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Published on Oct 29, 2013
On Sunday, October 13, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the first annual SHIFT Festival concluded with ten 20 x 20 presentations, featuring everything from a beautiful ode to Jackson Hole's gorgeous and princely birds to a filmmaker's whimsical take on the Tetons.
Rebecca Watters' presentation, "Wolverines Without Borders: Thinking Big about Conservation and Climate Change" won the SHIFT Forward Award. Watters directed the $1,000 cash prize to her chosen recipient, the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative.
Her synopsis of the presentation is as follows:
"Wolverines have a big attitude, but they also have a weakness: climate change could wipe them out of ranges like the Tetons. The Mongolian Wolverine Project is conducting the first study of wolverines in the land of Genghis Khan, and links research in Mongolia to research and conservation efforts here in the Rockies. Jackson has played a vital part in this endeavor through the inspiration provided by its landscape, its residents, and its wolverines. This presentation explores how global work on a rare species might protect it on both sides of the planet."