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Hiking Granite Canyon in Grand Teton National Park on June 5, Francesca Paolucci-Rice reported larkspur, balsamroot and elderberry, among others all in bloom, silky phacelia just about to bloom, and, the best surprise, fairyslipper orchids (Calypso bulbosa) along the sides of sections of the trail.

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According to Bert’s rule, summer is here. Susan Patla saw and heard her first western wood-pewee June 4 near her home in Idaho. Enjoy.

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Bernie McHugh reports from Wilson that Saturday morning they had a pair of evening grosbeaks (one each male and female) feeding on aspen buds in the yard. Later, on Antelope Flats Road, Bernie found one long-billed curlew, several singing western meadowlarks, vesper and savannah sparrows, Br…

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Hummingbirds have returned to Pamela Periconi’s neck of the woods in Wilson. At her feeder right on schedule (always between April 27 and May 4) was a male calliope, followed by another male calliope who was blocked from sharing her three feeders, as was a male broad-tailed. A surprising vis…

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At a shallow National Elk Refuge pond Deb Patla found a lone ibis, a pair of willets, killdeer and several blue-winged and green-winged teal. A northern harrier dived on the teal but did not make a catch. A burst of swallows: tree, barn and violet green on the wing over water. Deb also heard…

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National Elk Refuge staff observed two white-faced ibis April 26 at the Flat Creek pullout just north of the visitor center. The first cinnamon teals of the season were seen on the ponds north of Miller Butte on April 28. Refuge employee Kari Cieszkiewicz noted that ruby-crowned kinglets are…

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Eric Cole observed a prairie falcon diving on a flock of rosy finches in the immediate aftermath of last week’s snowstorm. All of the finches appear to have escaped.

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On April 11, KO Strohbehn stopped at the Oxbow and a turkey vulture soared low, repeatedly.

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Eric Cole, senior wildlife biologist for the National Elk Refuge, reports that the spring elk migration from the refuge has begun and that elk have started to leave the refuge area.

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“April! Patches of green up all over, improbably green grass. In just a day, huge landscapes of snow vanish. ... Aspen catkins have appeared, willows radiate splendid gold glory.”

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Low key but larger than life. Quiet but never short of strong opinions. As kind a man as anyone would wish to encounter, but also a self-professed curmudgeon. Anyone familiar with Jackson Hole’s most famous observer of the valley’s avian life, the shades of its seasons and the peculiarities …

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Though Bert Raynes’ Far Afield column has been temporarily suspended, bird and wildlife watchers are still calling and emailing in with their sightings. — Eds.

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Though Bert Raynes’ Far Afield column has been temporarily suspended, bird and wildlife watchers are still calling and emailing in with their sightings. — Eds.

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Though Bert Raynes’ Far Afield column has been temporarily suspended, bird and wildlife watchers are still calling and emailing in with their sightings. — Eds.

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Though Bert Raynes’ Far Afield column has been temporarily suspended, bird and wildlife watchers are still calling and emailing in with their sightings. — Eds.

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Though Bert Raynes’ Far Afield column has been temporarily suspended, bird and wildlife watchers are still calling and emailing in with their sightings. — Eds.