More coming soon!
“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 of the story, the tip of the iceberg! 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. Dr. Mehrkam will also explain how Monmouth University’s new virtual Applied Animal Behavior Research Clinic has provided both online and in-person education on humane, evidence-based behavior modification for novice pet owners in the community. 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.