Local Wildlife / Community Outreach

The Wolf Conservation Center is dedicated to dispelling myths and misinformation regarding eastern coyotes, one of the most maligned species in North America. A close cousin to the wolves we are dedicated to protecting, coyotes play an equally vital role in our local ecosystem as an apex predator. Coyotes are explorers, opportunists, and one of the most successful carnivores in North America because of their ability to cope, if not thrive, after decades of persecution at the hands of ranchers, landowners, farmers, and government agents. Learning more about the natural history of coyotes can help people understand their ecological role and how to successfully coexist with them. The WCC aims to increase awareness and access to accurate information regarding this dynamic keystone species in our own backyards.

 

Learn about Eastern Coyotes and Coexistence

Schedule a coyote presentation for your community!

In an effort to increase our local impact, the WCC is committed to educating the local community on the wildlife with whom we share our landscape. This initiative includes providing off-site programs for schools, nature centers, libraries, and more to discuss the importance of our native flora and fauna.

If you have questions regarding coexistence with wildlife local to the New York tristate area, or if you would like to find out more about our off-site programs pertaining to local wildlife, please contact our Wildlife Outreach Specialist Dana Goin at dana@nywolf.org or call 914-763-2373.

Coexistence Corner:

Local Opossum Flaunts Her Baby Bump

August 22, 2021

Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana) are North America’s only marsupial. As a marsupial, they give live birth but shortly after carry their young in a pouch on their abdomens. Opossums are typically born between April and August and have the shortest gestation period of any mammal, lasting only about 12.5 days. At birth opossums are as…

Beloved Local Connecticut Bear Hit by Vehicle

July 28, 2021

Black bears, an undeniably charismatic woodland species, often find themselves in locations that are perhaps less than ideal for their survival. Bear 211 – a beloved male bear residing in the Easton area of Connecticut – was no different. Bear 211 was first handled by state black bear experts when he was a young cub.…

Meddlesome Mammal Not Ready for Their Close-up

June 14, 2021

Trail cameras are an oft-used tool for monitoring wildlife, and one of their biggest benefits is their non-invasive nature. A trail camera (also known as remote or wildlife cameras) is easily mounted to a tree with the use of a cord, bungee, or screwed-in mount. It remotely monitors movement, and will begin to record photos…

Free Coyote Coexistence Programs Encourage Appreciation for Local Wildlife

April 17, 2021

Coyotes have a remarkable ability to adapt to any surrounding. With indefatigable survival instincts, coyotes have expanded across much of the continent and live in all of the U.S. save Hawaii, despite the untiring efforts by humans to kill them. A close cousin to the wolves we are dedicated to protecting, coyotes play an equally…

What to Expect During Coyote Pup Season

March 22, 2021

With the onset of spring comes many new and exciting developments for the wild world. Flowers bloom, birds return, offspring are born … Yet alongside new growth reemerges age-old anecdotes and misunderstandings about so many wild species. Saddled with the unfortunate brunt of the rumors is North America’s most persecuted species: the coyote. Spring is…

Changing Seasons Bring Cool Temps and Cooler Wildlife Adaptations

October 17, 2020

It’s that time of year again, when the days begin to fall shorter and the nights colder. As we prepare for the cooler months of autumn and winter, so do the wild species sharing our landscape. For different species, those preparations will vary. But one thing is certain – winter is harsh, and provisions must…

Expert to Offer Free Webinar about Eastern Coyotes

November 7, 2019

During the 20th-century, coyotes (Canis latrans) colonized eastern North America and then formed 2 distinct variant populations in the northeastern and southeastern regions that are morphologically and genetically different from western populations. In the past 15 years, we have expanded our knowledge of eastern coyotes in the areas of ecology, morphology, genetics, hybridization, and efficacy…

Sighting of Coyote Family Brings Joy and Excitement

November 6, 2019

Earlier this year, the WCC observed a family of coyotes on our wildlife cameras nearly every single night. Through close observation, we got to “know” these individuals quite well and could reliably differentiate them from one another in their photos and videos. Most frequently spotted were the breeding pair – a tan and gray male…

Opening Day of NY Coyote Season – At What Cost?

October 1, 2019

Today, October 1st, is the first day of coyote hunting season in New York State. Coyotes – like wolves – have been historically persecuted for decades. In over 30 U.S. states, coyote hunting season never ends. New York is one of only a handful of states with a limited coyote season: six months out of…

Wolf Conservation Center Gets Thrown to the Cats

July 5, 2019

Did you hear a “meow”?! Recently at the Wolf Conservation Center, we have begun utilizing trail cameras across our grounds. A trail camera is triggered to take photos or videos when it senses changes in heat and motion, typically when an animal passes in front of the camera. We placed these cameras in various locations…