Initiated into the pack

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This was the wolf pack medallion

This past Tuesday the kids learned all about wolf communication. We played initiation into the pack where I pretended that I was the alpha dog. When I looked the children in the eye, they either rolled onto their backs in the submission posture; backed away; or, challenged my alpha-hood by showing their teeth. (I ended up not being alpha dog after a few rounds because sweet, little Ford was way more Alpha than me!) Once they exhibited their understanding of wolf communication, they received their necklace with a picture of Tundra, our alpha wolf; and were initiated as part of the OIWC wolf pack!

After, we took a stroll to Wolf Wilderness and gave our wolves snack enrichment. This allowed us the opportunity to witness some non-verbal wolf talk up close. In the cabin, we read a story about wolves with Tundra, Oden, Willow, Heron and Cheyenne snoozing in the backdrop setting. At one point, the wolves began to stir and we were serenaded by a wolf howl. We sure had a howling good time this week investigating wolf behavior.

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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