Photos from “Beyond The Howl” at the Randall Museum

A few images from my Sausalito Exhibit, “Beyond The Howl”, are on display for the next six months at the Josephine Randall Jr. Museum in San Francisco. If you are visiting the museum, stop by to see them, and reflect on how amazing it is that we have these highly social critters right here in San Francisco as neighbors!

The ten images displayed depict different coyote behaviors that most people never see — seeing them will make you more aware of what being a coyote is really like. A photo is an instant slice in time of an entire sequence of events which come before and after a photo is taken. Knowing the entire sequence gives added meaning to any single slice in time, so I’ll expand on the images a little here.

Referring to the images displayed at the Randall:

Coyotes display intense innate curiosity about everything and about each other: in image #4 a coyote is watching a sibling bury something which this fella then unburies and swipes for himself — so this image is also about the “trickster” for which coyotes are so famously known. Image #7 is of a distressed and angry coyote — yes, coyotes have intense feelings — jumping up on her hind legs and howling (no recording in the museum, to hear these, go to Coyote Voicings) after being chased by a dog. There’s an image of a wounded coyote after a territorial battle with another coyote (#5): he’s tattered and limping painfully — territorial battles are common and can alter a coyote’s life absolutely from stable to vulnerable if you happen to be the loser. There is an image of two youngsters hopping all over Pop (#6) revealing the affection between pups and parents in coyote families — Dad is right in there helping to raise the youngsters.

Then there’s an image showing intense sibling rivalry (#1) — these previous best friends have devolved into arch enemies — which occurs in almost all coyote families as the youngsters get older. Other behaviors depicted are affection (#2) which is displayed openly and frequently in the coyote world; touching and prodding (#3 and #8) are forms of physical communication serving to emphasize something (yep!), and close, intimate visual communication as seen in the above photo (#9) can be a heart-pounding sight when you know this one coyote is desperately soliciting acceptance from the family he’s being dispersed from by a third coyote. These ten photos include just nine different coyotes from just four of the many families I follow. Two text-panels explaining urban coyotes and dog/coyote behaviors are included. None of what I have just said in these last two paragraphs will make any sense until you see the photos, so go see them!

Enjoy these images while you take in a snack at the Randall’s new cafe, the Cafe Josephine, and then take a look around at the exhibits and classes offered for all ages! The museum will always be special to me because of all the many classes we took there as my kids grew up, and because my youngest kid volunteered there for many years as a pre-teen and flew the resident Harris’ Hawk, named Betty, to exercise her.

My “Myca of Twin Peaks” images were on display at the Randall for over six years, until they closed the building for renovation several years ago. The museum reopened last year, and now they’ve again made room for some of my coyote behavior images!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MelindaH.
    Feb 17, 2019 @ 03:42:11

    I so wish I could see these—what a great exhibit.


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Feb 17, 2019 @ 04:17:09

      Thanks, Melinda! You’re actually seeing most of the behaviors displayed in the photos by visiting my blog. The photos are my attempt to reach more people than the blog reaches — mostly non-internet people or those who do not know about the blog. To awaken in them a positive interest in coyotes. :))

  2. MelindaH.
    Feb 17, 2019 @ 18:18:36

    I spend every chance I get chatting with people about coyotes—grocery store checkers, neighbors, passers by, etc. I’m afraid I’m insufferable LOL It’s amazing how little knowledge is out there. My little corner of the world is in school full-time 😂😂😂


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Feb 18, 2019 @ 18:44:17

      Thanks, Melinda! Every bit of encouragement and correct information dispensed is helpful. Very often, your positive attitude alone will be enough to help people give these critters a chance of acceptance. :)) Janet

  3. Lee Guion
    Feb 25, 2019 @ 19:02:18

    Hi Janet! I rarely go the park since Reggie died almost 2 years ago so it’s wonderful to see your gorgeous photos. I’ll try to get to the Randall Museum to see your exhibit. Thanks for all you do to warm our hearts.


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Feb 25, 2019 @ 19:53:42

      Hi Lee — Wow, has it been that long ago since Reggie left us? He was such a fixture in the park, and had a solid “relationship” with the coyotes — with several generations of them! Thank you for your supportive comment, and I hope to cross paths again sometime soon! Fondly, Janet

  4. Susan Marie Horky
    Jan 24, 2020 @ 00:05:36

    Such important information that is greatly needed for all people who live in cities and just do NOT know much about this intelligent, caring animal. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Susan


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