Wildlife

Video: In Search of Wolverine

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field.

On a recent journey he teamed up with outdoorsman and adventure leader Forrest McCarthy, artist and ecologist Rebecca Watters, and others to collect DNA samples from tracks and scat of wolverines and other animals as they cross-country skied across a remote region of Mongolia.

Nokhoi Zeekh: in search of wolverine from Forrest McCarthy on Vimeo.

Forrest created the video above which tells the story. Rebecca’s narration has a message for us all:

“We’ve come to understand that this place is wild, but not an uninhabited wilderness. That its wildness is intimately connected to the culture which depends on this landscape and which values it in all its ferocity and harshness. And that we too are part of cultures––scientific, outdoor, or both––that depend on wildness.”

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Photo Gallery: Searching for the Wolverines of Mongolia

Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.

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