Bike to the Museum this Spring!

Spring is the perfect time to come up to the Museum and soon the pathway will open, allowing visitors to bike here from town. The Highway 89 bike path reopens on May 1, just two weeks away!

So dust off your bike and consider riding instead of driving. Only 2.5 miles North of town square, it’s an easy route and you’re sure to see wildlife along the way. Watch for elk, mule deer, wolves, and coyotes tucked in the hillsides and roaming through the National Elk Refuge. As you come up Rungius Road to the Museum, pay attention to the charming marmots scurrying around and hiding behind rocks. Once inside, our galleries showcase remarkable artworks that feature local wildlife. In the Collectors Circle XV exhibit, look for Three Elk by painter and naturalist Titian Ramsay Peale.  Another favorite in that gallery is Len Chmiel’s Life Imitates Art.  This oil painting depicts a deer shadow cast against a cliff side. These works were purchased by the Museum’s esteemed Collectors Circle members and will be on display through June 1.

Titian Ramsay Peale Three Elk, 1869. Gift of the 2009 and 2010 Collectors Circles, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Len Chmiel, Life Imitates Art, n.d. Gift of the 2002 Collectors Circle, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Len Chmiel. 

Plan to see the Museum’s current exhibits and receive a $2 discount off admission by riding your bike! It’s our way of rewarding you for using environmentally friendly transportation. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for deer and elk along the way.

Rachel Merrell, Assistant Director of Development

Signs of Spring

It is that wonderful time of year when the snow is melting, the sun is shining, and furry Jackson residents begin coming out of hibernation after a long winter! This little guy is the Museum’s resident Yellow-Bellied Marmot, who happened to be sunning himself on the rocks to the Museum entrance yesterday morning. Marmots are burrowing animals who spend about 80% of their time underground and on average 8 months hibernating! In mid-April to early May, you can usually find these burrowers appearing after sunrise to eat, groom, and sunbathe all day. Young marmots lose over half of their body weight during hibernation so you can bet they will spend a great deal of time this spring eating a lot of grasses, flowers, and seeds. Just like marmots, humans love to get out and soak up the sun so stop by the Museum and take a walk on our sculpture trail…you might run into one of our furry friends!

-Rachel Morris, AmeriCorps Education Intern

Conservation Audio Tour

We have recently added a new interpretive Audio Tour for visitor enjoyment! Our Conservation Gallery explores a variety of conservation stories of local Wyoming wildlife as well as stories of species from other continents. Three local wildlife experts share their expertise and their voice talents as they tell us of survival challenges for bison, pronghorn and wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This audio tour can be accessed remotely as well as in the gallery. All you need is a phone!

-Jane Lavino, Sugden Family Curator of Education & Exhibits

Spring is here in Jackson Hole and the wildlife is becoming more active! These deer were spotted hiding in the shadows of Richard Loffler’s “Buffalo Trail” sculpture this morning.

Photo: Carrie Schwartz, Assistant Curator of Education.