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National Elk Refuge in Jackson, WY


A.J. is named after AJ DeRosa, a local businessman and boat guide in Wyoming. He is an outdoor adventurer and supporter of conservation in the area. For the past 4 years he has donated boats and guides for the Nature Mapping Jackson Hole project. “The Snake River Float Project is designed to gain a better idea of what species of mammals, birds, and amphibians use the section of river between Wilson Bridge and South Park. In this section, the river flows mostly through private land where wildlife professionals do not conduct a systematic census. In two seasons, the Snake River Float project provided a more complete picture of the species that use the river corridor between Wilson Bridge and South Park. We have also recorded the locations of nests of osprey, bald eagle, and great blue heron, along with ducks and shorebird nesting areas. In its first two years the project recorded nearly 3600 individual birds. Mammals observed range from least chipmunk to moose.”

Susan Patla from the National Elk Refuge already had plans to name this bird “A.J.” before we even arrived to trap. Coincidentally, as we were looking through possible letter combinations to give her, we realized that we had an alpha flag with those letters!

A.J. is mated to our curlew, Bill Longington.