At least a few times a week I click on the Knight Science Journalism Tracker to peruse the world’s science news. The KSJ Tracker not only tracks science stories, which outlets are publishing them and who writes them, but it also offers critiques and sometimes the back-story of where an article originated from. I was surprised today when I clicked on it and saw my own story from the Charlotte Observer among Monday’s cull. (Thanks Charlie, for listing it!) All in all, I’m really surprised by the response to this story (Observer link here) which covered the 12th “wolf pup fostering” event in the Red Wolf Recovery Program. This is only the second story I’ve ever used first-person in, and I felt a little odd about that. But Tyler Dukes assured me on twitter that even though he also abhors writing in the first person, he’s not bothered by it when he reads it in other people’s features. So far I’ve received about a dozen emails from people across North Carolina who were excited to read the story, or wanted to share with me their experiences learning about red wolves, naming a middle school after the red wolf, sketching wolves, and even expressing concern for the female wolf whose pups were used for the fostering. On the one hand, I’m really excited that people not only read the newspaper but that they take the time to write to the journalist to share or ask questions. On the other hand, I wish I’d had twice as much space to write about all the other things I’ve learned about red wolves and their conservation so far — but that is what the book is for, right?