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Wolves Widen Eyes and Open the Hearts by Donna Cohn Viertel
Blue Stone Press, November , 2010. (PDF 800 KB)
"Don't Cry Wolf"
Oct. 2005, Addison, VT.
AN ADULT FEMALE wolf named Magpie, abolve, walks acrossthe Mary Hogan Elementary School gym Tuesday afternoon during a visit from Mission:Wolf, a national education program in Colorado that promotes respect for wolves and other wildlife. Students at Mary Hogan and other Addison County Schools were introduced to two wolves, Magpie and Raven, below left, and learned about the animals' recovery from near extinction.
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"In the Shadow of a Rainbow: The True Story of a Friendship Between Man and Wolf"
By Robert Franklin Leslie
This book ranks among my personal favorites in wolf literature. First published in 1974, this engrossing story was reissued in 1996 in response to a growing public need to reconnect with wolf wisdom. It begins with the poetry of Lord Byron, giving us a hint of what's to come:
There is pleasure in the pathless woods
There is rapture in the lonely shore
There is society where non intrudes ...
I love not man less, but nature more.
- George Gordon, Lord Byron
In 1970, a young Indian beached his canoe near the author's Babine Lake campsite in the backwoods of British Columbia. He introduced himself as Gregory Tah-Kloma. Night after night the two men talked by the campfire. Gradually, the young Indian told the remarkable story of his devotion to a pack of timber wolves and their legendary female leader Nahani, "the one who shines."
Greg had first met the magnificent silver she-wolf six summers before. From the beginning a bond existed between them, and it grew to amazing proportions. Greg's days were punctuated by his visits with Nahani and, like th pack members, he became her willing subject.
When the black frosts forced Greg to return to civilization, he determined to search again for Nahani, to find the wolf and her pack before trappers and bounty hunters could destroy them. During the harsh months of winter and throughout two summers he searched, always wondering whether Nahani would recognize him. Finally, in the vast wilderness, he learned the meaning of the Indian saying, "When anything strenghtens a bond of friendship, the friends have walked in the shadow of the rainbow".
This book is appropriate for mid-level students through adults. It would make an excellent gift that would provide a good read during winter's snowbound confinement. Purchase this book.
Predator Bureacracy - The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West
by Michael J. Robinson
Want to learn the history behind the near-extinction of the wolf, buffalo and other wildings of the West? For adult readers and serious students, the story is well covered in this timely tome. When my copy arrived this past winter, I ignored the frigid flurries outside the frosted windowpane and stayed in my pajamas for 3 days until I reached the end. Keep your dictionary handy - Michael is a savant of semantics.
Robinson traces the relentless crushing of flourishing wild and human cultures in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, from the 1800s till present. His detailed research leads the reader through a jungle of understanding how career politicians designed their financial future with perpetually funded programs of species eradication. Many of these scams of poisoning and violence persist today, paid for with our tax dollars. As goverment / corporate hirelings "sanitized" a once healthy, balanced habitat, the way was paved for vast ranching and commercial monocultures. The tale brings us to the nation's cultural revolutions of the 1960's, and passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973 and resultant wolf reintroductions. Reference is made on Page 321, to this program's impact, wherein Republican rep. Goe. Goodling of Penna. notes in a 1973 subcommittee that a wolf on a leash had been active in his district: "Right now I am busy answering letters coming from the high school students with this plea, 'Please save our wolves.' " See photo,below right.
The saga is woven throughout with fascinating stories of cleverly resistant wolves and other natives; plus vivid observations of wolf behavior and personalities, making it worth the reader's patient committment. A must for dedicated wolfers. By tale's end, we know we've made advances, but we also understand the healing is only beginning. From this story, our resolve to advocated for wolves and wild is reborn.
Here's a sampling from Predator Bureaucracy, in which Robinson recounts the narrative of Colorado conservationist Enos Mills in the early 1900's: "A tumbleweed in a Wyoming windstorm furnished the plaything in an exciting game for a pack of wolves. I watched the play from the shelter of a ravine. Flying before the wind, the tumbleweed bounded a ridge with a huge wolf after it. Closely pressing him came a pursuing pack of twenty. A lull in the wind and the tumbleweed, colliding with the leading wolf's head, bounded off to one side. Other wolves sprang in the air after it, but the wind carried the tumbleweed along and the entire pack rushed in pursuit."
"This big, much-branched, ball-shaped weed was two feet in diameter. When it touched the earth the gale swept it, bounding forward and rolling over and over, across the brown, wide plains. After it came the closely massed wolves. Just as those in the lead were nearing this animated plaything it was caught by a whirlwind and pulled high into the air. Two wolves leaped and tried to seize it. Several sat down and stared after it as though it were gone forever. the tumbleweed commenced to descend, but buoyed up by the air it came down slowly. The pack surged this way and that, as the weed surged in descending, to be beneath it; and while it was still several feet above them a high-leaping fellow struck it head-on and sent it flying to one side. It disappeared in a hollow and the wolves vanished after it."
Signed copies of Predator Bureaucracy can be ordered for $25 puls shipping from the Center for Biological Diversity, P. O. Box 710, Tuscon, AZ 85702-0710.
Review by Pam Brown; 2/1/07
When I was booking programs in Ulster County in New York State, longtime friends Janet and Darryl Greene donated lodging at their New Paltz, Orchard Heights Bed and breakfast for the Mission:Wolf crew. As a result, the program was presented at the Mt. Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, where the Greene Children are students. Another parent at the school, Joe Shaughnessey, noting the positive impact of wolf education, asked if the wolves could come to his son's cub scout meeting in nearby Wallkill. If he could get together several scout packs and create a larger audience, we could do it, I told the motivated father.
Joe's outreach to area packs resulted in a program held at the middle school that was attended by more than 500 scouts and parents! Boy's Life scouting magazine sent their photographer from Colorado to cover the event which became an article in one of its issues, reaching thousands more nationally. At right is a note card I recently received, featuring wolf artwork of 3rd grader, Isabell Ross, of Mt. Laurel Waldorf School.
Thank you again for letting me know about Mission:Wolf's travels to our area. It was sucha wonderful and inspiring experience to be exposed to the program again. I can't tell you how much it meant to me.
I also very much enjoyed talking with you & hope to have the opportunity to do so again. Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you and the program.
Thank you again.
I think your work is wonderful. Here is a small donation in memory of my Mother - Bonnie Forsythe. She so loved the wolves & I do too.
All the best,
Below is a letter from one of their students and a colored-in wolf picture from another student:
Dear Wolf Teacher,
Thank you for coming to Anna Merritt today. You made our day special when you showed us the movie about the wolves and the cutest of all, the black one.
My favorite part about the wolf presentation was when we got to see the baby wolves and you described about the feathers and everything of the poster. The one thing I learned today that I did not know yesterday is that they hug eachother differently, biting their ears and biting their noses.
Thank you for being a good sport and following your dream.
Your friend, best reward,
From Mohonk Mountain House
To Whom it May Concern:
It is my pleasure to recommend Pamela Brown and her Wolf Teacher program to any establishment. As Entertainment Manager for Mohonk Mountain House, I have the job of finding programs that are both educational and entertaining. Pamela is a perfect match to that search! She is passionately dedicated to educating the public about timber wolves, and her enthusiasm is easily passed along to her audience . . . Read More (PDF 671 KB).