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Women and Wolves

  • Wildlife Science Center 22830 Sunrise Road Northeast Stacy, MN, 55079 United States (map)
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Please join us on Saturday, September 28th from 3 pm to 8 pm for a celebration of the connection between Women and Wolves. Experience first hand the sights and sounds of several different species and subspecies of wolves, while on a guided tour of the Wildlife Science Center. Listen to author Debra Mitts-Smith as she lectures on the ways wolves are represented in literature. Singer/song writers Catherine Wilson and Glenda Huston will provide a beautiful back drop for dinner time. Hear the life stories of two young biologists who have made wolves their lives. We will end our evening with a drumming circle, led by Gabriel Ross. Please scroll below the wait list form for further information about our presenters.

Cost: $30/person ( includes dinner and refreshments)

Dinner will be catered by Acapulco, and will include vegetarian and vegan options. Space is limited to 50 women (Ages 21+), so get your registration in now!

This event is now sold out! Please put your name on the Wait List for tickets! Email roberta@wildlifesciencecenter.org with questions.

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Woman and Wolves Presenters

Peggy Callahan , WSC Executive Director

A native of Rochester, MN, Peggy first became interested in canines through her family dogs who were her constant companions. Inspired by a reply to a letter she had sent to a wolf biologist asking for a job at age eight, Peggy earned a degree in Biology from Carleton College and began working for the “Wolf Project” in August 1985. For five years she managed the colony for research, focusing on refining chemical immobilization techniques for use in the field. In addition to her wolf time, Peggy also assisted with studies involving Black Bear, Red Fox, White-tailed Deer and Wolves in the field, including assisting with the Isle Royale wolf captures in 1989 and 1991. When federal funding for the Wolf Project ceased in 1991, the Wildlife Science Center was created by Peggy to keep the facility open. After three years of intensive building and program planning, the Wildlife Science Center opened it’s doors to the public as a non-profit education and research facility. Scientific Papers

Debra Mitts-Smith, Author

Debra Mitts-Smith is the author of Picturing the Wolf in Children’s Literature. Her study begins with illustrated stories about the wolf beginning in the 1500s and continues through the present day. She considers the villainous beast of “Little Red Riding Hood” and compares that model to the nurturing wolves of Romulus and Remus or Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Beginning in the 1960s, scientific research lead to a changed understanding of the wolf and Debra shows how this was reflected in a more nuanced picture of the wolf in children’s books. A compelling speaker when discussing her beloved wolves, both real and fictional, Debra’s talk presents a wide range of visual images. She has been a featured speaker at academic conferences and recipient of the Mann Lecture award by the Pennsylvania State University.

Debra is currently at work on a new book that will explore the cultural history of the wolf. The Wildlife Science Center continues to provide scientific support to her work and is pleased that she will be able to speak at our “Women and Wolves” event.

Gabriel Ross, Creative Spirit Director

Gabriel is the founding director of Creative Spirit, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring spirituality through the arts.   She has led women’s spirituality groups for over 25 years.  Gabriel designed and leads the Soul Journal programs for incarcerated women at Shakopee Prison and Befriending Creation camp for girls.  Her unique program offerings include drum and ritual groups and Mystics at the River.  Gabriel lives the concept that all beings have spirit and can offer wisdom, guidance and healing, and she loves wolves.

Catherine Wilson, Singer/song-writer

Catherine Wilson learned a love of the Earth very young – her father was a wildlife biologist who was the National Wolf Recovery Team Leader. Catherine is also a singer-songwriter and poet who, for the past 40 years has provided music, one woman shows, teaching and leadership for retreats, workshops, classes and community events in the U.S. and internationally. She released two CDs, and currently her work takes place at Aslan Institute – an integrative mental health center in Eagan. She is excited to announce the upcoming release of her book “A Trail of Breadcrumbs – A Poetic Memoir of Survival, Healing, and Spiritual Growth.”

Glenda Huston, Singer/song-writer

Glenda Huston guides people to discover and express their gifts. As a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Full Voice Coach, Glenda invites groups and individuals to experience more meaning and joy in living. Glenda has been a SoulCollage® Facilitator for over ten years, and has guided hundreds of people to tap their deep wisdom through imagery. She received her certification from SoulCollage® founder, Seena Frost in 2009 and offers ongoing retreats, classes, and solstice and equinox events. As a certified Full Voice Coach, she helps people find their voice, whatever that means to them. She has studied with Full Voice founder, Barbara McAfee, since 2008 and has offered this transformational work to both individuals and groups.

Megan Callahan-Beckel, Animal Care Staff at WSC

Megan has worked at WSC her whole life, but was added to official staff in May of 2019.  She is our primary wolf mom and works very hard to make sure our pups have a safe and well socialized up-bringing each summer. During the past winters Meg has worked on several studies at and away from WSC including; Harvard’s MicroBiome Study, Duke University’s Canine Cognition Study, University of Arizona’s Canine Cognition Study and a recent reproductive study for the Species Survival Program.

Roberta Ryan, Animal Care Coordinator at WSC

Roberta has a Bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She became a full-fledged staff member in 2016 after serving as an animal care and education volunteer at WSC for nearly 8 years. Roberta has been part of multiple wildlife research programs, including the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the MN DNR Moose Project, the Voyageurs National Park Wolf and Beaver Projects, and the Yellowstone National Park Wolf Project.

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