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January Interim course offered by the Audubon Center of the North Woods, January 1-18, 2014

Wolves & Northwoods Carnivores: A Look at Predatory Ecology

Course fee: $1699; scholarships available!

The grey wolf has long excited the human imagination. Minnesota, with approximately 2200 wolves, is home to the largest and only continuous population of wolves in the lower 48 states.  It is a center for wolf research.  Countries around the world as well as other states look to Minnesota as an example of how wolves and humans can co-exist in relative harmony.

We will work on two wolf projects during the course: one to determine pack numbers, territories, and behavior through tracking surveys near Ely, MN. The second, to determine wolf pack size, territory, and the impacts of prey species on the historic Jonvick Deer Yard along the North Shore of Lake Superior (Lutsen, MN). This is also the 5th year we will be collecting data on Canada lynx in the area in cooperation with the Superior National Forest.
The preparation for surveys will include lectures and training sessions on :

  • Wolf ecology and observation of captive wolves
  • Lynx ecology and observation of captive lynx and bobcats
  • Deer ecology
  • Coyote and Fox ecology
  • Bobcat and Cougar ecology
  • Bear Ecology
  • Tracking
  • Research techniques
  • Aerial radio telemetry
  • Habitat analysis
  • Winter ecology
  • Winter first aid and safety
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

 Instructors: Bryan Wood, Audubon Staff and research experts
Contact: or 888-404-7743