Think like a scientist: boundaries

Humans construct boundaries -- around our homes, our neighborhoods, and our nations -- to bring order to a chaotic world. But we rarely consider how these boundaries affect other creatures. In this episode of Think Like A Scientist, we meet conservation photographer Krista Schlyer, who has spent the last seven years documenting the environmental effects of the U.S./Mexico border wall, and biologist Jon Beckmann, who studies how man-made barriers influence the movement of wildlife. Schlyer and Beckmann have seen damaging impacts of the border wall firsthand, but they remain optimistic. Humans probably won't stop constructing walls and fences any time soon, but planning our boundaries with wildlife in mind can help prevent these structures from causing environmental harm. 6 minutes 53 seconds. 


Microsculpture is a unique visual experience. A 10mm insect is shown as a 3 meter print, revealing minute detail and allowing the viewer to take in the structure of the insect in its entirety. The beautifully lit, high magnification portraiture of Levon Biss captures the microscopic form of these animals in striking high-resolution detail. 5 minutes 24 seconds.

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Outdoor Idaho: Beyond the Boulder White Clouds

This is an excerpt from Outdoor Idaho's hour long program by the same name. It’s some of the most dazzlingly diverse country in the West, deserving of the gold standard of protection. Idaho Public Television's Outdoor Idaho crew visits the three new wilderness areas in the center of Idaho – the White Clouds, the Hemingway-Boulders, and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness – to tell the fascinating 50-year story of how the threat of an open-pit molybdenum mine eventually led to a unanimous vote for Wilderness in Congress. 11minutes 52 seconds.

Chasing Ridgelines

Successful backcountry hunting is not always measured by the size of the rack. The experience, the journey, the process and the lifestyle are as important to serious backcountry hunters as shooting a trophy animal. In this film we explore what is truly important about hunting big game in the backcountry, the connection between hunters and wild places, and how harvest is the goal, but not the end game. 15 minutes.

This brief film comes from Doug Hill, an educator, writer, naturalist, and filmmaker based in Colorado. He is the Founder & Director of the Gone Feral School of Primitive & Traditional Skills ( Doug holds a B.S. in Technological Studies/Technology Education and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. 1 minute, 30 seconds.

Old Skill, New Use

The Falconer

With his falcons he makes peace between farmers and pest birds. But there is a personal price to pay. A film from Boise resident, Glenn Oakley, this story will capture your heart. 12 minutes 30 seconds.

Special thanks to Glenn for the use of his beautiful image to promote the 2017 Les Bois Film Festival. 


A Leap of Frog

Frogs hunt their prey with a lightning speed that is too fast to see for the human eye. This short video is composed of the high speed footage recorded with a Phantom v710 camera, which belonged to the 'Flight Artists' team of Wageningen University. Leaping frogs and flying insects were captured at 2.500 frames per second, resulting in a series of amazing HD slow motion images. 4 minutes 57 seconds.

BOgus basin Mountain Recreation Area 75th anniversary

Bogus Basin, the nation's largest nonprofit recreation area, has been an integral part of the Treasure Valley since 1942. This informative 4:52 video tells the rich and unique story how Bogus Basin was built for the people, by the people. 4 minutes 52 seconds.

Black-footed ferret

The educational web series SciShow Kids and the coolest band for kids, The Whizpops team up on this music video devoted to the endangered, yet super hip, Black Footed Ferret. 2 minutes 55 seconds. 

Elk River

A short documentary that captures the migration of elk in the Yellowstone area through a multidisciplinary lens by following a scientist, Arthur Middleton, a contemporary artist, James Prosek and award winning photojournalist Joe Riis. For many of the elk herds that summer in Yellowstone National Park, home is outside the protected park boundaries the rest of the year, as far as 70 miles away. Mirroring a similar expedition undertaken in 1871 that fused science and the arts, this modern band of explorers join their ungulate counterparts on a trek from Wyoming’s rangeland through snowy mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. Along the way, they meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk and other migratory species that call the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem home. 28 minutes. 

Ace and the desert dog

Ace Kvale turned 60 last fall, and to celebrate, he planned a 60-day, off-trail backpacking trip around Utah's Canyon Country, leaving from his front door.

He had a dozen friends join him for different sections of the trip, and one friend who joined him for the whole thing: his blue heeler, 10-year-old Genghis Khan aka 'Desert Dog'.

Covering over 400 miles on their journey presented it's challenges but the special relationship between Ace and Genghis proved most powerful. 9 minutes 11 seconds.