Fort McMurray wildfire likely killed all wildlife in its path: expert

By Phil Heidenreich Online journalist Global News Source

EDMONTON – The fire that swept through Fort McMurray and still rages through the northern forest likely destroyed all wildlife in its path, according to one expert. But the disaster’s impact on wildlife has yet to be documented.

“There’s not very much that can survive those fires,” Lu Carbyn, an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta as well as a leading expert on wolf biology, says. “In some cases, if the fire’s not too hot, and if you are a burrowing species – like some species of rodents and so on, and maybe even some species of insects, although that’s doubtful – there may be some small elements that might survive pockets of fires but certainly broad scale, there would be massive destruction of anything that’s caught up in these fires.”
“Wildlife populations have adjusted to take this sort of long-term change into consideration – I mean that’s evolution,” the retired research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service says. “What happens in big fires is that plant succession would be set back and as a result there would be a rejuvenation of the process of the maturation of plant systems. So you’d have stages that are sort of the latter part of plant succession and some that are at the earlier stages of plant succession, and so different wildlife complexes would adjust to those different successional stages.”
Plant succession refers to changes in vegetation in a specific area over a period of time and is dependent on factors like disasters, changing conditions or human activity. While area wildlife will adjust to these changes over time, Carbyn says the fire would have been catastrophic to most animals in the area in the immediate aftermath of the blaze. Click here to go to full article

Wolves in Art News: Esquimalt artist selected to create artwork for B.C. Ferries

Artists throughout the ages have influenced culture through their work.  I hold a B.S. degree in art education where I learned about ancient native cultures. I am posting this news on artist Darlene Gait a member of the Esquimalt Nation, who is from the wolf clan tribe. I look forward to viewing her art murals. ~Rachel

Source: Victoria News
By KENDRA WONG – February 12, 2016

Esquimalt Nation artist Darlene Gait is one of three artists to be selected to create artwork for the new Salish Class vessels with B.C. Ferries. / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

When Darlene Gait was young, she would hear legends of wolves and orcas.
Gait, a member of the Esquimalt Nation, is from the wolf clan tribe and was told tales that wolves and orcas were once one animal before they split apart. Wolves became land creatures, while orcas remained in the water. Click here to read full article

Click HERE to view works by Darlene Gait

Art by Darlene Gait entitled ‘Sisters’

Description of art by Darlene Gait:

Sisters is a painting of two female wolves near Alberta. In the background of this piece, if you look really closely, you can see that there are faces in the mountain, a lot of people don’t notice it but there are actual images of symbols of the first nations cultures that once were watching over, and are still a part of, this beautiful land, Alberta.
About the Original:
Medium: Acrylic on Paper/ Image Size: 30″ x 22 ” / Created:October 2002

Availability: Private Collection