The Wolf Connection

The Wolf Connection

Welcome to 'The Wolf Connection' podcast where we will be exploring the intricate bond between humans and wolves, seeking to better understand our true relationship with one of humankind's earliest teachers; the wolf. Re-discovering this human-wolf connection and remembering the primal wisdom may prove to be essential to our development as individuals, the cultivation of productive societies, and sustainable civilization on this planet. Our discussions will include the experiences had by our visitors, students and staff during programs, events, and day-to-day operations at Wolf Connection, the dynamics of the wolf pack at Wolf Connection, wolves in the wild and their impact on the national landscape, and stories of human and wolf empowerment through all facets of the organization and beyond! For more than a decade, people have visited the land at Wolf Connection and experienced life changing bonds and interactions gained valuable knowledge from our pack of 30+ wolves and wolf-dogs located in Acton, CA , which is just an hour north of Los Angeles.

Episodes

May 27, 2022 78 min

Cheryl Alexander is an environmental photographer with a focus on wilderness. She is increasing the awareness of the natural world and encouraging a sustainable human relationship with the earth. She has authored the book Takaya: Lone Wolf  that chronicled the journey of a sea wolf on a group of uninhabited islands in British Colombia's Salish Sea.

Cheryl told us about her early work with at risk youth, fighting for conservatio...

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Wolf Tales is where you'll hear stories from Wolf Connection's staff and volunteers about their experiences. We'll also be speaking with musicians, artists, photographers and videographers about how the wolf has impacted their work.

Kacey has been a volunteer at Wolf Connection for almost 2 years since coming on a visit to Wolf Heart Ranch.  She's currently the head of Marketing and Graphics at the Lancaster Museum o...

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Brad Orsted is an award-winning conservation and wildlife filmmaker, photographer and writer. He has spent the better part of a decade sharing stories of the wild through the lens of his camera, podcast and upcoming memoir due out in 2023.

Brad spoke about his photography & filmmaking and how the tragic loss of his daughter Marley, has forever changed the way he views, films and speaks about the wildlife and wild places that ha...

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Laurie McConnell is the Director of Community and Systems for Pacific Wild. She also is the Wolf Campaigner for Save BC Wolves which is working to stop the wolf cull and resist ongoing efforts to escalate the persecution of wolves across the province.

Laurie explained the dynamics of the Great Bear Rainforest, the history and continuing conservation efforts of Pacific Wild, and describes the sea wolves that live around the province...

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Daniel Curry joins us once more to talk about the expansion of his business into ecotourism. He is inviting guests to go on guided trail rides, photography tours and be a range rider for a day, all in the name of conservation and coexistence.

**Links to these adventures are below**

Daniel is a range rider who specializes in human wildlife conflict mitigation using non-lethal methods in northeastern Washington. He started his own bus...

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Casey Anderson is the Creative Director of VisionHawk Films, an Emmy nominated filmmaker, explorer and adventurer. Cara McGary is the owner of In Our Nature Guiding Services and has a Masters in Biology.

Both are part of the Wild Livelihoods Business Coalition. Their mission is to give a voice to local businesses near Yellowstone National Park whose livelihoods depend upon wild places. They do this by connecting consumers with thei...

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Wolf Tales is where you'll hear stories from Wolf Connection's staff and volunteers about their experiences. We'll also be speaking with musicians, artists, photographers and videographers about how the wolf has impacted their work.

Elena Albanese is the Manager of Pack Services for Wolf Connection after beginning as a volunteer in 2016. She and her team oversee the health and well being of the 30+ wolves and wolf do...

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Maggie Howell has been the Executive Director of the Wolf Conservation Center since 2013. They are a not-for-profit environmental education organization working to protect and preserve wolves in North America through science-based education, advocacy, and participation in the federal recovery and release programs for two critically endangered wolf species - the Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf.

Maggie spoke about her journey, the...

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For over two decades Gary Skiba was a Wildlife Biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He is now the Wildlife Manager for the San Juan Citizens Alliance.

Gary updated us on the Colorado wolf reintroduction, his history working for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and his role in the San Juan Citizens Alliance.

Wolf Posts San Juan Citizens Alliance

San Juan Citizens Alliance

Colorado Parks & Wildlife (Wolves)

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Erin Johnston is a Biologist and Wildlife Lead for the Natural Resources Department in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC). Austin Ayres is a Wildlife Technician and a KBIC Tribal Member.

Both Erin and Austin spoke about their roles in the KBIC, positive impacts of tribal influence on land & wildlife management in the upper peninsula of Michigan, and the history and current state of wolves in the region.

KBIC Natural Resou...

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Louise Liebenberg has been a rancher in Alberta, Canada since 2008 after immigrating from Europe.

Since she has come to North America, Louise has been at the forefront of coexistence ranching and teaching others how to deal with predators in Canada's wilderness with the help of livestock guardian dogs.

Louise discussed what led her family to come to Canada, her opposition of wolf bounties in the late 2000's, guidelines for ...

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Matt Barnes is a Rangeland Scientist who continues to study and apply methods for livestock & predator coexistence management in the western United States.

He is part of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative and is an Advisor for the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.

Matt explained his rangeland management methods, how they impact livestock in positive ways opening the door for predator coexistence including wolves, bears an...

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Dan MacNulty is an Associate Professor at Utah State University. He has focused his research on the long-term collaborative study of carnivores, ungulates, and woody-deciduous plants in northern Yellowstone National Park since 1995.

Dan went into great detail explaining the impacts of wolves & other apex predators on the landscape, what happens when their numbers decrease, their affect on CWD and their roles in ecosystems at lar...

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Raymond Toney is the voice of The Colorado Howl, a radio program that discusses a wide range of wolf topics as well as the wolf reintroduction taking place in Colorado.

Raymond spoke about his journey to starting The Colorado Howl, updates on the wolf reintroduction in Colorado and the effects of wolves being given back federal protections via the Endangered Species Act. 

The Colorado Howl

@thecoloradohowl

Colorado Parks & Wi...

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Hanna Pettersson is a 4th year PhD Researcher at the University of Leeds. She has a Masters in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management, and for the past few years has been studying the impact of wolves in Spain across different communities.

Hanna discussed the global conversation surrounding wolves as it pertains to social, economical and political issues. She also describes how her research will look to help communities handle...

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**UPDATE** After this podcast was recorded, impactful news broke in the wolf community! As of February 10th, a federal judge has reinstated protections for grey wolves under the Endangered Species Act in 44 states, including Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. Wolves in the Northern Rockies (Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana ) were not re-listed as part of the decision. You can read more about the ruling here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022...
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Wolf Tales is where you'll hear stories from Wolf Connection's staff and volunteers about their experiences. We'll also be speaking with musicians, artists, photographers and videographers about how the wolf has impacted their work.

Laurie has been with Wolf Connection for over 3 years as a volunteer and Program Lead. She is also a mindfulness teacher, parent educator and somatic resilience practitioner.

At Laurie's ...

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Tom McNamee has authored multiple books, including The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone  & The Killing of Wolf Number Ten. He recently penned a guest essay in the New York Times describing the current wolf hunts in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

Tom discussed the ramifications wolf hunts are having economically, socially and ecologically in the western part of the United States. He gave his insights on the social and political di...

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Vicente Palacios has been studying Iberian wolves in Spain for over 20 years.

We covered several topics related to the wolves in Spain, wolf & human coexistence,  wolf management and ecology, the history of wolves and what the future holds for the species moving forward.

Vicente also shared the differences between wolves in Spain and in Yellowstone National Park.

Iberian Wolf Howls

Wolf Howl Variations

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Wolf Tales is where you'll hear stories from Wolf Connection's staff and volunteers about their experiences. We'll also be speaking with musicians, artists, photographers and videographers about how the wolf has impacted their work.

Matt Thomas has been a volunteer at Wolf Connection since 2016. He is now pursuing his DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine) degree at the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine. Currentl...

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