Happy howlidays to you and your family!
We are gearing up for the 4th Annual Speak for Wolves, which is set for July 27-29, 2017. We will be returning to the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, MT, but this time the 3-day conference will be Thursday-Saturday. July 27-28 will feature panel discussions, presentations, education booths, food, music and possibly a film. July 29 will be spent outside and exploring Yellowstone National Park! You can catch your flight and head home on Sunday July 30 if necessary!
The Historic Madison Hotel, which is right across the street from the Dining Lodge, is offering a 10% discount for anyone that stays with them while attending the event. Ask for Garrett or Jan.
Please keep Speak for Wolves in mind this holiday season, as we are offering wolf note cards from artist Sue Coccia and the Great Spirits poster from artist Virginie Baude. Click here if you want to purchase a note card or poster – all proceeds help fund the 2017 event.
We are very happy to announce that the 4th Annual Speak for Wolves will take place on July 27-29, 2017 at the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana. Note that this wildlife advocate gathering will occur on a Thursday – Saturday to allow people to travel after the event that Sunday. We hope this will accommodate more people and their needs!
If you would like to support next year’s event, please consider purchasing a copy of the beautiful poster, “Great Spirits” via our website. You may recall that French artist and wolf advocate Virginie Baude displayed the original painting during this past July’s event, and has made it possible for us to sell posters of the painting to raise money for the 2017 gathering. Click here to view more of Virginie’s art.
Please help us spread the word about the July 27-29, 2017 event in West Yellowstone, Montana. Over the next few months, we will be revising our website to include new information about wolf, grizzly bear, cougar, coyote and buffalo management in America.
French artist Virginie Baude will be displaying her beautiful artwork throughout the weekend in the Firehole Room of the dining lodge. Virginie just completed a new painting titled ” Great Spirits”. The original painting will be for sale at the event. Virginie is also selling prints of the original painting for $30.00. All proceeds from the prints will benefit Speak for Wolves. We are incredibly thankful and honored to have Virginie join us this year!
Dear wildlife advocates,
We are less than one month away before the start of the 3rd Annual Speak for Wolves! This year’s event is taking place in the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge at 220 Yellowstone Avenue in West Yellowstone, Montana. The lodge is a few minutes from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
We are in need of volunteers to help with set up at 12:00pm pacific on Friday July 15. Duties include:
- helping decorate the entrance to the building
- setting up chairs and tables inside the lodge
- assisting with miscellaneous tasks
If you are able to help for an hour or two please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Dear Wolf Advocate,
Please make sure to join us on Saturday July 16 for a program focused on the United States Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to strip federal protections from the Greater-Yellowstone grizzly bear population. There are approximately 750 bears in the Greater-Yellowstone Ecosystem. The best available science suggests that 2000 bears are needed for the population to remain genetically viable. As it stands, the bear population is too small, and genetically isolated from other grizzly populations.
Large carnivore and grizzly bear advocate Louisa Willcox will kick things off Saturday evening by introducing the delisting proposal before welcoming Research Wildlife Biologist Dr. David Mattson, who will debunk the science being used by the federal government to justify removing the great bear from the endangered species list. Louisa and David are both co-founders of the Grizzly Times.
Raen Bear Stands Last of the Guardian of our Ancestors Legacy (GOAL) will then deliver a presentation about Native American perspectives on grizzly bears and the federal government’s delisting proposal. GOAL is a coalition of dozens of Tribal Nations that have passed declarations, resolutions or issued letters denouncing the government’s delisting efforts.
Doors will open for the evening program at 6:00pm, with music from Matt Stone starting at 6:15pm. Please visit our PROGRAM page to learn about the full weekend’s agenda. This year’s three-day family friendly event at the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge will feature guest speakers, film, dance, poetry, art, music, food and a field trip!
We are excited to share with you these gorgeous note cards by Sue Coccia of Earth Art International. They are now available for purchase. All cards are $6.00 each including postage, with all proceeds supporting this year’s event in West Yellowstone, Montana on July 15-17. A huge thank you to Sue for her generosity and beautiful art!
Buy now – $6.00
It’s taken a little while, but the second batch of 2016 event t-shirts are now available. Purchase your shirt, and walk on the wild side!
In ten weeks, we will be opening up Speak for Wolves 2016 with a screening of Julia Huffman’s award-winning documentary, Medicine of the Wolf. We are hoping that Julia can join us for a question and answer session following the film! Pre-order your tickets now.
We will have a special announcement real soon about the Saturday July 16 evening program. Think grizzly bears!
Dear wolf advocates,
Please join us July 15-17, 2016 at the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in beautiful West Yellowstone, MT for a special reading of Corrine Nugent Hayes poem, “In his lone solitude.”
‘In His Lone Solitude’
Once Again Winter Has
Come To The Lands
Cold And Barren Making All
Truly Not So Grand.
Roaming Through The
Depths Of The Glistening
A Long Travel He Most
Certainly Will Go.
Trying To Find A Much
Desired And Safe Place
While Searching For Food He
Must Hasten His Pace.
Such As This In His Lone Solitude.
A Family Pack Has Not Been
Easy To Find
Amongst His Journey Making
Room To Dine.
Avoiding The Chaos And
Conflicts From Surrounding
Just Trying To Survive And
Making His Life Last.
Carefully Making His Marks
Along The Way
Away From Hunters Hidden
He Shall Stay.
Such As This In His Lone Solitude.
One Day Perhaps A Mate
Shall Take The Chance
To Walk Beside Him After His
Joyful Playing Mating Dance.
While Bringing Peace To
Such An Honorable Soul
By Our Creators Blessed
Gifts And Ultimate Goal.
Until Then His Walk Will
Continue Further Along
As The Nights Arrive, Then
The Sun Breaks Dawn.
Such As This In His Lone
This year’s Speak for Wolves will include a field trip on Sunday July 17, 2016 with the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC). The mission of BFC is stop the slaughter of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo herd, protect the natural habitat of wild free-roaming buffalo and native wildlife, and to work with people of all Nations to honor the sacredness of the wild buffalo. The field trip will offer people an opportunity to learn more about the habitat needs and management of buffalo in and around Yellowstone National Park. Officials for Yellowstone National Park are currently trapping wild buffalo inside the park and shipping them to slaughter. Read the news release by BFC condemning these horrific actions.
We are excited about this year’s 3-day family-friendly program. If you have not purchased your tickets for the screening of the award-winning documentary Medicine of the Wolf on Friday July 15, 2016 you can do so by clicking here. Filmmaker Julia Huffamn is graciously donating some of the proceeds generated from the screening to Speak for Wolves. Thank you Julia!
The line-up for Saturday July 16, 2016 is taking shape. Jill Fritz of the Humane Society will kick things off with a presentation about the management of gray wolves in the Great Lakes region. Kevin Proescholdt of Wilderness Watch will follow with a presentation about gray wolf populations in Isle Royale National Park. Chris Justice of Footloose Montana will lead a trap-free workshop, and Natalie Ertz of Wildlands Defense will talk about her expereince during the militia take-over of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
This year’s event will also feature dance, music, poetry, food and the exquisite art of Virginie Baude.
Please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation to Speak for Wolves!
Dear public land owners,
The 2016 Speak for Wolves t-shirts have arrived and they are now available for purchase on our website. All shirts are made of organic cotton and made in the USA. The shirts are a vibrant blue, with a soft white logo. They are available in small, medium, large and extra large. Each shirt costs $25 plus $5 shipping. All proceeds help with expenses for this year’s event. Speak for Wolves is an all-volunteer effort and we greatly appreciate your support!
In the coming weeks, we will announce the programming for Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17. Things are starting to fall into place. Check our Program page.
We hope you are making plans to join us for this three day family-friendly event at the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in beautiful West Yellowstone, Montana. Please visit our Location page.
We are extremely proud to announce that French artist Virginie Baude will be displaying her beautiful and inspiring paintings at this years event! Her passion is to “create images that convey the intensity and spirit of the wild and to inspire the viewer to preserve all that is natural, wild and free.”
We couldn’t think of a better fit than to have Virginie join us July 15-17, 2016 in West Yellowstone, Montana. We hope you can be part of this family-friendly event, too!
Discover the art of Virginie Baude – visit her official website.