CHEYENNE - April means the climax of college basketball and the start of major league baseball, but most importantly to lovers of wildlife photography and conservation prose, the annual Wyoming Wildlife magazine photo-essay issue.
With a painted lady butterfly on the cover, the 40 pages are filled with 45 color images of Wyoming’s fauna, flora and vistas. The shots are some of the most noteworthy entries in the magazine’s 2011 photo contest.
Editor Chris Madson prefaces the essay with humorous insights into a photo of a wolf daring to nip a lounging bison. Between the photos from there, he starts in colonial America introducing the first, and generally little known, voices urging resource conservation and how this country finally hearkened to the message.
“Wherever they looked, city or country, wilderness or farm, Americans confronted a new reality – there were limits to what the land could give and responsibilities that came with ownership,” Madson wrote. “A change of heart was called for.”
He concisely chronicles the extermination and near extermination of several birds and mammals through the 1800s and the country’s past due reaction. “The shift in American thinking about wildlife and wild places was nothing short of a revolution,” he wrote.
One hundred-plus years later, he reminds us of the alarming resource threats of the day and challenged “our great grandfathers faced problems as troubling as these … If they could do it, so can we.”
The annual April photo-essay issue is often regarded by readers as a “collector’s item,” “coffee table edition” and “an issue that refuses to become dated.” The issue has repeatedly been recognized for excellence by several publishing organizations.
Wyoming Wildlife is available at newsstands and bookstores. Subscriptions to the monthly publication can be purchased by calling (800) 710-8345.
(Contact: Jeff Obrecht (307) 777-4532)