Nutcrackers: Voyagers of the High Mountains

Jesse A. Logan

Whitebark pine and the Clark’s nutcracker have a special relationship with each other, and both with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. You can read about the reasons why this relationship is so special, and the important role the Absaroka-Beartooth plays in this intimate association, in my essay with William Macfarlane, Whitebark Pine in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. However, we are just beginning to understand how truly unique this corvid (crow-like) bird really is. Taza Schaming conducted a series of innovative and insightful research investigations attaching satellite transmitters to individual nutcrackers tracking their location over time. Her satellite tracking images reviled the startling discovery that some of these year-round “resident” birds, in fact, travel vast distances on a regular, seasonal basis. Read about Taza’s fascinating research in her essay, Clark’s Nutcrackers, Pivotal Players in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

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Jesse A. Logan

Jesse A. Logan

Jesse Logan is Map Editor for Voices From Yellowstone's Capstone: Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.