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October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

The International Wolf Center does an excellent job of delivery their mission of education. We teach the world about wolves through the Center in Ely and the experience of observing wolf behavior on site. The Center also just completed a Symposium that attracted wolf biologist from all over the world to come and share their experiences with wolf research. It was an opportunity for everyone to learn and network.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to tell more people about the Center and do something that gathers young people together who are interested in wolves

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2013

January 8, 2013

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January 8, 2013

Paul
As a board member of the International Wolf Center, I have worked with Dr. David Mech since 1990. His incomparable experience comes from 55 years of wolf research, being a member of the Eastern Timber Wolf Recovery Team and the Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Team and a former member Mexican
Wolf Recovery Team. He authored the first Red Wolf Recovery Plan. He has written nine books and three scientific monographs pertaining to wolves and has authored 300-plus scientific articles about wolves and wolf prey. Dr. Mech collaborates with wolf biologists all over the world as Chair of the Wolf Specialist Group of the International Union of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) of the World Conservation Union. Although Dr. Mech founded the International Wolf Center and supports it in many incredible ways, he is not a spokesperson for the Center. Dr. Mech speaks about wolves based on his and other scientists' research and for his own agency, the U.S. Geological Survey.
To understand wolf biology, it is essential, but not always easy, to learn the factual, unbiased information that science provides. The International Wolf Center is very fortunate to have Dr. Mech and his associates, who are the world’s leading wolf researchers, as resources for the information we share with the public about the real wolf.

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Life-changing

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2013

December 30, 2012

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March 23, 2011

The Internatioal Wolf Center is a mission driven organization with a mission of educating people about wolves and their behavior. The education is centered around the environment and how wolves and h... more

December 30, 2012

I'm a proud member of the International Wolf Center board of directors. Isn't it great that this is such a multi-faceted organization? The International Wolf Center is a comprehensive resource for students, teachers, outdoor enthusiasts, biologists, naturalists, scientists, researchers, environmentalists, conservationists, and anyone who values and appreciates wolves and the important role they play in our environment. Our members and donors fall on all sides of controversial issues. At a time when polarized debate occupies much real estate in contemporary culture, an organization like the Wolf Center plays a more valuable role than ever. Our mission of education makes us a leading organization in the world of wolves. We strive to teach everyone about wolves and humans and the impact we have on the environment.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 23, 2011
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The Internatioal Wolf Center is a mission driven organization with a mission of educating people about wolves and their behavior. The education is centered around the environment and how wolves and humans are vital in the balance of nature. I have watched the pack at the Center grow and have seen the difference a wolf can make in the life of an individual. We have a lot to learn from their behavior and how they function in a family.

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I have been involved as a volunteer for several years and each year I learn more and more about the program and about wolves. I have also met and made some great friends in this organization who believe in educating the world about wolves. The organization is International and some of the friends I have made come from other countries which give me an opportunity to experience a new culture.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It would be to broaden the volunteer base and reach more people about the Center and its mission

December 18, 2012

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Review from Guidestar
December 18, 2012

In 2012 the International Wolf Center board heard some odd scuttlebutt implying that the Center supports the state's hunting and trapping policies and is funded by the state's Department of Natural Resources. This is pants-on-fire false. The DNR acts (only) as the Center's landlord and, in fact, the Center pays the state an annual lease fee. All parties agree that, as a well established 501c-3 non-profit, the Center is independently guided — mission, policy and operations — by our board of directors. With education as its tool, the Center takes no stance on issues, including hunting. We provide science-based information about wolves and strive to be a place for educated dialogue. We respect people's ability to form their own informed opinions about difficult questions. To those of you who have connected with the International Wolf Center — through our ambassador wolf pack, educational programs, distance learning, Web site or our interpretive facility in Ely, MN — THANK YOU. Your commitment to wolves and their habitats is key to their continued survival. We appreciate your feedback and value your input.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

When global news of wolves appear, it is the International Wolf Center, that leads the charge for science-based information that is critical to the survival of this species. That was the reason I joined the board 25 years ago. A quarter of a century later, the Center has stayed in touch with the world with one of the best websites, high tech long-distance learning, a first-class magazine and conferences. Yes, I am partial to this organization, but even more, I am partial to wilderness and the habitat needed for all of us to survive.

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Learning how to observe wolves in the wild, watching interaction of other species and having wolves be the key to visiting remote parts of the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work harder to get get more members and funding.

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

My first visit to the International Wolf Center was 23 years ago. We were in Ely on a family vacation and went to see the new deal in town. I remember my children being mesmerized by the wolves and when we joined in the howling and the wolves howled back we were hooked. To this day a trip to Ely is not complete without stopping by to visit the center. I joined the Board 6 years ago. I've learned so much and really appreciate the high quality of wolf education offered by the center. The staff is top rate! And their programs reach far beyond the walls at Ely.
They truly live their mission of educating the world about wolves.

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the integrity of the informed responses to the delisting of the wolf and the ongoing efforts to help humans understand that we are all members of the circle of life so we need to learn how to live together.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help to make it easier for them to fulfill their mission with a great big donation base.

April 20, 2011
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April 20, 2011
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I am Neil Hutt (short for Cornelia), and I have been a board member for 12 years. I am the chair of the board Education Committee, and I serve on the advisory work team of International Wolf, the Center's quarterly magazine. The Center and I go back over a long road. I discovered its existence just after it became a reality over 25 years ago. I was teaching secondary language arts with an academic team (math, social studies, science and language arts), and the wolf became the cornerstone of our team's curriculum. The Center was one of our primary sources of information. Much has changed in terms of technology since the organization's beginnings, but the mission of the Center still drives the work it does - teaching the world about wolves. This organization sets the standard for accurate and current facts and information, and in a world where reliable sources seem to becoming more scare, it's important to know the International Wolf Center is there to provide answers and to guide our thinking.

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My classroom(s), my experiences with another organization that partners with the Center, and in my experiences as a trip coordinator to wild places to view wolves.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

beef up the bottom line by donating a million dollars.

April 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
April 20, 2011

Hello, my name is Deb and my involvement with the International Wolf Center has crossed through several roles. I began as a "general member of the public" by visiting the Center in Ely, MN. I then found out about the many engaging and educational programs that were offered, which of course led to enrollment! :) My enjoyment of all that I learned and experienced by participating in the programs fueled a desire to become even more involved, so I became a donor and volunteer. The Center's fact based, unbiased approach to forward the mission of "advancing the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future" is something I fully support. I am currently showing this support by acting as a member of the board.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how much I have learned as a result of its quality staff members, educational programs, and literature.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help find ways to reach an even broader audience.

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

I recently joined the board for the International Wolf Center. What excited me about becoming more involved was the focus on education. This is an organization which believes in providing facts so people can make up their own mind on issues related to wolves, in wild lands, and the human relationship. The best people are on staff offering fact based programs in order to fulfill the goal of educating the public. Combine this with the biggest names in wolf biology supporting the organization and you end up with something outstanding.
The best vacation I have ever had was the Arctic tundra learning vacation through the International Wolf Center. Spending time with the representatives of the organization during this trip really illustrated the focus on answering questions honestly. If you have a question about wolves they will not judge you and will simply tell you the facts. How many organizations do that these days?

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I gained a new respect for wolves, but I also found an organization which shares my value on educating the public and allowing others to make up their own mind on a subject.

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If I had to make one change it would be to expand on the educational information online. I would like to help them expand on this so more people understand the focus of the International wolf Center.

April 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
April 19, 2011

I am the founder, a board member, vice chair, donor and professional with expertise in the field, and although one might think I am a bit biased, you would be right. However, I do think that if you compare the IWC with other wolf advocacy organizations you will find that our science-based approach to provide objective information, rather than propaganda, about wolves will in the long run better help wolf populations survive in more areas.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many educational articles in IWC's magazine, International Wolf, and entries on its website. The "Tracking the Pack" page allows students all over the world to share my research by plotting wolf movements in the Superior National Forest, and I have heard from many how interesting this page is.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more staff to bettter reach more of the public.

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