Join AWA for a special book signing event October 20th

Mark your calendar and get out Among Wolves on Sunday, October 20!

Please join The Alaska Wildlife Alliance as we co-host a special presentation and book signing for author Marybeth Holleman’s new book Among Wolves: Gordon Haber’s Insights Into Alaska’s Most Misunderstood Animal on Sunday, October 20 at the Wilda Marston Theatre in Anchorage.

Author Marybeth Holleman Photo by James Holleman

Author Marybeth Holleman
Photo by James Holleman

Marybeth – an AWA advisory board member and ardent wildlife supporter – will present a slide show and talk about her new book based on the late Gordon Haber’s more than 40 years of research of the wolves of Denali National Park. She will offer a glimpse into Haber’s exhaustive study of the Denali wolves, focusing on their complex social structure and the devastating impact human hunters have on the wolves.

Her presentation will begin at 3:30 pm in the Wilda Marston Theatre (in the lobby of the Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St.) Afterward there will be refreshments, and time to mingle and chat with volunteers from the sponsoring organizations.

After more than four decades studying the wolves of Denali, Dr. Haber – who died in 2009 when his research plane crashed in the Park – was convinced that wolf society is more rich and complex than current management policies take into account. In short, sound wolf management shouldn’t be about the numbers. Because the wolf’s basic social structure is its family group, hunting and trapping does far more damage than just killing a few wolves; it destroys family groups and extinguishes unique behaviors that take generations to form.

Toklat PupsPhoto by Gordon Haber

Toklat Pups
Photo by Gordon Haber

Today, predator control, hunting, and trapping of wolves is increasing throughout Alaska and the western United States. In Alaska, Denali’s wolves are trapped when they cross outside park boundaries. In the Lower 48, there is a plan to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List. Given these threats, Haber’s insights are even more valuable – and timely – than ever.

Through Haber’s remarkable photographs, stories and observations, Among Wolvesshows the astonishing degree of cooperation between wolf family members. It follows the world-famous Toklat wolves, first observed over 70 years ago by Adolph Murie. It also describes the devastation to and fragmentation of these tight-knit wolf families caused by human killing. And it reveals the passion and wonder that Haber, in decades working in some of the harshest conditions on Earth, never lost.

Book Cover, Among Wolves

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Marybeth will have her books for sale (University of Alaska Press, $29.95) and she will be signing copies. A portion of the proceeds of books sold at the event will be donated to AWA and co-sponsoring organizations: Alaska Center for the Environment, Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association.

For more information on Marybeth and Among Wolves, go to: http://www.marybethholleman.com

Again, please join us from 3:30 – 5:30 pm on Sunday, October 20!