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Appleton PowerPoint - Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Education Facility Campaign


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This PowerPoint discusses the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation located in South Texas, and the need for a new Education Facility on the grounds of the beautiful Welder Refuge to properly house an outstanding collection of natural history specimens, and to increase conservation education activities in the years ahead. Please contact Dr. Selma Glasscock (, for more information. Thank you!

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Appleton PowerPoint - Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Education Facility Campaign

  1. 1. Conservation Education for Future Generations Education Facility Campaign Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation
  2. 2. Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation Mission: “To further the education of the people of Texas and elsewhere in wildlife conservation …. to afford students and others interested in wildlife … a place for research and an opportunity for the study thereof … and to develop scientific methods of increasing the wildlife populations of the state and nation for the benefit of future generations … who may not have the opportunity to know and appreciate our wildlife …. For these purposes I here create a foundation to be known as the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation.” > Rob H. Welder, 1953
  3. 3. Highlights • Welder Wildlife Refuge is a 7,800 acre field station that is accessible by the public • Research and conservation education are the Foundation‟s focus
  4. 4. • The Refuge incorporates wildlife research in the midst of working cattle and other traditional land use activities
  5. 5. • The Refuge contains 16 vegetative communities, and is home to 55 mammal species, and 55 reptile and amphibian species • In addition, more than 380 bird species have been recorded
  6. 6. • The research fellowship program was initiated in 1956, and 320 graduate students called “Welder Fellows” have been funded since then, hailing from 62 different universities
  7. 7. Welder Fellows: Where are They Now? • Thad Box, Ph.D., Dean, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University (retired), and former Gerald Thomas Professor of Sustainable Systems, New Mexico State University • Stephanie Brown Fabritius, Ph.D., Vice President, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky • Louis A. Harveson, Ph.D., Director, Borderlands Research Institute, Sul Ross State University
  8. 8. Welder Fellows: Legacy of Excellence • Winifred B. Kessler, Ph.D., Director of Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology and Watershed, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Alaska • John Rappole, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.
  9. 9. Welder Fellows: Legacy of Excellence • Allen Rasmussen, Ph.D., Dean, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Texas A&M University-Kingsville • Michael E. Tewes, Ph.D., Frank Daniel Yturria Chair in Wild Cat Research and Regent‟s Professor, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  10. 10. Other Foundation Activities • The Foundation offers science- and place-based educational programs for all ages • Annual number of visitors approaches 4,900
  11. 11. • Activities for youth are diverse, and include the popular annual Welder Youth Hunt
  12. 12. What Do Teachers Say?
  13. 13. What Do Teachers Say? “We come back from field trips more aware of nature. [The students] are learning about wetlands and why they are important to humans. To a lot of them, that is really an eye-opener. How could something that was once considered swampland … „useless‟ land … why is it so important? They have become aware this is an environmental issue. The hope is, that as adults they will be cognizant of the importance of wetlands, and learn to protect that part of the environment in the future.” > Christine Latkovich, Sinton High School
  14. 14. What Do Teachers Say? “Surprisingly, we have had kids who had not been out in the country and seen deer and turkey. I take that for granted, because I grew up seeing these things, but some of the kids I‟ve taken out to the Welder Wildlife Refuge have not.” > Kathy Westerman, Ray High School, Corpus Christi
  15. 15. What Do Teachers Say? “One of the things the students found particularly interesting was going to the Welder library. They keep a copy of every thesis done at the Refuge, and the kids were amazed at some of the research, and impressed by the kinds of studies that have gone on over the years.” “We always try to get one of the field researchers to come talk to us after dinner. The kids have said that was a real highlight … where they see what the research is like and what is being done.” > Alice Kagi, David Martin, and Priscilla Scott, St. John‟s School, Houston
  16. 16. “I like it because it is more hands-on, and the students get to do things at their own pace.” > Jessica Elam, ABC Homeschoolers, Robstown
  17. 17. Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation K-12 Classes • ABC Homeschoolers, Corpus • Keystone School, San Antonio Christi • Killeen High School • Alamo Middle School • Lamar Intermediate School, Sinton • Alice High School • Learning Resource Center, Beeville • Annapolis Christian Academy, • Odem Elementary Corpus Christi • Ray High School, Corpus Christi • Baytown Junior High School • Robstown High School • Blanche Moore Elementary, • Seashore Learning Center, Corpus Corpus Christi Christi • Blaschke Sheldon Elementary, • Sinton High School Ingleside • Spanish and Science Club, Port • Halletsville High School Aransas • Harker Heights AP Biology • St. John‟s School, Houston • Homeschoolers of South Texas, • Texas State Aquarium Home School Corpus Christi Group, Corpus Christi • Ingleside Independent School • Travis Middle School, Port Lavaca District • Yorktown Homeschoolers, Corpus Christi
  18. 18. Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation Colleges and Universities • Eastfield College, Mesquite • McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevu, Quebec • Southwestern Adventist University, Keene • Texas A&M University-College Station • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi • Texas A&M University-Kingsville • Tarleton State University, Stephenville • Texas State University-San Marcos • University of Nevada, Reno • University of Vermont, Burlington • Wharton Junior College, Wharton
  19. 19. Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation Workshops and Field Days • Texas Regional Collaborative for • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Excellence in Teaching, Corpus Christi Agriculture Teachers Workshop • Wild Turkey Workshop • Area 10 Range Contest • Volunteer Appreciation and Awards • National Archery in the Schools Dinner, Welder Wildlife Foundation Training • Volunteer Workshop, Welder Wildlife • Birding Field Day Foundation • Conservation Across Boundaries, • Welder Wildlife Foundation Student Welder Wildlife Foundation (Texas) Symposium and Boone & Crockett Club (Montana) • Welder Wildlife Foundation Youth • Feral Hog Workshop Hunt • Herpetofauna Workshop • Wildlife Conservation Camp, Texas • Mid-Coast Master Naturalists, Chapter, The Wildlife Society Aransas Pass • Wildflower Workshop • Texas A&M University Burn Day • Wildlife Alliance
  20. 20. Education Facility Campaign Hidden Treasures of the Welder Wildlife Foundation
  21. 21. Donald Bowman Bird Collection • The collection contains 305 beautifully-preserved bird specimens, some over 100 years old, including two extinct birds and four authentic reconstructions Passenger pigeon by Donald Bowman
  22. 22. Donald Bowman Bird Collection • Donald Bowman is one of America‟s foremost taxidermists • Today, visitors can only see a fraction of this outstanding collection Peregrine falcons by Donald Bowman
  23. 23. Donald Bowman Bird Collection Common goldeneyes by Donald Bowman
  24. 24. Donald Bowman Bird Collection Great curassow by Donald Bowman • The new building will allow the public to see the collection in its entirety at long last
  25. 25. Francis Lee Jaques Collection of Wildlife Art • Commissioned in 1956 by Welder Foundation Director Clarence Cottam • Jaques is well known for his work for the American Museum of Natural History, New York • Included are 6 highly realistic paintings of wildlife
  26. 26. Francis Lee Jaques Collection of Wildlife Art • Also included are three painted, three- dimensional dioramas of Welder habitats • Conservation of the art is included in the campaign
  27. 27. Roy W. Quillin Egg Collection • Donated in the early 1970s, the collection includes 2,200 clutches of bird eggs • 10,000 individual eggs • Eggs collected prior to widespread pesticide use, and hence, the collection provides important research opportunities
  28. 28. Other Study Collections In Storage Amphibians Bird skins  Herbarium  Insects  Mammals  Reptiles
  29. 29. Classroom and Storage Needs
  30. 30. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~ • Designed by Cotton Landreth Kramer Architects and Associates • 9,600 square feet • Exhibition gallery, computerized classroom and laboratory, special collections room, atrium are included
  31. 31. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~
  32. 32. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~
  33. 33. Floor Plan
  34. 34. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~ Exhibit designs by Chase Studio, Inc.
  35. 35. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~ Dr. D. Lynn Drawe ~ Education Facility Campaign Chairman ~
  36. 36. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~ Dr. James G. Teer ~ Honorary Campaign Chairman ~
  37. 37. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~ Fundraising Goal: $4,693,500 Groundbreaking: Summer, 2010 Public Opening: Spring, 2011
  38. 38. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~ Naming Opportunities
  39. 39. ~ Education Facility Campaign ~ Naming of the Education Facility $2,000,000 Exhibition Gallery $ 750,000 Classroom and Laboratory $ 500,000 Special Collections Room $ 500,000 Interior Courtyard (Atrium) $ 300,000 Patio and Entryway $ 250,000 Administrative Office, Reception $ 150,000 Exterior Walkways (2) $ 100,000 each Foyer and Waiting Room $ 100,000 Prep Room and Mini-Lab $ 100,000 Special Collections Exhibition Cases (4) $ 40,000 each Donors of $10,000 and more will have their names inscribed permanently in the new facility.
  40. 40. Thank You!
  41. 41. • PowerPoint Presentation by Carolyn M. Appleton, CFRE • Photographs courtesy of Sharon and Bill Draker, B. C. Glasscock, Neal Johnson, Rolf Nussbaumer, and the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation • Quotations from teachers courtesy of Mark J. Sanderson • Architectural renderings provided by Cotton Landreth Kramer Architects and Associates • Updated: June 3, 2009