Scientific Webinar Series
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In an effort to broaden awareness and understanding for the red wolf recovery effort in North Carolina and the implications of a federal rule proposed in June 2018 that sought to significantly change the size, scope, and management of the current red wolf recovery program in the state, the Wolf Conservation Center extended this webinar with Joseph Hinton, Ph.D. (Recorded on July 18, 2018)
Eastern wolves (Canis lycaon) have hybridized extensively with coyotes (C. latrans) and gray wolves (C. lupus) in Ontario but little is known about the mechanisms underlying Canis hybridization. On September 5, 2018, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted a webinar with wildlife research biologist John F. Benson to discuss hybridization dynamics between eastern wolves and coyotes. Benson discussed his intensive field study in Algonquin Provincial Park (APP) and the adjacent unprotected landscape where he investigated Ontario canids, hybrid zone dynamics, wolf ecology, and canid predation.
On October 23, 2018, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted a webinar with wildlife ecologist Kristin Brzeski, PhD to discuss the history, controversies, and ecology of red wolves. Brzeski presented her research evaluating disease interactions between red wolves and coyotes, discussed the importance of genetic variation, and explained how a relatively unimportant debate regarding red wolf evolutionary origins has overwhelmed conservation efforts. Given current policy initiatives and a taxonomic review, Kristin also discussed future opportunities and hurdles facing red wolf restoration.
On December 18, 2018, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted Dr Adrian Treves for a special webinar, "Best Available Predator Science and the Law." Predator conservation in North America is split along several fault lines that make it difficult to restore many large carnivores to native habitats. One of the fault lines is the legal basis for U.S. predator preservation. In the webinar, Dr. Treves summarizes two views of the U.S. public trust doctrine, and compares how differently proponents of those views might make decisions with a case study of Wisconsin's gray wolves.
January 30, 2019 - In an effort to synthesize available information on red wolf evolution and ecology, and to stimulate discussion on new avenues of research and management of red wolf populations, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted Joseph Hinton, Ph.D. to present an informative webinar, The Evolution and Ecology of Red Wolves. Red wolves were once found throughout the southeastern United States, but indiscriminate killing reduced them to a small, remnant population in coastal Texas and Louisiana by the mid-20th century. Consequently, the extirpation of red wolves facilitated lost opportunities to understand their origin and niche in eastern North America. However, the reintroduction of red wolves to eastern North Carolina and ongoing ecological and genetic studies have provided valuable insights into the evolution, ecology, and conservation of red wolves.