November 2, 2017

Our "Adventures of the American Pika" Film won a prestigious award:  BEST NORTH AMERICAN FILM.  

"The Adventures of the American Pika", produced by Jere Folgert and Mimi Matsuda, premiered at the 2017 WCFF in New York City, NY.  This film was awarded and won the Best North American Film (WCFF).  What an honor !

The 2017 Wi...

August 8, 2017

A tiny Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) with fierce vision was observed near Bozeman, Montana.

It's distinctive round-head, black bill, yellow eyes and reddish/brown grading makes this one cute owl!

The Saw-whet Owl's name comes from the "skieeww" call that is made when it becomes alarmed. This sound has a resemblance to the whetting of a saw.  A m...

July 7, 2017


Two young fox cubs, pups, or kits were seen with their foxy mom, at 8,250 feet above sea level - somewhere in Montana.  They were roaming around in a talus patch occupied by a small colony of American Pika;  he pikas did not appear to enjoy the presence of this red-haired family!  

I observed the young fox pups entering and traversing the inters...

June 6, 2017

I observed Grizzly #399 this spring in Grand Teton National Park; She was strolling her neighborhood with two playful and rowdy cubs.

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# 399 was assigned to this female grizzly by researchers with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.  In 2017, her age is/was estimated to be 21 years old.  The average life span of a grizzly bear in the wild i...

May 13, 2017

On this May evening, many American pikas were making "long calls" in an amphitheater-shaped talus slope.  Their combined calls filled the talus slopes with a grand concert.  

Apparently, male American pikas perform this long-call song during the breeding season presumably to attract females.  Some researchers assume this "long call" is made almost exc...

April 23, 2017

A group of four (4) American White Pelicans, landed in a small pond in Bozeman, Montana (USA) today.    Ranking as one of the largest North American birds,  they soar with incredible steadiness using broad, white-and-black wings.  

While paddling on the water, they rest, groom, communicate and scoop fish courtesy of the huge beak.  Some adul...

March 31, 2017

Sandhill Cranes Rattling Bugle Calls

March 15, 2017

Yellowstone National Park (between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt).

By late morning of March 15, the large grizzly bear that extracted a semi-frozen bison carcass from an ice-covered pond had left the scene. 

After the three coyotes crossed a beautiful, ice-covered pond, they took turns feasting on the bloody carcass.  Others watched for intru...

March 15, 2017

Yellowstone National Park (between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt).

Early in the morning of March 15, a large grizzly bear extracted a semi-frozen bison carcass from an ice-covered pond.  The young bison may have fallen through the ice during winter.

Later in the morning after the grizzly left the scene.  Three coyotes crossed a beautiful, ice-covered p...

March 14, 2017

Yellowstone National Park (Mammoth Hot Springs). 


This morning was overcast and gray and the sky blended with the off-white terraces at Mammoth.  Blue birds flashed through the drab sky like florescent blue meteorites.

A pair of killdeer were wading through the shallow warm water of the springs, searching for and eating small bugs floating on the water’s s...

December 21, 2016

Near Bozeman, Montana

On the Winter solstice,  this American pika was resting on the snow during the evening.  Approximately two feet of snow had already fallen that week, and dried vegetation was still accessible. Numerous hay piles or food cache sites were still visible in areas where snow had drifted.  This pika collected and stored a variety of food (mostly...

August 11, 2016

Near Bozeman Montana,  Hyalite, a form of opal with a clear glassy appearance covers broken talus and rocks and sparkles like a gem in the afternoon light.  I observed sections one-meter square that looked like bubbles of melted glass, poured over broken rock.

Greek for "glass stone",  Hyalite is generally considered the purest and...

June 1, 2016

While filming the American Pikas on a talus slope near Bozeman, Montana (USA), seven (7) young Yellow-bellied marmots were exploring their new rocky world.  Similar to the young, juvenile American Pikas, the young, juvenile Marmots are phlegmatic  and appear relaxed and peaceful as compared to the older marmots.

Breeding season takes place after emerg...

September 10, 2015

Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains (Montana / Wyoming)

I was observing the American pika in the Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for about a week in mid September.  In the morning after the sun's radiance began to warm the surface of the talus rock, the pika would emerge from their rocky homes and commence collection of food to add to their food cache (hay piles).

One mor...