Last spring I found myself huddled in the shade at the edge of some trees with Casey Anderson, Missy Pyle and Rick Smith watching a mother grizzly and three cubs. They played and dug for grubs and voles in the sunny, sprawling meadow in front of us while Rick and I filmed from the comfort of our parkas. Eventually we got hungry too. It turns out that trail mix is a hot commodity in those woods and before long we had a bunch of new Grey Jay friends. I filmed their raids on our trailmix stash while Rick kept focused on the bears – or at least he tried to.
I’ve kept with Nat Geo’s spelling of “Grey Jays” although, “Gray Jays” is also perfectly acceptable.