This adventure documentary film tells the story of deer 139’s migration and a researchers attempt to travel that same path.
University of Wyoming research scientist and adventurer-at-heart Samantha (Sam) Dwinnell knows the Wyoming Range mule deer herd as well as anyone. She has spent the last five years on the ground capturing and collaring mule deer to track where individuals go, how they connect with the landscape, and how that relationship affects their survival and reproduction. Sam’s work shows wintering mule deer are utterly dependent on their ability to access distant, productive, high-elevation summer ranges via migration.
Her findings have significant implications for conservation. This film moves these concepts and discoveries from the academic literature into the public consciousness.
Anya Tyson, one of the main stars of the film will be here to introduce the film on May 11th, and take questions after the screening.
Sam—along with an all-women team of fellow adventurers and naturalists—walked deer 139’s migration trail for 85 miles from her winter range in the sagebrush steppe outside LaBarge, Wyoming, up into and over the Wyoming Range, across the Greys River, to an alpine cirque in the Salt River Range, to see first-hand this long, complex, and, until now, largely invisible journey. The team carried skis, pack rafts, food, and camera equipment, to film the expedition and bring viewers along for the adventure.
The film illuminates the mysteries of long-distance migration, shows the toughness of a seemingly ordinary species like mule deer, and highlights an all- women team of adventurers and scientists.
Through this visual storytelling, audience members forge a deeper understanding of the connection between animals and their environment, while learning the argument for sustaining intact landscapes. For more information, check out the website.