Last week, I had an op-ed in the New York Times about wildlife tracking–and how modern communications technologies can foster closer relationships with animals.
I got some interesting responses to the piece, including pointers to a few interesting multimedia projects that tap into some of the ideas I discussed. So without further ado:
1. Much of the op-ed followed on the tracking of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park and the tragic death of a tagged wolf known as wolf 832F. Wolf 832F was shot by a rancher when she wandered outside the park’s boundaries. After my op-ed appeared, Brooks Fahy sent me a link to The Imperiled American Wolf, a 9-minute documentary, made by the nonprofit Predator Defense, about the hunting and trapping of wolves. You can watch the full video here.
2. Someone on Twitter (unfortunately, I can no longer remember who–if it was you, thanks!) steered me toward Bear 71, which calls itself “an interactive documentary.” I’m not sure what I’d call it, but it’s a pretty innovative and interesting experience–and a provocative look at human monitoring of the wild world. You’ve really got to check it out for yourself.
3. Artist Julie Freeman sent me an e-mail about her work The Lake, a piece of digital art tied to the movements of wild fish. As Freeman explains it on her website, “The work used hydrophones, custom software and advanced technology to track the electronically tagged fish in the circular Fringe Lake and translate their movement into an audio visual experience.” Read more here or here.
I don’t have a whole lot of details on any of these projects, but they’re worth checking out on your own.