Established in 1939, primarily to protect mule deer
16 miles long in a north-south direction (glacier valley)
1,300 ft to 4,000 ft elevation
Wide range of habitat... birch/willow/aspen, beaver ponds, Ponderosa Pine forest, sagebrush/bitterbrush steppe, bunchgrass/fescue, serviceberry, chokecherry, oceanspray, dry meadows, moist meadows, rocky outcrops with sedum and bitterroot, and much, much more!
Bighorn sheep, mule and white-tail deer, black bear, cougar, bobcat, turkey, quail, partridge, grouse, many other birds, mammals, and reptiles.
And of course, butterflies! 87 confirmed butterfly species so far, we're still hoping to reach 90! So along those lines, here are some of my favorite photos of my favorite species, most of which are "firsts", species that we've only found one or two individuals of so far.
First, I already wrote a bit about Thorybes pylades (Northern Cloudywing) in the last post, but I wanted to include a photo of the egg I saw being laid by a female:
The Western Branded Skipper is not exactly "special", but I really liked this shot I was able to take of one in a gravel bar next to Sinlahekin Creek...
|Hesperia colorado - Western Branded Skipper|
|Papilio machaon oregonia - Oregon swallowtail|
|Left to right: Pale Tiger, Western Tiger, and Anise swallowtails|
|Larva of either a Brown Elfin or Hedgerow Hairstreak|
|Male (top) and female (bottom) Colias interior|
|Juniper/Cedar hairstreak, Anna's blue, Mormon fritillary (aberrant form)|