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Wow, what a year it has been. As most of you are aware, the Arizona
Game and Fish Department has been working to improve the services it
provides to its customers the citizens of Arizona. And the hard work
is paying off.
Recently, the Department was recognized by a number of organizations.
The Arizona Quality Alliance awarded us the Pioneer Award for Quality
Excellence for our successful establishment and deployment of
fundamental quality systems. We received the Federally Assisted Civil
Rights Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the access
that our programs and services have for our diverse public. And who
could forget our bald eagle program that received three awards from
Arizona Clean and Beautiful. The Bald Eagle Management Program won the
Governors Pride Award for Media Leadership while the Southwestern
Bald Eagle Management Committee received an honorable mention for
Environmental Education. Plus, the Monofilament Recovery Program,
which encourages anglers to recycle fishing line so that it doesnt
wind up tangling and injuring wildlife, received an honorable mention
We dont want to forget about our own environmental education program,
Focus: Wild Arizona. We have been off and running, adding new
materials as soon as they become available. When the school year
started, we had a vision but limited resources available. At the time
of this writing, we have six different units of study, three wildlife
booklets, a cultural teaching guide, a biotic communities reference
page, and much more available for free on the Internet. In addition,
we had a very successful Elk Natural History workshop, have
distributed copies of the Critters of Arizona to over 10,000 fourth
grade students (have you ordered yours yet?), and traveled all
over the state conducting teacher workshops. And we have no plans on
Within the next few months, we will be publishing new lessons, hosting
more workshops, and improving our web site. Make sure you keep in
touch. You will not want to miss the future of Focus: Wild Arizona.
Environmental Education Coordinator
*Focus on Staff*
Karen Schedler, Environmental Education Program Manager, (602)
Eric Proctor, Environmental Education Coordinator, (602) 789-3245,
Sam Huselton, EE Outreach Coordinator, (602) 789-3370, shuselton@...
Sandy Cate, Wildlife Center, (623) 582-9806, scate@...
Sharon Voiland, Information, (602) 789-3220, svoiland@...
The Environmental Education Offices are located at the Arizona Game
and Fish Departments main office at 2221 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix,
*Focus on News*
Check out these recent wildlife related news stories:
Gould's turkey making record comeback in Arizona
Sandhill Crane Count
2005 marks record year for Arizonas endangered ferrets
Where do Arizonas eagles go for summer vacation?
Even better Lake Pleasant fishing may be coming, thanks to Game and
*Focus on Curriculum*
Our newest curriculum to hit the web has been generating a lot of
particularly in Tucson and Flagstaff where we held special media
events. Now is your chance to check out Mountain Lions in Arizona,
a unit for sixth through twelfth grade students. The lessons start
with some general natural history about this wild cat and culminate in
a dynamic role play in which students become involved citizens!
*Focus on the Future*
** _Tres Rios is back_ **
__Be sure to join us and other nature lovers at the third annual Tres
Rios Nature Festival. Located at Estrella Mountain Regional Park
in Goodyear, this event will include live wildlife, free fishing
clinics, hikes and entertainment. Mark your calendars for March 11 and
12. You do not want to miss this.
** _Another Natural History workshop?_ **
We are in the middle of planning our next exciting natural history
workshop. Details will be coming soon to our website. Be sure to
check back often because space will fill up fast!
*Focus on Resources*
** _New Bat Poster_ **
The Bats of Arizona poster has just been reprinted and it looks great!
This full-color poster contains all 28 species of bats found in the
state along with some common bat anatomy. Contact Sharon at
or (602) 789-3220 to order your free copy today.
** _State-Fish Art Contest_ **
Wildlife Forever is pleased to announce a call for entries for the
2006 State-Fish Art Contest. Students nationwide have the opportunity
to win recognition and prizes while learning about their local
state-fish and the conservation of aquatic habitats. The annual
competition is open to students in grades 4-12 and entries must be
postmarked by March 31, 2006. For complete details, check out the State-Fish
** _Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Contest_ **
Are you interested in creating a schoolyard habitat but you dont have
the funds to get started. The Schoolyard Habitat Foundation is
sponsoring a competition for Phoenix-based schools. All you need to do
is fill out the Entry Form and have your students complete a short
essay. See the flyer for more information. Hurry: deadline to
enter is March 1.
*Focus on Fun*
Starting in the March/April edition of _Arizona Wildlife Views_, the
Departments magazine, Focus Wild will have a regular section. It will
include a quick and fun activity that your students can do with little
instruction. Even better, the students can submit their work and
possibly get published in a future edition. Every public school
library is mailed a complimentary issue.
*Focus on You*
We want to hear from you. Have you used some of our materials? Tell
us about it. We strive to develop quality materials for teachers but
always appreciate your feedback. Do you have a resource need? Let us
know. We will do our best to get it into your hands. If not, then we
will put you in touch with someone who can.
So share your stories, share your success.
Contact Eric Proctor with your stories and responses.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the
basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its
programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been
discriminated against in any of the AGFDs programs or activities,
including employment practices, they may file a complaint with the
Deputy Director, 2221 W. Greenway Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85023, (602)
942-3000, or with the Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr.
Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a
reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by
contacting the Deputy Director as listed above.
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Mansel A. Nelson
Program Coordinator (Environmental Educator) Voice 928 523 1275/1496
Environmental Education Outreach Program Fax 928 523 1280
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals mansel.nelson@...
PO Box 5768
Northern Arizona University North Union
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 Bldg 3, APT A
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." Native American Proverb