National Parks are protected all over the world. That’s the good news.
However, scientists have been warning for decades that most protected areas are too small to preserve wide-ranging wildlife species over the long term, and it will only delay inevitable extinction for many species that require large, protected ecosystems in order to survive.
The solution, say conservationists, is to restore and maintain viable wildlife corridors that keep animals connected over vast ecosystems, and between large protected areas. It’s the vision behind environmental non-profit Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and the reason they exist, and it’s also the theme of a new film, called Wildways: Corridors of Life.
Wildways will offer viewers a rare chance to see some of the most dramatic natural areas on Earth, where biologists are devising innovative solutions for keeping ecosystems and wildlife connected.
Calling Y2Y the “grand model of connectivity conservation,” Wildways highlights their work to connect and protect the Yellowstone to Yukon region, which is inspiring similar efforts in large landscapes around the world. Through interviews, the film highlights Y2Y’s efforts over more than two decades, which are enabling grizzly bears, wolverines, and other wide-ranging animals to recover in former habitats.
Wildways will air April 20 on the PBS science show, Nova.