The Wyoming Migration Initiative and Elk River: Research and documentary film as catalysts for conservation


Join us Tuesday, July 19th, from 7-8:15pm at Monona Terrace for film screenings & discussion, hosted by the Wyoming Migration Initiative! Free of charge, RSVP via regsitration.

Advances in GPS collar technology have revolutionized scientists’ understanding of ungulate migration corridors in Wyoming. This data creates new storytelling opportunities to cultivate public appreciation of wildlife. The research has also helped wildlife managers and nonprofits focus on science-backed conservation efforts to reduce migration obstacles.

In this film presentation Wyoming Migration Initiative director Matthew Kauffman and filmmaker Jenny Nichols will screen two short documentaries about mule deer and elk migration in Greater Yellowstone. Both films introduce the important theme of habitat connectivity through the lens of discovery and exploration. The screenings will be followed by a brief discussion of how media and data-rich migration assessments can encourage conservation action.

Photo credits: Joe Riis, Wyoming Migration Initiative Photography Fellow

Runtimes and trailers:

Elk River: 28 min

A Deer Migration You Have to See to Believe: 5 min



Leslie Duncan, Pew Charitable Trusts


Matthew Kauffman, Director of the Wyoming Migration Initiative and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; Associate Professor of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming.

Jenny Nichols, co-director of Elk River; principal at Pongo Media Productions


Photo Credit: cc Richard Hurd

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