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Oregon Wild Wednesday 1/7/09: Come learn about the return of wolves to Oregon!

An Oregon Wild Wednesday Presentation: The Howl is Back

Hear about the return of wolves to Oregon from ODFW wolf coordinator, Russ Morgan

What: Oregon Wild Wednesday – A FREE quarterly event open to all-ages. RSVP is not required, but we encourage you to arrive early.

When: Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 6-7:30 pm

Who: Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator and the state’s point man on tracking and recovering wolves as they repopulate Oregon – and – Oregon Wild Roadless Wildlands Advocate Rob Klavins.

Where: Roots Organic Brewery, event room 1520 SE 7th Avenue Portland, OR 97214 www.rootsorganicbrewing.com

WIN!: Every person who attends this free event will be entered into our raffle for goodies such as Patagonia gear! Drawing to take place evening of event; you must be present to win.

For more information visit www.oregonwild.org

On a warm July night last summer in remote northeast Oregon, Russ Morgan and a US Fish and Wildlife Service colleague pulled their truck to the side of a narrow road and began howling into the late evening air. Seconds later the call was returned. Soon, the distinct sound of two adult gray wolves and two wolf pups filled the night sky. Morgan had just discovered Oregon’s first resident wolf pack in over 60 years.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (OWFW) wolf coordinator Russ Morgan will share this story and more on January 7th as the featured speaker at Oregon Wild Wednesday a quarterly event hosted by the conservation group Oregon Wild. For two years Morgan has criss-crossed the rugged backcountry of northeast Oregon searching to confirm reports of wolf sightings. In January, the efforts bore fruit as a lone wolf was filmed from a helicopter after Morgan picked up a radio signal belonging to a collared gray wolf from an Idaho wolf pack.

Joining Morgan will be Oregon Wild Roadless Wildlands Advocate Rob Klavins. Klavins will talk about the effort to protect Oregon’s 2 million acres of roadless backcountry (as well as 58.5 million acres nationwide) and the role that big, wild places play in providing essential habitat for gray wolves.