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a couple dozen to 3,000 people. Five projects involved predator evaluation, habitat enhancement and wildlife surveys, and I wrote two newspaper articles and two magazine articles and was interviewed on a nationally syndicated outdoor radio show. My presentations were to such groups as Wildlife Management Associations, ranchers, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Bird Watchers, Master Naturalist Organizations, Texas Parks & Wildlife Wing Ding, Home Schoolers and the 2017 graduating class of the statewide QuailMasters Program. I found when you have to answer questions and explain topics to someone you tend to understand them much more.

Waterfowl Brigade 2017 was on the beautiful property call “Big Woods on the Trinity� near Tennessee Colony, TX. It is 7500 acres that has been reclaimed back to its natural habitat. So the property is a haven for waterfowl and deer. The owner has won the Lone Star Land Stewardship and Leopold Conservation Awards for the effort and money it took to bring this land back to its natural habitat. Wetlands are essential areas needed for a balanced ecosystem. A few of the reasons they are important are: water purification, flood protection, shoreline stabilization, groundwater recharge, and streamflow maintenance, they provide habitat for fish and wildlife, including endangered species. Some of my memories of the Waterfowl Brigade Camp are: Walking (and falling) through marshes, ponds, puddles, and congealed bodies of water, shooting clay birds

and haranguing the other guys about missing, marching and screaming cadences, painting decoys, blowing duck call ‘til your flock leader screams “ENOUGH!!!!â€?, meditating on an early morning pond, arguing over who takes the first shower, who vacuums and who gets which bed (or the floor), taking water samples from questionable sources and watching bird dogs at work, loving what they do for a living. Yes, it’s a 10 day camp rolled into 5 days! I gained more knowledge about wildlife and conservation. With new eyes that “seeâ€? the outdoors differently. I also got a healthy dose of confidence and leadership skills and made some new friends with the same interests in preserving our wildlife and hunting heritage. You can find out more about the Texas Brigades at www.texasbrigades.org. Home of delicious hot sandwiches served on our famous Baked Fresh Daily buns, your choice of Rye, Sourdough, Wheat, and JalapeĂąo Cheese, and individual sized Sourdough Crust Pizzas

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