Awards and Articles

Royal Photographic Society

Alan started Kirsty's interest in photography early on in their marriage. She soon hijacked his cameras and was often found experimenting with shots. It was on a back burner for many years but in recent years her interest has been rekindled. She took an OU/RPS (Open University/Royal Photography Society) course a few years ago. As part of that course she became a member of the RPS. Since her successful completion of the course she has been a member of an alumni group which has been supportive to all its members. Several started to work towards the RPS Distinctions. After a few false starts Kirsty applied to the RPS for a 'Licentiate'. She travelled up to the headquarters of the RPS in July 2017 and successfully gained her 'LRPS'. She had produced a panel of 10 photographs which were judged by a panel of 5. Here are two of her photographs:

LRPS Award LRPS Award

Incoming Kirsty recently submitted 4 photographs to an international photography salon in the Nature section. There were 914 entrants. Her photograph 'Incoming' gained maximum marks and a PAGB Silver. Two of the other three just missed the Acceptance Score.

Who Speaks for Wolf

In 2016 the Board of the International Wolf Center visited Yellowstone National Park for several days wolf watching. Kirsty and Alan were invited to join them for dinner, which they accepted. It was a fun evening and a chance to chat with friends, Rob Schulz, David Mech and others. As the dinner drew to a close Nancy stood to make their annual presentation of Who Speaks for Wolf. As she proceeded through her description it dawned on Kirsty that she was talking about her! It was a great honour to have been given this award.

Kirsty and Alan 2016 Who Speaks for Wolf Award Presented to Kirsty Peake - The International Wolf Center Board of Directors is honoured to present its 2016 Who Speaks for Wolf award to Kirsty Peake. As an international advocate and educator, Kirsty has spent many years sharing her knowledge of wolves and fulfilling her commitment to their long-term survival in the wild. Whether she is giving a formal presentation at a conference or inviting others to look through her spotting scope on a windy hillside in Yellowstone National Park, Kirsty finds joy and personal reward in bringing the world of wolves to people of all ages.

Her professional expertise in the field of animal behaviour and her research into the history of dogs sparked her interest in wolves. She has written numerous articles about wolves for popular magazines, and her speaking engagements include a variety of audiences in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world. Kirsty serves as a Specialist Advisor for the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, and she has contributed two personal encounter articles to International Wolf magazine.

Kirsty and her husband spend six months of each year at home in England and six months living close enough to Yellowstone's northern range to make the drive into the park each morning at dawn to watch the wolves. Her days are filled with viewing wolves, recording her own field notes, and sharing her homemade lemon drizzle cake. But the best part of the long day is providing the experience of a lifetime for many children and adults who have never seen a wild wolf until Kirsty adjusts the height of her spotting scope and says, "Look there! Just above that tree in the center! Can you see the wolf?"

It is with great pleasure and deep appreciation that the International Wolf Center presents the 2016 Who Speaks for Wolf award to Kirsty Peake. We wish her many more years of wolf watching and helping to teach the world about this fascinating predator.

Over the years Kirsty has written and had published various articles. Here are a few of them in PDF format:

Western Morning News June 2015
High Drama In Yellowstone Part 1
High Drama In Yellowstone Part 2
APDT Magazine 2010
Dogs Today 2015 - Just Wants To Play
Dogs Today February 2010 (written by Kirsty)
Dogs Today Oct 2009
Dogs Today September 2010
Kirsty In Conversation With Rick Mcintyre