I am an artist, writer, and ecologist with the roaming habits of my species of interest. My minimum convex polygon would cover a territory (or at least a dispersal route) ranging from Cambodia to Mongolia to Massachusetts to Wyoming and beyond. My heart is in the American West and my final home territory will be too. This site chronicles my work with wolverine science in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and in Mongolia, as well as the creative outgrowths of that work. It also serves as a place where other wolverine-related media are compiled.
Disclaimers and information about sponsorship and ethical issues:
All posts, including original writing, photos, and artwork, are copyrighted.
The writing on these pages reflects my own opinion, and should not be taken to represent any of my affiliates or anyone else in the wolverine research or conservation community.
As with most personal blogged accounts of people’s quirky interests, this blog is unsponsored. If I’ve listed a website anywhere on here, it’s because I find it personally interesting, controversial, beautiful, or, for whatever reason, worth a look. This includes links listed to the righthand side of the page.
As a full disclaimer and for full clarification, I have worked for the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC) as a paid employee in the past, but did not receive any compensation for time spent blogging. Likewise, I have also blogged about wolverines for High Country News‘ “The Range” feature, but received no compensation for that, either. I am currently a Research Associate at NRCC but the blog is an independent writing project that I undertook and maintain on my own initiative. No one has ever had editorial power over the blog’s contents (although several wolverine scientists have been kind enough to share their opinions on posts when asked.) This blog exists purely to indulge the feelings of compulsion that some people harbor towards a really rad animal. If you share those feelings, welcome, and be assured that this is not an agenda-driven space.
If you are very strongly interested in wolverine conservation and would like to support research efforts, I encourage you to visit The Wolverine Foundation’s webpage, where you can find a list of current projects and select one to which you might donate. This is the biggest need right now, and the best thing that you can do for wolverines. If you are interested in supporting any of the specific research efforts documented on this blog, please contact NRCC directly at nrccc (at) nrccooperative.org. I am not getting any money out of any of this; I’m simply interested in promoting wider awareness of wolverines and their research and conservation needs.
So what do I get out of this? If you like the work on this blog, let me know. I’m a writer above all else, and knowing that people appreciate my writing is how I get my day-to-day buzz. I appreciate the many people who have contacted me and told me how much they learned from an entry, or how much they enjoyed a particular post. I also appreciate the people who have taken the time to report wolverine sightings and to send photos and engage in follow-up conversations – citizen science is a powerful tool and your engagement and enthusiasm are inspiring.
I also want to thank the wolverine research community for their extraordinary interest in and intellectual support for this work, for being patient with my many questions and quirks, and for understanding and encouraging the attempt to tell an exciting scientific story in a new and untried form. You readers and researchers are my true sponsors, you sustain this work in the most vital way, and I am privileged to be part of such a wonderful community. My gratitude goes out to all of you.