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Apr 22

Celebrating Earth Day

Tomorrow, April 22, marks the 47th annual Earth Day celebration.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans across the country demonstrated in order to advocate for the importance of a healthy, sustainable environment. These demonstrations were a collaboration of bipartisan groups that were concerned with everything from oil spills to pesticide use to deforestation and resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Since then, Earth Day has become a global event with over 22,000 organizations in 192 countries participating. This makes it the largest secular event across the globe.

While this is undoubtedly impressive, especially in comparison to the amount of press and attention conservation efforts usually are afforded, it is not enough. Healthy, sustainable environments aren’t something that can be maintained through once-a-year participation. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that. You are likely already one of the thousands of individuals or organizations who dedicate their time, money, etc., to the betterment of the natural world throughout the year, but this year we ask that you take that one step further.

One of the greatest things we can do to protect the wildlife and environments around us is to impress upon those closest to us the importance of these things throughout the year, not just on Earth Day. With that in mind, we ask that you talk to those closest to you about what they can do to support conservation here at home. Whether that’s talking to your boss about recycling at work or to your church group about signing up to be a member of Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas, reminding people about the importance of preserving our Texas sized portion of the Earth is of the utmost importance.

Apr 4

Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz

Hello all,

Together with the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural area (FOTHNA), Texas Wesleyan University, the City of Fort Worth’s Park & Recreation Department (PARD), Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Conservation License Plate Grants (TPWD), & Texas Nature Trackers, Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas is pleased to sponsor the first ever BioBlitz at Tandy Hills Natural Area in Fort Worth.

The Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz will focus on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period (Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:00 am – Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6:00 pm). Scientists and naturalists from across the state will lead and supervise this photo documentation and data collection blitz which will form a permanent and valuable snapshot of biological life at Tandy Hills. Community members and volunteers are invited to observe science in action and participate by making their own contributions via iNaturalist while exploring the urban prairie.

If at all possible, we highly encourage you to join us in this effort to document the biodiversity of this 160 acre park.


For more info please visit: http://www.tandyhills.org/events/bioblitz

Jan 15

Celebrating Aldo Leopold

This past Monday, 11 January, was Aldo Leopold’s 129th birthday.  Ever since first reading his classic book, A Sand County Almanac, some 35 years ago, I have admired Professor Leopold, universally accepted as the “father of wildlife management”.  When Karly Robinson, TWW:TTT Coordinator, suggested some weeks ago that I write a blog celebrating his accomplishments I considered it an easy task and sought to refresh my recollections on the specifics of Leopold’s many contributions to the wildlife profession. 

I am embarrassed to report that what I discovered while refreshing my memory was that what I knew of Leopold’s influence barely scratched the surface of his impact on the development of not only the wildlife profession but virtually every facet of natural resource conservation.  My quandary of how to adequately address Leopold’s contributions led to my missing the deadline of his birthday.  Finally, I realized that I could not do justice to his contributions in a simple blog entry and any attempt to do so would seem disrespectful.

However, I can encourage TWW:TTT members and supporters to explore the life and work of Aldo Leopold on their own to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the evolution of the art and science of wildlife management.  I particularly recommend the excellent biography, Aldo Leopold, His Life and Work, by Curt Meine.  A vast amount of information, including access to digital versions of Leopold’s hand written journals, is available on the Aldo Leopold Foundation website (www.aldoleopold.org).  And of course, if you have not read A Sand County Almanac previously (or lately) you owe it to yourself to devote the time to thoroughly digest its many messages to gain an appreciation of the evolution of Leopold’s Land Ethic.

Leopold wrote, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” I like to think that each and every TWW:TTT coalition member and supporter is one of the latter and it is up to those of us who cannot live without wild things to continue Leopold’s work of conserving wildlife and wild places for everyone.

Nov 26

What Are You Thankful For?

This Thanksgiving, we are so grateful for the support and assistance of all of our members, volunteers, supporters and everyone who strives to improve the state of wildlife conservation in Texas. Y'all are wonderful and make our lives and work so much more fulfilling.

This year, we are most thankful for all of you.

Oct 22

Teaming With Wildlife Staff Updates

Howdy everyone,

We wanted to provide some updates on a few personnel changes here at Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas.

Many of you know our coordinator Todd Sliger. He has been with Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas since the very beginning and was instrumental in launching our website and social media presence, organizing the series of Eco-Summits this summer, and growing the coalition to over 69 organizations and businesses. So, it is with mixed emotions that we announce Todd’s departure from his role with Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas. The organization would be in a truly different place without Todd’s stewardship, so we would like to take a moment to say thank you and best of luck in all of your future endeavors.

On a lighter note, we would also like to take the opportunity to welcome our new coordinator, Karly Robinson. Karly has been an animal lover since she began collecting the complete Wildlife Fact File set before she was even able to read, but chose to pursue a career in business rather than trying her hand at the wildlife field. She has spent the last few years managing multi-million dollar marketing campaigns for luxury retail and travel brands, but has always wanted to eventually find her way into the non-profit sector. Naturally, when the opportunity was presented, she jumped at the chance to join the Teaming With Wildlife team, and we’re excited to welcome her aboard. 

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