Just wrapped up our new book @theriverandthewall - feels good to send it off! 190 pages coffee-table style visual journey down the Rio Grande and the US-Mexico Border before further construction of a border wall exploring how a physical wall would impact wildlife, immigration, landowners, public lands, and water access. 10 contributing authors and interviews ranging from landowners to immigrants to wildlife biologists to Policymakers on both sides of the aisle. Naturally, a little wildlife and horse heavy. Books will be back from the printer March-ish and I’ll let y’all know when/where they’re available. I did my best to give the topic a fair shake and let the people and landscapes speak for themselves. When I started this project, I had no idea the issue was going to balloon into one of the most controversial topics in the world which to be honest kind of terrifies me... fortunately, the book is really good and professionally done- full credit going to the editors at Texas A&M press and my incredible photo and writing team @katybaldock7 @jaykleberg @austintorios @filipe_deandrade @hillaryfierce @therunningecologist @johnny_aldrich @alex_winkerdotgov @walkaboutlifefilms @mckenziebarney @brandoncolewidener @cliffandcactus and all of you others out there who helped. You know who you are. THANK YOU. It’s important people know what a wall would go through and what it would wall off. #riogrande #aggie #tamu #borderlands #borderwall
The Devils River in West Texas is the most undeveloped, pristine, and clean river in the state. I’ve been fortunate to float it multiple times and the fishing, scenery, rock art, and wildness of it is just awesome. The @devils_river_conservancy is working hard to keep it that way. They’re having a celebration/fundraiser/art show party in San Antonio on Thursday with live jams and good times. I’m going to show a short film we shot on the river and talk about how it’s a special place worth not screwing up. Come join us if u can. Thursday at the Witte Museum. Google Devils River conservancy wild night for tix. #devilsriver
Big news! We’re launching the @wildfilmtour again next year in Texas and taking short films to theaters across the state. @exploreranches and I are giving a $10k grant to a Texas filmmaker with an idea to make a Texas based wildlife, adventure, or conservation short film. The subject matter can be anything: byrophytes, bats, bison, or whatever you can scheme up as long as the movie is under 10 minutes and based in Texas. Its exciting to give back after so many years of people helping me. Apply at the link in my profile, deadline at end of month. You can use my production gear if you ask nice and assuming your movie isn’t awful we’ll put it in theaters with next years’ @wildfilmtour . No strings-attached $ to play outside and make a movie that matters. Get it and tell your friends! #wildfilmtour
Congrats to @hillaryfierce, our super talented Producer for @theriverandthewall, for the last doc she helped produce @towerfilm receiving an EMMY award!!! 👏🙌
My good friend @forester.ethan and his mustang “Dragon,” a 4 year old wild horse from Axtell, UT that he adopted and trained for @heroesandhorses . Incredible mountain horse. I live vicariously through Through this guy. Pic by me and @implementproductions #adoptamustang
Spent the past 10 days chasing elk in MT with my mustangs, wife, and best friends. I was fortunate to harvest my first archery elk at 20 yards, a mature bull that @chefeduardogarcia called in for me. We saw bears, Whitetail and mule deer, moose, tons of elk, mountain goats, and a golden eagle up close. Feeling extremely grateful for public lands, that my arrow flew true, and for all the wildlife agencies, NGOs, private landowners, etc... that play a part in conserving wildlife and their habitat so opportunities like this exist. Thanks for the awesome pics @beccaskinner and @implementproductions #keepitpublic #publiclandowner @thomasbglover @s_l_brown @forester.ethan @joel.marek135
Luke successfully did not dump the bride! Congrats @rachel.pohl and @charles_post #postandpohl
50 years ago David Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring an overgrazed and neglected chunk of Ranch land in central Texas . He installed a bat cave, dug into the side of a hill, with three main chambers. They even made a name for it, a “ Chiropterium.” People thought he was crazy when he built it, the bats didn’t come for a few years. Nowadays there’s hundreds of thousands of Mexican freetail bats that call the cave home and it can take a half hour for them all to pour out every evening. Pretty incredible gift to Mother Nature . Unbelievably awesome experience. . @bambergerranch #chiropterium #waterfromstone
@chefeduardogarcia, my mustangs and I looking for Bighorn Sheep in Montana’s Gallatin Range. Eduardo’s got the craziest story of anyone I’ve met and hands down makes the finest food I’ve eaten. He and @yeti made some great 5-7 minute short films on harvesting, prepping, and eating wild foods. They’re calling it “The Hungry Life” and my mustangs and I had the honor of being in one of the episodes. Pics from the episode. We had some amazing light and my mustangs looked even more superstars than usual. Food was incredible too. Link is in @chefeduardogarcia bio. These pics by legendary @yogeshsimpson - -Compliments to everyone who made the series happen and thank you for letting me be a small part of it! @irish_goodbye @jennyofthejane @montanamex @micah5326 @richardhorstphotography @michaelpauljones #thehungrylife #builtforthewild
Got to go far offshore into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday for the first time in my life. Mind blown. We saw pilot whales, clymene and bottlenose dolphin, and caught a white marlin and mahi mahi. I had no idea the Texas Gulf had 100+ foot vis and insanely blue water. Thank you @capt_cad and @mcleanposton for taking me out, that was one of the coolest wildlife experiences of my life. The ocean is crazy mysterious. Made me want to make an underwater film
Put “Pronghorn Revival” onto the IGTV, a @yeti short film we made about restoring Pronghorn populations out in West Texas. @texasparkswildlife @bri_srsu and the landowners out there are doing some awesome conservation work bringing wildlife back. #builtforthewild #pronghornrevival
Tossed the @unbrandedthefilm trailer on the IGTV for good times sakes. Its on @netflix if you haven’t seen it. It’ll make you want to quit your job, grab a good horse, and take off. Crazy to think that trip was five years ago, it completely changed my life. #unbranded #mustang #adoptamustang
50 years ago David Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring an overgrazed and abused ranch in the Texas Hill country. He cleared out woody vegetation, brought in native grasses and vegetation, and literally created water from stone. The grasses soaked in the water, filled hillside aquifers, and bubbles out as springs. When he first bought the place, there was one spring, now there are eleven. His first bird count was 48 species, in 2014 they counted 238. He was pivotal in saving the scimitar horned oryx from extinction and even created his own bat cave. His example of land stewardship has been replicated across the region and is one of my heroes. David let me make a short film about him 2 years ago and I just uploaded it onto the IGTV. Selah, water from stone. Check it out.
Just put the first mountain lion video ever onto IGTV. “Lions of West Texas,” now formatted for vertical phone viewing. IGTV is the instagram vids longer than 60 seconds- you can watch it on my profile under the website link. #lionsofwesttexas #igtv #builtforthewild @yeti
This is an Ocelot, an endangered cat in the US that use to roam through much of Texas and into Louisiana and Arkansas. There’s some in Arizona too. They’re unbelievably beautiful 35 lb mini jaguaresque felines that roam the brush eating birds insects and small mammals. Researchers think there’s about 50–100 that still exist in South Texas on both public and private land. A contiguous border wall would block any natural exchange of genetics with populations in Mexico but that has possibly/probably already happened due to habitat loss in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. There’s been talk about bringing a few cats in from Mexico to supplement the genetics but hasn’t happened yet. They tend to get run over and the Dept. of transportation has sank a lot of $ in road improvements to avoid road mortality. I really want to do a short film on Ocelot habitat conservation and the species in general. I’m really fascinated by them and their future depends on conserving both public and private lands with a variety of agencies and land use. There’s a lot of landowners in south Texas who care deeply about wildlife so I’m optimistic. These pics and accompanying video are by my co-workers @katybaldock7 and @skipswildlife of an ocelot in the Victoria Zoo for @theriverandthewall , great work! #ocelot
Back in the day when wildlife biologists did capture-release reintroductions by roping bighorns and dragging em off the mountain in their undies 😂- Found this archival gold editing a film on desert Bighorn recovery in West Texas. Too good. Capture-Releases have come a long ways! Thank you @texasparkswildlife for the awesome archival.
Floated the Devils River in West Texas and I forgot how unique it is. The river springs out of hillside aquifers in the middle of a desert and flows over 50 undammed miles to the Rio Grande at lake Amistad. Awesome country
The West Texas Desert Bighorn Sheep population has gone from zero to over two thousand in the last 50 years due to capture and release reintroductions. We’re making a short film about the success story and the visuals are unreal. Stoked to share this one later this year, possibly in spring ‘19. Big thanks to @yeti and @sitkagear for making the film possible and to Texas Bighorn Society, @bri_srsu and @texasparkswildlife for all the hard work and letting us follow you around.