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Scientific Webinar Library

Ecology, Management, and Recovery of Red Wolves in Eastern North Carolina with Joseph Hinton, PH.D

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)

Hybridization Dynamics Between Wolves and Coyotes in Central Ontario with John F. Benson, PHD.

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.

The Red Wolf: Disease, Genetics, and the Future with Kristen Brzeski, PHD

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.

BEST AVAILABLE PREDATOR SCIENCE AND THE LAW WITH DR. ADRIAN TREVES

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

THE EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY OF RED WOLVES

On 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".

THE ROLE OF REPRODUCTIVE MANAGEMENT IN MEXICAN GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WITH CHERYL ASA, PHD

Critically endangered Mexican gray wolves roam the wilds of New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico. They also live in captivity - in conservation organizations like the Wolf Conservation Center and zoos as well. But their future may be "on ice" in cryogenic vaults where some of the most precious genes of the species are being held for future reproductive use. On March 27, 2019, Reproductive Specialist for the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program Dr. Cheryl Asa offered insight into the complex, and critically important, world of Mexican gray wolf reproductive management.

THE IMPORTANCE OF WOLVES IN ISLE ROYALE WITH DR. ROLF O. PETERSON

Isle Royale is a remote wilderness island in Lake Superior and home to populations of wolves and moose that are known worldwide. These animals are the focus of the longest-running study of a predator-prey system in the wild, and Dr. Rolf Peterson, an internationally recognized wildlife ecologist at Michigan Technical University, has been at the helm of the project for over four decades.
 On April 24, 2019, the Wolf Conservation Center offered a free webinar, "The Importance of Wolves in Isle Royale," with Dr. Rolf O. Peterson.

RED WOLVES REDISCOVERED: RED WOLF ANCESTRY ALONG THE GULF COAST WITH DR KRISTIN BRZESKI

Only 24 wild red wolves are known to exist, but canids with red wolf genetics were recently found along the American Gulf Coast. What does this mean for future conservation actions?
On May 15, 2019, the Wolf Conservation Center offered a free webinar with Dr. Kristin Brzeski on the history of red wolf conservation and what a recent discovery of red wolf ancestry along the Gulf Coast means for future conservation actions.

UNDERSTANDING POLICY: HOW WE PROTECT OUR MOST AT-RISK SPECIES

Have you wondered how the government makes management decisions for wolves and other wildlife? Do you want to stay on top of new environmental legislation but don’t know where to look? Perhaps you’ve heard of the Endangered Species Act, but aren’t sure how it works.
On April 3, 2019, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted Nadya Hall, MS, to offer a free webinar, "Understanding Policy: How We Protect Our Most At-Risk Species," to discuss how wildlife policy is developed, implemented, and amended by lawmakers and citizen advocates alike.

GENETICS OF URBAN COYOTES IN LOS ANGELES

Coyotes are found in highly urban, suburban, rural, and undeveloped habitats. In the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area (LAMA), coyotes cluster into four significantly different genetic populations, thus providing an answer to the question "do urban coyotes differ genetically from coyotes in more rural environments?"
On July 9, 2019 Wolf Conservation Center hosted Dr. Javier Monzón to offer a free webinar about the genetic diversity of coyotes in urban areas compared to those in more forested environments.

THE SECRET LIVES OF WOLVES IN VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK

The Voyageurs Wolf Project has been able to get an unprecedented look at the summer ecology of wolves in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem in Northern Minnesota. This research has revealed new aspects of wolf hunting behavior and shown just how variable wolf diets during the summer are.
The Wolf Conservation Center hosted Tom Gable, PhD candidate, on September 5, 2019 for a discussion about the lives of Minnesota's most elusive wolves.