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 »
Dan Ng photo
Grand Teton National Park invites you to join Park Ranger Andrew Langford on a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 11, 2013 to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). During his event we will visit areas throughout Grand Teton that provide the best opportunities to locate, identify and record birds.
Anyone interested in birds is welcome to participate. The bird-watching excursion begins at 8 a.m from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose and finishes by 4 p.m at Christian Pond by Jackson Lake Lodge.
The activity is free and reservations are not required. Throughout the day, participants will take short walks at various locations. Participants may join the caravan anytime during the day, a schedule of the times and locations visited is available from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose.
Those attending should wear comfortable shoes and bring a lunch, drinking water, warm clothing and rain gear. Bird field guides, binoculars and spotting scopes are also recommended items.
"Life Cycles of Migratory Birds" serves as the theme for the 2013 IMBD observance. This year's theme focuses on all aspects of a migratory bird's life, from migration and nesting to breeding and raising young. Most importantly, it addresses the need for coservation throughout all phases of avian lives. As always, the annual conservation theme is relevant to host organizations and participants throughout the world. Participation in Grand Teton's IMBD tour offers a chance to learn about the importance of birds and their unique contribution to the health and beauty of the natural areas around the world.
Observed each year in May to celebrate and support avian conservation, IMBD serves as the hallmark outreach event for Partners in Flight - an international conservation program whose goal is to reverse declining populations of migratory birds by bringing attention to factors that contribute to worldwide declines.
For more information about International Migratory Bird Day and the North American Migration Count, please call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399.
Participants of the IMBD activity are reminded that park entrance stations are open, therefore a park pass is required for travel through these fee stations.
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.