RIVER OF NO RETURN
USA, 50 minutes, 2012
Directed by Isaac & Bjornen Babcock
Thursday February 14th, 7:30pm
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Deep in the untamed heart of Idaho lies the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 States. Named in honor of Idaho Senator Frank Church, and for the rugged Salmon River that flows through it, the vast 2.5 million-acre wilderness is larger than Yellowstone, yet most people have never even heard of it. Defined by deep canyons, and mountain forests, it is a perfect habitat for abundant animal life, including wolves that are being restored to the area after an absence of 50 years. This is the place where a young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, choose to spend a year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes something of much greater consequence for both of them – a story that will change their lives.
Directors, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock
Isaac Babcock, and his new wife Bjornen, made a decision to spend the first year of their married life on an unusual honeymoon. They decided to spend the year living and filming a documentary in Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness which focuses mostly on wolves but also on the other amazing wildlife and landscapes found there.
They lugged around a hefty, but adequate, camera to film wolves, dippers, otters, bighorn sheep, elk, bluebirds, salmon and other wildlife and captured some amazing footage from very remote parts of the wilderness. They endured some real hardship to make this very good episode of Nature on PBS.
Isaac is a former member of the Nez Perce wolf recovery team and has been involved with Idaho wolves for a long time. I first crossed paths with him while we were both searching out the Buffalo Ridge Pack of wolves near Clayton, Idaho back in 2003. During the winters he had off, and since he left the Nez Perce Tribe wolf program, he has spent a lot of time filming in places like Idaho and Yellowstone. Some of his previous footage has been used in programs like Outdoor Idaho.