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Wild Times May 2024

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) is proud to support the next generation of conservation professionals. Thanks to two scholarship funds established at TPWF, deserving students are getting the help they need to further their undergraduate and graduate educations.

The Brady and W.K. Boyd Conservation Scholarship was established in memory of two young men who were avid hunters and anglers. Over the last few years, multiple recipients have received scholarships and are now working in the conservation field, while others are continuing their studies. Daniel Wilcox received a scholarship in 2018 while earning his bachelor’s degree at Tarleton State University.

"The scholarship enabled me to continue pursuit of a master’s degree, and for that I am incredibly grateful,” said Wilcox. “I hope to continue my wildlife management studies in the future with the intent to secure a Ph.D. position."

The Women in Conservation Science Scholarship was established just last year, and Lily Morin was the first recipient. She is a graduate student at the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University.

“I aspire to be a wildlife biologist in Texas and am very close to earning my master’s degree in range and wildlife management,” said Morin. “I hope to share what I’ve learned with others through outdoor outreach and education. I am thrilled to be the first recipient of this scholarship and so grateful for the support."

Applications for this year’s scholarships will open April 1. TPWF is accepting donations for both funds to continue nurturing the next generation of conservation professionals.


  Story #2: We Will Not Be Tamed: Meet Austin Alvarado  

Wildlife cinematographer and former professional river guide Austin Alvarado has a passion for the wild and rugged Big Bend region of Texas. His knowledge of Big Bend and his proficiency as a guide led to his being selected as a featured character in the 2019 documentary The River and the Wall. Through that project, he connected with filmmaker Ben Masters and his career path pivoted.

“I became really good friends with some extraordinarily talented people who have been incredibly generous with their time. I started doing location scouting first, then pitched in doing general labor, and that led to picking up a camera."

The team’s latest project is Deep in the Heart, the first blue-chip wildlife documentary ever produced about Texas wildlife. The film will premiere later this year and aims to inspire Texans to conserve our remaining wild places, to show the connectivity of water and wildlife, and to recognize Texas’ conservation importance on a continental scale.

Austin is proud to join the ranks of We Will Not Be Tamed ambassadors for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. We Will Not Be Tamed calls us to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit and why we should be inspired to conserve it.

“The filmmaking experiences I’ve had over the last few years have instilled a desire to be more of an advocate for what I love. It all started on the Rio Grande River in the Big Bend, and I hope I can be a voice and help spread the word about conservation of the wild places we love in Texas."

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  Story #3: Join TPWF and win Swarovski Binoculars!  

Springtime in Texas is just around the corner! As you head outside to enjoy our beautiful state, TPWF’s trailblazing sponsor Swarovski Optik wants to make sure you have the best view possible.

Join or renew your membership with TPWF by March 31, and you will be entered in a TPWF drawing* for a chance to win a pair of Swarovski Optik CL Companion 8x30 Binoculars.

Join TPWF today and help support the wild things and wild places of Texas.

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 *The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the Swarovski Optik binoculars. Members who join or renew between January 1 and March 31, 2022 are automatically entered in the drawing.
  Story #4: Sharing a Passion for Parks  

Lynise Marshall shared a love of the outdoors with her late husband, Steve Scott. He grew up visiting state parks across Texas, and when Steve and Lynise got together, the two spent many happy days road tripping to parks from their home base near Houston. They also had many travel adventures all over the world.

“We visited many beautiful places in our time together,but none had our heart and soul like Texas,” she said. “We loved visiting Texas State Parks." 

Before he died, Steve made sure his will included a donation to TPWF. As she grieved his loss, Lynise wanted to honor Steve’s memory in a way he would appreciate. She reached out to TPWF and learned about a fundraising effort for a new state park in North Texas. That conversation inspired Lynise to begin her own fundraising effort. Now, thanks to Lynise and friends, a picnic shelter at Palo Pinto Mountains State Park will bear Steve’s name. Working with TPWF to honor Steve’s memory inspired Lynise to think about her own estate plan.

“It really got me thinking about what legacy I want to leave,” Lynise said. “When I made the donation for Steve, I visited Palo Pinto Mountains State Park and met TPWF staff members. I was so impressed with their dedication and professionalism and was vastly impressed with the mission. It dawned on me that this is the absolutely best thing that I can do."

To forever protect the parks that she and Steve loved, Lynise made a planned gift to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation through her will.

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  Story #5: Read all about it in the TPW Magazine!  

We’re tickled pink to see that the March issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine features one of our 2022 We Will Not Be Tamed ambassadors, Jazmine Robinson.

You’ll be hearing more about Jazmine next month. Till then, here’s a preview! 

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  Story #6: Keeping it Wild in the Gulf of Mexico!  

What’s wilder than an artificial reef called the Keeping it Wild reef? The reef surrounded by hundreds of spinner sharks! The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation posted a video recently taken by a researcher. The Keeping it Wild reef was funded by Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association.

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