Spring is the time when bears emerge from their winter dens and families once again are exploring the parks and forests. May is “Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship” month so it is the perfect time to remind Island Park residents, visitors, and tourists how to safely and responsibly live and recreate in bear habitat.
You can hear the rattling, throaty bugle of a sandhill crane from miles away. Their primordial call is one of the most distinctive sounds in nature.
Pronghorn “antelope” have roamed the western plains for centuries. Having evolved to outrun the now extinct North American cheetah, they are the second fastest land mammal in the world.
A few weeks ago, I was walking my dog and noticed an owl perched atop the roof of my apartment. I stopped and admired it quietly for a few minutes before continuing on my walk. The next night, I looked up and spotted two in almost exactly the same spot.
As I was walking near our home in Island Park (IP) I heard the unmistakable sound of Mountain Bluebird (MOBL) adults and their fledglings calling to each other with their soft, low, non-musical “tew” or “peu”.