WHEN: Saturday, August 17th, 2019 with activities including wildlife watching, birding, berry picking, cookout, campfire, camping and an organized hike…a fun event for the whole family !

WHERE: Cain’s Orchard | W13885 Cain Road Hixton, WI 54635
Learn more: http://www.explorewisconsin.com/spotlight/CainsOrchard

Communities close to the farm include Eau Claire, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Sparta, Tomah, Altoona, Black River Falls, Neillsville, Nekoosa and surrounding Jackson County. About 2 hours from Madison.

COST:  FREE EVENT !  (There will be a cookout with all diets taken into consideration)

On August 17th, wildlife advocates will join with Wisconsin small family farmers, outdoor enthusiasts and environmentally sustainable businesses.

This is a day to learn about sustainable farming, coexistence in nature and celebrate Wisconsin wildlife. The event will take place at Cain’s Orchard in the heart of the Black River Falls State Forest, where outdoor recreation opportunities and wildlife thrive, including the area’s elk herd, wolves, bears and an incredible diversity of bird and plant life!

This annual wildlife advocacy day is designed to educate and motivate wildlife and wilderness lovers on important wildlife-related issues and to encourage representatives hear about coexistence and address our need on how to best advocate for wildlife in Wisconsin.

Cain’s Orchard has a strong environmental message they wish to share with all of us who care about wildlife, that coexistence is not only possible, but vitally important. The other farms participating recognize the importance of being a conscientious caretaker of the earth, its plants, animals and their habitat. Other farms in attendance will be showcasing their products and ways that they promote wildlife and nature.

Picking Blue Berries
Blueberry picking at Cain’s Orchard.

The event will also showcase businesses across Wisconsin that recognize that outdoor recreation supports, contributes to a high quality of life and—perhaps most importantly—attracts and sustains employers and families.

Wildlife Day is an opportunity to bring together and ethical hunters, non-consumptive users, scientists, silent sports enthusiasts, farmers, tribal members and anyone who truly cares about wildlife as a unified yet, diverse voice for policy at all levels of government.

Outdoor recreation is a powerful economic engine that can benefit wildlife. As a constituent, you are vital in persuading legislators that wildlife belongs to everyone and that keystone species need special consideration and protections.

So please mark your calendars, and join us for a day of fun, education and advocacy !  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact us at info@wiwolvesandwildlife.org.

Ian’s Pizza Dough-Nation Night

Friends of WI Wolf Ian's Flyer

Present this flyer (on your mobile phone or in print) at the register when you pay for your pizza on the evening of June 12th and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife !

Wolf Delisting Public Hearing with USFWS

Hounders with dead wolves
Wisconsin is the only state to permit wolf hounding.

If the above image is one you do not want to see become legal in the state of Wisconsin again, please join us in speaking out against federal wolf delisting at the public hearing hosted by Senator Ron Johnson next week in Hudson.

When:  Friday, May 3rd | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Hudson House Grand Hotel | 1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, Wisconsin

According to the event invitation, this is intended to be a public meeting (not a rally, roundtable or a hearing) to give people in Northwest Wisconsin the chance to take an active role in the FWS rule making process. It will consist of a short presentation and then opened up for verbal comments.

The event will provide potentially hundreds of interested constituents and government officials on both sides of the current gray wolf delisting debate with an opportunity to share their public comments with US Fish & Wildlife Service officials both verbally and also in writing. Those who attend will be encouraged to clearly state and write their position on the proposed rule making, and to include their reasoning behind it.

If you have not done so already, please submit your official public comment here and make arrangements to attend this public hearing to voice your opposition to the delisting of wolves across the nation.


For more information on how to prepare and submit your public comments online or in person at this public hearing, please join our Live Webinar on Wednesday, May 1st from 7-8 PM where we will go over everything you need to prepare, concluding with an interactive Question & Answer session.

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Another way you can help is by collecting written public comments from everyone you know who wants to see our wolves remain protected !  Bring all written comments with you to the public hearing OR you can send them by email to info@wiwolvesandwildlife.org or drop them to our mailing address at 117 Ardmore Drive Madison, WI 53713.

As always, thanks for all that you for our wolves ~

Killing Games Screening and Discussion

Killing Games.jpg

When:  April 12, 2019 @ 7:00 PM 

Where:  Discovery Building  |  330 N Orchard St., Madison, WI 53715 

Join us to watch the educational and moving documentary, “Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs” by Project Coyote. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with Dr. Adrian Treves, UW-Madison professor and founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, Bill Lynn, research scientist in ethics and sustainability at Clark University and Megan Nicholson, Wisconsin State Director of The Humane Society of the United States.

Watch the trailer here:


Eagle Watching Day

flying bald eagle

When:  January 19, 2019 @ 8:00 AM 

Where: River Arts Center | 105 9th St, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578

Contact Info: msmith@wiwolvesandwildlife.org

Bald eagles are one of our most iconic species and represent a true conservation success. In Wisconsin, we had an unprecedented 1,695 occupied nests last year! Eagles have come back thanks to the protections of the Endangered Species Act and conservation efforts that banned chemicals that kept their eggs from developing strong shells, killing their embryos.

On January 19th, we can celebrate this success by viewing these impressive birds in their natural habitat. We will be tabling at Sauk Prairie’s Eagle Watching Day to organize in support of the Endangered Species Act and to get the word out about current threats to bald eagles and other species.

We will also be inviting visitors to attend an upcoming film, Killing Games, that looks at wildlife killing contests and what we can do to end these unethical and wasteful events.

Researcher Adrian Treves and Bill Lynn, of spotted owl fame will also be joining us at the table. This is a great opportunity to help protect endangered species and meet others that are doing great work. There will be a birds of prey demo too – I hope you can join us !

Eagle Watching Day is also taking place on the same day as the Moondog Madness coyote hunt in Sauk City, so it can serve as a way to help other wildlife enthusiasts become aware of what is happening just down the street.

Our Vanishing Future: Wildlife Art Show

Capturing the rare and vanishing species of the United States: wildlife photography and illustrations by professional and local artists.

Running Wolf by David Moskowitz
Photo by David Moskowitz

When:  Friday, November 9th | 6:00 PM – close

Where:  Art In |1444 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

Cost:  FREE EVENT!  including hors d’oeuvres + cash bar 

Come support local, indigenous and professional wildlife photographers and artists and learn more about how you can help keep protections in place for imperiled and endangered species around the US.

Entertainment includes speaker Bill Greendeer from the Hochunk nation, film showings from Project Coyote and Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife, and many special musical guests!

 >> RSVP HERE <<

Stop Extinction Challenge!

Stop Extinction Challenge - MADISON

When: August 10th @ 3:00 PM (your time)

Where: Your Senator’s nearest office

The legislative attacks on the Endangered Species Act are reaching a fever pitch in Congress. Earlier this month, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced a bill that would weaken the Endangered Species Act and last week, members of the House of Representatives introduced a package of bills that would set conservation back and harm wildlife. Your senators could be the difference between endangered species surviving or losing protections.

Join activists from around the country in taking the Stop Extinction Challenge and show up on August 10th to the office nearest you to speak out to stop extinction.

Find your senators’ nearest offices and commit to show up on August 10th at 3 PM!

Speaking out in person by telling staffers how much you value plants, fish, and wildlife and the laws that protect them is one of–if not the–most valuable actions you can take as an activist. Calls, emails, and petitions are so important to keeping plants, fish, and wildlife safe, but when senators hear that constituents like you are taking the time to show up in person, they listen closely.

Summer Tabling Events

FOWW at Summerfest

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife will be hosting a table at the following events to help get the word out about endangered wolves and other imperiled wildlife in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. If we happen to be in your neck of the woods, stop by to say hello and grab some info !

Central Park Sessions:  August 1 – 2 (5:00 – 9:00 pm)

Monona Farmers Market:  Sunday, August 12

Orton Park Festival:  August 25-26

Willy Street Fair:  September 15-16

Monona Farmers Market:  Sunday, September 23

James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt

JamesTaylor and Bonnie Raitt

When:  Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)

Where:  American Family Insurance Amphitheater | Milwaukee, WI

James and Bonnie have invited Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife to host a table at their show to help get the word out about endangered wolves and other imperiled wildlife in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Order tickets here and stop by our table before the show to say hello and grab some info !

Endangered Species Day Event

ESA Day Event

Date:  Saturday, May 19th | 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Location:  Monarch Wildlife Wayside Refuge | 6282 State Highway 111, Catawba, Wisconsin 54515

Sponsored by: Endangered Species Coalition with Field Representative Melissa Smith

Hosted by: Monarch Wildlife Wayside Refuge, Ron Burger

Event will take place one day after National Endangered Species Day. We are looking forward to getting everybody together for this fun and educational day to show everyone about Endangered Species and what you to can do to help and get involved! You will even be able to take home some FREE milkweed Plants to plant for the Monarch Butterflies🦋  Stay tuned on this Facebook page for updates on further information regarding this event.  We hope to see you there!

For further information, please contact contact Ron Burger at MonarchWildlifeWaysideRefuge@outlook.com or call 715-339-2683

Wildlife Day at the Capitol

Wildlife Day Group Photo

On April 11, 2018 hundreds of wildlife advocates in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota gathered in solidarity at their state capitols to meet with lawmakers and speak for wolves and wildlife in the Great Lakes region!

The day was filled positive action for wolves and wildlife, where nearly one hundred supporters rallied at the State Capitol buildings in Madison and Lansing. Legislators met with their constituents who urged them to protect the wolf for future generations by supporting wildlife-friendly legislation. (We joined in solidarity with our friends in Minnesota who also held a day of action for wolves!)

Constituents were vital in persuading legislators that wildlife belongs to everyone and that keystone species, like wolves, need special consideration and protections. Wildlife Day was an opportunity to bring together ethical hunters, non-consumptive users, scientists, silent sports enthusiasts, farmers, tribal members and anyone who truly cares about wildlife as a unified yet, diverse voice for policy.

HOWLS OF THANKS to Lush Cosmetics, The Humane Society of the United States, Endangered Species Coalition, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, Songbird Protection Coalition, Dr. Adrian Treves, Cait Irwin and ALL the volunteers who helped make this day happen…we could not have done it without all of YOU!!!

While Wildlife Day was a step in the right direction, all Wisconsin residents are still needed to continue speaking out for our wolves. In the meantime, please continue to submit your Letters to the Editor, and write/call your state senators, representatives urging them to keep our wolves and wildlife protected. Learn more on our Take Action page.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for taking action and being a voice for wolves and wildlife.