Landmark Crew Member
By Martina Caplice
Landmark Crew Member
Canis latrans, the coyote, the prairie song dog, can be heard singing its story to the endless sky from dusk until dawn. These wild singers have been much persecuted throughout the years, along with many prairie predators. Lucky for the coyote, the value of predators is beginning to be recognized. In some places the coyote can breathe a sigh of relief and earn its bed and board by allowing a fleeting moment of its life to be captured on camera.
By Maya Weeks
Microplastics Adventure Scientist
Sørvika, Murchisonfjorden, Nordaustlandet
Now we are sailing and, having helped hoist a jib and the mainsheet, I’m so happy. Every day on this trip I think THIS IS THE HAPPIEST I’VE EVER BEEN. Especially when I’m climbing out of the water having just jumped in the 2-degree (Celsius) Arctic Ocean. It doesn’t so much feel cold as shocking. It’s not that you go numb but rather you forget your name, your age, everything except being alive, and then you run stumbling out of the water over the rocks onto the beach or, on a lucky day, up the ladder onto the deck of the ship.
Today we cleaned up the beach at Sørvika in Murchisonfjorden in Nordaustlandet. A tide line covered in trash, much of the beach covered with too many microplastics to totally collect, and me so happy and sad and angry at the same time. The feeling of wanting to punch and cry at the same time while also knowing the extreme luxury of being in this place–this place where humans don’t live, this place that is a nature reserve, this place at the end of the Gulf Stream where so much trash from around the world accumulates.
By Adventure Scientists Staff
From the heat of August to the deep freeze of January, our Landmark crews collect wildlife data on the American Prairie Reserve. The data is used to help American Prairie Reserve make wildlife management decisions that support their goal to create the largest protected wildlife area in the continental United States.
To further that goal, American Prairie Reserve has created Wild Sky, a for-profit beef company that uses proceeds from their sales to encourage wildlife-friendly ranching adjacent to the reserve. Through education and incentives, they hope to get ranchers to view wildlife as a benefit, instead of a liability. Our Landmark crews help provide the wildlife data that American Prairie Reserve and Wild Sky need to educate these local ranchers. This video from Wild Sky shows why our camera traps and wildlife data are crucial to accomplishing these goals.
By: Our Shores Ultra
Microplastics Adventure Scientists
Something we feel is important to talk about is how we’re carrying ourselves around the lake. We are very intentionally choosing a method of travel that will require us to take every single step around the lake. We are running. For three months...with a baby stroller containing all of our food and equipment. We could drive. That would surely be easier on our bodies and require less planning. We could bike, which is tough in its own right, but we felt the wheels would be doing too much of the work. Those modes of travel would accomplish the same task of starting at point A and getting to point B, but we are running (and let’s be honest, sometimes walking). There was something that felt so right about making this decision precisely because it afforded us an experience we would not get otherwise. To accomplish our task we have to trust our bodies. Our bodies with their ligaments and bones and joints that are all too fallible and breakable. With our muscles that could get fatigued and fat stores that could become depleted. It sounds like something could go wrong. To be truthful it sounds painful. So why? Why? Good question.
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