We are delighted that our first episode and pilot project “Otter Love” from our series “Messages from the Animals has been accepted to two film festivals and has garnered two awards so far, best director and best pilot of series. The word is getting out! Thank you so very much for your support, we will be producing more episodes this summer, the wild horses and the Grizzlies are next! Happy Summer!
After a 2 1/2 month long outreach tour up North and work for our last wild migratory Caribou, we will be working for our wild ones in Montana again. Next film screening:
December 10th 2018, Whitefish Community Library, 7pm
Please join us for a Screening of the award winning documentary film “Stories of Wolves: the Lobo Returns” Produced and Directed by Elke Duerr, this coming Saturday August 12, 2017, 7 PM, at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, MN.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Producer and Director Elke Duerr
“Stories of Wolves: the Lobo Returns” is about the recovery efforts of the Mexican Gray Wolf, the most endangered land mammal in all of North America. Today there are only an estimated 100 Mexican Gray wolves living in the wild. In the film conservationists and ranchers weigh in on how to manage gray wolves. “Stories of Wolves” explores the complex issues between humans & wild wolves. Ultimately, it is about the vanishing wildness inside and outside of us. We all belong in the Web Of Life.
“Stories of Wolves: the Lobo Returns” trailer: https://vimeo.com/182908392
my name is Elke Duerr and I am a filmmaker, photographer, author and the founder of the non profit 501 (c)(3) Web of Life Foundation, W.O.L.F. www.weboflifefoundation.net. Today I invite you to be a part of my mission and life’s work: The reconnection of humans to nature in all of her splendor and to all of her creatures, plants and minerals.
After producing two award winning documentaries: “Stories of Wolves-The lobo returns” and “Bison Nation Walking Sacred Sites” which just recently received an honorable mention for a humanitarian award, I currently am in the process of working on my third documentary: “Water is our Relative-Water is Alive” about the significance of water and her animals for the planet, humanity, the future generations and the human heart. Did you know that a newborn baby is %75 water? That an adult body contains %50-60 water. Water is truly our relative. Water is ALIVE!
I recently came to the realization that only together, with as much positive energy and love for water as possible can we make a difference. Not every body is able to go out in the field, make human and animal connections, witness, interview and film. If the thought of supporting water and the preservation of her purity and sustainability for the next generations to come has crossed your mind before, here is a very practical opportunity for you to contribute your energy, resources and good intention to the water project.
In the midst of the Standing Rock water protector movement I came to the conclusion that there must be a reason for so many humans to come together to protect our water, to put their lives on the line for water. The movement for the protection and preservation of water is growing. As a filmmaker I started to ask myself deeper questions:
What is it that connects us humans to water? How can we be an active part in the restoration of all beings and things connected to water and water Herself?
Why is water so important and how can we bring this deep and resonationg message to the general public?
At the moment I am working with scientists, citizens, students and water recreators to document what is being done to preserve our precious coral reefs and sea water quality.
Still water, rain water, the rain forest and springs all will be part of my exploration of the water subject next.
My journey to gather the water stories of old and explore the ancient human-water relationship will lead me to indigenous communities throughout the US and Canada where I will be conducting film screenings and outreach talks. Funds raised will be utilized to purchase equipment, pay for editing expenses, traveling.
As I am traveling to obtain footage and interviews I am also doing film screenings of my previous documentaries and promoting the message that my book “Wolves and Humans-a new story of coexistence” is spreading and outreach presentations in the schools, the academic community and the larger public.
Please consider being a part of this mission by donating to the project. Every donor will receive alink to the completed film, no exceptions, every body and every donation matters, donors of $500 will be included in the credits and donations of a $1000 and more will be receiving a free animal communication session with me and the donors will be included in the credits.
Let’s make every minute count with our love, care and concern for the health of water, of the animals, plants and minerals, of humanity and the whole planet. The time is now and we are it! Everybody counts, everybody is important! Together we can move mountains!
Thank you! Danke! Merci! Gracias! Grazie! Tak!
Please donate to the project at the link below:
After years of working on it, filming, conceiving, Interviewing, meditating, doing and attending ceremony for the return of the bison, gestating, experiencing, migrating and learning I completed editing, fine tuning, putting together, assembling, exporting, synching, perfecting, looking at "Bison Nation", my upcoming doc about our last wild bison in the Northern Hemisphere. Please join us for the Premiere in Albuquerque on October 29th at 6pm at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW. Outdoor event. Please bring a blanket and lawn chair.
Take Only Photos, Leave Only Footprints . . . Safely
BY ELKE DUERR
"If we want to preserve our precious wildlife and wildland resources, we must all learn to follow basic guidelines when we view and photograph wildlife."
—General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army retired
It is a privilege to watch and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Nowadays, with nearly everyone in the wild armed with a camera, whether it’s a camera phone or professional photography and videography equipment, new questions have come up: What kind of conduct is ethical when it comes to wildlife photography, and what endangers the safety and wellbeing of photographer, wild animal and wildland?
Many of us are not aware of our natural sense of safe distance from and conduct toward wild animals. Some people view wild animals as part of the landscape, there for our enjoyment. Yet wild animals have their own personhood, so to speak. Some form family units similar to human families, often building strong, lifelong bonds with one another. They have roles to fulfill within their family structure, no matter what that structure might be, and in general are part of a picture larger than many humans can comprehend. Enjoying them is well and good as long as the animals and humans involved are not harmed in the process. We have all heard about tourists who urge their children to inch ever closer to a bear, wolf, elk or bison for a “once-in-a-lifetime” photo op.
In fact, I frequently witnessed this kind of behavior when I was visiting Yellowstone National Park last summer. One day an old bison bull was grazing alongside a turn-off in the road when a family stopped to take pictures of their son almost touching the large animal. I was horrified and tried, to no avail, to get them back into their car and to stop teasing and daring the young man to move ever closer to the bull.
Meanwhile, the bull's tail was moving into "charge" position; it was held aloft, which can only mean that either charge or "discharge" was about to happen. Since he was at that point, eyeing the people, it most likely meant that he was seriously considering charging. Luckily, the family retreated after taking enough pictures and drove away in the nick of time.
Watch our short film about wolf-human coexistence:
On a plane trip I sat next to a very kind and wonderful lady. We started talking and as usual after about 45 seconds I mentioned our wild animal nations and my heart’s desire and life’s work for a healthy coexistence with them.
As it turned out she was on the same page as I and proceeded to tell me the very moving story of her “good neighbor”.
She lives in an area that is frequented by coyotes and bobcats, owls, hawks, and other wild ones that not only hunt rabbits and rodents but also take out the occasional cat who had escaped from the safety of the house.
One day, she recalls a neighbor came and rang her doorbell, imploring her to sign a petition for one of her other neighbors to stop killing the coyotes in the area by trapping and snaring them, then skinning them and hanging their fur in his back yard to dry. A vast majority of the neighbors were taking a stand against this “common” practice since there is no law to protect coyotes from such a fate.
Not only were they against the killing of their wild neighbors but they explicitly stated in their petition that they had moved to the area to be with wild ones and to share their territory since they were aware of the fact that our animal nations had inhabited the area way before they ever did.
Enough people signed to make an impact and the petition was delivered to the coyote hunter.
His response surprised them when they read his letter.
“I have always considered myself to be a good neighbor” it read “and find it shocking to learn that this is not the case in your eyes”. He had been in the area for 40 years and thought that he was doing his neighbors a favor by eradicating the local coyotes for the safety of his fellow human beings and their pets in favor of domestic animals. That was how he had been raised and up this point he had never questioned his stand on wildlife.
It took his neighbors’ letter to trigger a change of heart on his part.
Please never let us forget the power of We, the power of our collective heart and voice paired with education. Many of us are “only” perpetuating in good faith what they have learned from those that came before them. It