EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: Wolf Awareness Week 2011

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vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wolf Awareness Week 2011


by Scotti Cohn of Jewelry by Scotti

Red Wolf
Photograph by Scotti Cohn

Since 1990, the third week of October has been proclaimed Wolf Awareness Week (WAW) across America. The purpose is to acknowledge the critical role wolves play in our natural landscapes and to involve people in learning what they can do to promote wolf survival.

I first became interested in wolves about ten or eleven years ago after a particularly vivid dream. During the years that followed, I learned as much as I could about wolves. Ultimately, this interest led me to write a children's picture book, One Wolf Howls, published in 2009 by Sylvan Dell Publishing.

One Wolf Howls

I donate a percentage of my royalties from One Wolf Howls to Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana. Visit their web site to learn more about them: http://www.wolfpark.org/ . You may also want to check out Monty Sloan's wonderful photographs on the Photo of the Day site: http://www.wolfpark.net/ .

I was privileged to visit Wolf Park on two occasions, and to have my picture taken with some of their socialized wolves. Wolf Park's specialty is wolf awareness, particularly concerning the gray wolf.

Scotti with Wotan
Wolf Park in Indiana

These days, I do school visits and other types of programs in which I talk about the behavior of wolves and their role in nature. For example, in November I will be talking to my local Sierra Club about wolves.

I hasten to add that I am not a "wolf expert." However, when it comes to "wolf awareness", I think it's important to note a couple of things. First, there is a lot of controversy surrounding wolves and their place in our world. If you talk to a rancher in Idaho or Montana, you will get a very different message about wolves from what you might get if you talk to a conservationist or wildlife defender. If you are trying to learn more about wolves, carefully consider the sources you access and what their agenda might be. Don't be too quick to form an opinion.

Second, I would like people to be aware of how wolves contribute to the health and welfare of our natural world. In the past, children were told stories of the "big bad wolf" and given a very one-sided view of wolves. Things have improved a bit in that area, but we still need to do a better job. Here is a link to a document called "What good are wolves?" compiled by naturalist Norman A. Bishop: http://discoverycenter.net/assets/files/timberwolf/What_Good_Are_Wolves.pdf . Bishop does an excellent job of navigating the complex relationships between humans, predators, prey, and our environment.

For children, I recommend the BoomerWolf web site. Here's a link to a page on the site that has a ton of child-friendly information about wolves: http://www.boomerwolf.com/wolfwrld.htm . Links to more of my favorite wolf-related internet sources are provided on my One Wolf Howls web site: http://onewolfhowls.blogspot.com/ .

I hope this post leads at least a few people to become more aware and informed about wolves.

Hugs and Howls,

Scotti Cohn


  1. Great blog! Wolves are so awesome, intelligent and beautiful, and tie us to the earth and our past so much, we need to make sure they stick around

  2. Fabulous!

    So glad that attention is brought to this wonderful creature!

    Thanks for featuring my photo!

  3. Bravo ! LOVED watching the trailer to your book and what a fantastic experience you must have had meeting Wotan :)

  4. How exciting about your book! And a very non-judgemental way of presenting the matter. It can be touchy and you did fine job of encouraging others to look for themselves. Great art finds, too!


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