A Long Walk in the Woods

Tracking migration for conservation.

This summer, Bozeman-based filmmakers Deia Schlosberg and Gregg Treinish plan on exploring wildlife migration between two unique ecological “gems”: the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Over the course of six weeks, they plan on traversing nearly 400 miles of wilderness on foot in one massive expedition, starting in Yellowstone near Cody, Wyoming, and ending outside Elk City, Idaho. “No one really knows about animal migration in these areas. The purpose of our trip is to put ourselves in the heads of the wildlife,” Gregg says of the upcoming excursion. “Ideally, we’ll learn what needs to be changed, and where we need easements or protection. Working closely with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Wildlife Conservation Society, we’ll learn firsthand exactly what needs to happen in these areas and give them our data.” The duo will document the entire trip and produce a professional-quality film once they return. To follow their trip, check out connectingthegems.org.