Saturday, October 10, 2015

Celebrate Wolf Awareness Week in Wisconsin, October 12-18


Wolf Awareness Week programs & workshops held throughout the state



“In 1990, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson signed the proclamation of Wisconsin Wolf Awareness Week, a time to celebrate these important animals, by highlighting the threats to their survival, spread the word about what you can do to help wolves stay protected, and help humans learn to live alongside them.”  Timber Wolf Alliance


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TIMBER WOLF ALLIANCE SCIENCE, OUTREACH & EDUCATION.

At the start of the Timber Wolf Alliance, 1987, only a dozen wolves were estimated to live in the Wisconsin and fewer in Upper Michigan. That year, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute began the Timber Wolf Alliance assisting twenty-one organizations and many private individuals interested in promoting wolf recovery in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through public education, citizen science, and volunteer activities.

The mission of the Timber Wolf Alliance is to use educational outreach and science-based information to promote an ecologically-functional wolf population within areas of suitable habitat in the Upper Midwest.

The Timber Wolf Alliance is committed to investigating the facts and relies on research to dispel myths and unfounded fears associated with wolves. TWA provides training in wolf biology and ecology, develops and disseminates educational materials on wolves, and supports volunteers to help with wolf monitoring efforts. Order your Wolf Awareness Week poster click HERE

Timber Wolf Alliance Wolf Awareness Week Programs and Workshops

OCTOBER 15 , 7:30 PM–9:00 PM OF WOLVES & WILDNESS

THE WOLVES OF YELLOWSTONE WITH WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST DOUG SMITH

Twenty years ago, wolves were set free in Yellowstone after a seventy-year absence. Dr. Douglas Smith and Gary Ferguson coauthored Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone, about the release of thirty-one Canadian gray wolves in 1995 and 1996. Smith and Ferguson will talk about the discoveries and details of survival and wildlife dynamics and about how wolves changed the ecosystem.

FULL ECOLOGY WITH NATURE WRITER GARY FERGUSON

Ferguson will speak about expanding the modern conservation movement. SOEI will also pay tribute to Ferguson for his newest book, The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness, winner of the 2015 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Ferguson’s heart-rending tale is, as one author describes it, “a journey into the deepest parts of the human world and the wildest places in wilderness.” Yellowstone figures prominently in Ferguson’s story for letting its wilderness save and heal him from one of life’s most traumatic experiences. Click  HERE for location and contact information.

OCTOBER 17  9:00 AM–3:00 PM WOLF ECOLOGY & MGMT PUBLIC WORKSHOP

As part of Wolf Awareness Week, wolf experts Erik Olson and Adrian Wydeven will cover the basics of wolf ecology and management, including natural history, identification, monitoring techniques, wolf-human conflicts, predator-prey ecology, and wolf management. This class meets one of the training requirements for participation in WDNR’s Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking program, WDNR Volunteer Trackers are also expected to attend a Carnivore Track Training class. To register click here for location and contact information click HERE

For more information on Timber Wolf Alliance click HERE

WOLF AWARENESS WEEK FOCUSES ON YELLOWSTONE WOLVES
SIGURD F. OLSON NATURE WRITING AWARD TO BE PRESENTED

In honor of the twentieth anniversary of the Yellowstone Wolf Reintroduction project, the Timber Wolf Alliance at Northland College is bringing Yellowstone’s lead biologist Doug Smith and award-winning author Gary Ferguson as the keynote speakers for Wolf Awareness Week.

“It is a great serendipity that brought these two speakers together for what promises to be a thought-provoking night, during this week devoted to appreciating and thinking about wolves and wilderness,” said Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator Adrian Wydeven. Click HERE to read full press release from Northland College.

Wolf Awareness Week Programs in the Milwaukee area
Brand new this year to celebrate Wolf Awareness Week at the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Wolf Awareness Day, Saturday, October 17, 2015.


Wolf Awareness Day October 17 at the Milwaukee County Zoo

 New this year! At noon, hear Gloriann Klein from “Wolf Info Now” as she relays the history of Wisconsin wolf management and the current pending wolf issues. “Wolf Info Now” educates the public on national wolf issues, with a focus on the plight of Wisconsin wolves. Follow Gloriann at Twitter.com/WolfInfoNow. Click HERE for Wolf Info Now Twitter.

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