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Tracking the Pack

wolftelemetryday_021Date: August 18-20, 2017
Time: Friday 5 p.m. – Sunday 10 a.m.
Registration Deadline: August 4, 2017

Program Rates:
Non-member $160, Member $144

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Have you ever wanted to experience the life of a biologist? You may get the opportunity when you join us for our wolf research weekend adventure! Our program starts on a Friday night at the International Wolf Center, where you’ll learn your way around the tools biologists use in the field to locate and study wild wolves. You’ll also get to enjoy a fire-pit snack as we discuss wolf research over s’mores! After a provided breakfast in the morning, you and staff will coordinate on the ground to track down some wolves! Test your new skills with our telemetry equipment and then hop in our bus and begin your search for that elusive radio collar signal! Continue your afternoon with an animal necropsy! After dinner, end your evening with a view of our ambassador wolves while they feed on their dinner, as well as a wolf howling safari! Wrap up on Sunday morning with a Q&A about wolf research and careers, or make-up treks into the field depending on weather.

Download important program details [PDF] (cancellation policy, details on lodging, meals and transport, packing list and sample itinerary and Required Health Form).

Minimum Age: 13 *must be accompanied by adult if under the age of 18
Location: International Wolf Center
Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 14

Activity Level: MODERATE: Hiking on (and potentially off) trail is possible for several hours. Extended time standing up and walking.

Package Includes:

  • Several on-site presentations
  • Hands-on training in telemetry equipment and necropsy methods
  • Wolf collaring/processing in a training setting.
  • Meals included Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast

 


 

Program Itinerary
Note:   Itinerary is subject to change and activities may vary with weather conditions.

Friday, August 18

  • 5:00pm – Meet and greet. Discuss expectations and activities for the upcoming weekend.
  • 6:00pm – Depart for dinner at a local restaurant
  • 7:30pm – Learn the history and methods of wolf research over a fire pit snack, if the weather is uncooperative, enjoy a private viewing of the Fortunate Wilderness film, featuring research on Isle Royale!
  • 9:30pm – Bring in personal belongings and settle in for the night.

 

Saturday, August 19

  • 7:30am – Rise and shine! Pack up belongings and store them on site.
  • 8:00am – Enjoy a continental breakfast provided by staff
  • 8:30am – Prepare for a day of telemetry with a quick equipment refresher and discuss the game plan for trekking out into wolf territory in search of radio signals!
  • 9:00am – Depart from the International Wolf Center, and begin your search on our bus!
  • 11:30am – Return to the International Wolf Center for lunch!
  • 12:30pm – Return to the field for further searching, or depart for a hike at a local trail into wolf country!
  • 3:00pm – Return to the IWC for a quick break, with time to explore our facility and gift shop!
  • 4:30pm – Step outside and assist staff in a deer necropsy!
  • 5:30pm – Enjoy a night in town, and find a delicious dinner on your own with chamber bucks!
  • 7:00pm – Sit back and enjoy our ‘What’s for Dinner?’ program, and watch as our ambassador wolves are fed their dinner!
  • 8:30pm – Participate in a Wolf Communication program and hop on the bus for a wolf howling safari!
  • 9:30pm – Bring in personal belongings and settle in for the night.

 

Sunday, August 20

  • 7:30am – Rise and shine! Pack up belongings and store them on site.
  • 8:00am – Enjoy a continental breakfast provided by staff
  • 8:30am – Wrap up with discussions on wolf management in North America, and how it relates to on the ground research. End with a general Q&A regarding the field of wolf research. Learn how to keep in touch with one another, and how to move forward into future wildlife research careers!
  • The International Wolf Center closes at 5pm on Sunday August 20, participants are welcome to stay until close on the last day of their program.

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