“America’s War on Wolves: Recent Battles and Future Fights” with Animal Wellness Action
May 11, 2022
Protecting North America’s threatened wolf population is a never-ending struggle that requires closely coordinated and strategic legal, policy, conservation and public education efforts. In the last year alone, we have witnessed the lifting and then reinstatement by the federal courts of Endangered Species Act safeguards, while Wisconsin took advantage of the gap in federal protection to sanction a disastrous wolf hunt in early 2021. Meanwhile, states like Idaho and Montana have ramped up their efforts to eradicate wolf packs, allowing all methods of inhumane hunting and killing techniques. While recent legal victories have sustained some level of protections for wolves across much of the lower 48 states, Congressional efforts are already underway to undo these courtroom wins and allow the killing to continue. This webinar will examine some of the recent work to protect wolves at both the state and federal levels and look forward to the battles to come to preserve future wolf populations in this ever shifting conservation landscape.
“Conservation Dogs: Advancing conservation, one wet nose at a time” with Conservation Dogs Collective, Inc.
April 20, 2022
Dogs. They truly are man’s best friend. By lending a helping paw and highly capable nose, they can be conservation’s best friend, too. Around the world, conservation dogs are assisting boots-on-the-ground land managers by helping locate and monitor endangered and invasive species, helping with anti-poaching efforts, both on land and in water, with efficiency. This non-invasive survey method can offer huge benefits to programs where current, human-only tools are being utilized. Join us for a live webinar from Conservation Dogs Collective, a non-profit organization, that trains and deploys their Finder-Keeper (dog-handler) teams to locate conservation-centric species, including endangered bumblebees, threatened plants, aquatic invaders, and more!
“Introduction to the Island Fox” with Friends of the Island Fox
March 30, 2022
The Channel Island fox is a rare species of canine found only on California’s coastal islands. Between 1994 – 2000 the populations of island foxes on four islands plunged toward extinction. Why did this happen? What efforts were taken that changed near-tragedy into the most successful recovery of an endangered species in North American history? Discover the unique ecosystems of the California Channel Islands, the world of the Channel Island fox, and how a community working together can save a species. In addition, Dr DeCandia will share her investigation into the island fox microbiome. A healthy animal has a diversity of microbes. In this way, a single island fox is like an island. If something should happen to the biodiversity of microbes on an individual, its ecosystem might become out of balance and leave that individual susceptible to disease.
“#RelistWolves: The campaign to save wolves” with Wolves of the Rockies
March 22, 2022
Recently, gray wolves were relisted to the Endangered Species Act. Or were they? Wolves of the Rockies Vice President, Kim Bean, will dive into the nuanced regional listings (and delistings) of the gray wolf and detail why the most vulnerable wolf populations remain under attack. She will share the efforts of a coalition of private citizens, experts, and NGO’s to work together on the #RelistWolves campaign— a campaign to relist ALL wolves. #RelistWolves and Wolves of the Rockies know that the fight is far from over and this team will do whatever it takes to save wolves.
“Red Wolf Update, Advocacy, & Documentary Film Screening” with Defenders of Wildlife
November 10, 2021
The American Red Wolf is at a crossroads of a complicated conservation story. This webinar includes a red wolf population update from the Southeastern field office of Defenders of Wildlife and a red wolf documentary film screening recently produced by Defenders of Wildlife. The Southeastern team will discuss their goals and focus for continuing the push to recover the red wolf population in North Carolina. Wolf Park’s Education Director, Christopher Lile, will end the webinar with an update on Wolf Park’s efforts to inspire youth to take action on behalf of red wolves and other wildlife.
“Red Wolf Policy and Population Update” with Defenders of Wildlife & Red Wolf Coalition
March 24, 2021
The American Red Wolf was a conservation success story for nearly thirty years, but this critically endangered canid has faced policy changes and shifts in management over the last 8 years that caused the population to plummet to fewer than 15 individuals in the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was recently mandated to revise their management strategies and resume releasing new red wolves into the North Carolina recovery area. Representatives from Defenders of Wildlife and Red Wolf Coalition will review the history of red wolf conservation, discuss updates and implications of the USFWS proposed management strategies, and provide methods for listeners at home to help conserve the red wolf.
“Patience is a virtue: How wolves choose ambushing locations to catch beavers”
with Dr. Tom Gable
March 10, 2021
Beavers are important prey for wolves throughout the boreal ecosystem…but how on earth do wolves catch these semi-aquatic rodents that spend very little time on land? People have assumed that beavers must be easy prey for wolves to kill but that is almost certainly not true. For the past 5 years, the Voyageurs Wolf Project (VWP) has been studying how wolves actually hunt and kill beavers. The VWP quickly learned in 2015 that wolves mainly hunt beavers by ambushing them. But that was only the beginning! Since 2015, the VWP has meticulously documented >750 instances of where wolves have waited to ambush beavers and >240 instances where wolves successfully killed beavers. This has revealed unprecedented insight about how, where, and when wolves choose to ambush beavers, and how beavers avoid fatal encounters with wolves!
“Choice & Control for Companion Animals During COVID-19: Lessons from the Science of Enrichment, Learning Psychology, and Behavior Analysis”
with Dr. Lindsay Mehrkam, BCBA-D
February 11, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to come up with creative ways to maintain our well-being — for people and pets included! In this webinar, Dr. Mehrkam will share how the theories and principles of behavior analysis and the psychology of learning can be applied to training and enrichment plans for companion animals, while considering the latest data and research on CDC guidelines and how human-pet relationships are affected by the pandemic. By the conclusion of the webinar, attendees will be able to take away enrichment and training ideas you can try at home with your own dogs, cats, and yes, even goldfish!
“What’s The Point? Why canine behavior scientists want to know which animals follow human gestures” with Dr. Clive Wynne
January 27, 2021
For over 20 years now, canine behavior researchers have been curious to the point of obsession with whether a wolf can follow a human pointing gesture. Dr. Clive Wynne will explain why this is an important question to answer and how studies at Wolf Park were crucial to clarifying that following human gestures is not a unique ability in dogs but can also be found in wolves – those few wolves who have been carefully hand-reared and spend their lives around people. This research is crucial to understanding what domestication did to dogs and to unraveling the intertwined roles of nature and nurture in the lives of wolves and dogs.