The IWC has the best programs for learning about Wolves and their importance in the natural world. An amazing facility affording viewing of captive born pack to learn about these beautiful animals. Volunteer programs and learning adventure trips provide various opportunities to learn about and engage with nature
I have visited the IWC several times since 2014, learning about wolves and also participating in programs that directly impacted the wolves environment. The educational information and opportunity to observe wolves is excellent. This is a worthwhile center which deserves continued support. If I lived closer I would volunteer year round
My husband and I have been a member and donor of this great cause, for about 10 years. It is great talking with the staff members that are in the cites and up in Ely, MN. They teach about the habitat that wolves live in the wild. You can learn about behaviors of wolves, how they are doing in the US and abroad. It is always very interesting to learn at the center about what's for dinner - for the ambassador wolves that are located on site; behind the scenes and if you are there in the evening, you might have one of the ambassador wolves come close to the window so you can get a nice photo of them. There are other programs that you can be involved with; for instant how they can search for collared wolves, in the wild with the use of telemetry; signs of where the wolves have traveled by recognizing wolf tracks, etc. So much to be educated about wolves and their survival.
We first visited the Internal Wolf Center this summer. We were so impressed with the quality of their educational programming we joined as members that day. We've since enjoyed their YouTube videos, webinars and returned to the center as part of a day long bus trip from Minneapolis to Ely that included an amazing behind the scenes tour. I have long been concerned about the future of wolves and feel that supporting the center's mission to teach the world about wolves is the most helpful investment I can make.
Several years ago, I first visited the IWC. I came away with a new perception of the role of wolves. Now, every time we visit Ely (most recently, three summers in a row), IWC is my primary destination. Was privileged to learn about pups with the most recent additions and watch them grow. We always spend several hours at the center. I most like the educational programs and the films we have viewed in the theater there. Always watch the weekly You Tube videos, too.
I have loved wolves since childhood and have been an active donor and supporter of the Center for 10 years. My busband and I attended the International Wolf Symposium they hosted in 2013 and intend to sign up for the Oct 2014 Wolf Trek. I would gladly volunteer my time (now that I'm retired) and fund the financial expense for the opportunoty to help socialize new members to the ambassador pack. That would be an absolute dream come true for me...and something I truly believe I was put here to do. My love for wolves defies explanation. I am so proud of the Center's work and the impact they have made in helping people understand wolves and their role in sustaining healthy environments. They have and will continue to truly make a difference for wolves...and I shall support them all the way!
I discovered the IWC via the weekly youtube videos & have only visited thru the internet. This is one of those few non-profits that achieve their mission statement everyday. I have learned so much about wolves in the past year. The IWC has ignited a passion in me about wolves that I wish I was younger so I could go back to school & study wolf biology. From photos, logs, & videos I feel like I know the Ambassador Wolves personally. When Artic wolf Malik died I donated a small amount in his memory. A few weeks later I received a photo of him with a wonderful letter. When Shadow passed away, again small donation, I received a phone call. Just amazing the way the IWC treats it's members & public. From Lori & the entire Wolf Care staff, to the board, to the volunteers, this entire organization is truly inspiring. I am planning my first visit for 2015 & can't wait!!!
I have been a life-long supporter of wolf conservation. My annual trips to Ely, MN to visit the International Wolf Center convinced me that they do a magnificent job supporting the preservation of the wolves and wilderness. They do it in a professional, mindful, and knowledgeable way to meet the needs of the public at large and the needs of this unique species through the power of education.
I discovered the International Wolf Center by accident when I was surfing the web for live web cams related to wolves and I've been a faithful observer or voyeur of the wolves at the center ever since. I personally loved watching Shadow and Malik and how they interacted with the wolf care staff. It was a pleasure to be a small part of their lives even though I won't be able too see them anymore since they have both left us. Grizzer has now moved into the space and he's a delight to watch as well as Aidan, Denali, Luna and Boltz in the Exhibit area. The wolf care staff are wonderful, knowledgeable and helpful with questions submitted to them on Facebook and through their website. I've yet to visit the IWC but it is definitely on my bucket list.
The International Wolf Center serves an important function in educating people about wolves. I traveled from California to Minnesota for the express purpose of visiting the IWC and thoroughly enjoyed the center's educational displays, staff presentations and discussions, and the opportunity to see the center's ambassador wolves in action in the wolf yard. The center also maintains an excellent Web site that allows the public to follow the ambassador wolves and upcoming center activities. Seeing these magnificent animals up close was a wonderful and exciting experience, especially after having had the chance to learn all about the center's wolves via web cam and weekly updates. I believe that the IWC's educational focus helps to fulfill a vital need by providing a better understanding of wolves and the role they play in the environment.
I was a member of the IWC for years but stopped donating and visiting after Minnesota wolves were removed from the endangered species list, a hunt/trapping season was put in place and the founder of IWC, Dr. David Mech, claimed to be neutral on the issue but has written articles and been quoted several times saying things that only support killing wolves and lessening the population. I received a Membership magazine from the IWC this quarter that even talked about the hunt as if it wasn't going to happen, it mentioned our DNR taking into consideration a public comment on the hunt. The article was grossly outdated because the hunt/trap was put in place long before the article was written and the DNR never took the publics comments into consideration. 80% of people surveyed by the DNR are against the hunt/trap and yet David Mech keeps making comments in favor of the DNR's decision. I gave money for years to the IWC thinking I was educating people on wolves to diminish the irrational fear people had in order to keep our gray wolf population safe so they could keep growing in numbers. Instead our state wasted countless dollars bringing back the wolf from the brink of extinction only to have them slaughtered once more. http://www.wolf.org/wolves/learn/basic/resources/mech_pdfs/311Considerations4DevelopingWolfHarvesting.pdf