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May 14, 2007
Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam Jun. 16‚ÄìDec. 31, 2007
SeattleThis summer, the Burke Museum partners with The Mountaineer Books to launch the first of three wildlife photography exhibits grappling with the greatest conservation issues of our time. Opening June 16, Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam will feature 40 large format photographs by German-born Florian Schulz of the Rocky Mountains West documenting the ambitious effort to preserve wildlife corridors from Yellowstone National Park to Canadas Yukon Territories. Such corridors would link existing parks and public lands to ensure the survival of one of the worlds last intact mountain ecosystems.
An award-winning nature photographer, Schulz has dedicated ten years of his life to documenting the drama and beauty of North Americas largest wildlife corridor: the Rocky Mountains. His photographs have captured the drama and beauty of this Western ecosystem and its diverse landscapes, wildlife, and people. Schulz has received honors from the BBCs Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and Natures Best International Photography Awards.
to Yukon: Freedom to Roam is organized by the Burke Museum in
collaboration with The Mountaineers Books and the Yellowstone to Yukon
Conservation Initiative. Over the next three years, the Burke Museum is
collaborating with The Mountaineers Books and other environmental
organizations to produce and present three exhibitions of nature
photography, each linked to a critical environmental issue, including
corridor protection, biodiversity, and climate change. The exhibits
will premiere at the Burke Museum and tour museums throughout the
United States and Canada.
Schulzs photography highlights the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, which protects the corridors of land that connect fragmented wild habitats. Wild populations require a range of continuous habitat in order to adapt to changes in weather, food availability, and other major influences. Wildlife corridors allow populations to move from habitat to habitat; without wildlife corridors, isolated populations are vulnerable to starvation, disease, inbreeding, and more. From Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon Territory, the Rocky Mountains constitute a major part of our continent's remaining natural heritage, representing the last best chance on Earth to maintain a fully functioning mountain ecosystem.
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