Story and Photos by Kim Tri
The October and November Landmark crew didn’t witness the catastrophic floods of late summer. We never dealt with the endless rain and the gumbo roads. We didn’t visit the wreckage of the bridge across Fourchette Creek to the Buffalo Jump. We were never stranded for days in floodplains clear up to our doorstep, listening to the incessant whine of mosquitos.
Still, we have seen the flood. I can read the waterlines in the contour of flotsam piles and the washed-out green of algae in dry potholes. These signs spell out the story of every drop of water on this perennially parched land.
The fascinating thing about this story is that it is clearly visible, even in the dry months—of which there are many—and it is always being written.
The draws run to washes and coulees, the coulees into creeks, and the creeks into the Missouri River, which eventually makes its way to the ocean. They wear history into and out of the land, marking records of rainfall, drought and floods, washing away ancient petrified forests and the dusty remains of prehistoric creatures.
By Alex Hamilton
For his first conservation-oriented project, Brooklyn, New York-based photographer and filmmaker Erik Goldstein knew he wanted something big.
The American Prairie Reserve (APR) turned out to be that thing—it is big, both physically and symbolically.
“I knew I had found something special [in APR],” Erik says. “Here is a program on the ground floor of becoming the largest protected wildlife area in the US.”
By Hendrikje Schröder
Montana. Big Sky Country.
Bison herds, counting hundreds of animals, running down a hill in this vast, harsh and extreme environment. In my time on the Prairie, the big, wide open skies of Montana are by far what fascinated me the most.
There are no words to actually describe the diverse and unique atmospheres created by the sky out here. Always beautiful. Always different. Constantly changing. Always interesting, dynamic and mystic. But let the pictures speak for themselves…
Hendrikje Schröeder was born and raised in the north of Germany. She is about to finish her master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management, specializing in Wildlife and Protected Areas Management in Munich. Hendrikje is also an environmental educator working with stakeholders affected by the conservation of Europe’s three large carnivores. Her hobbies include rock climbing and hiking.
Story and Photos by Jen Pate
On November 16, our all-female team, eXXpedition, will set sail across the Atlantic Ocean on a mission to explore the connections between ocean and human health—specifically plastics, toxics and cancer.
The Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation Marine Microplastics Project is a perfect fit with our expedition. We will take water samples on our crossing to help expand ASC’s global data set, where microplastics have been found in almost every liter of water analyzed.
By Emily Wolfe
Before the new year, crewmembers from 100 sailboats are set to collect 600 ocean water samples from a 602,000-square-nautical mile area in the Atlantic Ocean for ASC’s microplastics research.
“It’s huge for science, for really getting a picture of this part of the Atlantic,” said ASC partner scientist Abby Barrows. “[This will give] us the fuller picture of how plastic concentrations may or may not fluctuate closer to land and in the middle of the ocean.”
By Nikki Mann
We spent hours and hours walking a tropical beach in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica…
in the dark…
As the surf pounded the beach to my left, invisible and insistent, I tried to decide if I looked weak—or, really, if I looked like the weakest of our group.
This is a worry I often have, doing physically demanding work in remote locations, but in Costa Rica, it was not the opinion of the four other guys I was concerned about.
It was the opinion of the jaguars.
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