During the last weekend in July, over 150 scientists, teachers, artists, politicians, and interested citizens gathered at Isle Royale National Park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Isle Royale wolf study â the longest running predator-prey study in the world.
The anniversary celebration featured talks and reflections by wolf researchers L. David Mech, Rolf Peterson, John Vucetich, and Doug Smith. Many other scientists and students involved in the study over the past 50 years attended the weekendâs events.
Only two pilots have participated in the 50 years of winter study monitoring, Don Murray of Minnesota and Don Glaser of Alaska. Both came to the island to help celebrate the anniversary. Murrayâs grandson flew the original winter study plane, a 1946 Areonca Champ, to the island for the celebration. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Lyle Laverty, NPS Associate Director for Natural Resources Bert Frost, and Midwest Regional Director Ernie Quintana attended the ceremony. The weekendâs events included the premiere of the documentary film, Fortunate Wilderness by George Desort, and programs on art and culture.