On the Trail

  • Video Time Lapse: 1,200 miles in the footsteps of Oregon’s famous Wolf OR-7

    Before watching this video, take a moment to think about Wolf OR-7′s 2011 dispersal across Oregon and Northern California. In your mind, what do you see? Do you think of a map, maybe with lines or data on it? For most people following the story of Wolf OR-7 around the world, maps like the one […]
  • Wolf OR-7’s Journey in Photos From the Forest Floor

    Wolf OR-7’s Journey in Photos From the Forest Floor

    During the days we spent walking Wolf OR-7’s dispersal route, I found myself endlessly fascinated watching the landscape transform. Some transitions were stark, like exiting a tree line as we rode out of Malheur National Forest into the open expanses of the Harney Basin, a flat and sparse landscape. Other transitions were gradual, only noticeable over the […]
  • Wildlife Tracking as a Tool for Wild Peace

    Wildlife Tracking as a Tool for Wild Peace

    From our bicycles, we could see the disturbance left by the large paws of a bear on the dirt road beneath our tires. I stepped off my bike to get a closer look. The bear was walking in the same direction we were riding. Bear tracks at a glance look remarkably human, this bear’s feet […]
  • Common Ground

    Common Ground

    Our expedition set out to explore wolf country from Wallowa County to Lassen County on Wolf OR-7’s heels with our own two feet. We were duly warned that the subject of wolves in the Northwest is so polarized that both anti-wolf and pro-wolf camps have received offensive threats from the other. We questioned our own […]
  • To Walk in the Wake of a Wolf – Poem

    To Walk in the Wake of a Wolf – Poem

    I wrote this just before crossing the California border back into Oregon again. It is dedicated to my team members: Rachael, David, Daniel, Jay, Michelle, and Wolf OR-7. To walk in the wake of a wolf is to walk into the silence of stealth and the feast of fearlessness, it is to fight for yourself and […]
  • Cascade-Siskiyou Biodiversity Hotspot

    Cascade-Siskiyou Biodiversity Hotspot

    The final two days of the expedition saw our team walking once more from California into the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon. It was immediately apparent that we were in a rich bio-diverse region. The pine forests gave way to mixed pine, oak and a vast array of flowering plants. The rolling hills covered […]
  • Meeting the Pacific Wolf Coalition

    Meeting the Pacific Wolf Coalition

    Devil’s Gate Ranch is a different kind of ranch in California encompassing Orr Mountain where it is believed Wolf OR-7 crossed on his way back to the border with Oregon, owned by Loch Jones and Sara Rose-Jones, whose history with the land stretches back many generations.. Today they are exploring how to support both cattle […]
  • Lassen County and the Sojourns of Wolf OR-7

    Lassen County and the Sojourns of Wolf OR-7

    For a number of months in 2012 Wolf OR-7 called the open fields and lava beds of Lassen County home. During his stay he moved extensively amongst cow fields and forest cover, drawing huge circles on the map that tracked his GPS position. We entered Lassen County on a hot Sunday afternoon, cycling through small […]
  • Bordering Home

    Bordering Home

    Riding west towards Iron Gate Reservoir on the Klamath River along the CA / OR border, Dave Moskowitz stopped us mid-track and asked which side of the border we thought we were on. I really couldn’t say, there was no difference between the dry oak savannah to the South and the dry oak savannah to […]
  • Meiss Lake (Panorama)

    Meiss Lake (Panorama)

    The bed of Meiss Lake stretches before us—transformed to a dry grass plane in the parched summer heat. Across this ocean of grass we drift, dreaming of wolves, chasing our tails back round towards Oregon and our journey’s end.
  • Mount Shasta from Devil’s Gate Ranch (Panorama)

    Mount Shasta from Devil’s Gate Ranch (Panorama)

    A view of Mount Shasta from Devil’s Gate Ranch. Loch Jones, the Rancher, maintains his property both for cattle and as a wildlife refuge. Birds frequent the lake in his back yard, nesting on the small island at its center, and beavers make dams in the rivers and brush beyond.
  • Encounter: Hans, Bike Maestro

    Encounter: Hans, Bike Maestro

    Hans is our Bike Maestro volunteer with a lifetime of bike touring and adventures under his belt and many years of involvement with the bicycle advocacy across the USA, including serving as the former Board Chair for the League of American Bicyclists. His invaluable support comes in a myriad of ways and we are excited to have […]
  • Rollercoaster of Smells (AUDIO)

    Rollercoaster of Smells (AUDIO)

    A brief profile of smells as told by a human along the route of Wolf OR-7. Cycling and walking from high elevation fir forests, down through dense pines packed with spring flowers and further down into sagebrush deserts affords a rich palette of smells, even for the dinky human nose as compared to a wolf’s […]
  • Of Mosquitoes and Men

    Of Mosquitoes and Men

    “The most spectacular trait of wolves, however, is the most controversial: like man himself, wolves must sacrifice other creatures in order that they themselves might survive.” – L. David Mech, “The Wolf” In the face of a full-scale mosquito assault, my strongest defense wasn’t the additional shirt hastily tied around my head or the mud […]
  • Standing on Lone Wolf Mountain

    Standing on Lone Wolf Mountain

    Every expedition has a defining moment, be it for the team, the expedition mission or the individual team member. Today I stood on a mountain peak called Lone Wolf – it was my personal defining moment of this expedition into the journey of Wolf OR-7. The walk from our previous night’s camp, beside a small […]
  • Gravel

    Gravel

    Not all gravel is the same. Cycling 50 miles a day on backcountry gravel roads gives one a taste of the diversity of gravel. Road geology changes as frequently as spring weather in the northwest, and gravel comes in all shades of gray, rusted orange, cinnamon and even purple. There’s the fishtailing in sand type […]
  • Encounter: Mosquito madness on the Pacific Crest Trail (VIDEO)

    Encounter: Mosquito madness on the Pacific Crest Trail (VIDEO)

    Moments like this make you question why mosquitos exist. Or why in these modern days, we allow them to exist. It was an interesting reflection considering that we are on an expedition centered around the story of another animal sometimes equally despised. And while the arguments in defense of mosquitos may be few, they may […]
  • Encounter: Mac and Karin

    Encounter: Mac and Karin

    Mac and Karin donated their time and resources to support the expedition. Two life-long students of the natural world, this retired couple splits their time between the deserts of southern California and the rain soaked British Columbia coast and met David Moskowitz through their interest in wildlife tracking. Along with logistical support they blessed our […]
  • Wolf Country

    Wolf Country

    It has been two weeks (forever) since we saw wolf tracks in the snow of the Wallowa Mountains. From that point onward, part of me has lamented every mile walked and bicycled as they took us further and further from any known area of wolf activity. Here we are, a wolf expedition quickly moving away […]
  • Encounter: Lee and Peggie

    Encounter: Lee and Peggie

    Lee is a lifelong cowboy with a long family history in Oregon. He raises Kobe Beef and also farms hay outside of Sisters, Oregon. Our team met up with Lee at a presentation about “Wolves in the Land of Samon“ by David Moskowitz. Our brief conversation after the event made us eager to hear more […]
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