October 16, 2007
Celebrating Wolf Awareness Week
National Wolf Awareness Week is celebrated each year during the third week of October. To learn more about this occasion as well as to better understand what exactly takes place at the remote California Wolf Center, I recently met with Manager Kim Miller (left), as well as the facility's animal caretaker and UCSD biology student Erin Hunt (below).
30 Years of Education, Conservation, and Research
Conservation, which is one of our larger efforts; we work with a program called the Species Survival Plan with the recovery of Mexican wolves.
And, research; we have research that actually goes on here at the facility in conjunction with the local universities in our county as well as off-site and in the recovery areas of the southwest..."
This video provides an overview of the HPWREN-connected California Wolf Center, which is located in rural San Diego County - approximately four miles from Julian. Manager Kim Miller and Caretaker Erin Hunt discuss the primary objectives of the Center as well as day-to-day activities - such as the efforts involved with caring for the 36 wolves living on the site.
Sharing California Wolf Center with the Rest of the World
Erin Hunt explains that the HPWREN connectivity assists the Wolf Center in achieving their overall goals, such as carrying out research related to wolf vocalization, feeding behavior, natural pack interaction, and the list continues.
"And, anyone who has access to the Internet can view our wolves in real-time while they are exhibiting their natural behaviors and that's a great education tool," she says.
Additional monitoring equipment includes a megapixel camera (left), which was installed in January 2004, and is accessible via the California Wolf Center's website. The set-up also encompasses an Ethernet hub, which is connected by underground fiber to the HPWREN radio; this hub connects the camera and serves as an access point for Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) activities, which allow for real-time "tours" of the Wolf Center from anywhere in the world.
Enhancing On-Site Education
Additional photographs are available.
-Kimberly Mann Bruch
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