I missed sharing with you this great video “How Wolves Change Rivers” about the restoration of the natural landscaping in Yellowstone National Park because of the reintroduction of wolves 1995. The film tells you how the wolves not only transformed the ecosystems, but also the physical geography of the park. Once they changed the mule deer behavior, the forests returned and then the birds and the beavers. And then the rivers. It’s a fascinating story. Enjoy!
Wolf Awareness week was October 16-22; the third week in October annually. There are many states besides Wisconsin that promote the research, education and conservation of wolves. But so often people still don’t understand the importance of carrying capacity and the necessity for biodiversity in order to maintain a healthy environment. This video gives an excellent example of just what mimicing mother nature can do.
More about Yellowstone Park National Park’s wolves.
Thank you, Donna!
We too can attest to the benefits of having wolves in the area. We have a hunting camp in Randville, Michigan, in the U.P. Deer season was always a special event in our family. But, because of wolves (including coyotes and bear), there are fewer deer now. So it has become more of a grouse hunting camp vs. a deer camp. The one major noteworthy item I see is the new growth, particularly of all the new trees we planted (white pine, Norway pine, and white oak). We took our chances that the deer would either rub off the bark or nip all the tips of the young trees and hinder their growth. But, with very few deer around, the growth has been tremendous. Thanks you wolves!
Donna VanBuecken says
I’m glad to hear your experience about wolves. I always bring up the good wolves do in my Hunter Education class on conservation. I’m not certain all the parents agree with me, but my goal is to have the kids keep an open mind about wolves and their role in the circle of life.