YELLOWSTONE WOLF GENEALOGY ONLINE
PROJECT LEADERS: Jim Halfpenny and Leo Leckie
Wolf restoration to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem stirs the imagination of onlookers across North America and the world. Tens of thousands follow their lives, movements, successes and challenges. To know the wolves one needs to know their family genealogies. Each year we produce a chart showing individual wolves and their packs which is available at www.TrackNature.com. A long-term history and genealogy was chronicled in my book Charting Yellowstone Wolves (2012 Jim Halfpenny). However, wolf information is dynamic and changes rapidly. In order to keep up with the wolf pedigree we now want to take their lives online. This project will allow thousands of students, teachers and fans immediate access to Yellowstone wolf genealogies online and to produce their own written records.
To put online the lives, pedigrees and genealogy of the Yellowstone wolves for access of all fans!
To provide an interactive, publicly accessible record of the wolves of the Yellowstone Wolf Reintroduction where fans can create their own posters and book albums.
Yellowstone Wolf Genealogy Online will feature both an introductory web site and access to the entire wolf genealogy through Ancestry.com.
For the first time ever, when this project is completed enthusiasts will be able to -
- access interactive pedigrees of the Yellowstone Wolf Reintroduction
- access the heritage and genealogy of individual wolves and their packs
- explore the bloodline of your favorite wolf including its origin and descendants
- produce their own posters and books showing wolf and pack heritage
- see images of many wolves
- read stories of individual wolves
This dynamic online project begins with the reintroduction of wolves to the Yellowstone Ecosystem in 1995 and 1996. Included are Canada and Montana parent packs with all known offspring. Photographs and biographies for many individual wolves will be included.
Online access will allow immediate updating as future information becomes available.
This is a genealogy tree for everyone enthralled with wolf restoration and wishing to know more about Yellowstone’s wolves. It will be your access to detailed information and histories. Your access to the future of wolf restoration on a continuing basis.
Never available before, this first of a kind, online visualization of wolves in the wild and their pack genealogies will provide an unprecedented picture of wolf inter-relationships, their lives and their pedigrees.
As proof of concept and to show feasibility we, including our editors and advisors, started the Portal Web Page, Yellowstone Wolf Genealogy (www.wolfgenes.info). Currently the web page is at a crude stage but working.
On the web page, you can see our Editors and Advisors. Most importantly there is a section to gain access to Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com: Ancestry requires everyone to have an account or an invitation to visit the Ancestry site. Thus those interested in Yellowstone Wolf Genealogy Online will have to come through the Portal. In the Portal supporters and fans will contact us so we can issue an invitation providing access to the Ancestry site.
Supporters and fans can follow the progress of the project and learn how and what Ancestry can provide by visiting the site. For visualization we have already entered the first three years of the Genealogy and also the pedigree and descendants of one wolf, alpha female 970F. Viewers can now see the beginning of wolf restoration and follow a single wolf through its entire family tree. Currently people can even test out products, posters and books, but we suggest not ordering any item until data entry is complete.
Oct. 2016 - initiate Yellowstone Wolf Genealogy web site - completed
Oct. 2016 - initiate Ancestry.com family trees – completed
Oct. 2016 - initiate Kickstarter fund raiser
Dec. 2016 - hire personnel
Mar. 2017 - complete Yellowstone Wolf Genealogy Online
May 2017 - complete data entry
May 2017 - complete wolf charts for 2017
May 2017 - final mailing to all Kickstarter supporters
Once entered into Ancestry.com, several products will become immediately available to order through the Ancestry web site. These include Pedigree Charts, Family Trees, Posters and Books (some possible examples below):
Some of the items available as rewards for your support are shown below.
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP:
Over 2000 wolves were brought to and have been born into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Entering each wolf into Ancestry.com, including its color, gender, age, research number, radio collar status, position in the social dominance hierarchy of the pack, movements between packs, life and death of wolves and packs, etc. involves tens of thousands of bits of information.
The Yellowstone Wolf Genealogy has volunteer editors and advisors that donate as much time as they can to the project. BUT the database is massive. We need help to complete this massive project and bring it to fruition.
We need to hire permanent people to put the original database online and to keep it up to date.
Risks and challenges
The Yellowstone Wolf Genealogy project is a work in progress. The project started with the first development of a wolf chart to show individual wolves, their pedigrees and pack relationships in 1995. Charts were summarized in the 2011 book, Charting Yellowstone Wolves, which showed all past charts. The project continues with each new year and new set of litters born. The total project must place 22 years of data online and update it each subsequent year.
The main challenge is entering 22 years of data into the online databases. Over the 22-year span over 2000 wolves have been born. For each wolf information includes date of birth, color, gender, radio collar number, pack affiliation, pack movements, pedigree, offspring produced, and more. The magnitude of the result database is humongous.
A secondary challenge is error-checking to assure quality of the database. This challenge goes hand-in-hand with having a data entry operator that is knowledgeable enough to spot errors and inconsistencies. Quality of data entry can only be assured by people with intimate knowledge of Yellowstone wolves from the original introduction through to the current time.
Lastly is the challenge of providing access to on-going updates each year into the future.
To meet these challenges it is critical to hire full-time employees steeped in the heritage of wolf restoration and knowledge of what has and is unfolding in the dynamic "soap opera" of wolf survival in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Pack compositions change not only with yearly births and deaths but also with the myriad of pairings and re-pairings among alpha wolves. Additional guidance must be provided by the project creator, director, editorial board and advisors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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