Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Young Conservationists Partner up with the WCC!

Thanks to Woodmere Middle School's Diane Bentivegna, a fine group of 8th graders are well prepared for meeting the environmental challenges of the future. Wolves have always been among Ms Bentivegna's passions and after Atka's visit to Woodmere Middle School in 2006, students and teachers alike began to embrace the wolf as well.

Ms. Bentivegna started working with her team of students when they entered the sixth grade. Three years later, the young conservationists have taken on environmental challenges within their own community and beyond as a part of their “Campaign Earth” mission. Their eighth grade year began with a project to help protect wetlands and wildlife at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside Long island and is now coming to close with a wolf curriculum under their belts. Thank you, Ms Bentivegna and thank you, Adam, Dimitri, Carlee, Sal, Jessica, Jake, Ross, Dominique, Alize, Randy, Gabriela, Weelelmy and Jazly. You exemplify the amazing potential of your generation to make this world a better place. Keep up the great work and good luck in high school!

To read more about Ms Bentivegna's Students and “Campaign Earth”, please click "Here"!

If you are interested in becoming an educational partner with the WCC, please email Maggie at

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PUPDATE! Video of the Pups at Two Weeks

As we discussed in our last entry, at the two week mark it was time to give the WCC's two red wolf pups a dewormer treatment. Before we extricated the well-hidden pups from the thicket where their mother (F1397) had stashed them, we shot a little video. Enjoy!

Friday, May 21, 2010

PUPDATE! The Boys are Growing Like Weeds!

m1803 and m1804 turned two weeks old yesterday, the age for them to receive a dewormer treatment. WCC staff and volunteers ventured into their enclosure early on Thursday morning to weigh the pups and administer the treatment. The foliage is so thick in the enclosure that it took the WCC team over to 20 minutes to locate the pups, who were stashed by mom F1397 deep in the dense thicket. Both m1803 and m1804 have grown significantly larger since the last time they were checked just 5 days earlier, with one pup weighing 2.75lbs and the other 2.25lbs on a kitchen scale borrowed from Mrs Lewis for the occasion. (Thanks, Mrs Lewis!) Both now have open eyes (the larger pup more so than his brother) and are able to crawl about at a very slow pace. All in all, the pups look healthy and adorable!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Quick Draw!

We're always psyched when people give us artwork they've created based on our wolves. We've received photos, hand-drawn cards, sketches, paintings, and other inspired creations, but the other night at our program at The Children's Museum in West Hartford, one of Atka's admirers added a new wrinkle - he sketched a cartoon while we were doing the program. Pictured above is the work of our new friend Justin, who is 15 years old and is thinking about pursuing a career in art. We think he's well on his way!

Justin's great work (not a portrait of Atka, our traveling ambassador Arctic gray wolf, but a work inspired by him) is pictured above. If you've created something based on our wolves, we'd love to see it, so feel free to email us a photo of it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Young Ones

Obviously the big news around here is the birth of M1803 and M1804, our almost two-week-old red wolf pups. But wolves aren't the only animals whose birthing habits take advantage of the good weather in the spring. Our staff and volunteers have spotted goslings, owlets, nesting osprey, and fox kits; one volunteer even rescued a baby squirrel! And all of this happened in the suburbs of New York City (or NYC itself, in the case of Raimondo the squirrel).

So what have you seen near where you live?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Red Wolf Pup Montage

One-day-old captive red wolf pups M1803 and M1804 (aka House of Lobo Rojo) strike poses at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, Atka!

Today is Atka's birthday! It's hard to believe that our favorite Arctic gray wolf is now 8 years old. It seems like just yesterday that he was just a wee pup here at the Wolf Conservation Center. We cannot thank Atka enough for the the wonderful work he has accomplished. A true ambassador, he has inspired families all over the northeast and beyond.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Short Pup Video

A quick look at the snoozing pups during their 9 day health check.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Pups Are Alright...

Since it had been a few days since we saw any signs of M1803 and M1804, the red wolf pups born last week at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, we decided to take a quick look to make sure they were ok. The enclosure is sizable and has some areas of thick brush, but luckily we had observed the parents spending time near where we initially found the pups, so we focused our attention there.

After a few minutes of searching, eagle-eyed curator Rebecca Bose spotted the two snoozing pups in a small clearing under a thicket of brush and thorns. We ascertained that the pups were healthy (and looking bigger than they did a few short days ago) and quickly left. We're happy to see that first-time mom F1397 seems to be doing a good job of taking care of her sons!

We'll have a brief video of the 9-day-old pups up tomorrow!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Time is Running Out! Register NOW for House Tour and Help WCC Build New Home!

Plans for the first-ever Wolf Conservation Center House Tour are now set and it is an event not to be missed! The 8 homes on the tour span 4 centuries, and some have never been open to the public!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Guests will have an opportunity to preview plans for our new home(see photo) - WCC's New Education Center!

Tour has limited space! Tickets are $75 (100% tax deductible) and an optional box lunch from the Bedford Post can be pre-ordered.Click here to register today or call 914-763-2373!

Guests will visit the following homes:


A wonderful working farm and charming hill-top home

A 68-acre estate and Adirondack-style home

A gracious Georgian brick mansion in the heart of Ridgefield

A 19th C Queen Anne style home on the National Registry

A 21st C, award-winning "green" home on Lake Truesdale

A Classic 1915 Tudor Revival with panoramic reservoir views
Plus, the two historic buildings and land being donated to the WCC:


An 18th C stone farmhouse

The 19th C building that will be the new WCC home!

Sponsored by
Ginnel Real Estate Vincent & Whittemore Real Estate

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Pup Footage!

After checking on the health of the one-day-old red wolf pups, we set up a remote camera near the temporary 'nest' where F1397, their mother, had stashed them. We managed to catch some interesting footage...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

He Ain't Heavy - He's My Pup!

One of our remote cameras caught this footage of F1397, a captive red wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, moving one of her one-day-old pups. The squealing can be a little disconcerting, but we did a brief check today and both pups seem to be in good health at five-days-old!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Here at the WCC we know that a mother's work is never done, as F1397 demonstrates with her den-digging (as M1483 looks on). So a big thanks to all the moms out there! And good luck to first-time mother F1397 and her two newborn pups!

Pup-up Video!

Well, ok, the pups aren't exactly up, but after all they were only about a day old when this was filmed! These 2 male red wolf pups were born May 6, 2010 to a captive pair of breeding wolves (F1397 and M1483) as part of the Species Survival Plan for critically endangered red wolves. This is a short clip, but we hope to have a lot more videos and photos in the coming days and weeks!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Let's Hear It for the Pups!

We're happy to report that F1397 and M1483, a breeding pair of endangered red wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center, had 2 male pups on May 6, 2010. The photo above was taken during a health check on May 7th. More photos and videos coming soon!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Two of Red Wolf Pups from the Lincoln Park Zoo Go Wild!

Great news for the Red Wolf Recovery Program! Last Friday, two newborn red wolf pups were flown from the Lincoln Park Zoo to North Carolina and placed inside the den belonging to wild red wolves who are currently nursing their own small litter. This pup-fostering method has been extremely successful for nearly a decade and we're keeping our fingers crossed that the WCC will be able to contribute to the wild red wolf population with some pups this season too!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Friday on Our Minds

Last Friday was such a gloriously sunny and warm day that a lot of us thought it was Saturday! Luckily, our first stop with Atka, the Wolf Conservation Center's traveling Arctic gray wolf ambassador, was the outdoor Beltaine Festival in Oxford, Connecticut, so we were able to fully enjoy the weather. It was the second year we were invited to the festival, and once again we had a great time in a beautiful setting.

To kick things off, Maggie gathered some spectators for a group howl (see photos below) to let folks know that the program was starting. Before long, Atka was brought out, looking especially impressive with most of his winter coat intact. Despite the crowd's best efforts, Atka refrained from howling, but he certainly enjoyed himself in the grassy field. While wolves in the wild can smell prey 4 miles away, Atka wowed everybody with his uncanny ability to find, and roll in, extremely fragrant cow poop that was located about 4 feet away from his sensitive schnoz.

It's always a treat to witness this natural behavior; the audience was lucky enough to see an extended session as Chandra's Charms, one of the festival's vendors, kindly donated a vial of "Nag Champa" essential oil, which Atka delightedly rolled in. We certainly hope everybody enjoyed the experience as much as Atka did! Even Noah, from the WCC staff pack, managed to get in on the act, romping in the grass after Atka had left and soaking up compliments left and right.

After a quick tour of the many vendors, including the distant gongs that had earlier caught Atka's attention, we hopped into the van, rolled down the windows (a definite must, given the scent-rolling!) and headed down the road for a return trip to Monroe, CT, for an appearance at a girl scout-sponsored event. It was another fun full-to-capacity program featuring lots of great questions from the scouts and another display of scent rolling by Atka, this time after we let loose a few drops of "Dragonsblood," another essential oil from Chandra's Charms. After the program, some of the members of Troop 34444 proudly showed off some awesome origami wolves they had made. (photo below) And we even got some much-appreciated assistance loading our merchandise back into the van! (Thanks Brianna!)

Finally we headed back home in time for the "Evening Howl!" visitors to see Atka. It was a long day of work, but so much fun it really did feel like the weekend!