Agenda for the North American wolf conference April 24-26

The draft agenda for the North American wolf conference in Flagstaff, Arizona has been released.

To sign up to attend the conference, go here. Discount rates at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff are available until April. 1.


Wednesday April 25th

8:00 – 8:30
Welcome: Introductions and Announcements

8:30 – 9:00 Mexican Wolf Conservation in the American Southwest
Terry Johnson, Endangered Species Coordinator, Arizona Game and Fish Department

9:00 – 9:30 Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Update
John Oakleaf, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

9:30 – 10:00 Modeling Potential Mexican Wolf Habitat in the Grand Canyon Ecoregion
Kurt Menke, Bird’s Eye View

10:00 – 10:30 ~ Break ~

10:30 – 11:00 Mexican Wolf Reintroduction: Put and Take Wolf Recovery
David R. Parsons, The Rewilding Institute

11:00 – 11:30 Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Outreach Efforts in the Southwest – Separating Myth from Reality
Shawna Nelson, Arizona Game and Fish Department

11:30 – 12:00 Predator Control and Scientific Chicanery Undermines Mexican Wolf Recovery
Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity

12:00 – 1:00
~ Buffet Style Lunch ~

1:00 – 1:30 Red Wolf Restoration: 20 Years of Success, Lessons and Challenges
Bud Fazio, Team Leader, USFWS Red Wolf Recovery Program

1:30 – 2:00 TITLE
Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies Representative, Defenders of Wildlife

2:00 – 2:30 Wolves, Prey and Fire in the Central Idaho Wilderness
Jim Peek, Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

2:30 – 3:00
~ Break ~

3:00 – 5:00 Non-Lethal Methods Panel
Carter Niemeyer, Rick Williamson

Beginning at 7:00 Alpha Award Banquet Dinner with the 2007 keynote speaker.

Alpha Award for 2006 presented by The Wolf Recovery Foundation.

Thursday April 26th

8:00 – 8:30 The New Range War
Rob Edward, Carnivore Restoration Program Director, Sinapu

8:30 – 9:00 TITLE
Amaroq Weiss, Defenders of Wildlife

9:00 – 9:30 Potential Relation Between Extinction of Wolves and Decline of Shepherding Culture in the Basque Region
Adrian Cerezo, Yale University, School of Forestry

9:30 – 10:00 Genealogy and Genetic Viability of the Gray Wolves of Yellowstone National Park
Bridgett vonHoldt, University of California, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

10:00 – 10:30

~ Break ~
10:30 – 11:00 Wolf Depredation Investigation and Reporting
Rick Williamson, Wolf Specialist, USDA Wildlife Services, Idaho

11:00 – 11:30 Partnerships in the Development of a Captive Wolf Population to Make Possible Mexican Wolf Recovery in the Wild
Pat Valentino & Peter Siminski, California Wolf Center

11:30 – 12:00 Evaluation of Global Positioning System Collars to Study Mexican Gray
Wolves in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Areas
Dan Stark, USFWS, Mexican Wolf Recovery Program

12:00 – 1:00

~ Buffet Style Lunch ~

1:00 – 1:30 TITLE
B. Tuggle, USFWS

1:30 – 2:10 Predator Control, Politics, and Wildlife Conservation in Alaska
Vic VanBallenberghe

2:10 – 2:40
Carter Niemeyer, Retired USFWS

2:40 – 3:10
~ Break ~

3:00 – 3:40 Training Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) As Conservation Ambassadors at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Rob Yordi, Busch Gardens

3:40 – 4:10
Stewart Breck, USDA Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center

4:10 – 4:40

Closing Comments and Discussion

Thank you and see you all next year. The 2008 North American Wolf Conference will be held April 7 – 11, 2008 and we will be back at Chico Hot Springs, Montana. Please contact Laura Jones at for more information.

Friday April 27th — Grand Canyon Field Trip






  1. Jerry Black Avatar
    Jerry Black

    Ralph….I’d like to suggest that each session of the Wolf Conference be taped, so that those of us unable to attend can get the info. The list of speakers, especially relating to the Mexican Wolf recovery is impressive(too bad Jean Ossorio isn’t in the lineup), and I believe others would be willing to purchase a tape or cd of the conference.

  2. Jean Ossorio Avatar
    Jean Ossorio

    I am in the lineup. They are listing only the senior presenters, as it turns out. I’m working on the presentation with Dave Parsons.

    Thanks for the vote of confidence! ^..^

  3. Gulo Avatar

    I would also be interested in the video/audio of the conference. Hopefully it is recorded.

    It has been recorded a number of times in the past, but folks have never been successful transferring it to a DVD or an appropriate file for viewing on the web. Someone with the technical ability is needed from what I understand. Webmaster.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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