What is habitat connectivity and why does it matter? What is your favorite natural area- the one that makes you feel welcomed, calm, and connected? I’m privileged to have my favorite spot right outside my house- a beautiful gulch with a crystal-clear, 6-foot waterfall. Living in the mountains outside of Boulder, CO is sometimes too good to be true. Last night, I watched a herd of mule deer sneak up the ridge behind my home (and subsequently had the opportunity… Continue reading
Author Archives: Hailey Hawkins
It’s that time again, y’all – #LoboWeek2019! It has been 21 years since the Mexican gray wolf (also referred to as the Lobo) was returned to the wilds of southern New Mexico and Arizona. Their persistence, despite years of mismanagement and suppression, is astounding. So this week is to them! Raise your glasses and / or mugs in their honor! To me, the lobo represents a fullness that flows beyond them. Their presence on the land depicts health and equity.… Continue reading
I like to say that I work on the “people-side” of wildlife conservation. Most of the time, my days consist of me vigorously typing emails, reading policy, having conference calls, and giving presentations. I spend the majority of my waking life working to protect wildlife, but you know, I hardly get to see them. Which is why I was completely psyched when the opportunity to get out in the field presented itself. Earlier this month, the Endangered Species Coalition… Continue reading
There’s never been a time in my life when wolves weren’t my favorite animal. I remember looking at a book about wolves when I was little. My dad and I were sitting in the car in my grandma’s driveway, waiting for my brother to jump in. I was looking at a picture of a snarling wolf. I’d bet his teeth were as big as I was at that time. But I remember turning to my dad and proclaiming that I… Continue reading
Wolves belong in Colorado. That’s why the Endangered Species Coalition, in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and other organizations, is working hard to educate the public on the need to reintroduce wolves to western Colorado and restore the balance that has been lost.
Between shrinking national monuments, cozying up with special interest, and making questionable travel choices, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has somehow found time to also direct the Bureau of Land Management to reconsider the Sage Grouse Initiative, despite years of hard work and collaboration.
This week 19 years ago, 11 captive-born Mexican gray wolves (aka lobos) were released into the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona for the first time since they were very nearly eradicated in the early 1970s. In 1976, three years after the passage of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the lobo was listed as an endangered species.
We will be posting three blogs in the coming days representing different perspectives of Endangered Species Coalition staff that work on wolf recovery and protections. A couple weeks ago, I was in Phoenix talking to a friend. She said, “Women and wolves…” And paused for a moment, gathering her thoughts. “We’re like this,” as she raised her hand with her index and middle fingers crossed. What she was describing didn’t have any other words attached, but I immediately understood… Continue reading
Over 180 people gathered yesterday at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission meeting in Fort Collins, CO, to discuss the two proposed carnivore killing studies in the Piceance Basin and the Upper Arkansas River. Despite vocal public opposition and their questionable scientific rationalizations, the CPW Commission unanimously voted to approve the killing studies. 42 public testimonies were given at this meeting; 17 in favor and 25 opposing. Public outcry has been pouring in for months. Between the Endangered Species… Continue reading
Last week, over 20 scientists came together to oppose Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) two carnivore killing studies. These proposed studies, one in the Piceance Basin and the other near the Upper Arkansas River, would kill large numbers of mountain lions and black bears in a misguided attempt to increase mule deer populations in Colorado. Shocked by these studies, I contacted Adrian Treves, Ph.D., whom studies carnivore coexistence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I asked him to look over the… Continue reading