“Howling Wolf Tour” Auction
Teton County Library Foundation is thrilled to announce its “Howling Wolf Tour” auction has raised $9,000 in support of a wide variety of library enrichments and enhancements. This unique opportunity to traverse the interior of Flying D Ranch with Turner Endangered Species Fund lead biologist Mike Phillips, resident wolf biologist Val Asher and Bozeman-based author Todd Wilkinson was made possible thanks to Wilkinson’s desire to express his appreciation for what the library provides to the community.
Questions? Contact Teton County Library Foundation Associate Director, Pauline Towers-Dykeman at 307-733-2164 x 217 or .
Special thank you to Lisa & Steve Robertson and Todd Wilkinson for making this fundraising opportunity possible for the Library Foundation.
Flying D Ranch
Ted Turner’s Flying D Ranch, southwest of Bozeman, is one of the largest wild pieces of private property in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, internationally recognized for its pristine beauty and unsullied ecology. Notably, the largest extended wolf pack in the contiguous United States, the Beartrap Pack, makes its home in the center of the ranch, part of the Greater Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Area, and has been the subject of more than a decade of monitoring. Flying D is home to elk, moose, pronghorn, mule and whitetailed deer, all species present at the end of the post-Pleistocene, as well as newly restored imperiled westslope cutthroat trout and the world’s largest private herd of bison.
Mike Phillips, a Montana state senator as well as TESF biologist, played an instrumental role in reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park. Both Phillips and Flying D resident wolf biologist Val Asher have been involved in wolf monitoring since the inception of recovery efforts in the region.
While researching and writing his latest book, Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, author Todd Wilkinson had unparalleled access to Ted Turner, the man whose progressive vision of conservation and land stewardship can be no better witnessed than on his 113,000-acre Montana ranch. The book delves into deeply personal terrain not explored in other books written about the historically private Turner. Last Stand has won high praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist.