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Greetings!
 
Thank you for reading these important updates. We appreciate your support as we educate, advocate and participate on behalf of wolves.
 
In This Issue
Michigan Public Hearings
Wisconsin Conservation Congress
Shades of Gray: Living With Wolves
Welcome New Directors
About Us
Michigan Hosts Public Meetings 
 An important update from Wolfwatcher's Great Lakes Director,
Nancy Warren 


The Michigan legislature just passed a law to allow a wolf hunt for sport in Michigan for the first time in nearly 50 years. There are fewer than 700 wolves in Michigan and their numbers are only now starting to recover. It's not right to spend decades bringing the wolf back from the brink of extinction only to turn around and allow them to be killed for sport.

Additionally, the  MICHIGAN DNR will be holding public meetings regarding the potential wolf hunting season. The meetings will have about an hour long presentation followed by a Q & A period. There will be a very important survey for audience members to complete that will be used to capture additional input. If at all possible, we urge Michiganders to attend one of these meetings to be a voice for wolves. For dates and details, visit our website update: Michigan DNR Hosts Public Meetings on Wolf Management

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is seeking to collect more than 225,000 signatures of Michigan voters to place a referendum on the ballot. Wolfwatcher
supports this effort! If we are successful, a proposal will appear on the Michigan statewide ballot in 2014 that would allow voters to choose whether or not to enact the legislature's wolf hunting law.
Wolfwatcher Great Lakes Adviser, Melba Coleman.

Wolfwatcher volunteers, like Great Lakes Adviser Melba Coleman in the photo, and many others are actively engaged in collecting signatures for the petition.

We respectfully request that you consider signing a petition. Please find a date/location nearest you. Time is running out, so please do so quickly. 





Wisconsin Spring Conservation Congress  
 An important update from
 Wolfwatcher's Great Lakes Director,  Nancy Warren 


Wisconsin Spring Conservation Congress hearings and public comment period begins in April. On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m. where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed hunting and fishing rule changes and advisory questions. 

If you are a Wisconsinite, you should familiarize yourself with the questionnaire.  There are many questions that may interest you, including some that address the use of dogs to hunt wolves in the state.

Locations for the hearings, details about the questionnaire and helpful hints can be found on our website at Wisconsin Spring Conservation Congress Hearings/Public Comments.

 
Shades of Gray: Living with Wolves  
Produced by Link TV's Earth Focus


The future of the gray wolf is uncertain. The polarized debate over killing wolves and the search for a middle ground is the subject of a new investigative TV special produced by Link TV's environmental news magazine Earth Focus.

We extend our sincerest thanks to Jim Wickens, Field Producer and Raisa Scriabine, Producer, for allowing us the privilege of providing you with access to the video series via our website at:   Shades of Gray: Living with Wolves

This is an exceptional presentation that must be shared far and wide. It not only raises acute awareness, but it also brings to light some important issues in a balanced, well documented manner. 
Wolfwatcher plans to use the series in upcoming educational outreach to educators, students and all those interested in the issue of wolf recovery.
  
 
Wolfwatcher Gains Two New Directors
Please welcome Cheri Grayson and Brad Orsted 

Brad Orsted
As an all volunteer nonprofit organization, we are especially thankful when motivated and engaged participants take on a more active role in representing wolves across the nation.

We welcome Brad Orsted to our Board as our  Northern Rockies Outreach Director. In addition to working with our other regional Board representatives in the field, Brandi Nichols and Kat Brekken, Brad will be helping to explore, design and implement some new outreach programs that we hope will add to the good work already being done to build tolerance and acceptance for wolves in the region. Interestingly, Brad is a talented photojournalist  by profession and you can visit his work at Horsefeathers Photography.

In addition, we are happy to report that Brad will be on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on May 14th and 15th representing Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wolfwatcher Coalition as a voice for wolves and the protection of all of our endangered species.  We couldn't be more pleased and proud to have Brad carry our mission and message to front line decision-makers at the federal level of our nation's government.  


Cheri Grayson (right) with her daughter Alyssa 
Please welcome Cheri Grayson as Wolfwatcher's Director of Junior Advisory and Parent Outreach.  
 
A 2010 study by researchers at the University of Leicester and University of Leeds has concluded that parents' efforts towards their child's educational achievement is crucial -- playing a more significant role than that of the school or child.

Wolfwatcher believes that education can be the catalyst for promoting acceptance for wolves among a new generation of stewards.  By teaching 'wolf literacy,' our children will be better equipped with the critical tools, language and collaborative strategies that can potentially reverse present-day trends in state wolf policies before it is too late.

The voice of parents as stakeholders is vital to our educational mission. Cheri is  actively engaged in guiding her daughter, Alyssa, as Wolfwatcher's first junior advocate along with other young citizens in her community.  As a parent, she has gained much insight about the kinds of activities available for youngsters who express an interest in stewardship and she has worked with teachers to promote project-based learning about wolves and wildlife. Thus, Cheri's role will be critical in our own work as we build partnerships with schools and other organizations to promote wolf education initiatives for children.


Educate, Advocate, Participate
 

National Wolfwatcher Coalition is a 501(c)(3)  

nonprofit, all volunteer organization  

on behalf of  

wolf education, conservation and advocacy.

  

  

 

We advocate for the long term recovery of wolves by informing the public about the challenges to their conservation, supporting measures that promote the acceptance of wolves on the landscape, and educating the public about ways it can participate as an effective voice for scientific decision making in their behalf.  All donations, no matter the amount, will help us to educate, advocate and participate via:

  • educational programs, materials and events
  • participation in conferences, seminars, and consultation with other professionals in the field of wolf biology, research, conservation and environmental law.
  • Wolfwatcher Legal Fund to address costs related to our potential engagement in litigation that challenges local, state and/or federal policies that affect wolf conservation.

To donate online, please click on the Donate button at the top. To donate by check or money order,  please send your donation to our business office at: National Wolfwatcher Coalition, PO Box 84, East Greenwich, RI 02818 

   

We appreciate your kind support.