2017 Speak for Wolves

Union Pacific Dining Lodge
220 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone, Montana

July 27-29, 2017


Schedule

27 July

• 6:00pm — Doors open

• 6:30pm — Opening Ceremony

• 7:00pm — Panel discussion on the displacement of native wildlife by invasive livestock with:

Ken Cole, formerly of Western Watersheds Project
Dan Brister, Buffalo Field Campaign
Dr. John Carter, Ecologist, Yellowstone to Uintas Connection
Dr. Zoe Hanley, graduate of Washington State University, Large Carnivore Conservation Lab

• 8:30pm — Performance by singer-songwriter and environmental activist Dana Lyons | Details

28 July

• 9:30am — Doors open

• 10:00am — Poem by Corrine Nugent-Hayes, ‘Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise’ | Poem

• 10:10am — Book reading by author Beckie Elgin, Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History | Details

• 10:30am — Will Science or Politics Determine the Future of the Mexican Gray Wolf?, Michael Robinson, Conservation Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity

• 11:30am — NEPA days and lobo nights, Jean and Peter Ossorio, Citizen Activists and Mexican Gray Wolf Advocates

• 12:30pm — Lunch – Free pizza will be served

• 1:00pm — Wolf recovery in Utah and Colorado – What will it take?, Kirk Robinson, Founder and Executive Director Western Wildlife Conservancy

• 2:00pm — The Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, Jason Christensen, Director, Yellowstone to Uintas Connection

• 2:30pm — Ending the War on Wildlife: Using the Power of the Courts to Prevent the Needless Slaughter of Black Bears and Cougars in Colorado, Kelly Nokes, JD, Carnivore Advocate, Wild Earth Guardians

• 3:30pm — Recovery of Jaguars in the American Southwest, Randy Serraglio, Southwest Conservation Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity

• 4:00pm — Break

• 6:00pm — Evening Introductions

• 6:10pm — Performance by singer-songwriter and environmental activist Dana Lyons | Details

• 6:30pm — Forecasting livestock losses by wolves in Washington – Lessons from the past and opportunities for the future, Dr. Zoe Hanley, graduate Washington State University, Large Carnivore Conservation Lab

• 7:15pm — The Profanity Peak Pack: Set Up and Sold Out, Short-film by Predator Defense followed by a question and answer session with George Wuerthner and Ken Cole, formerly of Western Watersheds Project

• 8:15pm — An end to grazing on federal public lands, followed by a community discussion with author and ecologist George Wuerthner.

29 July

• Field trip into Yellowstone National Park

Jul 28, 10:00am


Book reading by author Beckie Elgin:
Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7,
the Oregon Wolf that Made History

Join the adventures of the famous wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, as he trots across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest into territories that have not seen his kind for nearly a century! Follow this remarkable animal as he searches for, and finally finds, what he was seeking during his three-year, 4,000-mile trek. Along the way, you’ll discover fascinating facts about wolves and meet the humans that had a role in Journey’s quest. Enjoy the many photographs, maps, and sketches that help tell the tale of this courageous wolf.

Music



Dana Lyons

July 27 at 8:00pm.

Dana has produced nine albums, and toured across the country and world for over thirty years. 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.”

Dana Lyons official website


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 ©

Photo credit: Kat Brekken