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Birthday Surprises

For many of us, working on our personal holiday (aka birthday) is not a thing to be celebrated. However, yesterday I explored two park wildlife jobs that made for an eye-opening and memorable day. It began with the alarm going off at 5am …

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This Is Not A Drill!

The Day We Earned Our Adult Beverages!! This morning we arrived for duty Sunday at String Lake at 8am. The smoke had drifted out of the valley, so the mountains were looking more perky and inviting than they had in a few days. Already, the first two parking lots were full! With the forecast for…

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Just in Time: Bear Training!

This week has been a full gas week, between Dave’s efforts with Wildlife Brigade, two days of lecture style in-person (not Zoom!) training sessions, and helping prep for the start of operations at String Lake. On Monday alone the brigade worked five bear jams, and an elk jam near Signal Mountain. Apparently there is a…

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Back in the Saddle

It is hard to believe that it was only one week ago we set up camp here in Gros Ventre. Everything was gray: the leafless trees, the stony ground with last year’s grass, and the damp sky. Since then the grass has sprung to life and is four inches of lovely crisp green spikes. A…

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