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April 2019: Minnesota

NOTES FROM THE ROAD

Tracking Wolves
in the Wild

THIS MONTH:

Taking part in a field research weekend at the International Wolf Center in Ely Minnesota. The “Track the Pack” event focuses on wolf research and management, as we join IWC biologists and learn to use telemetry equipment in the field to locate and study wild wolves in the area. We will spend time trekking through the forest in search of signals from a wild wolf pack, and also have an opportunity to observe the programs’ “ambassador wolves” at the center to gain insight into the animals’ behaviors and the functioning of a pack …

Around the northern border…

24 April 2019: Arrived in Ely, Minnesota, not far from the US-Canadian border this evening, and had to be super-vigilant driving through a “gauntlet” of deer grazing along side the road — looking like they were ready to saunter into the street at any moment…

ABOUT ELY MINNESOTA

Ely, Minnesota, voted coolest small town in America in 2010, is a favorite summer destination for thousands. Ely is an unusual small town, with a permanent population of just under 4,000, and a rich history peopled with lumberjacks and miners. It is also the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), a unique geological area created by great glaciers that carved the rock. The glaciers left behind rugged cliffs and crags, canyons, gentle hills, towering rock formations, rocky shores, sandy beaches and several thousands lakes and streams, interspersed with islands and surrounded by forest. Located in the northern third of the Superior National Forest, the BWCAW is over one million acres in size, extends nearly 150 miles along the international border adjacent to Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park and is bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park. The BWCAW contains 1175 lakes varying in size from 10 acres to 10,000 acres, over 1200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites. The BWCAW contains the largest contiguous areas of uncut forest remaining in the eastern United States. Under the administration of the U.S. Forest Service, the BWCAW has become one of the most visited wildernesses in the United States…