Happy Howl-oween! Wilderness Weekly October 31, 2012

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2012 Wolf Newsletter

New Organ Mountains videos online

Student contest winners

New Otero Mesa press

Great campaign news

Thank you!

2013 Wolf Stamp Contest

Mexican gray wolf to be released

2012 Wolf Newsletter

Our latest newsletter takes an in-depth look at the history of wolves and wolf policy in New Mexico as well as the West. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Failing the Wolf: New Mexico’s Pay-to-Play Game Commission Picks Politics Over Protection
  • Living With Wolves
  • The Original Lobo Louie

View our fall 2012 wolf newsletter now.

You can also view online extras and calls to action here.

New Organ Mountains videos online now

We have a new TV commercial and promotional video for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument campaign. We’re closer than ever to a national monument, but we still have work to do to, so please spread the word about this wonderful place and why it should be protected.

View the videos now.

Wild Harmonies student contest winners

In September, NM Wild invited high school and middle school students across the state to create their best art, music or writing inspired by wild Mexican wolves in wilderness. The two first-place winners, high school students Dale Harper and Katie Lucero, earned four tickets each to the performance, a hotel stay, and meal voucher for their family (up to four) in Santa Fe for the Wild Harmonies event.

View their winning artwork.

Great news for two of our campaigns

Bingaman and Udall write the president in support of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte

Last week, Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to consider designating two of our campaign areas — El Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks — as national monuments. This is great news that there is now a real possibility for not one, but two, new national monuments in the state.

The senators are the sponsors of legislation that would elevate the Rio Grande Gorge and adjacent Taos Plateau, and the Organ Mountains and other important public lands in Doña Ana County — to National Conservation Areas/Wilderness Areas.

Read more.

Read the letter now.

Thank you! 

We’re just coming off of an amazing fundraiser to benefit wolf conservation, Wild Harmonies with Hélène Grimaud. Thank you to everyone who attended — without you, this special event to benefit wolf conservation would never have happened. Not able to attend? You can still contribute to our Mexican wolves campaign online. We’d like to thank Grimaud, who traveled all the way from New York for this unique concert. As founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, she has championed herself as someone who stands with wolves, and we truly appreciate her dedication to playing a solo concert in support of wolf conservation. We would also like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Tracey Weisberg for her personal vision that brought together Hélène Grimaud, the Wolf Conservation Center and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. A special thanks also to Charmay Allred for helping to bring students from schools throughout Santa Fe to the performance. Last, but not least, we’d like to extend a big thank you to our other event sponsors and in-kind donors: New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Michael Hartey, Santa Fe Concert Association, Keshi, Sukhmani, Joe Alcock, Albuquerque Museum Foundation, Digital Fin Communications and Executive Printing & Direct Mail, Inc. Please contribute to our Mexican wolves campaign online.


Read a blog about the concert from Pianist/Composer Charles Blanchard

2013 Wolf Stamp Contest

Help protect the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf with your artwork


We’re now accepting artwork entries for the 2013 Mexican Wolf Conservation Stamp. We invite artists worldwide to submit their artwork. This will be the third in a series of collectable stamps. Proceeds go toward wolf conservation projects. Learn more about how you can submit your artwork here.


Buy a 2011 Stamp – ON SALE TODAY!

Buy a 2012 Stamp – ON SALE TODAY!


Mexican gray wolf to be released


A Mexican gray wolf who has lived at Brookfield Zoo since 2010 will soon roam free in Southwest. Ernesta will first stop at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wolf Management Facility at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, NM, according to the Chicago Zoological Society. She will then choose a mate and the pair will receive survival skills conditioning — a sort of pre-release boot camp — to prepare them for life in the wild.

Read more about the release.

While we are pleased that another Mexican gray wolf may be joining its wild companions, the release proposal falls far short of what needs to be done to ensure the recovery of this critically endangered canid.


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