Making a difference for Wisconsin’s wild gray wolf through educational outreach.
The best method for dispelling myths and anti-wolf propaganda is through education. A few years go I invited TWA to come to my summer school class to educate the students on Wisconsin’s Wild wolf. They came prepared with curriculum that totally engaged students. The curriculum included history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf ecology and engaging games! I recommend you check out the following information from TWA, and invite them to your group or school.
TWA’s Speakers Bureau
A member of the Timber Wolf Alliance Speakers Bureau will come to your facility, center, or school to teach an education program to your group. TWA will provide the presentation, display materials, and any other materials needed for games and more. Fill out the request forms click here.
If you are interested in a virtual program, just designate this in the comments when registering.
TWA offers three program length options:
One-Hour: Slide presentation on the topic of your choosing with questions at the end.
Two-Hour: Slide presentation on the topic of your choosing, a detailed Q&A session, and a discussion on the display objects brought to the program.
Four-Hour: Slide presentation on the topic of your choosing, a detailed Q&A session, a discussion on the display objects brought to the program, and an age appropriate wolf-themed game or activity for the group.
TWA has several program topics to choose from.
Myths About the Wolves of Wisconsin
This program is more localized to Wisconsin and covers the five common misconceptions about the gray wolf in the state: there is a wolf behind every tree, they are decimating the white-tailed deer herds, they are a serious safety threat to people, they are a serious threat to domestic animals, and they were reintroduced into Wisconsin and the UP. This program addresses the history behind these misconceptions and sheds led on the truth hidden in the myth.
Almost everyone has heard of the big bad wolf in Little Red Riding Hood or seen a werewolf in a Hollywood movie. Wolves have a long-standing history when it comes to story telling and folklore; this presentation with dive deeper into these stories to find out that there is almost always some hidden truth behind every story and that the wolf isn’t as big or as bad as Hollywood like show us.
Late spring and summer are the heart of pup season! Learn about pup development from birth in the den to full growth and hunting with the pack. Through better understandings of pup development, we can get a glimpse into later on adult behaviors and social structures within the pack. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy looking at pictures of baby wolves?
Wolf Ecology & Management
This program provides a better understanding of the gray wolves of Wisconsin by covering the following topics: a brief history of the wolf in WI, social structures and pack dynamics, reproduction, dietary habits, and current status and management of the wolf in the state. This program provides a good overview of the gray wolf’s biology and management in the state. Further detail on a specific topic can be added upon request.
Gray wolves have very complex social structures and forms of communication. This program will cover vocal communication, body language, and pack structure. Hopefully after this program you will have better insight into how a gray wolf “talks.”
Canids of Wisconsin
There are five species of Canidae found in Wisconsin: gray wolf, coyote, red fox, gray fox, and domestic dog. This program will give a brief ecology lesson about each species and then show a comparison among them in relation to body size, dietary habits, behavior, and relationships to humans. Each species has a unique role in the trophic cascades of Wisconsin.
Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) “The Timber Wolf Alliance is committed to investigating the facts and relies on research to dispel myths and unfounded fears associated with wolves. TWA provides training in wolf biology and ecology, develops and disseminates educational materials on wolves, and supports volunteers to help with wolf monitoring efforts.” http://www.timberwolfalliance.org