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    Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North

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See attached document - NIRB Proposal (English)National Geographic’s Ghost Pack: White Wolves of the North is a 4-part documentary series and cross-platform media initiative that brings viewers on an immersive journey to the far end of the Earth—to a gorgeous world where wolves hunt, howl and raise their families as they’ve done since the end of the ice age. Produced by Market Road Films, the project will feature the work of a range of artists and scientists including: a prize-winning wildlife photographer (Ronan Donovan), a regarded wolf biologist with prior research experience on Ellesmere (Kira Cassidy), and a small documentary filmmaking team with strong roots in wildlife and science filmmaking (director Tony Gerber; director of photography Luke Padgett; Camp manager/polar bear monitor Dr. Adam Amir). The result will be a multi-platform documentation of a stunning and potentially endangered species that will reach the scientific community and beyond. The 4-part mini series will reach millions of viewers when broadcast on National Geographic in the Fall of 2019. Our project consists of two phases. Phase 1 begins with our team of five arriving on the Fosheim Peninsula of Ellesmere Island May 15, 2018, and ends when they depart on or about September 9, 2018. Phase 2 will begin with the same team of five arriving on Ellesmere February 15, 2019, and will end when the team leaves March 15, 2019. Our project will take place on the Fosheim Peninsula. Camp will be located near a wolf den on the peninsula and we will film in a ~30 mile radius around the weather station, avoiding Inuit-owned lands. We will be over 200 miles north of the nearest Inuit community of Grise Fiord.Our project’s activities for Phase 1 include the delivery of equipment and supplies to Eureka Weather Station (May 15) via chartered plane; locating an arctic wolf den using a helicopter; long-lining camp supplies with helicopter to construct a temporary, self-sufficient field camp location near the den; filming the pack of arctic wolves from the beginning of the denning process, to the birth of wolf pups, to the pack’s hunt, following and filming from ATVs and snowmachines; breakdown of campsite and removal of equipment and supplies (September 6 - 9) via chartered plane. Phase 1 will also include a Twin Otter resupply trip, to land at Eureka Weather Station. For Phase 2, activities include delivery of equipment and supplies to the Eureka Weather Station (February 15, 2019) via chartered plane; finding the pack again using a helicopter and infrared imaging technology; long-lining camp supplies with helicopter to construct a temporary, self-sufficient field camp location close to the den; filming the pack after winter; and breakdown of campsite and removal of equipment and supplies (March 12 - 15) via chartered flight.If you have any questions about our project, please feel free to reach out to Jeremy Wheeler via email at, or by phone at 914-327-8568.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Application screening started 2018-02-09
  • Date NIRB Decision Due set 2018-02-09
  • Commenting period 2018-03-07
  • Received Comment submissions from Parties: Notice re comments received 2018-03-09
  • Extention to Screening Deadline requested 2018-03-20
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-03-20
  • Board voting 2018-03-27
  • SDR Issued 2018-03-27
  • NOI Issued 2018-03-27
  • Application screening completed 2018-03-27
  • Minister Response Received 2018-04-23
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