Bears are active in Grand Teton
Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
Grand Teton National Park is a great place to view a wide variety of bird species. Download the Birding brochure to learn about the habitats found in the park as well as specific locations for great bird watching.
Please report any sightings of birds listed as rare or accidental on the bird checklist (you will be routed to a USGS government website).
Be a Responsible Birder
Good birding areas often attract other wildlife. Remain at least 100 yards from wolves and bears and 25 yards from all other wildlife. Do not position yourself between a female and her offspring.
Migratory Bird Conservation Program
Birdwatchers and scientists alike have become concerned about the future of migratory birds. Show your concern by enjoying birds in your backyard and during your travels! Assist scientists track bird population changes by participating in bird counts and surveys, such as Christmas Bird Counts, the North American Migration Count and Breeding Bird Surveys. Find out about the Partners in Flight program in your home state. You can use your interest and knowledge of birds to help assure their future!
Birds of Grand Teton National Park and the Surrounding Area features 60 species of birds commonly sighted in Grand Teton National Park, with full color identifying photographs of each bird and each habitat. Also includes individual habitat maps. Photos from leading wildlife photographers in the Jackson Hole area. Best bet on where a bird can be found with local look-alikes and checklist.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Jenny and Leigh Lakes are named for the fur trapper “Beaver” Dick Leigh and his wife Jenny (not pictured)? Beaver Dick and Jenny assisted the Hayden party that explored the region in 1872. This couple impressed the explorers to the extent that they named the lakes in their honor.