2020 Never Cry Wolf
An Educational Program Like No Other And You Can Be Part Of The Action!
Why is this program so important?
In a gray world, the wolf dog lingers between the wild and domestic. They yearn for human interaction yet possess a deep desire for a pack, forests and freedom
The outcome for many of these wolf dogs is sad. They are abandoned by their owners at dog shelters where they are considered unadoptable and euthanized. Unable to understand, they remain there until the vets arrive to inject them with the solutions that stop their hearts. Fearful and confused, they die on a concrete floor surrounded by strangers.
This includes thousands of innocent dogs that are thought to be wolf dogs and sadly, have no wolf genetics. Their only crime is an irresponsible owner. Wolf Run, along with K9 Trainer, David Duncan and Off Leash K9 Dog Training will help these animals through education and put an end to the suffering of mislabeled animals! Won't you please join us and give what you can? 100% of your support will go to the animals!
This wolf dog puppy was sold my a breeder to people who decided they no longer wanted her. She was returned to the breeder and given to a young lady who knew this little animal was in trouble. She took her to find her help but bound her mouth to keep her from biting. She is at Wolf Run ,now with people who understand wolf dog behavior. Her name is Jury.
Wolf Run is:
A No Kill Facility
A 501 c 3 Non profit
Wolf Run Receives no state or gov't funding.
Enjoy nature without leaving home!
With Your Free Pocket Guide To Kentucky Wildlife Tracks!
Looking for something to do on a rainy day? After a rain is the best time to head outdoors to do some tracking! The best places to go are muddy areas near water. All kinds of animals go to ponds, rivers and streams to drink. The shore is full of mystery but you can identify your findings with the free Pocket Guide! Take a photo with your phone or print it to take along!
Bee A Hero
Seven bee species were added to the endangered species list. All are yellow faced bees native to Hawaii. The honey bee is not an endangered bee. But at the rate of decline many predict it will happen. Climate change, habitat destruction, pesticides, all play a huge part in the loss of bees. Bee's are one of the most important beings on earth. We don't want to lose them! Here are some fun things your family can do to help our little pollinators thrive.
Create a Bee Bath.
A fun activity that can also help save the bees is creating a bee bath. Fill a shallow bird bath or a small dish or bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles and stones inside so that they poke out of the water. Bees will land on the stones and pebbles to drink the water as they take a break from foraging and pollinating.
Build homes for native bees.
Did you know that, with the exception of honey bees, most bees are solitary creatures? 70% of bees live underground, while 30% live in holes inside of trees or hollow stems. Since many solitary and bumble bees build their nests in undisturbed land, why not keep an untouched plot of land for them in your garden? “Bee condos” allow solitary bees like mason bees to take up residence and pollinate your garden, and are widely available for sale online. You can also learn how to build your own bee condo and create a better space for solitary bees.
Plant A Bee Garden!
Bees love hydrangeas, foxgloves, larkspur, roses, clematis, butterfly bush, salvia, sweet William, zinnias, marigolds, alyssum, nasturtium, daisy varieties and just about any type of flower that has blue shades of blooms.
Herbs such as lavender, dill, basil, bee balm, thyme, evening primrose, poppy and goldenrod are favorites of honey bees.
The Lights Are About To Go Out On Lightning Bugs!
Fireflies and lightning bugs are the same insect, and are actually beetles.
Fireflies are fun to watch because they light up. A combination of an enzyme called luciferase reacts with luciferin creating the glow on the abdomen of the firefly.
Fireflies were as ubiquitous in the summer night sky as stars. Now the insects are facing extinction, and yes, humans are to blame. Of the nearly 2,000 species of fireflies across the world, 200 are found in the U.S. However, many of those that were once common have now disappeared.
Build a firefly habitat in your yard!
Other ways to attract fireflies.
Gardeners often don’t realize gardens make for great firefly habitat, helping to replace lost natural habitat. The common firefly — the Big Dipper firefly (Photinus pyralis) — readily takes to an organic habitat. The trick is to make your garden as inviting as possible for fireflies to take up residence.
Gardens are meccas for food fireflies eat. If you have fought off snails, slugs, various insects, worms then fireflies can lend a hand by helping to control these pests.
Fireflies spend up to 95% of their lives in larval stages. They live in soil/mud/leaf litter and spend from 1-2 years growing until finally pupating to become adults. This entire time they eat anything they can find. As adults, they only live 2-4 weeks. Females that have mated successfully need a place to lay eggs. They will lay eggs in many spots, but gardens offer an oasis with a source of soil moisture good for larval development.
Assess your soil health.
If you have poor soil, introduce nutrients such as bag compost, leaves, and organic matter.
Till your soil or use a no-till technique such as using a broadfork to open soils. This is especially important if working in a native area to avoid disruption of habitat. Tilling or using a broadfork to loosen soil adds some aeration and prevents soil from compacting.
Avoid use of broad spectrum pesticides, especially lawn chemicals.
Turn off outside lights and advocate for local “Dark Skies” policies to control light pollution.
Buy land to protect species.
Let log and leaf litter accumulate. Segment an area of your land/yard to remain in a natural state.
Plant trees and native grasses. Grasses and forbs help retain soil moisture.
Don’t over-mow your lawn.
Number of Species
In North America, there are an estimated 170+ species. Worldwide there is estimated 2000+ species. These numbers are going up as new Lampyridae species are described by scientists.
The purpose of blinking is so that male fireflies can find potential mates. If you watch long enough you will be able to pick up on their unique flash pattern. Try to remember it so that next time you see a firefly flash you can identify it.