Category Archives: Event Updates

Dr. Robert Wielgus at Speak for Wolves 2018

We are also grateful to announce that Dr. Robert Wielgus, former professor and Director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University, will be joining us for a presentation titled, Effects of hunting on cougar population, community, and landscape ecology. Rob’s program is based on the lab’s 15-year study of cougar management in the state of Washington.

Glass Wolves by James Speller to support Speak for Wolves 2018

“I have a strong connection to wolves and it is my personal mission to help support efforts to protect them. I resonate deeply with the mission of Speak for Wolves and would like to be a part of supporting the efforts. I have a fundraising option for your organization through my glass wolf art work.”

We have exciting news. Wind Hawk Studio has pledged to donate 50% of all purchases made between now and the start of the event in July! A big thank you to James for supporting wolves and wildlife management reform in America, and thank you for your wonderful support, too!

To order your beautiful glass wolf head over to Wind Hawk Studio.

West Coast Wolves: Progressive Values, Regressive Policie

All the programming for the 5th Annual Speak for Wolves is almost complete, and we are excited to announce that Amaroq Weiss, West Coast Wolf Advocate for Center for Biological Diversity, is presenting, West Coast Wolves: Progressive Values, Regressive Policies.

Amaroq Weiss will be presenting her program at Speakf or Wolves 2018 on 27 July at 11:45am. Head over to our PROGRAM page to see who else will be speaking at this year’s event!

“Decades after the extermination of wolves in the Pacific West, Washington, Oregon and California seemed to wolf advocates to be an ecologically promising and culturally progressive terrain for the species’ return. West Coast social and political values led many to wishfully conclude that the cultural landscape would be far less contentious and infinitely more welcoming toward wolves than in the northern Rockies, Southwest and Western Great Lakes states. But wolves dispersing into the West Coast states are first arriving in the geographic parts of each state which are culturally much more like the northern Rockies, Southwest and Great Lakes states than they are like the rest of Washington, Oregon and California, and which wield disproportionately large political power.

“Ten years since the first established wolf packs were confirmed, outdated, entrenched views about predators and especially wolves have resulted in management policies and actions which are unsupported by best available science, in violation of state laws, and which cause the needless killing of wolves.

“Despite these obstacles, the vast majority of West Coast residents continue to strongly support wolf recovery, want wolves legally protected, are outraged by proposed and effected agency actions designed to appease the livestock and hunting industries, and are speaking up for wolves. On the Left Coast, opportunities exist for wolf advocates to channel public support for wolves into management policies that reflect the region’s progressive values.”

Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs at Speak for Wolves 2018

We are very excited to announce that we will be screening Project Coyote's new film: Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs at this year's event! The film will be shown on Thursday July 26, 2018 at the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana. The description of the film is below:

"On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wildlife are massacred in wildlife killing contests, and prizes are awarded for killing the largest or most of a targeted species. Coyotes, bobcats, wolves and foxes fall prey to “hunters” as young as ten. These legally sanctioned contests ignore the critical role apex predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. In the groundbreaking exposé KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs, Project Coyote brings these shadowy contests to light and uncloaks this hidden war on wildlife, inspiring viewers to call on their state and local legislators to end these brutal contests where wild animals become living targets.

Project Coyote founder and executive director (and director and producer of KILLING GAMES) Camilla Fox and Project Coyote Science Advisor David Parsons will discuss how wildlife killing contests are symptomatic of a larger issue of predator mismanagement by state and federal wildlife agencies for social canids (wolves and coyotes) to illuminate both the problems and their solutions. We will examine what can be done to press for a paradigm shift in how we coexist with large carnivores in North America."

Stay tuned for more details about this year's Speak for Wolves conference.

Save A Pack A Day stickers

Hi everybody, we are proud to announce the release of our “Save A Pack A Day” bumper stickers! We have ordered (500) stickers, and they will be available for purchase starting this week. One hundred percent of the proceeds help pay for the 5th Annual Speak for Wolves on July 26-28, 2018 at the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, MT.

Stickers can be purchased at our SUPPORT EVENT page. All laminated stickers are 4 x 6, and there are three different quantity/pricing options:

  • 2 stickers for $10.00
  • 5 stickers for $20.00
  • 10 stickers for $30.00

Thank you for your support!

Happy holidays wildlife advocates!

Dear wildlife advocates,

With the year winding down, we wanted to wish you and your loved ones a very safe and happy holiday season. We also want to take this time to thank you for supporting this project, and our vision for reforming wildlife management in America.

  • Restructure state fish and game department operations
  • End the predator control program of Wildlife Services
  • Cease wildlife derbies and the hunting of carnivores
  • Ban trapping and snaring on all federal public lands
  • Remove grazing from all federal public lands

We are excited to announce that singer-songwriter and environmental activist Dana Lyons will be joining us again for the 2018 event! Dana brings decades of experience as a performer, and folks enjoyed his company so much last year, we invited him back! The 5th Anniversary Speak for Wolves will take place in West Yellowstone Montana on July 26-28.

Dana Lyons

Speak for Wolves 2018

We are excited to announce that the 5th Annual Speak for Wolves will be returning to the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in beautiful West Yellowstone, Montana on July 26-28, 2018.

Similar to years past, this annual wildlife advocacy conference will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, wildlife documentaries, live music, poetry, food and a field trip. While the 2017 program focused strongly on efforts to re-wild the American Southwest, next year’s event will look at issues in the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia and possibly Alaska. If you have ideas for programming, please share them with us!

Yellowstone events

Please visit our Lodging & Camping page, and begin thinking about joining us in Yellowstone in 2018. We are eager to make the 5th Annual Speak for Wolves the best one yet!

Sincerely,

Brett Haverstick
Board President

Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise

With a heavy-heart, we are proud to announce that wolf activist and poet Corrine Nugent-Hayes will read, ‘”Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise” at this year’s Speak for Wolves to commemorate the tragic death of Yellowstone National Park’s Canyon Pack alpha-female. Please join us on July 27-29, 2017 in the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana for this and other programming.

Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise

How Could The World Have Ever Been Prepared For You
From The Moment Of Your Birth
Nothing Was Ever New.
Your Instinctual Spirit/Soul Would Forever Grow
Guarded By The Pack Until Your Mother Would Know.
That Your Strength Would Provide For Your Longevity
Until The Day Of Your Passing, Then To All You’d Be An Entity.
So Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise.
One Day A Courting Mate Would Suddenly Arrive
Doing His Sniffing While Keeping A Circling Stride.
First A Low Playful Growl You Would Make
While Ever Watching Each Step He Did Take.
Suddenly You Began Rolling On The Ground
Slowly Approaching His Destiny To You Formed Your Bond.
So Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise.
Over The Next Several Years Alpha’s You Would Become
As A Strong Pack Began To Form & Free To Run.
Sacred Territories The Pack Would Call Their Own
Facing Together Against Other Packs What Could Be Done.
Then You Two Alpha’s Began Your Offspring Legacy
Which Were Born With Strength To Become Legends Of History.
So Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise.
Awaiting Your Arrival Are Many Great Fallen Wolf Spirits
Each One As Significant & Loved With Their Own History.
Never Are We Admirers Ready For Such A Great Loss
While Watching Your Travels Even At A Horrendous Cost.
Praying The Rest Of Your Pack Stays Together Though Now Torn
As We Prepare To Watch As Your Alpha Mate Mourns.
So Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise.

Corrine Nugent-Hayes © 4/14/17 ©

Panel discussion on displacement of native wildlife by invasive livestock

We have been quietly updating the website and reaching out to potential speakers for this year’s event! The 4th Annual Speak for Wolves is set to take place on July 27-29 at the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana. Programming will begin at 7:00pm on Thursday July 27. The evening will feature a a panel discussion on the displacement of native wildlife by invasive livestock, followed by a live performance by activist and singer-songwriter Buffalo Field Campaign Executive Director Dan Brister has agreed to be on the panel discussion. He will share his expertise about the displacement and slaughter of America’s last genetically-pure buffalo herds in and around Yellowstone National Park due to the demands of the Montana Department of Livestock. Wildlands Defense Director of Public Lands Katie Fite has also agreed to serve on the panel. She will discuss the negative impact that livestock have on fragile soils, native plants and imperiled sage grouse throughout the arid West. The rest of the panel discussion will focus on livestock impacts to grizzly bears, coyotes and wolves. Other panelists will soon be announced.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help us pay for speaker transportation and lodging costs. Your financial support is greatly appreciated! We are also offering Great Spirits posters from artist Virginie Baude and colorful wolf note cards from Earth Art International. Both can be purchased here.

Musician and activist Dana Lyons is performing at Speak for Wolves 2017

Singer-Songwriter and environmental activist Dana Lyons has agreed to perform at Speak for Wolves 2017, which is taking place on July 27 – 29 in the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana. Dana has produced 9 albums, and toured across the country and world for over thirty years. You may be familiar with one of his hit songs, “Cows With Guns.” Dana’s performances have been described as, “a blend of comedy, beautiful ballads, and fascinating stories from the road. Prepare to laugh, sing, and renew your appreciation for earth we all call home.”

If you plan on joining his this year, please consider booking your hotel reservation today. The Historic Madison Hotel is located across the street from the event, and they offer a 10% discount if you book a room with them and mention that your are attending Speak for Wolves. Our Lodging & Camping will provide you with information for various hotels and accommodations in West Yellowstone.

>In the meantime, other elements of this year’s 3-day program are coming together! Stay tuned for announcements about guest speakers, book readings, panel discussions, field trips and more. Check the Program page from time to time for program updates.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today and support this year’s wildlife advocate gathering. Speak for Wolves is a grassroots effort with a small budget working to bring people together to talk about the need to reform wildlife management in America!