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Organizations Leading the Way in Wolf Education & Recovery

Making a difference for Wisconsin’s wild grey wolf.

A Wisconsin Grey Wolf. Photograph credit Al Sherwinski

The following two organizations have been around for decades and have proven track records on educating the public about grey wolves. Both these organizations regularly hold wolf education seminars led by expert wolf biologist & professionals in the field.

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

“Northland College started the TWA in 1987 with the Wisconsin 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.” http://www.timberwolfalliance.org

Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN) “Mission: To increase public awareness and acceptance of the wolf in its natural habitat and its ecological role in the environment.” http://www.timberwolfinformation.org

Wisconsin’s Green Fire Voices for Conservation was established in 2017 in response to recent developments at the state and national level that threaten science-based practices and long-term vision in natural resources management.”

Wisconsin’s Green Fire (another organization) “urges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to immediately resume work on developing a new state wolf conservation plan using the best science and public attitude data available on wolves. WGF strongly recommends that WDNR reestablish a two-faceted advisory committee structure, described in our full statement. This will allow for an inclusive and transparent wolf governance process that reflects public perceptions and incorporates the latest social and ecological science on wolves in Wisconsin.” http://www.wigreenfire.org

Look to these three organizations to make a real difference for Wisconsin’s wild grey wolf!

The grey wolf has always been a part of Wisconsin’s wild legacy. —Rachel Tilseth

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).

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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.

Changing the Way the World Sees Wolves, Sedona Wolf Week Launches April 2017

Featured image is Apex Protection Project Ambassador Pack 

Sedona Wolf Week Launches April 2017 Press Release from: Plan B to Save Wolves

SEDONA, AZ – February 20, 2017 — This April the Plan B to Save Wolves and Apex Protection Project launch Sedona Wolf Week 2017 (April 20 – 23rd), an inaugural, monumental event with the mission of literally changing the way people see wolves, and affect how government develops policies regarding wolves while creating respect and protections for this essential apex predator.

Unlike any other event supporting wolves, Sedona Wolf Week offers a diverse program of speakers, performers, school presentations, fundraisers, a wolf co-existence panel and social interactions with the Apex Protection Project Ambassador Pack to generate awareness of the plight of this apex predator and educate the public on the science of the wolf as well as current advocacy issues. 

Plan B to Save Wolves and Apex Protection Project are honored to have “America” performing in concert as the closing event for Wolf Week.

Plan B to Save Wolves and Apex Protection Project are honored to have America performing in concert as the closing event for Wolf Week.
Plan B to Save Wolves and Apex Protection Project are honored to have America performing in concert as the closing event for Wolf Week. You can spend an intimate evening with one of the world’s most iconic bands enjoying all your favorite songs at this acoustic style performance.

America has generously waived their fees so 100% of tickets sales will benefit Plan B to Save Wolves, Apex Protection Project and other organizations that support wolves and wolf dogs.
Ticket options include:
VIP Ticket Package $500
Includes premium seating for the concert.

After concert cocktail party to meet the band members and mingle with the Apex Pack.

Sedona Wolf Week commemorative shirt.

Preferred seating $100
Regular Seating $50
Details:
April 23rd at Poco Diablo Resort

4:00 pm Doors open

5:00 pm Concert begins with emcee Tonya June Moore

7:00 pm VIP Cocktail Party with America and the Apex Pack

Bar lounge open during concert for cocktails and other refreshments.

Thank you to our sponsors Poco Diablo Resort and Safeway Stores for helping make this event possible. More sponsors are welcome to cover all costs for the event, thus enabling us to give even more to support, rescue and advocate on behalf of wolves and wolf dogs. Contact b@planb.foundation for more information.
Something for everyone –

• Speakers from all over the country including:

 KC York for a Trap Free Montana, Emily Renn, Executive Director for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, wolf advocate and former rancher Oliver Starr, Paula Ficara and Steve Wastell, Founders of Apex Protection Project, Marc Cooke, Executive Director for Wolves of the Rockies, Philip Folsom, creator of the Wisdom of the Pack Program, performances by Sean “Walking Bear” Mah and Ann Vannoy and much more. 

Click HERE for full Sadona Wolf Week Schedule 

• A selection of films to be shown at the Sedona International Film Festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre including Julia Huffman’s award winning documentary Medicine of the Wolf, Living with Wolves by the Dutchers and the newly released Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest by Alan Lacy.

• Apex Protection Project will bring their Ambassador Pack to local Sedona and Village of Oak Creek Schools for presentations to students.

• Fundraiser at Ken Rowe Gallery in Tlaquepaque on April 22nd where the Apex Protection Project Ambassador Pack will be on-site for personal interaction on a private terrace.

Meeting and interacting with wolves and wolf dogs is a unique experience that only a few will ever have. The Apex Protection Project Ambassador Pack are USDA certified educational animals that travel the country generating awareness and support for wolves and wolf dogs.

The Ken Rowe Gallery event also includes a quick draw by world renowned artist Ken Rowe, silent auction and wine tasting. Pre-registration for this event is highly recommended as the number of people who will be guaranteed to have personal interaction with the pack is limited in respect for the animals.

• Closing champagne brunch fundraiser with the Apex Protection Project Ambassador Pack.

Rewrite the Fairly Tale contest where participants rewrite the story of Little Red Riding Hood and place the character of the wolf in a positive light. “Wolves have been much maligned in fairy tales, religion, literature and stories throughout history which for some reason has translated into a reality that people actually believe. Incredibly these ‘stories’ that are pure fiction have evolved into what people believe to be true about wolves. People are storytellers and we are hoping these revised stories that accurately portray wolves will resonate in such a way that they educate people on the true nature of wolves,” comments Paula Ficara, Founder Apex Protection Project. 

For a complete schedule of events and to register please visit planb.foundation. 

Sedona Wolf Week’s Presenting Sponsor is Poco Diablo Resort, an enterprise of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Raphael Bear will open Wolf Week with a traditional Native American ceremony and blessing. Additional sponsors include Tlaquepaque, Ken Rowe Gallery, Sedona International Film Festival, Studio 5 USA and Sedona GO Now. More sponsors are needed as it is the goal for 100% of the funds raised to be donated to Apex Protection Project and other groups and organizations who support wolves.

To become a sponsor for Sedona Wolf Week, for information about the event, how to volunteer and more please email at b@planb.foundation.

Plan B to Save Wolves

The Plan B Foundation, Inc., is a 501c(3) corporation created to support organizations in their mission to protect, preserve and rescue wolves and wolf dogs through advocacy, education and funding. To learn more visit http://www.PlanB.Foundation or call 714.478.0353.

Apex Protection Project

A 501c(3) organization dedicated to protecting wolves and wolf dogs through educational experiences, rescue and advocacy with the dream of living in a world where the wolf and all species are highly valued, protected and respected for the balance they bring to the ecosystem and for the gifts they offer humanity. To learn more visit http://www.ApexProtectionProject.com

Contact: Betsy Klein

Tel: (714)478-0353

Email: b@planb.foundation