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Wolf Ethology

Date: July 29 – August 3, 2017
Time:  Saturday 5:00 p.m. – Thursday 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 15, 2017

Program Rates:
With Lodging: Non-member $745, Member $695
Without Lodging: Non-member $645, Member $595
Deposit: $250

 

 

packdynamicsThe Wolf Ethology class is an intensive week of learning, fun, and experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime.

This course covers the basic principles of wolf behavior including: behavioral development, stimuli and communication, motivation, learned versus instinctual behavior, social organization, and the adaptability and evolution of behavior. Emphasis will be placed on video observations of wild wolf behavior, research of existing ethograms and hands-on activities including time spent observing and recording behavioral data of the Center’s ambassador wolves. Two undergraduate credits in biology will be awarded from Vermilion Community College with the successful completion of this course.

The week includes up-to-date information presented by experienced wolf care staff, interpretation of raw video footage collected on site as well as in the field, activities in the field in active wolf territories, and opportunities for close observations of pack dynamics.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn about these complex, social animals and how they interact and communicate within their pack and to outside packs.

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

“Lori Schmidt presents a comprehensive course on wolf ethology, ecology, and conservation.  Using the IWC’s captive ambassador wolves, local radio-collared wild wolves, and Lori’s long experience and expertise, this course is sure to satisfy your thirst for information about wolves.” – L. David Mech

Minimum Age: 18
Location: International Wolf Center
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 16

Activity Level:  MODERATE. The field trip will depend on weather and wolf activity at the Center and will include hiking over uneven ground one to three miles depending on group activities.

Package Includes:

  • Lecture style presentation from experienced wolf care staff
  • Training in behavioral ethograms and data techniques
  • Field activities within wolf territories
  • Behind the Scenes opportunities
  • Interactive Ethogram and 8 GB flash drive of wolf images
  • Interpretation of pack interactions by wolf care staff
  • Two undergraduate biology credits

 

 

Program itinerary

Itinerary may be adjusted depending upon weather conditions or special opportunities that may arise.

Saturday July 29

  • 5 pm – Meet at IWC Observation Windows – Itinerary Cabin Assignments
  • 5:30 pm – Travel to Lodging or Observe Wolves
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner at Center
  • 7:00 pm- What’s for Dinner Program – done by 8:30 pm

Sunday July 30

  • 8: 00 am – Breakfast on your own
  • 9:00 a.m. – Behind the Scenes Program-Individual Wolf ID- Wolf Yard
  • 10 am – Noon – Lecture Principles of Ethology
  • Noon – Enclosure Enrichment – Observation and data recording
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch on site
  • 1:00 pm – Canid Genetics – Stimuli and Behavioral Motivation
  • 2 pm – 4 pm – Introduction to Ethogram – Behavioral Codes
  • 5 pm – Dinner on own
  • 7 pm Video Comparison – Part I – Arctic Wolves and one hour observation of captive wolves using Ethogram and computers

Monday, July 31

  • 7: 30 am – Breakfast on your own
  • 8:35 a.m. – Observe Wolf Care – Wolf Yard
  • 10:00 am – Noon – Lecture Wolf Social Behavior, Predation and Predator/Prey Relationships, Pack Territory Mapping Exercise
  • Noon – Enclosure Enrichment – Observation and data recording
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch on site
  • 1:30 – 5 pm – Radio Telemetry Field Session (VCC Vans)
  • 5 pm – Dinner on own
  • 7 pm – Video Comparison – Part II -Yellowstone wolves and one hour observation of captive wolves using Ethogram and computers

 Tuesday, August 1

  • 7: 30 am – Breakfast on your own
  • 8:30 a.m. – Observe Wolf Care – Wolf Yard
  • 10:00 am – Noon – Wolf Reproduction, Stages of Pup Development
  • Noon – Enclosure Enrichment – Observation and data recording
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch on site
  • 1:30 – 5 pm – Wolf Territory Field Trip (VCC Vans)
  • 5 pm – Dinner on own
  • 9 pm Howling trip – Superior National Forest (VCC Vans)

Wednesday, August 2

  • 7: 30 am – Breakfast on your own
  • 8:30 a.m. – Observe Wolf Care – Wolf Yard
  • 10:00 am – Isle Royale – 5 decades of Research data
    Discussion on behavioral comparison of Captive, Arctic, Yellowstone, Isle Royale Behaviors
  • Noon – Enclosure Enrichment – Observation and data recording
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch on site
  • 1:30 – 5 pm – Wolf Behavior and Implications on Wild Wolf Management
  • 5 pm – Dinner at Center
  • 6 pm – 10 pm- Behavioral Data Collection at IWC (Reserve Auditorium)

Thursday, August 3

  • 8:00 am – Breakfast on Own – Pack up and bring cabin keys to center by 10 am
  • 10:00 am – Data Analysis of weeks observations
  • Noon -Program Ends

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