Community Outreach

The WR&E educational committee team is expanding.  More than fifteen volunteers are in the process of completing training to give wildlife presentations.   The demand for this service is tremendous, WR&E is requested weekly to give wildlife presentations.  By training new presenters we will be able to expand our program and reach even more people with our important message about peaceful coexistence with wildlife.  Some of the presentations given in the last few months included many elementary schools, a master naturalist training class, a diurnal raptor class, Bayou Bend Museum, wildlife groups for Ineos, senior groups, garden clubs, and several scouting groups.

Acknowledging people committed to making a difference

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A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish and spent much of his time exploring the seashore. One day he noticed there would be a minus tide and that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand. The day of the tide he went down to the beach and began picking up stranded starfish and tossing them back into the sea. An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what he was doing, ”I’m saving the starfish” the boy proudly declared. When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish, he shook his head and said, “I’m sorry to disappoint you young man, but if you look down the beach one way, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look down the other way, the beach is also covered in stranded starfish for as far as you can see. One little boy like you isn’t going to make much of a difference” The boy thought about this for a moment. Then picked up the next starfish and tossed it out into the ocean and said, “I sure make a difference to that one.” We all have these moments and let us cherish them despite the fact that we can’t save every single one.

Are you ready to make a difference? Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. The economy has hit WR&E the same as everyone else – problem is, the wildlife don’t know that. Donations of supplies or cash are greatly appreciated. Save and donate newspapers – leave flat, perhaps store in paper bags. If you can, sort out the glossy ads, we can’t use them and it takes volunteer time to sort them. Go to our website for more suggestions under the heading “What can I do to help”.

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