If he only knew how many people thought about him, talked about him, read about him and watched movies made in his honor, Journey, our famous wandering wolf, would no doubt delve even deeper into the wilderness. Fortunately, he doesn’t know and his life continues as it should, without untoward interference by humans.
This Wednesday, May 18 at 7 pm, the documentary entitled Wolf OR 7 Expedition will be shown in Ashland, Oregon at the Meese Auditorium at Southern Oregon University. You may have heard about this expedition. It’s the story of six adventures who followed the trail of Journey, all the way from his home in the far northeastern corner of Oregon to places he visited in northern California. After the film there will be a question and answer period emceed by Lilia Letsch. On the panel will be myself, Wally Sykes, wolf advocate with Northeast Oregon Ecosystems, and Joe Kreuzman of Coyote Trails School of Nature. KS Wild (Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center) and SOU Outdoor Program are hosting the event. Tickets are $15. Please join us if you can!
I am also happy to report that my book, Journey: The Wandering Wolf is (finally!) complete and will be out by the end of this summer. I started working on this project over three years ago and it has evolved into what I hope readers will agree is an educational and interesting portrayal of Journey’s life so far. The book is geared for middle to high school readers but is accessible for all ages. Enlisting the tool of narrative nonfiction, I’ve written the story in a personable yet accurate manner, including sections that are through the point of view of the wolf. There is information about the history of wolves in Oregon and elsewhere, how biologists study these animals, the importance of wildlife corridors to their movement, and what we can do to improve life for Canis lupus. Journey: The Wandering Wolf will be available in both hard and soft cover. I’ll keep you updated as the date approaches. Thanks to everyone who made this possible including those I interviewed and my patient and encouraging family and friends who read the text. I’m indebted to my sister Helen Hill and Rob Klavins of Oregon Wild for their help. And of course, thanks to Journey for creating this amazing story for all of us to learn from and enjoy.