When looking back over 2015, it is difficult to believe the year went by so quickly. Perhaps the weather was the most unpredictable element with which we had to deal – most rainfall recorded for one year, deadliest tornadoes in almost 90 years and the most snow in 68 years for the month of March. Despite Mother Nature’s contributions, the DWA weathered the storms and we are ready for 2016.
In April 2014, Joel Sartore was added to our website. We have kept in contact with Joel since then and have certainly enjoyed his images, many of which were taken at the DWA. On the evening of December 8th, Joel emailed to let me know that his image taken of our Cock-of-the rock was being shown that evening on St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Seeing that particular Cock-of-the rock (Rupicola rupicola) on the Vatican is of personal significance to me, considering it is my male that was the first captive born bird of that species in the world. It took about seven years to unlock or create the environment in which to breed this species. We have now bred over 20 animals in the past six years or so, not including the mountain species of which we have bred over 125 birds in the past decade.
Joel is the author of our Book of the Month, his latest publication that is full of outstanding photography. Joel, as founder of PhotoArk, documents “endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving.” Under the frequently asked questions portion of Joel’s website, his response to “What Can I Do to Help the Environment and Endangered Species” gives both general and specific suggestions for helping.
Resolve to Go Green in 2016 highlights relatively simple ideas and websites that list “Green” suggestions, many by local agencies that are available and helpful.
During the last quarter of the 2015, Yellow-spotted Amazon turtles hatched at the DWA. Their incubation and development is described in Successful Turtle Hatching at the DWA. We were represented at the 21st Biennial Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference in San Francisco, during which we presented a compilation of our current involvement in saving the Amazonian manatee through environmental education. Our committment to the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica continues with our contribution of GPS collars and software for jumpstarting a valuable Release Initiative for Sloths.
No year could be complete without our annual CPS Holiday Event. This was our ninth consecutive year in which we opted to share our staff party with 53 delightful children. An Event to Remember 2015 points out a few highlights of the best “feel good” day that one can experience – and very humbling.
On Sat., Feb. 6, Texas medical schools will train over 20,000 participants on how to perform hands-only CPR across the state. Projections show this project has the potential to break a Guinness World Record for the most individuals trained in hands-only CPR in 12 hours! The Emergency Medicine Interest Group at UTSW Medical Center will set up in the DWA theater (10 am-5 pm) for such training! In five minutes or less, you can learn how to save a live and receive your very own Texas Two STEP CPR certification card. Bring your family, as training will be available for children, depending on their size and strength. Please stop by and participate in setting a world record for a worthwhile project.
Thank you for your continued support of the DWA; we look forward to 2016.