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Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015

Message from the President - Wayne Bisbee The past f e w months have been an awesome beginning to a new year. We began at the Dallas Safari Club and the Safari Club International conventions followed by the Miami International Boat Show. It seems that wherever we went, we received a ton of positive compliments from our friends and supporters, and we also made some incredible new contacts. A couple new organizations that we are looking into creating relationships with include the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, TX (FossilRim.org) and the Coastal Conservation Association (JoinCCA.org). You can learn more about both of these excellent groups from articles within this issue, and we look forward to exploring the possibilities with them. In addition to attending these wonderful trade shows, we also completed our first on-line fundraising auction which was a Catch and Release Bongo Hunt outside of Uvalde, TX. This event raised $23,000. I am proud to say that 100% of this donation went directly to our conservation projects thanks to our Founders’ Circle of Donors who commit annually to cover all of our Conservation Fund’s administrative overhead. For that, a big THANK YOU goes out to this group! Many of you know my family’s background in the offshore fishing industry, and can associate “catch and release” with what I do in my day job. However, you may say, catch and release in the conservation and even hunting industries…? Briefly, since this unique fundraiser is featured on page 6 (Bongo From The Congo), we held an on-line auction that ended on January 31 with Chip Wagner of Ft. Worth, TX offering the winning bid. Chip won the opportunity to hunt a very rare African antelope species called a Bongo with a tranquilizer dart gun, along with a few days and nights of enjoyment at the luxurious Morani River Ranch (MoraniRiver.com). This event was a triple win. For Chip, a great vacation and hunting experience, for the animal, necessary veterinary care, and for conservation, a lot of always needed funds were raised. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventure he had, and if so, be sure to keep in touch with us, as we plan to do it again in the not too distant future. Anyway, I feel that this Bisbee’s Conservation Journal issue continues what our last issue started in the areas of our project updates and those of other likeminded entities. I truly hope it provokes our readers to get more involved in fish and wildlife conservation. For those of you who already have, thank you very much. Please continue to send us any content that is pertinent to our efforts, and that you think our readers would enjoy. We look forward to working with you well into the future on these great causes and much more! All the very best, President, BF&WC March 31st, 2015 BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 05 Wayne Bisbee


Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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