- Of Wolves and Wilderness – Glacier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
- News | – Part 6
- Aulani Resort & Spa Recap: Stitch, ‘Olu and Cookie Ann
- Florida Sunshine Collection
- Alex and Ani – Divine Guides Collection
- But then what happened?
- New Loungefly Backpack Releases!
- Mulan Live-Action Merch Line Released
- Epcot Flower & Garden Merchandise
- Mickey Mouse Icon Flair Convertible Bag & Backpack
- New Summer Fun Swimwear Range
- Summer Fun Floating Accessories
Of Wolves and Wilderness – Glacier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
October 24, 2017Posted by: Ranger Jaclyn
Amidst the manifold feelings surrounding the fires in the park, the loss of Sperry Chalet, and the closing of the Going-to-the-Sun road, something exciting has happened. Wolf sightings on the Oxbow Trail!
Wolves have long called this place home before any fur trappers or homesteaders arrived. Wolves have also long been the victims of misunderstanding, hate, and extermination. Even America’s iconic conservationist president, Theodore Roosevelt, called them “beasts of waste and desolation.
” Wolves have often been seen as killers—feasting on our livestock and our game. Americans systematically killed off wolves. By 1910 there were only three or four packs remaining in the United States—all in Glacier National Park, which was established that year.
“The resolution of the wolf problem” was high priority for the new managers of America’s 10th National Park. Early rangers used guns, traps, and poison to successfully eliminate the species from the park by 1936.
The park was wolf-free for about 50 years until the 1980s when members of the Magic Pack, from Canada, denned and birthed a litter of five pups in the North Fork area. Due to changing public values and attitudes, the wolf population within the park has prospered and today there are six to eight packs.
It seems as though one of those packs may have made its way south to the Apgar mountain area and Lower McDonald Creek. On September 20th, beloved ranger, Bill Schustrom was leading a Creekside Stroll and spotted two wolves.
Ranger Bill said that they had reached the Oxbow and a woman on his hike said, “Oh, there’s a wolf.” He looked down in the direction she was pointing and sure enough saw a black wolf in the dried creek bed and a grey wolf in the bushes nearby.
Ranger Bill was thrilled! “I’ve worked here forty-three years and never seen a wolf!” Bill said that he has seen most of the other charismatic mega-fauna species: grizzlies, lynx, bobcat, and mountain lion, but never a wolf.
“I got close once about 15 years ago on a snowy fall day driving up the Inside North Fork Road. There were big tracks that I followed for a ways, and then they disappeared off into the woods.”
Ranger Bill is not the only lucky person to have seen wolves in the Lower McDonald Creek area.
A visitor encountered about nine wolves on the Oxbow trail, and a few days later Ranger Alexie saw a black wolf cross in front of her car on the way to work; it was heading toward the Oxbow.
Later that morning, whilst leading another Creekside Stroll, a couple of visitors presented her with a fresh jaw bone (ly from a deer) that had been picked mostly clean. In the evening on September 24th, another visitor saw ten wolves cross the Camas Road.
There’s nothing quite wolves to create a sense of wilderness. There seems to be a certain mystique around top predators wolves, grizzly bears, and mountain lions—their legendary histories across many cultures; their power.
“There is nothing, besides humans, above them in the food chain,” said Ranger Bill admiringly.
Ironically, the Oxbow Trail is generally one that I don’t quite think of as wilderness: the trail is mostly flat, hikers take the paved Apgar Bike Path to reach it, and it is very close to both bike path and the Camas Road.
It is a trail that I had never embraced or felt drawn to walk until last month’s wolf sightings. Since the sightings began I’ve now ambled along the Oxbow Trail a few times in hopes of glimpsing one of the enigmatic canines, and each time I’m struck by the peace and wild tranquility I find there.
The gurgling of water flowing over the rocks in Lower McDonald Creek. The chorus of bird songs. The rustling as squirrels leap from limb to limb. The fall colors dappling Apgar Mountain. The wolf sightings along the Oxbow trail and my subsequent explorations in the area have served as an excellent reminder for me that wilderness is truly all around us here in Glacier.
How can I see a wolf at Glacier? Well for one thing, it is important to remember that we must keep a safe distance of 100 yards (a whole football field) in between us and large predators such as wolves and bears.
Secondly, wolves many animals are shy and are most commonly spotted in the early mornings and around dusk. Wolf populations are most abundant in the North Fork area of the park, but also along the Camas Road and on National Forest Service land.
If you take an evening spin along the Camas Road, you may just get lucky and see some of these majestic creatures.
News | – Part 6
Welcome back my Disney-enthusiast friends for your Monday fix of what is new in Disney Merchandise! If you missed last week’s edition, you can find it here.
We are adding Aulani into the mix this week, and I wanted to take a look back at a few of the super cute offerings made at the O’ahu-based resort so far in 2020 before we get started.
Aulani Resort & Spa Recap: Stitch, ‘Olu and Cookie Ann
Back in January, it was announced that guests staying at the Ko Olina Aulani Resort can now surprise loved ones with Stitch when sending a Friendship Basket! The cute little baskets are filled with local goodies featuring island flavors pineapple, mango, banana, and taro. Aulani Friendship Baskets with Disney Plush start at $125.
Image Credit: Disney’s Aulani
February brought us even more character news from the Hawai’ian resort with the introduction of Cookie Ann, who has now crossed the seas to delight fans of the Duffy Collection. Most of you know I am more of an ‘Olu girl myself, but really, the more, the merrier when it comes to these cuties.
Image Credit: Disney’s Aulani
That brings us to last week when Disney Parks announced on March 11th that exclusive new ‘Olu Mel merchandise would be coming to Aulani in summer 2020. Exactly why they needed to add on to ‘Olu’s name with Mel, I’m not entirely sure, but as my favorite character in the Duffy collection, I am choosing to ignore it and just enjoy the new fun stuff.
Image Credit: Disney Parks Blog
Florida Sunshine Collection
Bringing our merch-search back to the mainland, Disney Springs revealed the new signature Florida Sunshine collection from The Spice and Tea Exchange that shows off a range of candles, teas, salts, and more. Find this nod to The Sunshine State in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs.
Image Credit: Disney Springs
Alex and Ani – Divine Guides Collection
The new Divine Guides Collections from Alex and Ani dropped last week. Make sure to check out the new additions in-store around Disney Springs.
But then what happened?
Disney announced the temporary closure of the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, and the suspension of Disney Cruise Line services. So what do we do now? We shop our feelings away online.
Let’s look at the new additions to ShopDisney.com so you can check out what you want to pick up when next returning to the parks, or exploit the power of the internet to have it all delivered to your door instead.
New Loungefly Backpack Releases!
We need to have a little chat about backpacks for a moment. Anyone who is a fan of the Loungefly brand will be loving these new additions to the ShopDisney.com site, some of which are available in the parks and resort areas as well, such as Ever After Jewelry Co & World of Disney.
The new lineup includes the new Cats Mini ($75), Dogs Mini ($75), NBA Experience Mini ($80), Minnie Mouse “Cosplay” $50, and Mickey Mouse “Cosplay” ($50). I’m not usually a collector of these but, I am loving the texture look of the NBA Experience one.
C’mon, it looks a basketball, you guys!
Mulan Live-Action Merch Line Released
Mulan T-Shirt for Women (Red) $26.95, Mulan Logo T-Shirt for Men (Black) $24.95, Mulan Ringer T-Shirt for Women (White) $36.99, Loungefly Backpack $69.99, Animator’s Collection Little Brother 7″ Mini Bean Bag $11.95, Mulan Deluxe Costume for Kids $79.99, Mulan Figurine $125, Mulan Bangle by Alex and Ani $49.99 and Limited Edition Mulan Pin Set $59.99.
Epcot Flower & Garden Merchandise
Last week we looked at the new Dress Shop addition ($128) in celebration of the 2020 Flower and Garden Festival in EPCOT, well this week, we’ve found the cutest spring-themed accessories to go with it.
Welcome, the Minnie Mouse Crossbody bag from Dooney & Bourke ($198), the Wallet Wristlet from Dooney & Bourke ($158), and, my personal favorite, the Minnie Mouse Tote ($298), also from Dooney & Bourke. I want this one so, husband, pay attention!
I’ve also added a little pattern swatch below so you can see how cute this design is!
Mickey Mouse Icon Flair Convertible Bag & Backpack
I don’t know about you, but this gives me all the early-90’s-flashback feels! Both the Icon Flair Convertible Bag $29.99 and the Icon Flair Backpack $39.99 double as pin trading display zones and can be sassed up with an Eeyore Fuzzy Charm for $16.99 or the Minnie Mouse Polka Dot Bow Charm for $12.99. All can be found on ShopDisney.com!
New Summer Fun Swimwear Range
If you are looking forward to bringing some of that Disney spirit home for summertime, the new Summer Fun Swimwear Collection on ShopDisney.com is for you. The range features a Halter-Style Swimsuit for $22.99, Trunks for $22.
99 & Rash Guard for $18.99 (Boardies & Rashie as us Aussies call them), Summer Fun Wetsuit for Baby ($24.99), Summer Fun Swimsuit for Women ($49.99) and a matching Sarong for $34.99, as well as the classic Swim Trunks for Men for $42.99.
Something for everyone in the family.
Summer Fun Floating Accessories
I need someone with a pool to get these and cherish them on my behalf! I am in love with the new Summer Fun Pool Float, $39.99, and Donut Floating Drink Holder Set, $14.99. Get these today on ShopDisney.com in time to impress for the warming weather over the next few weeks.
That does it for this Monday Merch Meeting. I can almost guarantee the rest of your Monday meetings won’t be as fun as this one.
‘Till next time, my friends!