By: Victoria Ortiz
Only four places on Earth still contain vast, unplowed native grasslands: Siberia, Mongolia, Patagonia and the northern Great Plains of the United States. Over the last few years Adventure Scientists has partnered with the American Prairie Reserve on the Landmark project, in which multi-national volunteer crews live on the reserve year round to collect key wildlife data, build a global constituency for this special ecosystem, and record the human experience of living on the prairie. American Prairie Reserve uses the data to manage and protect this wild landscape and advance their goal of creating the largest protected wildlife area in the continental United States.
On December 18, Colleen Ferris hopped out of the truck to shut the prairie gate behind her. It’s an action she’s done hundreds of time, initially as a Landmark crewmember in its first season in February 2014, and later as the Landmark Program Manager. This time, however, marked the end of the last Landmark field season. Thousands of acres of rolling grasses turned white with frost blurred behind frozen eyelashes.
By: Carter Cortazzi, Jamie Farrell, and Lola Bushnell
At 5 a.m. on a very dark and cold Halloween weekend morning, our crew of intrepid explorers assembled at Georgetown University’s front gates in Washington, D.C. Freshly awoken after very few hours of sleep and buried under about five layers of clothing (no fleece), we were itching to get out onto the Potomac River to help join the fight against microplastic pollution by collecting samples for Adventure Scientists.
By: Danny Schmidt & Victoria Ortiz
In February of 2014, a remotely triggered camera in Utah’s rugged Uinta mountains captured a picture of something no one thought possible in the area: a wolverine. This elusive creature hadn’t been spotted here for nearly 40 years. This one photograph set in motion a massive undertaking to find if these badasses of the animal kingdom were setting up shop here for good. Under the guidance of Adventure Scientists, ultrarunners took to the mountains setting up and checking camera traps around the ecosystem in search of more photographic evidence.
Danny Schmidt captured this process in Running Wild, a short documentary recently selected by the Wild and Scenic Film Festival for their 2017 lineup.
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