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, spreading the word about what you can do to help wolves stay protected, and helping humans learn to live alongside them. The Timber Wolf Alliance is proud to carry on this tradition each year.
In 2023, our Wolf Awareness Week program will focus on the Endangered Species Act, adopted 50 years ago to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untampered by adequate concern for conservation.”
In 1987, only eighteen wolves were estimated to live in Wisconsin and fewer in Upper Michigan. That year, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute began the Timber Wolf Alliance to assist twenty-one organizations and many private individuals in promoting wolf recovery in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through public education, citizen science, and volunteer activities.
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.
To use science-based information to promote an ecologically-functional wolf population within areas of suitable habitat and promote human coexistence with emphasis on Michigan and Wisconsin.
Timber Wolf Programs
Schedule a program to attend your library, fair, club, or event. Virtual programs are available to meet COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more about program topics:
- Wolves of Wisconsin
- Wolves of Michigan
- Wolf Folklore
- Wolf Communication and Pup Development
- Wolf Ecology & Management
- Canids of Wisconsin
More Wolf Awareness Week Activities in the State
The Wildlife team is hosting Wolf Awareness Week again from October 15-21 this year. It will be an exciting week of themed activities each day. These opt-in activities are open to all members and will highlight wolf behavior, Wisconsin’s wolf policy, options to take action, and wolf-themed fun for everyone! Download the Wolf Awareness Week poster here.
More Wolf Awareness information Timber Wolf Alliance Speaker.
John Vucetich is the speaker for Timber Wolf Alliance this year. He was filmed at the International Wolf Symposium on October 13, 2018, by Rachel Tilseth. The wolf introduction plan comes at a critical time. The 2018 winter study, led by researchers from Michigan Technological University, confirmed that just two wolves remain on the island, and there is no hope that this pair will successfully breed. The nearly 1,500 moose at Isle Royale may double in population over the next several years, throwing the health of the park out of balance and devastating the island’s vegetation. Now is the time to restore this top predator and bring balance back to Isle Royale National Park, NPS—a Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Films, LLC.