Two Wisconsin Non Profit Organizations Promote Wolf Education Based on Science.

Photograph credit John E Marriott

Did you know there are two non profit organizations in Wisconsin that promote wolf education and are science based? Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) and Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN).

A pandemic is a part of the natural world we live in. There will always be microorganisms—an extremely small living thing that can only be seen with a microscope—such as the Covid-19 a virus, that will find flaws in our DNA and attempt to destroy us. All that you can do to keep yourself safe is to stay at home. This helps to flatten the curve, prevent overwhelming the hospitals and stops the spread of Covid-19. Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued a Safer at Home Order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective at 8 am on Wednesday March 25.

How can you advocate for Wisconsin’s Gray wolf during the stay at home order?

Did you know there are two non profit organizations in Wisconsin that promote wolf education and are science based? Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) and Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN).

TWIN is a non- profit wolf education group, founded in 1989. TWIN is based in Central Wisconsin, and their sole focus is on science-based educational outreach, expressed through the half-dozen or so Wolf Ecology Workshops they present each winter.

“Northland College started the Timber Wolf Alliance in 1987 with the DNR and other organizations to promote wolf recovery and educate people about wolves in the state. In the early 1990s, TWA expanded to promote wolf recovery into Michigan as wolves began to recolonize that state.” Northland College

Timber Wolf Alliance educates Wisconsinites. Workshops, instructed by Northland College Professor Dr. Erik Olson, Timber Wolf Alliance Chair Adrian Wydeven, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Technician Sarah Boles covers the basics of wolf ecology and management, including natural history, identification, monitoring techniques, wolf-human conflicts, predator-prey ecology, and wolf management. These workshop complete the first of two trainings for the DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker for winter wolf counts and the training for TWA Speakers Bureau. Northland College

The Timber Wolf Alliance announced it has selected the work of Diane Versteeg for its 2019 Wolf Awareness Week poster. Versteeg’s work was selected in 2004, as well. Northland College

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.

To commemorate Wolf Awareness Week, TWA creates an annual poster featuring an award-winning artist’s rendering of a wolf or wolves in their natural habitat. These posters are distributed broadly throughout the United States.

Wisconsin’s Wolf Awareness Week is set for October 18-24, 2020.

This year, Wolf Awareness Weeks’s focus is new insights on wolf ecology and stewardship. We will be highlighting some of the major research projects happening nationally that have given us new insights into wolf ecology and stewardship in recent years. Voyageurs Wolf Project, predator-prey relationships in the Great Lakes populations, and Yellowstone wolf management are just some of the topics that will be covered. Through these highlighted research projects we hope to address some of the myths of wolf ecology in the history of management.

TWIN is a non- profit wolf education group, founded in 1989. TWIN is based in Central Wisconsin, and their sole focus is on science-based educational outreach, expressed through the half-dozen or so Wolf Ecology Workshops they present each winter.

TWIN’s award-winning workshops, which cover two days of intensive learning, are presented by instructors that have been instrumental in wolf recovery in the Western Great Lakes, including wolf biologist and author Dick Thiel. The workshops cover the gamut of wolf topics, from the physiology and behavior of the animal, to research and monitoring techniques, and to the political vagaries that have governed the management of this iconic species. Each workshop also includes a field trip into wolf territory, where the instructors find and follow wolf tracks, exploring the landscape from the perspective of this keystone predator.

The workshops are held at Beaver Creek Reserve near Eau Claire WI , Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center near Babcock WI, and at Treehaven near Eau Claire WI , Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center near Babcock WI, and at Treehaven near Tomahawk, WI. If you’d like them to address your organization at some other times, contact us at – mail@timberwolfinformation.org – they can tailor presentation to your time frame and area(s) of interest. In the meantime, join TWIN group! For just $12 a year, you’ll receive a weekly e-newsletter with all the worldwide wolf news for the week, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your funds are being used to foster continuing awareness and acceptance of wolves.

Photograph credit TWIN website.

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