Wildlife In Focus
Formed in 2000, originally as the Coastal Bend Wildlife Habitat Education Program, our mission was and continues to raise public awareness and promote wildlife and habitat conservation within Texas. We believe this is a unique project worthy of your consideration and support. The demographics of Texas are changing rapidly. Its population is growing and moving out of rural communities into more urban environments. Landowners are under increasing pressure to convert wildlife habitat and productive farm and ranch land to other uses. Due to this threat of urbanization, our children are growing up with fewer opportunities to get a glimpse of our beautiful wildlife and habitat native to Texas. Our goal is to inspire children of all ages through awareness… to inspire them to want to go outside and see the beauty that is Texas.
Carter Smith, Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife announced that teenagers in Texas spend an average of 48 minutes per week outdoors. It is our hope that we can help turn that around.
We begin that effort with our biannual photo contest which is conducted in odd numbered years. The winning images are first put into our traveling photo exhibit. Wildlife In Focus books are published in even numbered years from these winning photos. Our next volume, Wildlife In Focus VIII is due for release in October 2016.
Ongoing within these years we conduct our Kritters 4 Kids schoolroom program and summer camps. Kritters 4 Kids introduces students to new opportunities and hobbies with the hopes of inspiring excitement about preserving and protecting the wild lands of our area.
Your support is integral to the success of our program. You may select the schools of your choice to receive the program or we will match you with schools on our waiting list. We will contact the schools on your behalf, coordinate the book deliveries with a presentation from our Education Coordinator. We hope you will consider the importance and impact of this project on future generations of Texans.
Landowners and Photographers compete as teams and share equally in the significant prize money. Additionally, they promote wildlife conservation while participating in the most challenging wildlife photo contest in the world.
Businesses benefit through advertising sponsorships that offer years of positive exposure.
Wildlife prospers as private landowners play a crucial role in the conservation of wildlife by providing diverse and well-managed habitat.
The community becomes more educated about the unique and beautiful wildlife in our region. Winning photographs are showcased in books, magazines, and our traveling Benefactor’s Photo Exhibit displayed in sponsor’s businesses, museums, art centers, and special events.