. Funded in part by a grant from the National Geographic Expeditions Council.
If you haven’t already heard, HR621 and 622 have been withdrawn by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse), citing an out pouring of concern from the outdoor community. A huge thank you for listening to voters, and a huge thank you to everyone who tried to get the word out about this issue. Perhaps the best take away from this (I think) is that when we work together things can get done. This issue brought together groups throughout the outdoor recreation community as well as conservation groups- much of it connecting the dots through social media. _________________________________________ #waytogoeveryone
Red Desert. The more time I spend here, the more time I want to spend here. •
Recently, Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout decided against assigning the proposed public lands bill to committee in the state legislature, and effectively killing the proposed idea of state’s taking over control of Federal lands in Wyoming.
If you're not already, follow along with @thelynxproject as they start to open up the life of Lynx in the northern Boreal Forest in Alaska. Remote cameras looking for lynx caught the caribou on the move in interior Alaska. Can you hear the wolves? ______________________________________________________ #wildlifebiology#frozen#alpine#caribou#wildlifeeducation
Pine Marten (Martes Americana) // Its hard to believe that an animal that will only grow to 26 inches long can have a home range and defend an area of up to 3 square miles.
with @thelynxproject // No one is certain what the tufts of hair on the tip of a lynx's ears are for. Many postulate that they are advanced hearing aids, helping them in hunting their main prey, the snowshoe hare. Never the less, they certainly give the lynx its unique look and unforgettable appearance. •
I'm working with @thelynxproject in Alaska to learn more about these amazing animals and educate the public about one of the most rarely seen cats in North America. Funded in part from a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism. Team members: @boonesmithwc@nate_wolverine@dashfeier
It's hard to sum up what critical temperatures are in a short sentence, but essentially it's when an animal starts to feel cold. I've read that for bison it's around -50 Fahrenheit. Thick fur and a healthy layer of fat built up from grazing all summer help insulate the American bison from sub zero temps. When it gets down well below zero is when you start to see frost forming on these guys. Headed back to @yellowstonenps next week for a few runs into the park. Where are you headed this holiday season?
Just came across this clip of some cutthroat trout, and thought you might enjoy it. • You can make out the distinctive red slash or "cut" just under the gill plate that gives the cutthroat it's name. These are the Snake River Fine Spotted subspecies. #fish#cutty#trout#wild#nature#snakeriver
It's hard to believe that elk antlers can grow up to an inch a day. That probably has something to do with why antlers and the velvet that covers them when they grow have been used in traditional medicines for a long time. Even today, companies are marketing supplements from antler, claiming a whole host of interesting side effects including better or increased stamina, sleep, libido and even smoother less wrinkly skin.
TBT: Throwing it back to 2009 and a project working with @wygameandfish to document their work reintroducing bighorn sheep in the Ferris Mountains of Wyoming. We went to Oregon where these sheep were captured (unharmed,) and trucked to Wyoming where they were released near Seminoe Resevoir. Worked with a great crew, it’s incredible how much these guys care for and about wildlife populations in the state.
Vulpes vulpes // The red fox has the distinction of having the largest geographical distribution of any member of the family Carnivora. They can be found across the Northern Hemisphere, from North Africa to the Arctic Circle, throughout North America as well as Eurasia.
While no one really knows for sure what it's purpose is, one of the most unique characteristics of a moose is the dewlap or bell. This piece of skin hangs below their jaw and could be used during the rut to help hold the scent of the bull, or perhaps it's a sign of social status among bulls. •
The first time I saw a video from this location I couldn’t believe that there was this huge elk rack at the base of these cliffs. We had walked by this location for months, looking for a little different type of shot, more of a landscape. Finally I had had enough and I told @yellowstone_cougar_project that I couldn’t take it anymore and we had to set a camera there. I couldn’t let a situation as unique as this slip away. It’s not everyday you’ll see a huge dead head like this sitting on the edge of a trail that you know a mt. lion will walk by. So we set out and set up our remote camera. It’s funny, as we were setting it up I looked at Dan and said "You know, what we need now is just a little bit of snow……." ________________________________________________________ #cats
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"What are men to rocks and mountains?" -Jane Austen
Alces alces shirasi // The shiras moose. Smallest subspecies of the moose family. Smaller antlers and body size make this species of moose unique. Named after politician and photographer George Shiras III, biologist E.W., Nelson named the subspecies for his friend in 1914.
It has long been rumored that pronghorn like to race cars. I have seen it myself several times, driving down the road only to look over and see one sprinting along parallel with me. Being the fastest animal in North America must give it a bit of an ego boost, and perhaps a desire to make sure everyone knows it’s the fastest.
As the glaciers receded at the end of the last iceage, large volumes of water carried sand down stream from the Wind River Mountains and over the last 20,000 years have deposited that sand in the Red Desert of Wyoming at the Killpecker Sand Dunes. The dunes themselves are the largest active dune site in the United States, as the sand is still moving east across the Continental Divide.