Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club Meeting

LIBERTY, January 6, 2013 - The January meeting of the LOWER TRINITY VALLEY BIRD CLUB will be held on, Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at The FLNB Corner (1822 Sam Houston Av, Liberty, TX) across for the First Liberty National Bank. Directions: from Hwy. 90, turn north on Travis St. (between Kentucky Fried Chicken and Whataburger), cross over the railroad tracks- The FLNB Corner is at the intersection of Sam Houston Av. and Travis St. Be sure to come early at 9:30 a.m. for our “Birder’s Chat” time. If you have any questions call President Gary Holmes at 281-576-0574 or e-mail him at geholmes@verizon.net.

Our speaker for January will be Richard L. “Dick” White: his presentation will be over The Whales and Children of San Ignacio Lagoon. San Ignacio lagoon is the last and only undeveloped nursery and breeding ground in the world of the Pacific Gray Whale. San Ignacio is a whale watcher’s dream, where visitors have a good chance of having an up-close encounter with a friendly whale. Also, Dick will describe efforts to enhance the educational opportunities for the children of the schools of La Laguna San Ignacio.

Dick White, a native of Texas has been engaged in environmental work for all of his professional life beginning with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1960. With that agency his activities included research in aquatic vegetation control, commercial fisheries, aquatic pollution control, and fishery management. In 1971, he joined the TU System (TXU) to develop and implement environmental programs for its mining and power generation functions. In 1993, Mr. White was named Vice President, Environmental Services for TXU where he remained until his retirement in 1999.

In 2001, he and his wife Claudette established “Baja School Friends” a non-profit group whose mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for a fishing village in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja, Mexico.

Dick has been honored by Shikar-Safari International as “Conservationist of the Year,” by Texas A& M University for his support of department programs; by University of Texas at Arlington as “Friend of Education,” and by Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching for his efforts in fostering environmental education. Stephen F. Austin State University has established a scholarship in his honor in the School of Forestry.

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