Wildlife Steward Handbook
Be A Wildlife Steward
BearWatch invites you to be a ‘Wildlife Steward’. You can make an enormous difference by informing your neighbors, co-workers, schools, church, etc. how to co-exist with bears and other wildlife.You’ll receive our BW Wildlife Stewards book free of charge and other free materials for distribution. Our SM BearWatch Wildlife Steward book has information on the biology of New Mexico’s mountain wildlife plus wildlife problems and benign solutions. Each year, we invite wildlife biologists to give talks at our annual meeting and ask that our wildlife stewards attend if possible.BearWatch needs Wildlife Stewards throughout the state and invites you to join us in this rewarding endeavor.Contact Jan Hayes at 505-281-9282
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Sandia Mountain BearWatch is a not-for-profit organization. Most of SM BearWatch's 600 plus members primarily reside in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. We are pleased to see our membership growing statewide. We've found that most mountain residents want to learn how to co-exist with and protect this unique animal. The goal of SM BearWatch is to ensure a stable statewide bear population. We do this by advocating reasonable bear hunting dates and practices. We strive to inform mountain residents and visitors how to co-exist with black bears through our neighborhood network of Wildlife Stewards and the press. SM Bear Watch advocates bear proofing of all bear habitat food-related dumpsters and home garbage receptacles.SM Bear Watch does not spend a lot time raising money. No one is paid for his or her time except Dr. Al LeCount, who is our consulting bear biologist. Our small membership dues of $5/year are spent for printing, postage and professional advice. A large membership is more politically important than money and the reason we keep our dues low.
We are in the process of finding funding for statewide bear proofing through our sister 501C3 non-profit corporation, New Mexico Bear Watch and welcome all donations to this important endeavor. The destructive cycle of creating garbage bears year after year needs to be addressed and stopped. It is important for us to hear from you! Please contact us with your concerns, questions, and other input. Please check our website http://sandiamountainbearwatch.org
This remarkable book which is free to download is indispensable for co-existing with wildlife. This is Bear Watch’s gift to New Mexico, the country and the world to inspire and encourage people to become committed stewards of wildlife, to learn to co-exist with them, to study them, to become aware of their needs, their continuing fight to just exist while their habitat is diminishing, and their water and food supplies are compromised, and increasingly, human beings think they have the right to act with impunity when it comes to their welfare and safety, and indeed their survival.
Even though this book was initially published for New Mexico, it is significant and indispensable for every community on the planet who are fortunate enough to share their existence with wildlife. When Jan Hayes, the Founder of Bear Watch, stated, “it is a noble cause to protect a wild animal,” she was imploring us;
- to cherish the gift of all wildlife, and
- to admire them,
- to understand their plight
- to help them survive in an often hostile environment,
- to not treat them as commodities or nuisance animals, and
- to promote programs that ensure their existence for generations to come because we are, after all, stewards of these magnificent beings and we are truly the recipients of the boundless joy they bring to our lives.
COMPLETE BOOK FREE TO DOWNLOAD
A Guide for Wildlife Stewards
How to Co-exist With Our Wildlife, by Sandia Mountain Bear Watch
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DEER AND ELK
MICE AND RATS