Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation - January 5 - January 9, 2018

Audience
university students

This workshop is open to those students selected by their Academic Adviser to attend a CLfT Workshop.

You will be staying at the Welder Foundation. All meals are provided. 

Please bring the following, important items:

  1. comfortable, outdoor field clothing--not too bulky
  2. toiletries
  3. cap or headband for protection from the sun;
  4. waterproof, hiking or field boots and rain gear

The outdoor field exercises will be conducted even if it is hot, cold, or raining, so come prepared for those possibilities. We recommend that you check the Sinton, TX area weather prior to arrival.

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation photo by Rudy Rosen

The Welder Wildlife Foundation Headquarters is located on the Welder Wildlife Refuge off HWY 77 approximately 10 miles northeast of Sinton, Texas. Most of the Headquarters complex was built in 1958. It consists of the main headquarters building, four residences, graduate student dormitory, visitors dormitory, and a rotunda that includes a dining area and complete kitchen.

Travel instructions

From Sinton, Texas, take Hwy 77 north toward Woodsboro and Victoria.  Depending on the exit you take leaving Sinton, after approximately 7–10 miles you will see a brown highway sign announcing the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation. 

Exit right off the highway immediately after the sign and proceed to the Foundation’s white stucco gate house. 

If you cross the Aransas River Bridge you missed the exit by about 1.5 miles. 

The Headquarters is located 2 miles from the main gate. Continue on the paved road without turning onto side roads until you cross a cattle guard. After you have crossed the cattle guard, you will see a sign directing you to the Headquarters.    

You can also Google:  "10429 Welder Wildlife"

P.O. Box 1400
Sinton, Texas 78387
361-364-2643
Texas Game Warden
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Game Warden since July 1988. Stationed on the lower Texas coast. Firearms Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer Instructor. I have been hunting creeks and fishing since a child with my grandpa and father. I enjoy migratory and waterfowl hunting. I also enjoy cooking. I am married to Jill Flores. We have 22 year old twins. Both pursuing grad school. My family and I take every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Living on the coast provides almost full opportunities to fish and hunt waterfowl. I have been able to pass on my knowledge to CLFT workshop students in regards to roles of law enforcement in regards to wildlife conservation. I also provide preparation information and sometimes prepare wildgame meals for CLFT programs.
CLfT Director
Conservation Leaders For Tomorrow
Zachary E. Lowe is the Director of the Conservation Leaders Tomorrow Program, which is housed within the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation in Dundee, Il. He has a diverse professional background working within the disciplines of restoration ecology, research/extension, and conservation education. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science, a second in Fisheries and Aquatic Science, and a Ph.D. in Restoration Ecology from Purdue University where he maintains an Adjunct Faculty position within the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. A native to the Midwest, Zach grew up as an avid outdoorsman and is passionate about hunting. He engages in trapping and fishing as the time and the seasons allow. Zach enjoys the culinary rewards of hunting and gardening and finds the preparation of game and local foods to be a year-round connection to the family’s seasonal harvest. Zach severs on The Wildlife Societies Editorial Advisory Board and assist with several national working groups dedicated to how hunting angling and trapping can ensuring the future of conservation for the collective benefit of all things wild.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management
Sul Ross State University/Borderlands Research Institute
Dr. Ryan S. Luna is a Research Scientist with Borderlands Research Institute, Chair of the Natural Resource Management Department, and an Associate Professor of Wildlife Management at Sul Ross State University. He teaches curriculum associated with the Wildlife Management program, and is a faculty advisor to the Range and Wildlife Club. Ryan’s interests focus on habitat use and foraging ecology. His primary research pertains to upland game bird ecology and management, and control techniques for feral hogs.

Prior to joining BRI, Ryan obtained a PhD at Texas State University. While at Texas State, he was a Doctoral NSF Fellow working in a GK-12 program. When not in middle school classrooms getting students interested in science, Ryan was working on his dissertation which focused on body size, rumen-reticulum functions, and dietary nutrition of white-tailed deer. Prior to his doctoral work, he earned an MS from the University of Texas at San Antonio. During this period he worked for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio performing behavioral assays on Rhesus Macaques. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, Ryan worked as a Game Warden for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish until he returned to Texas to begin his master’s and doctoral work.
Professor and Director, Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology
Texas A&M University in San Antonio
RUDOLPH “RUDY” ROSEN, Ph.D., is a Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology at Texas A&M University in San Antonio, a Fellow of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, and a former Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a former Director of Wildlife, Fisheries and Coastal Resources for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and was also Executive Director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he served in the cabinet for the environment of two governors.

Dr. Rosen specializes in wildlife and fisheries conservation organization management, leadership, fundraising, and advocacy. He has served in international, national, and regional executive leadership positions in the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and Safari Club International and its foundation. Rosen has served on over 130 nonprofit and government national and international boards, commissions and committees on fish and wildlife management, and has written over 500 articles, blogs and presentations on organizations, natural resources conservation, and policy. He has often appeared before the US Congress and state legislative bodies to testify on wildlife and fish resource conservation matters.