Art Exhibit Celebrates Conservation

by Inga Yandell

The Burke Museum of Natural History in Seattle, will be touring Florian Schulz’s exhibit Yellowsonte to Yukon – Freedom to Roam for another year. This time, it will be on display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center / Draper Museum in Cody, Wyoming until August 7, 2011.

An exhibition of forty-one large format, framed, fine art color landscape photographs, with captions highlighting conservation issues in the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor. Organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington and the Mountaineers Books, Seattle, in collaboration with the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

Healthy ecosystems are connected ecosystems. Stretching nearly two thousand miles from Yellowstone National Park, up the spine of the Rocky Mountains, and through the Yukon is one of the world’s last fully functioning mountain ecosystems. A plan to link the existing parks with connected corridors throughout the region highlights the importance of these vital passageways that wildlife depend on for survival.

German-born photographer Florian Schulz documents in full color the ambitious effort to preserve this ecosystem. His striking photographs tell the story of the stunning wilderness and wildlife at stake, and also of the human challenges and champions that exist—from roads, sprawl, and mining threats, to peaceful coexistence with ranchers, recreationalists, and sustainable industrial practices.

Schulz first came to America with the dream of seeing true wilderness. After encountering a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park, he gave up his biology studies to become a wildlife photographer. The work in this exhibit represents more than ten years of documenting the North American wilderness.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to marvel at some of the most outstanding photography of the Yellowstone to Yukon ecoregion and learn about this greatly endangered wildlife corridor. Visit the museum’s website for more details

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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