Welcome to 'The Wolf Connection' podcast where we will be exploring the intricate bond between humans and wolves, seeking to better understand our true relationship with one of humankind's earliest teachers; the wolf. Re-discovering this human-wolf connection and remembering the primal wisdom may prove to be essential to our development as individuals, the cultivation of productive societies, and sustainable civilization on this planet. Our discussions will include the experiences had by our visitors, students and staff during programs, events, and day-to-day operations at Wolf Connection, the dynamics of the wolf pack at Wolf Connection, wolves in the wild and their impact on the national landscape, and stories of human and wolf empowerment through all facets of the organization and beyond! For more than a decade, people have visited the land at Wolf Connection and experienced life changing bonds and interactions gained valuable knowledge from our pack of 30+ wolves and wolf-dogs located in Acton, CA , which is just an hour north of Los Angeles.
Episode #55 Bob Hayes - Wolves of the Yukon
Bob Hayes studied wolves in the Yukon for nearly 20 years. In 2010 he published his first book, Wolves of the Yukon detailing his research and findings.
Bob spoke to us in detail about the studies that were done on the predator/prey relationships in the Yukon, becoming an author and the future of wolves from his perspective.
Wolves of the Yukon and the Zhoh Trilogy are available on his website bobhayesyukon.com & Amazon.
Bob Hayes Website
Wolf Tales - Afsoon Firoozeh, Wolf Connection Program Assistant
Afsoon has been with Wolf Connection for just under a year, but has already immersed herself in caring for the pack and assisting with programs. She is constantly looking to gain knowledge to better herself and the team at Wolf Connection.
Afsoon has taken incredible pictures of the pack at Wolf Connection which you can find all over her Instagram page!
Episode #54 Dr. John Vucetich - The Isle Royale Wolf & Moose Project
Dr. John Vucetich has been working on the Isle Royale Wolf & Moose Project for over 30 years. He is a distinguished Professor at Michigan Technological University where he teaches Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Ethics.
We spoke with him about his time working on the Isle Royale project, his thoughts about the Endangered Species Act and the state of wolves in the present day.
His new book, Restoring the Balance: What Wolves Tell Us about Our Relationship with Nature debuts in early October.
Isle Royal Wolf-Moose Project
John Vucetich Staff Page
Restoring the Balance Pre-Order
Wolf Tales - John Calfa, Wolf Connection Podcast Host
Podcast host John Calfa recounts the events leading up to volunteering and ultimately working at Wolf Connection. He speaks of the people and wolves that have influenced his journey, as well as exploring the impact of working programs, interacting with different members of the Wolf Connection pack and the creation of the podcast.
Episode #53 Dr. Mark Johnson - Humane Wildlife Capture Techniques
Dr. Mark Johnson is a Wildlife Veterinarian, Instructor, and the Founder & President of Global Wildlife Resources.
Dr. Mark's highest priority is to handle every animal with care, compassion, and respect; while also incorporating those heart-felt values into tools, techniques, and mannerisms. This leads to greater success in the field, better animal care, greater joy in the work being done and a steady desire to always do better.
We spoke about his career and how he incorporates his vast knowledge and expertise into his courses that are taught to students, agencies and organizations across the United States.
Wildlife Capture & Care
Foundations of Wildlife Chemical Capture
Episode #52 David Ausband - Carnivore Ecology & Wolf Density Studies
David Ausband is a Wildlife Research Biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey working in Idaho. He has been studying behavioral ecology in predators for over 15 years and teaches at the University of Idaho.
David discussed his work as it relates to wolf pack densities, the information he gathers through non-invasive methods and the impact on wolves with increasing trapping and hunting in Idaho.
David Ausband Faculty Page
as professional new to the wolf conservation field, I am very excited to have your podcast as a learning tool ! Super cool someone has taking the time to bring in wolf experts and allow people to take a look into their brilliant minds and projects. Thanks :)
THIS PODCAST IS GOLDEN!
From the perspective of a wolf-lover and nature enthusiast, it just doesn’t get much better than this. John & Stephen navigate fascinating and controversial waters with style, cool heads, and balanced perspectives. With the two of them at the helm and wide range of interesting guests and topics, the Wolf Connection podcast is simply golden!
John & Stephen do an amazing job with this Podcast! Very informative and overall a great listen.