In addition to providing Flying WILD workshops and other educational opportunities and classes for educators, the education team at HAS is collaborating with the Texas Wildlife Association to provide a statewide bird education trunk. The trunk is nearing completion and will soon become available to educators across the state at no-charge. Educators would rent the trunk for 3 weeks and then return it to their local TWA office where it would be sent out to the next educator. Six identical trunks will be made available across the state. Currently, TWA wildlife trunks are booked a full year in advance with a long waiting list.
The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) is a statewide non-profit organization established in 1985 to represent private land stewards, land managers, conservationists, hunters and anglers from across the state of Texas. Its members care for and control almost 40 million acres of rangeland and wildlife habitat that are key components of Texas’ upstream watersheds. Because nearly 95% of land in Texas is privately owned, the involvement of private land stewards is critical in establishing Texas’ long-term conservation policies.
TWA has three main program areas: Conservation Legacy (youth and adult education), Hunting Heritage (Texas Youth Hunting Program and Texas Big Game Awards Program), and Issues and Advocacy. The principal objectives of the Association are to enhance the game and non-game wildlife resources of Texas for the benefit of all through the preservation and improvement of wildlife habitat, sensible management practices, appropriate legislative action, and education of the public concerning the needs of wildlife and the importance of this great resource to all citizens.
The education team has spent the past year developing activities and educational materials for the bird trunk and we hope to be able to show one off to the Houston Audubon members in the near future. This trunk will take Houston Audubon’s education efforts across the state of Texas!