Month: March 2011

The Wolves of Isle Royale Face Extinction

March 31, 2011

Rolf Peterson of Michigan Tech University was the lead biologist on Isle Royale for decades. In this photo, Peterson gives WCC educators an opportunity to help process an elk that was taken down by Yellowstone wolves. The number of wolves that call Lake Superior’s Isle Royale home has dwindled to just 16 with only two…

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The Big Bad Wolf of Oregon?

March 30, 2011

Chirs Baxter / The Observer This new billboard depicting a snarling wolf and cattle grazing in a pasture was erected by the Wallowa County Stock Growers earlier this month. It’s disappointing that within a state with just 25 wolves there exists such venom. What could a new billboard reflect to convey the efforts to bridge…

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Red Wolf M1483 Plays Hide and Seek!

March 29, 2011

Wolves are naturally shy and elusive.  Although red wolf M1483 tends to be the most outgoing in his pack, he too likes a good game of hide and seek.  Can you find him in this photo?

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Wolves and Politics: An Update

March 28, 2011

Wolves, their recovery, and the status of this keystone predator in the United States continue to be really hot topics in Washington D.C..  So much so, that with the introduction of bills, amendments, riders and settlements, many wildlife advocates are left exhausted and confused…  Here is an overview of the proposed legislation that many fear…

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Canids and Conservation

March 27, 2011

What a treat! Dr. Gregory Rasmussen and Alison Nicholls of the Painted Dog Conservation Project (PDC) came by the WCC this afternoon to talk canids and conservation. Painted Dogs, also known as African Wild Dogs, are unique to Africa and they are among the continent’s most endangered species. The PDC works closely with the local…

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Atka’s Day at the Lake

March 26, 2011

Atka wowed the Seneca Falls community last night after a fun filled day at the Cayuga Lake. The air was brisk but that didn’t stop him from taking a dip after scent-rolling in fragrant who-knows-what on the shoreline. By day’s end, Atka had fun leaving the enthusiastic community with two things: a deeper understanding of…

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Art Contest Update

March 25, 2011

Something to shout about: We’re awarding a Lords of Nature DVD to Seela, who sent some amazing drawings to our Student Art Contest. The contest is open until the end of April, but Seela wins our first random weekly prize for sending art all the way from Finland! Details about the contest are available here.

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U.S. District Judge Molloy to Decide the Fate of Wolves… Again

March 24, 2011

Federal protections for wolves were eliminated in the northern Rocky Mountain States of Idaho and Montana, and parts of Utah, Washington and Oregon in May of 2009. In delisting wolves, the Fish and Wildlife Service authorized Idaho and Montana to hold wolf hunts that year, Montana’s ending with 73 wolves killed and Idaho with 185.…

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Some Souvenirs for the Seniors

March 23, 2011

Atka visited a great group at the Greenwich Connecticut Senior Center this morning! Everyone loved him and Atka was apparently quite fond of them too. He marked his territory in several ways (some a bit crude…) and at program’s end he left them a parting gift, his autograph on their front steps.

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Today is U.N. World Water Day! How Will you Celebrate?

March 22, 2011

Today is U.N. World Water Day! It’s a global event honored every year on March 22nd dedicated to focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. What do you do to conserve water? Please let us know! To learn more about U.N. World Water Day please visit…

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