Wolf School

Wolf School is your opportunity to deepen your understanding of wolves, wolf ecology, biology and the issues they face for their survival in British Columbia and around the world. 

Photo by April Bencze.

Our aim is to broaden the public’s understanding of wolves, especially the wild population of wolves in British Columbia. Over the course of six live webinars you’ll be invited to hear from and pose questions to a range of experts from various backgrounds.

Watch the classes on Youtube

1: The ecology and history of wolves

Aug 19, 2020 @ 6pm PST
Dr. Paul Paquet

Join one of Canada’s leading experts on wolves to discuss wolves across North America.

2: Meet some wolves

Aug 26, 2020 @ 3pm PST
Maggie Howell of Wolf Conservation Center (Broadcasting from New York)

With many populations of wolves in North America extirpated, Regan will provide insight into current reintroduction efforts in the US. The episode will also provide an opportunity to meet some of wolves currently at the center.

3: What can science tell us about wolves of Coastal British Columbia and beyond

Sept 2, 2020 @ 6pm PST
Dr. Heather Bryan

Heather played a key role in Raincoast’s early research on coastal wolves. She is widely published in the fields of wildlife health, predator-prey interactions, conservation physiology, disease ecology, and community-engaged research.

This episode will explore Heather’s research on BC’s wolves providing insights into how hunting affects stress in wolves, the distinct genetic make-up of coastal wolves, disease transmission and other fascinating aspects of experiences of research on how wolf biology can inform conservation efforts.

4: Shooting wolves with conservation photographer, Cristina Mittermeier

Sept 9, 2020 @ 6pm PST
Cristina Mittermeier

Learn about the ethical considerations of wildlife photography and the experience of spending time with wolves in the wild.

5: Indigenous perspective on wolves and wolf conservation

Sept 16, 2020 @ 6pm PST
Gabriel George, Tsleil- Waututh Nation
Eric Holt, Nez Perce Nation
Gisele Maria Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht Nation

From creation stories to Indigenous-led reintroduction and contemporary carnivore coexistence, Indigenous peoples have long shared space and time with, and story of, wolves. 

This week’s episode of Wolf School, in collaboration with the Wolf Conservation Center,  will focus on exploring some of these perspectives with a fantastic group of guests.

6: Conservation solutions

Sept 23, 2020 @ 6pm PST
Dr. Chris Darimont

The last episode Wolf School looks toward existing and emerging solutions to the conservation of wolves in British Columbia. Raincoast’s Director of Science, Dr. Chris Darimont, will also look back to share how his mentor, Chester “Lone Wolf” Starr influenced him, all of our wolf research and the direction of Raincoast’s conservation work on BC’s coast. You can learn more about Chester via memories shared by some of his Raincoast-affiliated friends. Our wolf school is dedicated to his memory.

In association with the Wolf Conservation Center.

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