Peter Mather's photo below of caribou running though the water jumped off the page at me. When I read further I discovered a man who is doing amazing work to raise awareness about the caribou and also their territory in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

In an article CBC News reported "Peter Mather, an award-winning Yukon photographer who's documented the migration of the Porcupine caribou herd to its calving grounds in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ..... is trying to organize a group of freelance journalists and storytellers to pay a visit to ANWR — and, ultimately, help sway public opinion in the U.S. enough to reverse the decision."

Mather Says "Our goal is to do eight expeditions this summer, and get 50 different storytellers — like writers, photographers, filmmakers — into the refuge and try to get that story, the stories they see in there, out to the general public in the U.S.," he said.

"The caribou just hold something in your imagination."

Goal to reach 20 million people
Mather hopes the Caribou Commons project will produce at least 100 stories, videos or exhibits, and reach 20 million people. He's not thinking about the major U.S. media or environmental groups, though. Rather, he's focused on smaller or niche publications, for example, Christian magazines.

"This is isn't one of their core issues, and we want to bring it to them because we think they're going to care about it, and help us out on this issue," he said.

"We're shooting for alternative publications, where people haven't heard about this issue. We're not talking to the converted."

Read more of this story on http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/north/mather-caribou-anwr-1.4511103

And see more of Peter Mather's amazing wildlife photographs like the one below on https://y2y.net/news/updates-from-the-field/peter-mather-images-that-inspire

The Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative where Pater Mather is a photographer had the following to say about Peter on their website:

"At eight years old, Peter Mather moved to Canada’s Yukon Territory and immediately fell in love with the place; its wild rivers and snow-capped mountains, and the time spent exploring the land with his father.

Later in life, while still in university, Mather recalls seeing a fascinating presentation on the Peel Watershed by Ken Madsen, a Whitehorse-based writer, photographer and adventurer. “I was inspired by the beauty of the Yukon and the fight to protect its key wilderness areas,” he says. “After the show, I began tinkering with cameras and have been ever since.”

The presentation gave Mather his first inkling of how photography could keep him connected to the wildlife and wilderness of his youth. For two decades since then, Mather has been committed to seeking out that next perfect shot—whether it’s a bull moose wading in the crisp morning light or a resident grizzly bear feasting on fattened salmon." Read more of this on https://y2y.net/news/updates-from-the-field/peter-mather-images-that-inspire

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