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March 2017


The mission of Wildlife in Focus is to promote wildlife and habitat conservation in Texas.

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We are anticipating another great turnout for this year's annual Sporting Clay Challenge!  Looking forward to seeing YOU!

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Wildlife in Focus Traveling Exhibit of Winning Photos 

Is now at 
American Bank
1301 TX-35 Bus
Rockport, Texas

If you are near Rockport, stop by and see our award winning photographs now through March 31.

Summer Photography Camps!

  Wildlife in Focus is partnering with the South Texas Botanical Gardens to offer nature and photography camps for ages 11-18.  Three camps are scheduled:
          Ages 11-14:  June 5-9, Monday-Friday, 9 am - noon
          Ages 14-18: July 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9 am - noon
          Ages 11-18: July 31-Aug. 4, Monday-Friday 9 am - noon

$125 members, $135 non-members. PREPAID REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

To register, please click here:
Photo Contest

The contest is in full swing and our photographers are out in the field. Wildflowers are blossoming beautifully since the rain has cleared and this section should be bigger and better in the up comming book VIIII.

The contest prize money is $60,000 this year. As of right now we have raised a total of $39,050 in registration fees with 42 fully paid teams. We were also gifted $5,000. We still need $15,950 to reach our goal of $60,000. If you or your company would like to help us continue our mission to promote wildlife and habitat conservation in Texas. Please click here to donate.


Naturalist’s Corner
by Brenda Weathered

Texas’ official “small” state mammal, the Nine-Banded Armadillo, is an interesting primitive animal that expanded its range northward into the lower Rio Grande Valley in the 1870’s.

Originally from South America, it is closely related to sloths and anteaters. Currently inhabits Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, range is limited to moderate climate regions because it does not hibernate and cannot survive long periods of freezing temperatures.  

The armadillo’s heavy armored shell helps to protect it from predators; but contrary to popular
belief, the Nine-Banded Armadillo cannot roll itself completely into a tight ball. Crossing deep
water creates a challenge because of the extra weight its armored shell creates. If needed, it
can swallow air to create an internal life preserver. Armadillos forage on the ground by rooting around with their snout and digging with their sharp claws. Equipped with a finely barbed, sticky tongue they can easily pick up grubs, insects, beetles and worms in soil or rotting wood. They have no front teeth for biting, but instead have pegshaped molars for chewing. Because they have very poor eyesight, they rely heavily on their sense of smell.

Armadillo’s live in burrows that are dug with their sharp claws. These burrows are seven to eight inches wide and can be as long as 25 feet. They are normally solitary animals, living alone in their underground homes, except during breeding season. Female armadillos give birth to samesex quadruplets that develop from one single fertilized egg. This single embryo divides into two, then these two divide again, creating four identical clone-like embryos. Aside from humans, armadillos are the only known species that can harbor Mycobacterium leprae – a bacterium that causes leprosy. Texas has passed a law prohibiting the sale of live armadillos because of public health concerns. Hopefully, through medical research, the armadillo will provide useful information about the disease of leprosy.

Armadillos have been good neighbors to Texans for hundreds of years. Let’s be good neighbors
to them by continuing to appreciate their unique characteristics and docile personalities.
Call for Volunteers!
We are in need of volunteers to help us with the monthly relocation of our traveling exhibit.  This typically is about a half-day effort, and includes tear down and re-assemble of display panels and for our winning photographs. Please contact our office if you are interested.

In addition, if desk-type work is more your style and if you are proficient with data entry,  we need you!  Accuracy more important than speed. Let us know if you have a few hours a week to spare.

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