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Greetings!  We hope you enjoy this update which includes two guest contributions about some important work being done to preserve the legacy of the wolf and its habitat.
National Wolfwatcher Coalition
In This Issue
Education is the Key
Mike Hudak, Sierra Club Grazing Team
Shelly Bristow, Project Alpha Wolf
Are you a Wolfwatcher, too?
 Education is the key to the future!
Photo: Wolfwatcher's Nancy Warren with her campers!


Education is our most powerful tool to promote peaceful coexistence with wolves and other wildlife.... 

On August 10th, Wolfwatcher's Regional Director, Nancy Warren, educated approximately 80 young students during the Aileen Fisher Environmental Day held at the Iron County Museum in Michigan. This event was made possible by a grant funded by the Upper Peninsula Environment Coalition.  Nancy presented a program called, "Living With Wolves," which taught youngsters lesser-known facts about wolves and the role they play in a balanced ecosystem. The purpose of the day was to teach kids what it means to be a steward of the environment. "In order to care about the earth we need to know about the earth," event organizer, Maggie Scheffer said.    (The video coverage below features Nancy in action and is provided by Upper Michigan's
Kids get in tune with the environment 
Kids get in tune with the environment

Students learn about wolf biology. 
At Wolfwatcher, we believe that students make fabulous teachers! In the future, they will be charged with making important decisions about the future of our country. Collectively, they will have much power - including the power to encourage others to value our wild lands and wildlife enough to protect them. The voice of our youth and their actions blaze a new trail of hope for the rest of us who look to them as partners in our mission.

Young students learn about telemetry for tracking wolves. 

The National Wolfwatcher Coalition strongly embraces the participation of junior advisers from around the nation because our best hope for a better tomorrow is the next generation. In fact, our first Junior Adviser, Alyssa Grayson, contributes often to our website via "Alyssa's Den."  If you would like to learn more about Wolfwatcher's Junior Advisory Service Program please contact Wolfwatcher's Education Director, Diane Bentivegna.






Special Bulletin: 

National Wolfwatcher Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all volunteer organization on behalf of wolf education, conservation and advocacy.

We recently announced that we filed a lawsuit, along with seven other plaintiffs, to challenge the Wisconsin DNR's rules for its upcoming wolf hunting season - specifically the rules related to the use of dogs during the hunt.

Although we have received hundreds of hours of pro-bono work from our legal team, there are still many legal expenses that need to be covered. Since we are a nonprofit organization, please consider a tax-deductible donation, no matter the amount, to "Wolfwatcher's Legal Fund."  That will enable us to financially support the best possible legal team for this challenge.

To contribute:
  • Go to the Donate button at the top of this page. When you get to "Add Special Instructions for the Recipient" - please write WISCONSIN.
  • If you prefer, write WISCONSIN on your check and mail it to our business address at P.O. Box 84, East Greenwich, RI 02818 
 Mike Hudak,
Leader, Sierra Club Grazing Team

Photo: Mike Hudak, Shelly Bristow, Congressman Smith


Legislation with the potential to heal public lands, reduce conflicts with wolves and other wildlife, promoted in U.S. House of Representatives


Last June, Mike Hudak, Leader of the Sierra Club's Grazing Team, along with Shelly Bristow of  Project Alpha Wolf, participated in a Sierra Club sponsored Washington, DC, effort to inform members of the U.S. House of Representatives about legislation that would lessen environmental impacts of ranching on public lands and potentially reduce ranching conflicts with wolves and other wildlife.

Congressman Adam Smith's Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432) would facilitate for any rancher so inclined, the permanent retirement of his federal grazing permit and the permanent closure of the associated grazing allotment. Any financial incentive to voluntarily relinquish a grazing permit would need to come from private donors, not the government. Deals like this have been carried out on an ad hoc basis since the mid 1990s on high profile grazing allotments in such places as the Mojave Preserve, the Greater Yellowstone region, and Great Basin National Park.

But the process has always been lengthy and politically cumbersome. H.R. 3432 would simplify and systematize the permit retirement process throughout the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Interior. Follow the bill's progress on Facebook's Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA)  

The bill has been endorsed by 60 organizations and has 15 Congressional cosponsors. We'd like a lot more. Please urge your representative to cosponsor the bill. Information about doing so can be found on Wolfwatcher's REVA Alert


Guest Message: Shelly Bristow
Project Alpha Wolf (PAW)
Shelly Bristow
Taking the Next Step in Animal Activism
by: Shelly Bristow, Project Alpha Wolf

My name is Shelly Bristow, and I am a Co-Founder of Project Alpha Wolf (PAW), a wolf advocacy group that promotes education and outreach. PAW also partners with other wolf advocacy groups to support science-based decisions in regard to state wolf management plans.


In June, I had the opportunity to lobby for the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432) in Washington DC as a volunteer for the Sierra Club's Grazing Team. I was excited about this opportunity for several reasons. I have testified in favor of wolves at the Washington State Wolf Management public hearings, and also against some anti-wolf legislation in Washington State last year. That started planting the seed in my mind, that face to face interaction with commissions and politicians is very important.


Saving wolves and other vital predators is a huge challenge. We need several players to spread the word and the truth about wolves. We need social media presence, we need petitions, we need people to write letters and make phone calls on important wolf related issues, and we need people to show up at Commission hearings and visit political offices. In as many ways as possible, we have to advocate for wolves with every chance we get.


We all have our strengths and bring something to the table in the war on wolves. Never feel like you can't make a difference, because your phone call might be the 100th one received that day that finally makes someone take notice. Your letter explaining why you want to see wolves in the wild might just be the one that strikes a chord with someone in a political office. Your heartfelt words given during a commission meeting might change the mind of one person sitting in that audience...or at least make them stop and think that things could be different.


My experience lobbying was very positive. I was partnered with an experienced Sierra Club Volunteer, Mike Hudak, who has literally spent years researching and supporting HR3432, Rural Economic Revitalization Act (REVA) and its previous versions. I had the opportunity to explain why and how public land grazing affects not only the land and soil, but how it affects wolves and other predators. It was a great feeling to think I took my activism to the next level, and that maybe in some small way, helped push our voices out farther and wider, to a new audience.


You can do the same thing, and it doesn't have to be through lobbying. If you have a talent for writing, are a great speaker, have any background in media or graphic design or just plain love animals, there is a wolf support group you can help.


Please participate in action alerts, write letters, call your local politicians and educate people about wolves, especially when you hear incorrect information. Never think that what you do doesn't count. Collectively, our voice can be quite strong and impressive.


Changes for wolves and other apex predators will not come easy and it will not be quick. It is going to take perseverance and dedication. We need you and your support to make this happen. Never give up, never give in. Wolves need us now more than ever. 


Critical reminders:

Save the date:  
NYC Premiere of True Wolf 
Friday, Aug. 17th at theCinema Village   



True Wolf Director Rob Whitehair and Producer Pam Voth will be joining Wolfwatcher's Dave Hornoff, Maggie Howell, Diane Bentivegna, and Emilia Tercjak for the premiere on Aug. 17th.  See details and buy advance tickets via the theater's link (above). 


As a special treat, Atka, the regal ambassador wolf from the  Wolf Conservation Center will be walking the red carpet for this special event! We hope to see you, too!




Wolf Conservation Center Is One of 500 Finalists for Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program


Wolf Conservation Center has been selected as a finalist in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program.  Now we need your support!  Tell your friends and vote for Wolf Conservation Center on AUG. 12, 2012.


 Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program will be awarding 100 vehicles to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days based on votes from the public. A total of 500 nonprofits were selected from more than 4,000 applications nationwide. We are hoping to win a new Toyota Sienna van to help bring our mission - and our popular traveling Ambassador Wolf Atka - to schools, libraries, camps, museums, and other educational institutions throughout the Northeast.







Are You A "Wolfwatcher," too?
Photo courtesy of Teresa Edington
We recently asked supporters to send us their thoughts about why wolves and their conservation are so important... 

From Teresa Edington from
Boise, Idaho:
"Wild is becoming extinct and humans are too self absorbed to notice the exchange.  Some don't even know what wild is and need to be educated. The photo attached is of my paw impression of Wolf 480M, Late Alpha Male of the infamous Druid Peak Pack of Yellowstone National Park.  His brother, 302M (Cassanova) of the Blacktail Pack was my favorite wolf in Yellowstone.  I never got to see either alive."  ~Teresa Edington 


Many thanks to Teresa and so many others who shared their thoughts we us!  We hope to hear from more wolfwatchers, too!  Why do you want to " educate, advocate and participate" on behalf of wild wolves?   Send Wolfwatcher your one or two sentence response along with a recent photo and you may be featured in our next e-newsletter! We look forward to hearing from you!