At the start of the Timber Wolf Alliance, 1987, only a dozen wolves were estimated to live in the 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 the Timber Wolf Alliance is to use educational outreach and science-based information to promote an ecologically-functional wolf population within areas of suitable habitat in the Upper Midwest.
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.
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 2016 winner is Kevin Daniel with Picking Up The Scent (pictured above).
Distribution of the 2016 Wolf Awareness poster will begin mid-August 2016.
For more information about the program, contact the Timber Wolf Alliance by email or call 715-682-1489.