Wolves

A Millennial Land Ethic: Or What Would Leopold Do Today?

A Millennial Land Ethic: Or What Would Leopold Do Today?

In the mid-1940s, American conservationist and wildlife biologist Aldo Leopold articulated his now-famous land ethic statement, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.

Rewilding the shortgrass prairie

 Rewilding the shortgrass prairie

Before European settlers came to North America, bison migrations were essential to the annual renewal of shortgrass prairie ecosystems, says EarthWatch chief scientist Cristina Eisenberg. By nipping off grasses, fixing nitrogen in the soil, and churning up the earth, their passage kept grasslands across parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho functioning smoothly. 

In Extinction’s Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change

In Extinction’s Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change

Then there was the radio-tagged young male wolverine who a few years back summited the highest mountain in Glacier National Park, ascending the last 4,900 feet up a sheer, nearly vertical ice rampart in less than 90 minutes.

TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison

TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is the wisdom indigenous and local people acquire by living on the earth. Rooted in a specific landscape and based on the fact that everything is connected, TEK braids together relationships between plants, animals, the earth, the seasons, and people.

Quantifying Wildness; Tracking Wolves and Elk in the Rockies

 Quantifying Wildness; Tracking Wolves and Elk in the Rockies

When I began to study wolves and their prey as a scientist, I used VHF and GPS collars, but also turned to traditional wildlife tracking