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Mount Evans and its Famous Mountain Goats

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They're cool, they're calm, and they're hangin' out at 14,000 feet! It's the Mt. Evans mountain goats! I took a trip up the highest road in the continental U.S. to photograph the goats and to enjoy the beauty that is Mt. Evans, Colorado. I was lucky to see so many goats up there! The road just opened a couple of weeks ago, due to a particularly stormy spring and impassable conditions. The babies, who are normally born in June, are just weaning now, in August! Lucky for me...




The bighorn sheep and marmots were out in force as well. Temperatures at the top of the mountain were near 30 degrees, even though it was 90 degrees down in Boulder.




Though this was my first time ever seeing mountain goats in the wild, I had taken my first trip to Mt. Evans last Autumn. The mountain was carpeted in gold, and the lakes reflected the autumn colors. It's definitely a sight to be seen! It only took an hour to hike down to the valley, but 2.5 hours to get back up! At 13,000 fee…

My first black bear sighting!

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I was just so excited I had to share! Been wanting to see one for quite some time now.


Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me - so this was snapped with a point and shoot. Still...
Next on the list: mountain lion!

Saving squirrels and other wildlife adventures with Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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Raccoons and foxes and baby squirrels, oh my! This March I began an internship at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Lyons, Colorado. And let me just tell you it is everything I thought it would be! And it puts me one pawstep closer to my dream job as a wildlife rehabilitator.

Spring is baby squirrel season, so the majority of my job is feeding these sweet, furry babies. Most of these squirrels were found orphaned because their mothers were hit by cars or caught by dogs.





Squirrels are fed a squirrel-specific formula every few hours until they are larger, when we start feeding them nuts, sweet potato, pinecones, cheerios, and mineral lab blocks. In just a few short weeks they are moved to outside cages where they will learn the skills they need to adjust to a life in the wild. Shortly thereafter, they are released.



As the squirrels get older, the influx of raccoons begins! The raccoon nursery can hold dozens of babies, and can be quite a handful.


Other animals that c…

Saving the Planet, one Volunteer at a Time

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On January 24th, 2015 I launched www.jennieofthejungle.com. This new website is my way of saving the planet, one volunteer at a time. Check it out...


I am excited to have the opportunity to do my part in conservation, and help you do yours too. Just an example of what kinds of projects I will be offering are:

-stay in a tribal elephant town in Thailand. This project involves staying with a tribe in a town where elephants roam freely. Volunteers will experience tribal ceremonies, interacting with elephants who roam freely through the town and have relationships with the tribe, and tribal outreach and education on the importance of elephant conservation in Thailand.

-work with rescued sloth bears in India. The advent of "dancing bears" has been nearly eliminated in India. Spend time at a sanctuary for these rescued sloth bears. Volunteers feed the bears, keep them happy with daily enrichment activities, and learn all about sloth bear habits by observing them on a daily basis. …