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Film Fest and More!

We're coming to the International Wildlife Film Festival! Amy Martin and Nick Mott will be presenting a sneak preview of season two of Threshold at the IWFF on Sunday, April 15 at 6 p.m. in Missoula, Montana. This is a fantastic festival that celebrates all kinds of top-notch storytelling about the natural world. Details here. Hope to see you at the Roxy! Are you part of a business or organization that would like to reach a national/international audience of smart, engaged listeners? (Yes, that means you, Threshold listeners.) We're inviting quality companies to become sponsors for season two. If you'd like to learn more about sponsorship options, Cheryl Skibicki would love to hear from you!

S01 Extras 09: The Long Game

In this final extra for season one, you'll meet Vernon Finley, Chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Amy talked to him last April about the decision to stop the process of transferring the lands of the National Bison Range back to the tribes. You'll also hear a "lost episode" — or half of an episode — featuring Karrie Taggert, an unwitting bison activist. Karrie moved to Montana to get away from it all, and ended up taking a leading role in the effort to protect wild bison in her neck of the woods. Plus, "Buffalo Suite," by Travis Yost! To become one of the extremely good-looking people who supports Threshold on Patreon, click here. To be among the first to know when season two is ready, join our mailing list. We are so grateful to all of our listeners and donors! Thank you!

S01 Extras 08: Dustin Ranglack

What does it feel like to run with a bison herd? Dr. Dustin Ranglack knows. He spent years studying one of the country's wildest herds in Utah's Henry Mountains. Meet Dustin and Threshold Assistant Producer Nick Mott in this penultimate bison extra. To become one of the extremely good-looking people who supports Threshold on Patreon, click here. To be among the first to know when season two is ready, join our mailing list. We are so grateful to all of our listeners and donors! Thank you!

S01 Extras 07: Preview and Review Featuring You

To become one of the extremely good-looking people who supports Threshold on Patreon, click here. To learn more about the Gwich'in and the Arctic National Wildlife refuge, click here. To be among the first to know when season two is ready, and to get lots of fun pictures and insider info while we busily prepare it for you, join our mailing list. We are so grateful to all of our listeners and donors! Thank you!

S01 Extras 06: Breaking News on the National Bison Range

Today, the Missoulian is reporting that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is planning to "change course" on the proposed transfer of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes — meaning his agency is not going to support the proposed transfer. We reported on this story in episode five of season one. Check out this page to see pictures and videos of the National Bison Range, to learn more about the CSKT, and to find out about the lawsuit to stop the proposed transfer. Zinke is a Montanan who formerly served as the state's sole representative in the U.S. House (yep, Montana only gets one).

S01 Episode 07: Oh Give Me A Home

In the last episode of Season One of Threshold, listeners will encounter pearls of wisdom from youth who have grown up with bison in their midst, and take a trip to the Oakland Zoo, which will soon receive buffalo from the Blackfeet tribe that will help jumpstart a conservation herd there. We also conjure the big ideas driving this first season - what's our future with this animal? How does that connect with our history? Can America ever have wild, free-roaming bison again?

S01 Episode 06: Territory Folks Should All Be Pals

Visit the American Prairie Reserve, a conservation project in the heart of Montana that could eventually be home to 10,000 bison. The vision is to stitch together 3.5 million acres of public and private lands to form the largest wildlife park in the lower 48. But some nearby ranchers feel the push to build the APR is pushing them off their land, and they're mounting a resistance. We also try to solve the Great Elk Mystery: why are elk that have been exposed to brucellosis allowed to roam free in Montana, while bison are not?

S01 Episode 05: Heirs to the Most Glorious Heritage

"We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune." ~ Theodore Roosevelt In 1908, the National Bison Range was created by carving 18,000 acres out of Montana's Flathead Reservation. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is willing to transfer the land back to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. But, a lawsuit has been filed to stop the proposed transfer. In this episode we meet tribal members who feel they are the rightful stewards of the land and the historic bison herd, and others who are trying to stop the transfer.

Season 01 Extras 05 - Dome Mountain Ranch

Threshold Season 01 Extras 05 - Dome Mountain Ranch

S01 - Episode 04 - Tatanka Oyate

In episode four of Threshold, we meet Robbie Magnan of the Fort Peck Tribes. He believes his community can prosper in the future by reconnecting with their roots as the Tatanka Oyate — the buffalo people. Magnan has built a quarantine facility that could be an alternative to the Yellowstone bison slaughter, but right now it sits empty while more than a thousand bison are being culled from the herd. Why? We'll learn more about Magnan's vision for bison restoration, and investigate why some people are opposed to it.

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