Connecting the Gems
2011 Video 26 Min 50 Sec
An 520 mile expedition to understand wildlife connectivity and the relationships between people and nature. Two of the most in-tact and important ecosystems in the world’s temperate zone are the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. Today, these two areas are essentially ecological islands of protected habitats. When populations of animals exist in isolation, they are left without the ability to maintain genetic diversity. It is, therefore, essential that we maintain clear migration and dispersal routes between protected ecosystems. By connecting the gems that are these ecosystems, we can better ensure healthy populations of grizzly bears, wolverines, moose, mountain lion, and so many other species. By traveling through the region on foot, following the most likely routes that wolverines and grizzly bears would take through the area, it was our goal to gain a unique understanding of the conditions and threats to essential habitats, providing key information to agencies working to promote and protect these areas.
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