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Birding Classic | Foundation Anniversary | Women Honored | New Commissioners

Birding for a Cause       

Birders, whether they’re beginners fumbling to focus their binoculars or seasoned veterans who hop in their car to chase a rare bird, take great pleasure in adding new species to their lists. Add a bit of friendly competition, and the desire to see new birds grows to a fever.

The cure? A solid month of competitive birding with the Great Texas Birding Classic.

Wherever you are in the state, grab a partner or organize a group and pick any date between April 15 and May 15 to go bird-watching to support conservation. Registration fees for the biggest, longest and wildest bird-watching tournament in the world have raised more than $840,000 for conservation grants statewide.

You can see the rules and register at www.birdingclassic.org by April 1.


TPW Foundation Turns 25

By Lydia Saldaña

Since 1991, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) has raised more than $100 million for transformational conservation projects across the state. As the nonprofit funding partner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TPWF leverages public funding with private philanthropy to conserve the wild things and wild places in Texas.

In East Texas, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has become a model for public/private partnerships, laying the foundation for other projects like Government Canyon in San Antonio. In Central Texas, TPWF support helped make the Game Warden Training Center a reality and has provided new law enforcement capabilities like the K-9 unit. TPWF has also bolstered key agency programs like the Lone Star Land Steward Awards, Neighborhood Fishin’ and Texas Outdoor Family. Most recently, the acquisition of Powderhorn Ranch will bring a coastal treasure into the state’s inventory of public land to benefit Texans for generations to come.

Now you can help support TPWF efforts by becoming a member. Different membership levels are available with a wide array of benefits. Find out more at tpwf.org and help celebrate 25 years of conservation philanthropy.


Women Conservationists Honored

By Lydia Saldaña

Coalition builder. Conservation rancher. Philanthropist. Natural leader.

These are just a few words that describe the notable women who have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Terry Hershey Award, given by Audubon’s Texas Women in Conservation Program.

The 2016 group of honorees are Janice Bezanson, executive director of the Texas Conservation Alliance; Deborah Clark, conservationist and partner at Birdwell Clark Ranch; Ann Hamilton, conservationist; and Marty Leonard, board member of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Tarrant Regional Water District. They share a passion for conservation and are inspiring role models for those who might follow in their footsteps.

The Terry Hershey Award is one component of Audubon’s Texas Women in Conservation Program, which aims to raise the profile of women who have contributed to conservation, to further support girls and young women in the environmental sciences, and to engage women in Texas conservation issues.

The award is named for conservation icon Terry Hershey, a former member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission who has been involved in countless environmental causes and organizations. An awards luncheon honoring the women will be held March 3 at the Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth.


Abbott Appoints New TPW Commissioners

In November, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed three new members — Anna B. Galo, Jeanne Latimer and Kelcy Warren — to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and reappointed another, S. Reed Morian. The appointees join Chairman T. Dan Friedkin, Vice Chairman Ralph H. Duggins and Commissioners Bill Jones, James H. Lee and Dick Scott in their work to adopt policies and rules to carry out all programs of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Galo is very active in her family’s business and has a longstanding history of dedication to both civic and charitable organizations, including the City of Laredo Historic Landmark Board, the South Texas Food Bank and others. She graduated from St. Mary’s University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and is a former educator.

Latimer serves as an officer and director of several family companies. She has served on boards for Vanderbilt University alumnae, Amarillo Museum of Art, St. Luke’s Episcopal School and St. Mary’s Hall and as a volunteer for numerous events for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Latimer earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.

Warren is chairman and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners and is also active in organizations outside the energy business —Klyde Warren Park, the Lamplighter School and the University of Texas at Arlington. Warren received a bachelor of science from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Morian serves as chairman/CEO of DX Service Company Inc. and serves on the board of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Morian is past chairman of the Houston Parks Board and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

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