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The Bison: from 30 million to 325 (1884) to 500,000 (today)

Last year, the bison was chosen as America's first national mammal, joining the bald eagle as a symbol of America. I started writing this post with only a mild interest in bison. But the more I learned, the more I want to learn, and this blog post took on a life of it's own. The bison have a fascinating history, unique appearance, and they present complex challenges in the present day. They are a symbol ...
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Christmas Shopping in Jackson Hole

Last week I went to Jackson with my mom and we did some Christmas shopping. I don't usually enjoy Christmas shopping because I don't like big parking lots, crowds, and lines. But I actually had fun this time! In downtown Jackson there aren't big parking lots and right now the summer tourists are gone. We parked one time and walked from one unique shop to another. When we were done we had our bags of ...
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Vertical Harvest: Innovation and self-reliance

I recently toured a super interesting greenhouse in Jackson called Vertical Harvest. I've never seen anything like it. It uses hydroponics, or the process of growing plants without soil. Instead of the typical soil and sun, it uses nutrient-enriched water, natural and artificial light, and carousels.  In this way, Vertical Harvest (VH) produces a year-round crop in a ski town with a 2 month growing season. What do they grow? When planning what to grow, ...
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Tips for those who wander

I am stricken with wanderlust, as are most of my family and friends. So I asked my circle of travelers for their best travel hacks and compiled them, along with my own. Some of these apply to traveling in Jackson and some don't. Also, remember these tips are just our opinions--obviously there's always different strokes for different folks. Planning: I map out my plan on Google Maps so I get a good idea of logistics ...
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The miracles and mysteries of bear hibernation

As we speak, the bears in Yellowstone  and Grand Teton parks are in their Thanksgiving dinner mode. They are consuming 20,000 calories per day so they will be prepared for their hibernation this winter. Hibernation is truly amazing. Picture yourself eating 5x the calories you normally do per day and gaining at least 50% of your body weight in one summer. Then in mid November, you curl up for a nice long winter rest, eating ...
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