Dakota Vaccaro examines a robin captured July 31 as part of a bird banding project by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation at the Teton Science Schools. She records data on the bird’s age, sex and physical condition before releasing it as part of an ongoing effort to gauge the health of the avian population and ecosystem.

Brad Boner has directed the News&Guide’s visuals since 2004 and worked as a photojournalist for more than 20 years. He lives on the west side of the Tetons with his wife, two kids, two grumpy cats and an old blue heeler, Sadie.

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