Reading List

North American Grey Wolf

North American Grey Wolf has been written with the slightly younger reader in mind and contains over 30 chapters of facts about the grey wolf, supported by more than 40 pictures of grey wolves, their pups, what grey wolves eat and much much more, and be sure to check out the "live links" to some fascinating stories in the chapter entitled "Folklore and Folktales".

Winter Study 2010: Notes from the Field

The images in Winter Study 2010: Notes from the Field were taken by John Vucetich, Rolf Peterson, George Desort, and Jon Spencer-Hudson. Winter Study is based on John Vucetich's blog at www. isleroyalewolf.org, where you can also learn about all aspects of the Isle Royale wolf-moose project. This project depends increasingly on tax-deductible donations from people like you. Please consider making a donation. To learn more, visit www.isleroyalewolf.org and click "How you can contribute." Institutional support for this project comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Park Service, and Michigan Technological University. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of these supporters. This document was produced by Monte Consulting (www.monte.net).


Tracking and Reading Sign: A Guide to Mastering the Original Forensic Science

This full-color book is the perfect guide for anyone interested in learning how to track animals and read their signs. It offers an introduction on the principals of tracking and reading sign by looking at tracks, prints, gaits, scats, scents, and animal behaviors. It provides the reader with tracking and stalking techniques such as cold hunting, camouflage, and using the stump method. Over twenty different animals are profiled, including New World Moose, American elk, and Whitetailed deer. Each profile lists basic characteristics, tacks, habitat, diet, behaviors, and common relatives. Tracking is the definitive one-stop guide for any person looking to track and read sign while exploring or hunting in the outdoors. 280 color illustrations.


The Wolf Almanac, New and Revised: A Celebration of Wolves and Their World

The newly revised reference work on the history and evolution of wolves, their biology and physiology, behavior and sociology, and their mythology. It is considered the best reference on wolves of its kind.


The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance

Isle Royale National Park—with its lush northern landscape, wolves, and moose—is an ideal laboratory for wildlife biologists. For nearly half a century it has been the site of a comprehensive study on wolves (2008 marks the fiftieth anniversary)—the world’s longest-running study on any wild animal. The Wolves of Isle Royale is author and wildlife biologist Rolf Peterson’s fascinating first-hand account of the relationship that exists between the wolf and the moose on the island. Illustrated with over 100 photographs, this book reveals the true nature of this mysterious and little-understood animal, and it offers novel solutions to the conservation crises as the wolf population falters to its lowest recorded level.


Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States: An Endangered Species Success Story

The Great Lakes region is unique in that it is the only portion of the lower 48 states where wolves were never extirpated. As the birthplace of some of the first modern concepts of wolf conservation and research, the region is also the first place in the U.S. where “endangered” wolf populations recovered. During this process, much has been learned about wolf biology and ecology, endangered species management, carnivore conservation, landscape ecology, depredation management, and social aspects of wildlife conservation. Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States traces wolf recovery in this region and highlights lessons learned by conservationists during the recovery process. Each chapter includes a thorough review of the pertinent literature, in addition to new data and new perspectives and interpretations. The result is both rigorous with respect to science and policy and accessible and interesting for the lay reader. The story of wolf recovery in the Great Lakes region is one of international significance for conservationists.


Backpacking in Michigan

With 65 photographs and 77 detailed maps, this indispensable guide to the state's hiking trails gives beginners to advanced hikers all the information they need to plan their next Michigan overnight or weekend backpacking trip. Featuring 50 trails---27 in the Lower Peninsula---ranging from one-hour to multiple-day treks in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Backpacking in Michigan has something for every hiker.

Information on hike length and difficulty, elevation gain, the amount of time needed to complete the hike, camping facilities, and nearby towns accompanies each of the trail listings. The author also provides extensive reference maps along with a description of scenic highlights. In addition to backcountry explorations of remote trails, Backpacking in Michigan includes classic Michigan adventures such as the Lakeshore Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Greenstone Ridge Trail in Isle Royale National Park, North Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and Jordan River Pathway in the Mackinaw State Forest.

While Backpacking in Michigan focuses primarily on the trails themselves, it also makes planning your Michigan adventure as easy as possible by providing important information on routes to and from the trailhead, as well as park fees and reservation information for shelters, walk-in cabins, rental yurts, and overnight camping.

The Hidden Life of Wolves

The photography is stunningly beautiful and the insights that Jim and Jamie Dutcher share with us opens a world of understanding into wolf behavior. ~Apogee Photo Magazine

Delve into amazingly intimate wolf photography by Jim and Jamie Dutcher, a couple who spent many years living with a pack of wolves at the edge of Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness, observing their complex social hierarchy. Here is the alpha pair, leaders of the pack, often the only couple that mate. Here are the pups, born with eyes shut in the spring, tousled by their mother through the first six weeks of life. Here is the omega wolf, lowest ranking wolf in the pack, whose subservience, often playful, alleviates pack tension. Here are moments of cooperation and moments of snarling dominance, moments of communication and affection. Here, too, are heartwarming moments of connection between the Dutchers and the wolves, caught in pictures that remind us how close the links are between wolves in the wild and the beloved family dog.

Never Cry Wolf : Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves

More than a half-century ago the Canadian Wildlife Service assigned the naturalist Farley Mowat to investigate why wolves were killing arctic caribou. Mowat's account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone-studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for the wolves (who were of no threat to caribou or man) and for a friendly Inuit tribe known as the Ihalmiut ("People of the Deer")-is a work that has become cherished by generations of readers, an indelible record of the myths and magic of wild wolves.