E-Connections Newsletter - June 2011
This past spring has been a time of powerful connections for Y2Y. We have new program staff in the US, we're expanding our conservation efforts to keep this landscape connected, and we're connecting with new audiences through art exhibits and grassroots interactions.
Our greatest opportunity for success comes from connecting the notion of Y2Y – a vast, interconnected corridor, for wildlife and human communities and cultures – with the way individuals and organizations work together to conserve our heritage.
One way we've found that works is through art. Creativity and culture can be very effective tools for understanding the power of this extraordinary place. With the support of Y2Y, renowned wildlife artist Dwayne Harty took a 3-year journey the length and breadth of the Y2Y region in an effort to capture the beauty and vulnerability of this region.
The results were powerful and beautiful. You can sample Dwayne's artwork and hear stories from his wilderness travel in this three-and-a-half-minute video.
And we invite you to catch up on recent Y2Y news:
Opening Art Exhibits and Minds: The National Museum of Wildlife Art was packed and buzzing during the opening reception for Yellowstone to Yukon; the Journey of Wildlife and Art. Learn more...
New US Director of Conservation: Meet Rebecca Lloyd, who hit the ground running, securing a $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for work in the Cabinet-Purcells. Introducing Becca...
On the Road for the Flathead Valley: Y2Y's Ivy Smith will spend the summer at music festivals, farmers' markets, and in stores in Calgary and Waterton, raising awareness for the Flathead. Learn more…
International Pressure to Protect the Castle: This spring, chainsaws will shatter the solitude of the spectacular Castle watershed of southwestern Alberta unless individuals and groups, including the Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative (CCCI), can stop proposed logging. Read more...
Make Way for the Pronghorns: The "Path of the Pronghorn" is one of the longest large-mammal migrations remaining in North America. But development, roads, and fences threaten to close it off. Y2Y recently awarded a Partner Grant to the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance to further their collaborative work to smooth the way for the pronghorn. Learn more...
Photo credit: Castle Sunset by Gordon Petersen