Field Notes

Curious about what goes on behind the scenes at Teton Conservation District? Check out our Field Notes to hear from staff and guests on local issues, projects, and stories.

 
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Frogs are Ribbiting

July 15, 2019

Here in Wyoming, we have five frogs, six toads, and one salamander. In Teton County, common species you might spot are boreal chorus frogs, Columbia spotted frogs, western boreal toads, and tiger salamanders.

 
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“If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!”

June 24, 2019

Omnivore, herbivore, carnivore…invasivore? Eating invasive species is one way of sticking it to troublesome plant and animal intruders. The University of Illinois has been serving Asian carp in student dining halls, divers in the Florida Keys are going after lionfish,  and a community of invasivores post recipes for everything from perennial pepperweed to wild board.

 
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Humans as A Vector

June 3, 2019

If you’ve spent time enjoying nature, you’ve probably heard the saying “take only pictures and leave only footprints.” But what if our footprints are leaving something behind?

This week is Play Clean Go Awareness Week. Check out this article we wrote in Green Matters to learn about invasive species and diseases of concern, and what you can do to prevent their spread.

 
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4TH GRADERS PREVENT BIRD WINDOW STRIKES

May 31, 2019

“Has a bird ever hit a window at your house?” Kids’ hands shoot into the air and they eagerly stumble over each other’s stories of tragedy and valor involving bird window strikes.

 

Home, home on the range

May 16, 2019

Teton Conservation District was recently awarded $20,000 to study rangeland health on public land grazing allotments. The goal of the program is to learn more about rangeland ecosystems and to build relationships between land managers and allotment permittees.

 
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ASK an ARBORIST

April 26, 2019

Do you have questions about trees? Robb Sgroi, our Land Resources Specialist, is a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture. Here are some burning tree questions I had for Robb (terrible pun, I know).

 
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SNOWPACK CHEMISTRY MONITORING

April 16, 2019

Since 1993, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has sampled snowpack annually at over 50 sites in the Rocky Mountains—including seven sites in Teton County—to determine levels of nutrients and chemical constituents in the snow in sensitive higher elevation mountain watersheds.

 
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A Bug’s LIBRARY

April 8, 2019

Have you heard of a bug library? Well, actually technically it’s a “aquatic macroinvertebrate reference library.” Teton County Weed & Pest is building a collection of macroinvertebrates to better understand the diversity of aquatic environments.

 
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STUDENTS STUDY STORMWATER

March 29, 2019

Journeys School ninth and tenth graders spent an afternoon last week learning about Karns Meadow. Carlin Girard, our Water Resource Specialist, gave an animated lesson on how the wetland system filters as much as 27% of the runoff from the town of Jackson.

 
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SPRING IS ON THE WAY! BUT ALSO FLOOD SEASON…

March 25, 2019

I love this time of year. Last week I skied in a t-shirt, got a sunburn, and rode my bike. The willows have tiny little buds. The chickadees are singing. The roof is dripping. The creek is swelling. Ah, yes, the creek…do you know what else this time of year also brings? The possibility of flooding.

 
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MEET THE STAFF: CARLIN GIRARD

February 7, 2019

Carlin Girard is Teton Conservation District’s Water Resource Specialist. You might run into him taking water samples from Fish Creek, measuring suspended sediment on Flat Creek, teaching fourth graders about native fisheries, or at Teton Conservation District while you’re picking up a well test kit.

 
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Photo by Franz. Camenzind

FREEZING AND FLOODING ON FLAT CREEK

January 25, 2019

Flat Creek overruns its banks during the coldest months of the year when ice dams block the flow. Frigid temperatures cause two kinds of problematic ice to form: frazil ice and anchor ice. The Flat Creek Water Improvement District aims to prevent damage to homes and property from winter flooding.

 
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PROJECTS to go BEFORE THE WYOMING WATER DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

January 15, 2019

Six proposed projects in Teton County are seeking funding through the Small Water Project Program, a grant program administered by the Wyoming Water Development Commission in partnership with sponsoring entities across the state, including Teton Conservation District.

 
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Meet the Staff: Elyce Gosselin

January 3, 2018

Meet Elyce Gosselin, the Natural Resources Technician for Teton Conservation District.

 
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Chronic Wasting Disease: What Can I do?

December 13, 2018

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been creeping towards Teton County for years. Now that it has officially reached our valley, it can feel like it’s too late and there’s nothing to be done. However, here are some things YOU can do (and not do!) to prevent the spread of CWD, and give deer, moose, and elk their best chance of survival through the winter.

 
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Ducks in Flat Creek muddying the water

December 6, 2018

The ducks in Flat Creek are muddying the waters. Literally and figuratively….

 
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GUEST SHOT: BARBARA BURRIS ON THE ROOSEVELT FIRE

November 30, 2018

As the week progressed the fire ran first one direction, then another, as the winds changed and gusted. By Saturday, it had spread to the southwest corner of the ranches and consumed three houses…

 
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LET’S TALK TURKEY: AIR QUALITY MONITORING IN JACKSON

November 21, 2018

Did you know you can access local real-time air quality information? The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division placed a mobile air quality monitoring station on the National Elk Refuge last summer.

 
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WATER SAMPLING LEADS TO SEARCH FOR SILVER

November 9, 2018

Teton Conservation District’s Water Resource Specialist Carlin Girard and Natural Resource Technician Elyce Gosselin returned from sampling Fish Creek’s water last week to report a shocking finding – the silver content in the creek has increased.