At the start of the Timber Wolf Alliance, 1987, only eighteen wolves were estimated to live in Wisconsin and fewer in Upper Michigan. That year, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute began the Timber Wolf Alliance assisting twenty-one organizations and many private individuals interested in promoting wolf recovery in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through public education, citizen science, and volunteer activities.
The mission of Timber Wolf Alliance is to use science-based information to promote an ecologically-functional wolf population within areas of suitable habitat, and promote human coexistence with emphasis on Michigan and Wisconsin.
The Timber Wolf Alliance is committed to investigating the facts and relies on research to dispel myths and unfounded fears associated with wolves. TWA provides training in wolf biology and ecology, develops and disseminates educational materials on wolves, and supports volunteers to help with wolf monitoring efforts.
In 1990, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson signed the proclamation of Wisconsin Wolf Awareness Week, a time to celebrate these important animals, by highlighting the threats to their survival, spread the word about what you can do to help wolves stay protected, and help humans learn to live alongside them.
Check out the calendar for specific events and dates.
To commemorate Wolf Awareness Week, TWA creates an annual poster featuring an award-winning artist’s rendering of a wolf or wolves in their natural habitat. These posters are distributed broadly throughout the United States. The 2017 winner is Emma Loisch with The Golden Hour (pictured above).
If you would like to schedule a TWA program presentation for your organization or group, email us to connect.
Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program
Since 1995, the Wisconsin DNR has had a volunteer tracking program where people can help conduct snow tracking of wolves and other carnivores. These surveys help biologists determine the number, distribution, breeding status, and territories of wolves in Wisconsin. Learn more on the Wisconsin DNR site or register here.
Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference
The Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference has been held annually since the late 1980s to share the latest information on wolf conservation in the Great Lakes region. This conference is rotated between Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Conference participants include professionals from state and federal agencies and the province of Ontario, NGO’s, universities, Tribes, and anyone interested in the management of wolves in the Great Lakes region. Learn more.
For more information about the program, contact the Timber Wolf Alliance by email or call 715-682-1223.