Urgent Action Needed!
Please submit comments to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission by October 16th
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has proposed a new rule change in another attempt to drive the Mexican gray wolf to extinction. The rule change would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to get a state permit before releasing any additional Mexican gray wolves into the wild, but the state's ongoing opposition to wolves is already painfully clear. This new change would make it even harder for the federal government to do its job and recover lobos.
Plan to give oral testimony at the Commission meeting in Phoenix on December 2, 2016
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ
You may also provide oral testimony via live telecast from one of the AZ Game and Fish Department regional offices on the day of the meeting.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required by federal law, under the Endangered Species Act, to recover the Mexican gray wolf. Releases of wolves to the wild is a critical component of that recovery. This proposed rule change is another instance where a state that is hostile to lobo recovery is using politics to drive the lobo to extinction. Arizona has been emboldened by similar rules in New Mexico that have temporarily halted lobo recovery pending a court challenge to their legality. We must send a clear message to the unelected Arizona Game and Fish Commission that what the lobos need is science-based recovery, not political meddling!
Don't let politics slow wolf releases, please urge the Commission to abandon this rule change.
Big Lake Howliday Campout Weekend 2016
Big Lake Howliday Campout Weekend
July 29, 30, & 31, 2016
Join the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project for a fun-filled weekend learning about and celebrating the return of Mexican wolves to the wild. This year marks the 18 year anniversary of the first releases of Mexican wolves back into the wild in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area.
Where: Apache Trout Campground Fir Group site at Big Lake in the Apache National Forest, Arizona.
When: Friday, July 29th, 2016 starting at 3:00 pm through Sunday, July 31th at noon.
Please bring your own personal camping equipment and comfortable clothes for hiking in and appropriate for high elevation weather during the Monsoon season. Here is a list of Recommended Personal Camping Supplies to bring with you.
Meals included in the weekend for registered participants: Dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a pack-your-own brown bag lunch spreads for lunches on Saturday and Sunday. All the meals served will be vegetarian and we will make an effort to accommodate vegan, gluten-free diets, and food allergies that are indicated by filling out our registration form (registration form below). Please Bring Your Own Beverages of choice. Note there are strict orders from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on bear resistant food, trash, and personal hygiene product storage for the Big Lake area. Read the special order here, and be prepared to lock all food and personal hygiene items you bring with you in your vehicle.
Optional Weekend Activities include:
- morning bird walks
- wildlife tracking workshops with wildlife tracking experts
- a hike to the "Green Fire" site where Aldo Leopold had his epiphany about wolves
- hikes on the Paseo del Lobo trail
- Evening talks by a wolf conservationists and biologists
- Cultural demonstrations and performances with members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe
Sorry, no dogs are allowed (besides service dogs) to join us at the campground or on the activities at the Big Lake Campout Weekend. We are huge fans of companion dogs, but because we will be camping and hiking in areas occupied by Mexican wolf packs and other wildlife, we want to minimize our disturbance to the wolves and their new pups. Thank you for your understanding!
Please note that camp sites spots and meals will only be provided to those people who register! The registration form closed on July 25th, 2016. Thank you!
Many thanks to these sponsors for helping to support the Big Lake Howliday weekend!
Volunteer for Wolves Training Sessions
Volunteer for Wolves
Training Sessions with the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project! We will hold two volunteer trainings this month to provide you with information on wolves, the history of wolf recovery in our region, where wolf recovery efforts stand right now, and effective messaging for wolves. We will talk about ways you can help our project of bringing wolves back to our region and saving our beautiful native wolf, the endangered Mexican wolf. These two events will provide identical information, so you only need to attend one.
Volunteer training dates and locations:
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, in the community room at the East Flagstaff Community Library located at 3000 N 4th Street, Suite 5, Flagstaff
Saturday, May 21, 11:45 am-1:15 pm, in the community room at the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library located at 300 W Aspen Ave., Flagstaff
Please contact Toni for more information about these events:
Earth Day Celebration: 108 Gaia Salutations
108 Gaia Salutations
An Earth Day Celebration
Friday, April 22nd 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Proceeds to benefit the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project
Suggested Donation: $10-20
Learn and practice yoga salutations dedicated to the Earth, Water, Fire and Air elements.
Hosted by Rachel Hartman, MS, RYT
The Yoga Experience
17 N San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Wild & Scenic Film Festival - April 9, 2016!
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Join the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project for our 7th Annual
Wild & Scenic Film Festival benefit event.
The Orpheum Theater, 15 West Aspen Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Doors open at 6:15 pm, Film program starts at 7:00 pm
Tickets: General Admission $12 / Students $10. All Ages Event!
(Advance ticket sales have ended, but we will still have tickets for sale at the door at the event!)
The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is excited to host our 7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, featuring wildlife and environmental films, information tables by local conservation organizations, drinks, music by Ricky Ray, a raffle and silent auction. This year's event will include seven short films selected from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour program and our feature film will be "Medicine of the Wolf" (shown with special permission from the filmmaker Julia Huffman). Preview the "Medicine of the Wolf" movie trailer here.
Help sponsor this great event and donate items to our silent auction!
Music provided by Ricky Ray
Special Thanks to our 2016 Event Sponsors:
Click on the logos below to visit our sponsors' websites