Forestry Friday … The Real Buddy

Buddy and the Magic Chicken Tree is the second installment about Buddy the wolverine.  Here is a sample from the upcoming story.  It is written by author illustrator MaryA Livingston and wildlife biologist Amanda Shufelberger.  It is illustrated by me, Tim Livingston.

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Buddy loves his chicken!  Image courtesy of Red Tail Publishing.

Buddy, the Wayward Wolverine, published by Red Tail Publishing in 2013, is a fantastical story of a real wolverine.

Buddy is the subject of Forestry Friday, because he was original discovered during forestry research projects.  One carnivore study run by wildlife biologist Amanda Shufelberger inventories carnivores on private forestland.  The data is used to ensure that proper forest management techniques are implemented to protect and enhance carnivore habitat.

Buddy presence was first discovered in 2008.  His DNA places his roots in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.  We can only imagine how Buddy got to California – Buddy, the Wayward Wolverine.  These are some of the videos from the wildlife camera taken as part of the carnivore study.

33 thoughts on “Forestry Friday … The Real Buddy

  1. So you got me interested enough to Google the wolverine habitat range and now I understand why it’s odd, his kind are mostly Canadian, eh! Well, us 4 season folk sometimes don’t want to see a ‘-‘ before our temperature and head for sunnier pastures ☀That’s my take on why Buddy is enjoying the California sun! Thanks for keeping children interested in the outdoors. I’m worried many parents let their kids enjoy too many video games. I’m not a huge kid fan, but I do help with my local forest preserves in a program called LNCI, or Leave No Child Inside. It creates activities to promote healthy, educational outdoor activities for children. Great drawing btw!


    • Thank you Ilex. Good for you helping to get the kids out in the woods. I often wonder what the long term effect of these games on society. It just seems like so many kids aren’t interacting with nature or people. A great disconnect indeed.


  2. There seems to be a controversy over whether or not there are any wolverines left in the “wolverine state” (Michigan). Maybe Buddy the wayward one has a clue as to the real answer. As of now the only one that can be easily seen is stuffed…


    • I remember reading a story of a man in Michigan who capture one on a wildlife camera several years ago. He tracked it for a few years and had determined it was a female. Then a year or two ago she quit showing up and while checking his cameras he found her carcass.

      We as of now have the one known wolverine in California and we have had a lone wolf coming and going in California. I believe this is a trend of expanding wildlife populations, particularly predators, and we will see more showing up. Wildlife in managed so differently from 50 years ago and many of these population are spreading out. Michigan will probably see a sustained population of wolverines in it’s future. At least that’s my prediction


  3. At first I thought I was looking at a brown bear, as the video began, that is. Then I saw the long, bushy tail. What is/was it removing and eating from the tree??? Lovely story.


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