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 #92 Tom McPherson - Seaforth Expeditions & Sea Wolves
Tom McPherson is the Director of Seaforth Expeditions in Sechelt, British Columbia. They share amazing wildlife encounters with photographers and filmmakers in the hopes that they produce works that inspire and educate the world about the fragility and beauty of the Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
Tom spoke to us about the beginnings of Seaforth Expeditions, his knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystem along the coastline, and the many encounters he has experienced photographing and studying sea wolves.
Seaforth Expeditions Website
Episode #91 Bridget Borg - Denali National Park Wolves
Bridget Borg is a Wildlife Biologist in Denali National Park where she has been studying wolves for over a decade. She is also the Principal Investigator for Denali National Park's wolf and caribou research programs.
Bridget spoke about her research on wolves in Denali, the environmental differences for wolves in Alaska and some of the topics she will be speaking about at the International Wolf Symposium in Minnesota next month.
The Role of Weather and Long-Term Prey Dynamics on Wolf Populations
Determinants of Gray Wolf Sightings in Denali National Park
Bridget Borg Bio
Episode #90 Julie Meachen - Pleistocene Wolves and Dire Wolves
Julie Meachen is an Associate Professor of Anatomy, Vertebrate Paleontologist and Functional Morphologist at Des Moines University. She is the Lead Investigator at the Natural Trap Cave and has been excavating Pleistocene mammals from Rancho La Brea since 2003.
We discussed her research and findings about gray wolves and dire wolves from the Pleistocene Era, along with studies on other Pleistocene mammals and the mummified gray wolf puppy Zhur from the Yukon.
Wolves in Natural Trap Cave
Dire Wolf DNA
Mummified Pleistocene Gray Wolf Puppy (Zhur)
Episode #89 Kira Cassidy & Connor Meyer - Toxoplasmosis in Wolves
Kira Cassidy has been a Biologist and Research Associate for Yellowstone Forever for over a decade. Connor Meyer is a PhD Student in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana.
They are working on new research pertaining to Toxoplasmosis in wolves around Yellowstone National Park.
Kira and Connor discussed what Toxoplasmosis is, the relationship between cougars and wolves with this disease, and the effects of it on wolf behavior.
Episode #88 Julia Huffman - Today As I Run & The Wild One
Julia Huffman is an award winning independent documentary filmmaker who produced Medicine of the Wolf. Her latest works include the animated story Today As I Run, andThe Wild One, based on an excerpt from Jim Brandenburg's book Brother Wolf.
We caught up with Julia about her recent projects, how she handled the creative process during the pandemic, and how she hopes both films will help the relationship between humans and wolves.
Episode #87 Bridgett VonHoldt - Genomic Studies in Wolves & 'Ghost' Genes
Bridgett VonHoldt is the Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. She has been studying ecological epigenomics which address the ecological and evolutionary questions regarding animals adaptations & response to selection.
Bridgett spoke to us about her work regarding the genomic & phenotypic diversity between dogs and wolves, and how captured coyotes in the Gulf Coast of the United States could be harboring red wolf genes in their populations.
Coyotes with Dog Genomic Ancestry
Population Structure and Gene Flow in Grey Wolf Populations of the Northern Rockies
'Ghost' DNA Red Wolves in Texas
The VonHoldt Lab
Educational and Informative
I really enjoy this podcast and hearing from a wide variety of guest speakers. I work at a wolf education center in Colorado and often recommended this podcast on my tours as each episode dives into topics I can only brush the surface on during my hour long tour.
Wide Variety of Information and Interviews
This podcast provides lots of great information about wolves that the average person (myself) doesn’t typically stumble upon. As a wolf lover and also a rancher advocate, this podcast gives both perspectives on issues that affect wild wolves. I encourage everyone to listen, especially if you are on one extreme side or the other. I love all the interviews! Followers like myself love all the new information, fun facts, and current events. Thank you!
I really appreciate the breadth of interviews on the podcasts. Most recently the interview with Mr Vermillion who had some very informative things to say about wolves in the Northern Rockies.
Thank you Mr Vermillion! I have high hopes for you…..