Suggested Reading List
A Field Guide to Mammal Tracking in North America
Author: James Halfpenny
Description: Discover how tracks tell the story by learning to read all the evidence left by critters - including scat and gait patterns. Become a nature detective by unraveling these impressions to identify the animal and its behavior. Clearly written, amply illustrated and easy to use.
Along the Ramparts of the Tetons
Author: Robert B. Betts
Description: Enjoyable history of Jackson Hole settlement and exploration, from the time of trappers and mountain men to the more “civilized” settlement of Jackson Hole families.
Common Wildflowers of Grand Teton National Park
Author: Charles Craighead
Description: Handy pocket-sized guide to common wildflowers, shrubs and berries for under $10. Wonderful photos by local photographer Henry Holdsworth, a flower guide organized by color. Very user friendly.
Creation of the Teton Landscape: A Geological Chronicle of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range
Author: David Love, John Reed and Kenneth Pierce
Description: Text illustrated with photographs, maps, charts, tables. Three geologists, all with personal and professional ties to the area, describe and illustrate the processes that created the incredible landscape of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range. Find out about earth shaping geologic processes - fire, ice and shifting tectonic plates. Intriguing table of contents highlights include Teton Views (astronaut, pilot, motorist, hiker), the Restless Land, Stories the Earth Tells, After the Ice Ages, the Present and the Future.
For Everything There Is A Season: The Sequence of Natural Events In The Grand Teton- Yellowstone Area.
Author: Frank C. Craighead
Description: Dr. Craighead describes and illustrates the hidden patterns he sees in the natural world. For naturalists, this book is a remarkable chronicle of the interrelationships between all living things. For anyone interested in the Teton-Yellowstone area and the entire Northern Rockies, this book opens the door to greater understanding of the natural cycles of one of America's last wild places.
For Everything There is a Season
Author: Frank C. Craighead, Jr
Description: A monthly account of seasonal changes in the Grand Teton National Park area by a former Yellowstone researcher who has lived in Jackson Hole for decades; a narrative sequence of natural history events.
Homesteading with the Elk
Author: Bertha Chambers Gillette
Description: Depicts pioneer life of early settlers of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, continuing through the establishment of the Jackson Hole Elk Refuge in 1912. This is an interesting read for children of all ages.
Interpreting the Landscape: Recent and Ongoing Geology of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
Author: John M. Good and Kenneth L. Pierce
Description: Text, photography and graphics explain how both parks were formed - the product of volcanic eruptions, profound glaciation and earth movements. The authors describe 'how processes originating half way to the earth's center seem to be the primary force which created volcanic fires, glacial ice and the mountain ranges of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.'
Mountains and Plains, The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes
Author: Dennis H. Knight
Description: Discover landscape ecology of Wyoming through maps, photographs, text and line drawings.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region
Author: Richard Spellenberg
Description: This revised edition presents more than 940 full-color images showing western North American wildflowers in their natural habitats. The guide sports a waterproof, washable cover meant to be thrown into a pack and has a checklist/lifelist for those who like to keep track of identifications. The book is a good learning tool as its entries are color and shape sorted so that one may appreciate floral characteristics other than color. The identifier may compare flowers grown in the west to those grown in other areas of the country.
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains
Author: James Halfpenny
Description: Scats and tracks have a story to tell and the author, a nationally renowned tracker, teaches the reader how to read signs to figure out who passed by. Includes written descriptions, track and gait pattern illustrations, glossary and more.
Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds, Western Region
Author: Don and Lillian Stokes
Description: Easy to use; perfect for beginning birders. Photographs, range maps, observation tips; information on habitat needs, life cycle, food preferences.