Tag Archive: nature


Help the Michigan Wolves

This from Wolfwatcher on facebook. Please read, then sign the petition’s to stop wolf hunting in Michigan. Our government is out of control abd these creatures must be protected and put back on the endangered species list. Please do you part to help protect Michigan’s wolves.

“Just as expected, Michigan’s Senate introduced Senate Bill 1350 which authorizes the Natural Resources Commission to establish the hunting season for the gray wolf. The bill deems hunting as necessary to prevent wolves from threatening livestock. It is important to note that this bill has the same original content as HB 5834 (its companion bill in the House) which takes it one step further in the legislative process.

To read its details, visit – http://legislature.mi.gov/%28S%282as5rumq2 da3at45xudro445%29%29/mileg.aspx? page=getObject&objectName=2012-SB-1 350

Thus, we urge you to please considering signing/sharing our petition to the Michigan Legislature which expresses strong opposition to BOTH bills currently pending in Michigan’s House and Senate: http://www.change.org/petitions/urge-michigan-s-legislature-to-reject-hr-5834-and-sb1350

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This is a email newsletter I received from the “National Wolfwatcher Coalition” today. I would like to be able to go, but will not be able to, so hopefully next year I can make it. Please attend this event if you can and please share this with others so that all can be educated and have a chance to view these magnificent creatures.
Also if you are able to attend, please post any photos that you may have so that we all can see.
Till next time…..
CJ
Yellowstone National Park is home to the largest concentration of large and small mammals in the lower 48 states.  The National Wolfwatcher Coalition will be traveling to Yellowstone National Park from Oct. 23rd-Oct. 28th along with our advisers, supporters and friends to participate in a week of wolf watching throughout the park’s northern range and learning about the critical role it plays in nature from some experts.

“Project Yellowstone” involves teaming with National Park Service rangers, Park biologists and fellow wolfwatchers as we hike in the Yellowstone back-country to observe, photograph and educate others about wild wolves and other wildlife in their natural habitat. These activities reinforce our core values of sharing our passion for the outdoors by promoting responsible stewardship of our wild lands and wildlife via sustainable recreation practices.

  

In addition to active wolf watching in the field and trail-side talks that excite, engage, and educate participants about the importance of wolf conservation, some evenings have been reserved for presentations by  guest speakers who will engage us in animated and exciting discussion about wolves and the present challenges that affect their continued recovery in the wild.

n addition to active wolf watching in the field and trail-side talks that excite, engage, and educate participants about the importance of wolf conservation, some evenings have been reserved for presentations by  guest speakers who will engage us in animated and exciting discussion about wolves and the present challenges that affect their continued recovery in the wild.

Mr. John Morgan and Alyssa Grayson

Thanks to a rather generous donation from Mr. John Morgan, owner of RIPAC and life-long humanitarian, Wolfwatcher’s first Junior Adviser, Alyssa Grayson, and her mom, Cheri, will be traveling with us for their first trip to Yellowstone to see wild wolves!

The activities promoted in this project will provide healthy and vigorous outdoor experiences that attract participants and motivate appreciation for our national parks, wild lands and wildlife. Thus it is our expectation that this pioneering event will become an annual project to help to help provide participants with outdoor skills that they will enjoy for a lifetime and inspire their interest in the outdoors in a manner that motivates their support for America’s public lands, wolves and other wildlife as well as Wolfwatcher’s growing community.

Yellowstone’s “Butter” of the Lamar Canyon Pack 

We will sharing regular updates about our experiences throughout our “Project Yellowstone” with the hope that you will consider joining us next year!   Howls….

Stay tuned… “

Michigan Wolves

From Wolfwatcher on facebook this morning,

So, how do states keep track of wolves? Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources pilot, Neil Harri, takes Lansing State Journal reporters up in the sky for a unique wolf tracking experience. You can watch it via the link at: http://www. lansingstatejournal.com/videonetwork/1497327787001/Rise-of-the-gray-wolf Wolfwatcher’s Great Lakes Director has been a strong voice for wolves in the region, and she spoke out (again) to Lansing State reporters: QUOTE: “A poorly managed hunt could have a cascade effect on the wolf population and result in more animals dying than just those taken in a harvest, said Nancy Warren, Great Lakes regional director for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition and a member of the wolf roundtable that drafted the management plan. …

For example, she said, if a hunter took a male wolf who has pups in the den, the pups could either starve to death or force the female wolf to seek the easiest sources of food —livestock. The female wolf could then be taken by a farmer with a permit. Over time, those kinds of ripple effects could once again threaten the entire wolf population, she said. “There is no scientific evidence or research to support the need for a recreational hunting season,” Warren said. “The DNR already has many tools to manage conflicts. We allow lethal control by wildlife services, when nonlethal are ineffective. Livestock producers get compensation for verified losses. Landowner permits allow landowners to kill wolves if they have suffered depredation. It’s only been nine months. Let’s give the plan time to work.” (end quote)

[RESOURCE: http://www. lansingstatejournal.com/article/20121018/MICHIGANDER/310180028/On-hunt-Michigan-wolf-population-solutions? odyssey=tab

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Want to help? You can support Nancy’s efforts and that of others who are working hard to stop proposed wolf-hunting legislation by signing and sharing this petition which tells the Michigan legislature and governor that you agree with us! Our collective voice is being heard…let’s keep on howling for Michigan’s wolves! https://www.change.org/petitions/urge-michigan-s-legislature-to-reject-hr-5834

A Victory For Wolves

I recieved this email this morning from Wild Earth Guardians and figured I would share it with you.

“Four Square Mile Logging Project Blocked

An appeal filed by WildEarth Guardians and Carson Forest Watch has reversed the decision for logging that would have had devastating impacts on old growth and water quality on the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico.

On September 24, the Carson National Forest Supervisor concurred with our objections and sent the Upper Bitter Creek timber sale back to government planners. For now, wildlife and clean water will have a reprieve from the impacts of logging.

Our convincing appeal halted 11.6 miles of new road construction and the opening of 12 miles of closed roads, thereby blocking the fragmenting of wildlife habitat and polluting prized trout streams.

Logging is largely a thing of the past on federal lands in New Mexico as the Forest Service redirects funds to collaborative projects aimed at restoring forest functions and protecting communities from inevitable wildfires.

WildEarth Guardians works with the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program in New Mexico to restore forests fragmented and waterways polluted by a needless network of roads; the legacy of unsustainable logging. In collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and local contractors, we’ve closed roads and created safer forests where rural communities interface with wildlands.

Join us in celebrating this win which would not have been possible without our members and supporters. Together, we’re clearly making a difference.

Here’s to keeping the West wild.”

Bryan Bird

Wild Places Program Director

WildEarth Guardians

bbird@wildearthguardians.org


CA Wolf Update #2

Latest update as of 6 hours ago from Wolfwatcher on facebook

“Breaking – California officials decided to launch a one-year study to see whether the gray wolf should be given state endangered species protections.

The California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously in Sacramento that a “status re

view” study — spurred by a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups — is warranted.THANK YOU, CALIFORNIA!

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Calif-agrees-to-study-protections-for-gray-wolf-3917467.php#ixzz28HsDQGVb ”

Wolves In California

This comes from Wolfwatcher on Facebook

“The future of wolves in California is nearing a critical   point. Will the state accept the return of these once-native predators? The California Fish and Game Commission is hosting a  public hearing about whether to protect wolves under the state’s Endangered Species Act.  California’s Fish and Game Dept — the full-time staff biologists and other NON-political employees recommended that wolves get consideration for legal protection.  Journey (OR-7), the first confirmed wolf in California in more than 85 years who wandered across state lines from Oregon, quickly became the focus over the future of wolves in the state. State scientists believe other gray wolves may migrate into California and could start breeding populations. There are concerns that ranchers may view the wolves as a threat to livestock making protected status a high priority…. …
The decision will be made this week.  What say you, Wolfwatchers?  Should California list the wolf as an “endangered species?”
California Fish and Game Wolf Updates – http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/wolf/ California Fish and Game

I forgot to post this in my post about Monday at the Lake. This is my first attempt in a long, long time of drawing with charcoal. Keep in mind, I am no expert or advanced artist. This is just the beginning.

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Kids playing

Forgot to upload this and having trouble uploading to WP. So here it is on youtube

http://youtu.be/hz71mBt7odA

Our Day Out

Well as promised heres about our day out on Friday.

Our good friend Big Mike came over to take us out to a lil known spot up in Cajon Pass in San Bernardino. It had a nice little free flowing stream coming down out of the mountains. It was a very scenic spot if you ask me. Just the right mixture of desert, greenery, mountains and nature. So we pulled off to the side of the road and we let the kids play in the stream, which we found at its deepest was less than 18″.

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Well I happened to hear a familiar sound. The whining of diesel locomotives. So I walked just up the short hill to catch a glimpse of it.

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So after I could not see much of the trains, I turned my attention back to nature, and the kids…lol

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We found this but not sure if its a shell of some kind or rock. But it was neat looking and took it home with us.

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This was our son Colt playing with his big sissy Kenzie. He wanted to wrestle…lol

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So this was our day. Letting the kids play in the stream, hiking up the stream a bit and just relaxing and enjoying the sun, water and nature. We are already planning to take the other two boys up there as they were in school during the time we were out. We are wanting to spend all day out there and have a picnik. But next time bring suntan lotion…lol

Also me and Big Mike are planning a day hiking trek there and further up the stream as well as do some exploring. Hoping to find other spots to take the bunch to. So stay tuned for further updates on our future adventues.

Coming up in the next month or so, we are planning a camping trip to the nearby lake where we were so also stay tuned for updates on that as well.

All in all we had a fantastic day. For me it felt good to get out of the house and experience the outdoors again without having to go to a doctors appointment. And it helped with my depression and it helped my soul. So I am eager to get back out again.

Till next time,