First “Youth Warrior” Award by SWC – Conservation

How are we mentoring the youth and how are we rewarding them for being warriors who are giving in support for conservation? This year Stewards of Wildlife Conservation (SWC) decided to create the “Youth Warrior” award because of one young lady’s selfless giving toward the cause of conserving wildlife populations. Learn more about the award and the wonderful work SWC is doing to create healthy herds. Another question you should ask is how are your children spending their money?

Stewards of Wildlife Conservation Gives First “Youth Warrior” Award

SWC Cole Reid and Carysn NorvellUvalde, TEXAS – At four feet tall, Carsyn Norvell is a true giving warrior.  In fact, nearly three and a half years ago she was the first youth ever to donate to Stewards of Wildlife Conservation (SWC), a non-profit organization based in Uvalde, Texas. Norvell hasn’t stopped since that first donation; she’s given several times in 2017 and even emptied her savings to give to SWC at this year’s Dallas Safari Club convention in January – a total of $80 for a single donation. It’s because of these selfless acts of charity, SWC’s Director of Wildlife Sustainability, Cole Reid, is presenting her with SWC’s first “Youth Warrior Award.” The award will be given at SWC’s Annual Banquet April 28, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

“It is so important for us”, says Cole Reid, “to focus on education and community outreach, especially for the younger generations.  The conservation field is mostly dominated by the older generations and if we don’t get the younger generations motivated it will make the fight that much harder.  Carsyn not only makes me proud as a steward of this earth but she gives me so much hope for the future of wildlife conservation!”

SWC Youth Warrior trophy

SWC’s Youth Warrior award is given to youth ages 8-18 who exemplify both love of animals and charitable acts. Due to Carsyn’s overwhelming support for SWC, she has been invited to SWC on many occasions.  The award she will be receiving in April also comes with more opportunities to visit the SWC property and interact with the wildlife.  To learn more about becoming a youth conservation warrior and have a chance to visit SWC and even win next years Youth Warrior Award, visit www.stewardsofwildlife.org/memberships to sign up to be a Youth Conservation Warrior.

About Stewards of Wildlife:

Stewards of Wildlife Conservation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and proliferation of wildlife as well as the habitats and natural resources they utilize.  Stewards of Wildlife offers a home to more than 80 species from around the globe.  These animals are breeding and stable in vast areas in order to provide the most comfortable and natural living situation possible.  Stewards of Wildlife is focused on bringing together animal resources from the private landowners and the public sector zoos in order to create “meta-populations” of species that are vital, sustainable, and can maintain evolutionary potential.

We understand that there are many organizations and groups with the best intentions trying to help wildlife and realize that our contribution is space and expertise. Though our priority concern is protecting the rarest and most endangered species, Stewards of Wildlife is ultimately concerned about all of the flora and fauna worldwide. Learn more at http://stewardsofwildlife.com.


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Conservation Accomplishments Celebrated at RMEF Elk Camp

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation celebrated its growing mission accomplishment at its just-completed 2018 Elk Camp in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“It is always great when we gather at Elk Camp to feel the excitement and synergy of our members, volunteers and conservation partners who are dedicated to our mission,” said Nancy Holland, RMEF president and CEO. “And getting together in Phoenix was certainly no different. Now our task going forward is to translate that energy and momentum into on-the-ground results that benefit elk and elk country.”

Elk Camp highlights:

  • Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke emphasized the growing need for additional access to public land, active forest management and touted the role hunters play in conservation
  • Renown conservationist/wildlife researcher Shane Mahoney spoke about his Wild Harvest Initiative which aims to evaluate the biomass and economic value of wild food harvested by hunters and anglers
  • Recognition of RMEF chapters and volunteers
  • Presented Conservationist of the Year Award to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for its past and ongoing elk restoration efforts
  • Presented Wallace Fennell Pate Award to Andrew Hoxsey
  • Celebrated the five-year anniversary of the
  • Torstenson Family Endowment World premieres of “The Bronx Hunter” from RMEF Films and “Both Sides of the Fence #Private or Public” from Jason Matzinger
  • Musical performances by Mark Chesnutt, Chuck Wicks, Glen Templeton and Craig Campbell

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.orgwww.elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.


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RMEF Displays Conservation Projects Milestone

RMEF Surpasses 10,000 Conservation Projects

RMEF logo high resolutionMISSOULA, Mont.—An ongoing aspen restoration effort in Oregon’s South Warner Mountains marks the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 10,000th lifetime conservation project.

“This is an incredible conservation milestone,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “It speaks volumes to the positive, beneficial impact the RMEF has on elk and elk country from coast to coast.”

Earlier this year, RMEF contributed $30,000 in grant funding to the Fremont-Winema National Forest as part of the seventh and final year of landscape aspen treatment in south-central Oregon where elk numbers are below objective. RMEF funded similar efforts in 2014 and 2015 to conserve and restore aspen stands and meadows in the same region. Also in 2016, RMEF awarded $20,000 in grant funding to begin a similar landscape-scale effort in the North Warner Mountains.

RMEF’s first habitat stewardship project was a 1986 prescribed burn in a place fittingly named Elk Creek on the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. The backcountry burn encompassed more than 1,000 acres of prime elk habitat where shrubs had become overgrown or decadent.

“We are grateful to our many partners who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in making meaningful conservation work a reality. We vow to accelerate our conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” added Allen.

To date, RMEF completed 10,198 lifetime conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in 49 states that permanently protected or enhanced 6,883,479 acres of vital elk habitat.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 220,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.8 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” atwww.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.
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Make Yourself Bear Aware [Videos]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife introduces bear aware videos

CPW_SiteLogoDENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces the release of four bear aware videos to educate the public about how to deal with bears in Colorado.

As Colorado’s human population continues to grow, there are more people living and recreating in bear country. The potential for conflict will inevitably rise, but there are actions humans can take to mitigate bear break-ins, conflicts or run-ins on the trail.

CPW-Bear-Aware-4faa379c-3db8-439f-8818-ce55b38600fbBears have an extremely keen sense of smell and excellent memories. Once they have learned about a reliable source of food, they will often return. Once this occurs, it requires significant diligence on the part of people to keep these food-conditioned bears from coming back and creating conflicts.

“CPW is committed to teaching the public about bears on every channel available to us,” said Kristin Cannon, district wildlife manager for Boulder. “While we have many great wildlife-related videos on our website and YouTube channel, we felt we were overdue on showing the public how to live in or visit bear country. Hopefully these videos will help Colorado natives, newcomers and visitors learn the tools to providing a safe and bear-friendly community.”


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All of the new videos are available on CPW’s easy-to-remember bear Web page at: cpw.state.co.us/bears or they can be found on the CPW YouTube channel:

Bearproofing Your Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thv_eYXs0XU

Solving Your Bear Problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftrY2UZTw6k

Camping & Hiking In Bear Country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIJecAN_yOw

What to Do if You See a Bear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB5AS6BRuY8

“We hope against hope that people will be mindful of how fortunate we are to live in a state with such diverse wildlife and that we can all work together through common sense decisions to protect these beautiful creatures for future generations,” said Larry Rogstad, area wildlife manager for Boulder/Broomfield/southern Weld counties. “Wildlife officers are generally called on to intervene at the end of a long process. The bottom line is that by living mindfully the public has the greatest opportunity to lower risk to wildlife as we share an ever smaller world.”

For more information on living with bears in Colorado, visit: www.cpw.state.co.us/bears

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CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.


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Eagle & Coyote Fight Over Prairie Dog

Do you ever simply slow down to look at the world God created? It is truly amazing what is out there. Stop and smell the roses, or look at the wildlife, some time.

I often get the opportunity to witness amazing wildlife events. This one was awe-inspiring so I thought I would share it. I hope you enjoy it one as much as I did.

Yesterday I stopped to watch a coyote as he hunted his breakfast. I thought I might like to take a picture of his stalk. Just as I retrieved my camera, he snatched the small animal and ran. I was happy to be getting footage of a coyote running with his meal in his mouth when someone else flew into the picture.

A bald eagle.

It was truly amazing and reminded me of the Wild America shows I watched as a child. Also, eagles always remind me of my Dad and it happens to be the anniversary of his passing. I was elated to see the two interact. Just when I thought nothing could be added, a Golden Eagle stopped to join the Bald Eagle for some morning sunshine.

Thanks, Dad!


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Unbelievable Wildlife Mounts at the SCI Convention

When I returned from Safari Club International convention, LG asked what the best thing was.
I went to a lot of meetings. That probably wouldn’t be her “favorite”. I saw a lot of people with a variety of hunts. She would love to go on some of them. She would have liked some of the amazing guns, gear and  furs, but I’m know she would have loved all the taxidermy.

Safari Club International (SCI)

“SCI is a tremendous advocate for sportsmen, wildlife conservation and hunters’ rights. Their work is essential to preserving our outdoor heritage.”
U.S. Congressman
John D. Dingell, D-MI

 

“SCI is probably the most influential conservation group now in Washington, D.C.”
U.S. Congressman
Don Young, R-AK

SCI is the only pro-hunting organization with an office in Washington, D.C., that has full time policy experts, in-house legal counsel, and certified wildlife biologists on staff dedicated to the protection of hunting for SCI members and hunters everywhere.

 

SCI monitors, evaluates, and lobbies on federal legislation impacting hunting, hunters, and wildlife conservation. SCI evaluates hunting opportunities, access, recruitment, and retention. One of the ways to protect hunting freedoms is to keep on top of the legislation in Congress. Building relationships between Congressional leaders and sportsmen as well as staying current on the issues ensures that hunting interests are at the fore when important bills come up.Rutting Bucks - Jackalopes