Wapiti Wilderness

Barker-Ewing, Environment, Jackson Hole, Rafting, Wildlife

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Olaus_and_Mardy_MurieI grew up in Jackson Hole in the shadow of the Tetons, and spent vast stretches of my childhood wandering the wapiti wilderness. I waded through Ditch Creek, explored the caves and crags on Blacktail Butte, and rode my little horse for miles across sagebrush flats. Lucky for me, my neighborhood north of town was also home to some of the most famous naturalists and anthropologists of the time: the Craigheads, whose decade-long study of Grizzlies in Yellowstone pioneered advances in wildlife ecology and conservation; the Laubins, who studied the lifeways of the Plains Indians and wrote several famous books about tipis, dances and archery; and Mardy Murie, considered by many to be the founder of the modern conservation movement; all lived within a couple of miles of my house, and were as much a part of my childhood landscape as the mountains themselves. …continue reading Wapiti Wilderness

Boogie woogie bugle boys – aka the elk are about to start bugling.

Barker-Ewing, Jackson Hole, Rafting, Wildlife

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Bull elk in autumn
Have you ever heard an elk bugle? It’s an amazing, haunting, primal sound that a bull elk makes when in rut. (Rut is the mating season and when the mature bulls compete for the attentions of the cow elk and will try to defend females in their harem. Rival bulls challenge their opponents by bellowing at them.) This bugling is something we hear starting in mid-September and it’s really a special thing we love to share with our guests. You can hear it here. …continue reading Boogie woogie bugle boys – aka the elk are about to start bugling.