Chuck Jonkel

Posters from previous years of the IWFF cover the stairwell wall at Missoula's Roxy Theater on March 30, 2018. Now in its 41st year, the IWFF is expanding beyond films to spur community conversations about wildlife, conservation and science.
Olga Kreimer

The International Wildlife Film Festival kicks off its 41st year on April 14 with a wildlife costume parade in downtown Missoula, followed by nine days of film screenings, workshops and live events. 

New this year is a series called "Wild Sounds," featuring talks from audio storytellers and behind-the-scenes glimpses at five wildlife-related podcasts.

Chuck Jonkel, Pioneering Bear Researcher, Dies At 85
Great Bear Foundation

Chuck Jonkel almost died once. He was flying in a helicopter in the Arctic doing research on polar bears for the Canadian Wildlife Service. It was 1972.