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Filmmakers have an advantage over scientists when it comes to studying wildlife: They can skip over the nitty-gritty details, bypass any complicated concepts, and get down to the all-important task of personifying their subject matter. In Wolves at Our Door, filmmakers-turned-authors Jim and Jamie Dutcher do just that. No graphs. No spreadsheets. Just lots of fuzzy pictures and anecdotes. The book documents the couple’s six-year stint living with a pack of wolves in Idaho. Throughout the story, they treat wolves much the way MTV treats hard-bodied, 20-something Homo sapiens, showing off snippets of their mating habits, spats, and, yes, personalities. The book even has some helpful glam shots of each of the pack’s wolves, alongside their names. Ask why the Dutchers didn’t include their wolves’ favorite foods, colors, and other fun stuff when they appear at noon at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th and Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Felix Gillette)