06 October 2010 Real wolverines hit the silver screen Posted by: John Motsinger | Leave a comment | Share: Download the event flyer Defenders supporters in the Bozeman, Montana area have an incredible opportunity to join us on Thursday evening for a sneak preview of PBS Nature’s “Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom” (check out the incredible trailer, above). This unique documentary has some of the rarest footage of the one of the least-understood carnivores as it roams the alpine wilds of the Northern Rocky Mountains and Alaska. On Thursday, Oct. 7, the film will be shown at The Emerson’s Crawford Theater in Bozeman, followed by a panel discussion with top wolverine experts. Director Gianna Savoie will take part along with Defenders’ meso-carnivore specialist Dave Gaillard and others. If you’re interested in attending the screening, please RSVP here. The fascinating wolverine field research that is the subject of the film also inspired Montana author Doug Chadwick’s new book, The Wolverine Way, which chronicles his adventures tracking wolverines around Glacier National Park in northern Montana. Chadwick volunteered with the Glacier Wolverine Project, a five-year study to understand the basic eating, mating and other social behaviors of wolverines. Can’t Make the Event? For those not in the Bozeman area, or who aren’t available to come to the event tomorrow, keep an eye out for the documentary coming to your local PBS affiliate on November 14. And in the meantime, don’t miss NBC’s Jeff Corwin in the video, left, as he examines the impacts that climate change is already having on these snow-dependent critters as part of his series Feeling the Heat. Climate change is projected to reduce the amount of mountain snowpack and drive wolverines out of their shrinking historic range. About Wolverines Gulo gulo will be appearing soon on PBS. Wolverines (Gulo gulo) are adapted to survive the harsh conditions from timberline to the summits of 10,000-foot peaks where they hunt and scavenge for food and dig homes in the deep snow for their offspring. Climate change is projected to reduce the amount of mountain snowpack and drive wolverines out of their shrinking historic range. This shift will have unknown consequences that could spell disaster for the long-term future of the species in the American West. What Defenders is Doing We’re working hard to safeguard areas where wolverines continue to thrive. For example, Defenders is fighting to protect wolverine denning habitat from disturbance by snowmobiles in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, an area needed by wolverines to traverse the craggy peaks of southwestern Montana. Defenders also helped develop a petition to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act in 2000. Providing ESA protections would marshal important resources for wolverine research and conservation, and help to eliminate threats like Montana’s wolverine trapping season. Today, fewer than 500 wolverines survive across the lower 48 states. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?