Restoring the Americam West with Journeys with Purpose
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Rewilding the Northern Great Plains with Sean Gerrity in the American Prairie. Retrace the natural history and heritage of the American West to experience these great plains as they once were, and be part of a vision to create the largest wildlife reserve in the continental United States. These vast grasslands were once a prosperous habitat for bison, elk, wolves and bears to roam freely, a wild place discovered and documented by nineteenth century artists and explorers. The journey begins with a voyage by canoe down a Wild and Scenic section of the Missouri River through stunning white cliffs, canyons and sandstone rock formations etched with ancient petroglyphs. In retracing the expedition of explorers Lewis and Clark, you will capture a sense of this vast landscape and the endemic birds and wildlife that once inhabited it, and will inhabit it again. Meeting with indigenous leaders whose ancestors lived alongside the bison, offers a perspective into a world where humankind and nature happily coexisted. From your private camp in the midst of the prairie, you will track and monitor the bison at the end of their rutat the height of calving season. In spending time with the local scientists and project leaders, at the prairie dog towns, Prairie Union Schoolhouse and Enrico Education and Science Centre, you will gain firsthand insight into the scope and beauty of this landscape and the possibilities for biodiversity restoration. YOUR HOST: Sean Gerrity is the founder and retired CEO of American Prairie Reserve, currently serving on the National Board of Directors.