Wells important to endangered species to be repaired

Endangered

Two endangered whooping cranes stand in the marshland at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Barclay Fernandez/bfernandez@vicad.com for The Victoria Advocate

Thanks to a $75,000 grant from the National Wildlife Federation, water wells damaged during Hurricane Harvey and needed during droughts by endangered whooping cranes will be repaired. The wells having been drilled over the years, on and off Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, replenish freshwater ponds the cranes drink from.

Wade Harrell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ whooping crane recovery coordinator and James Dodson, project manager for the San Antonio Bay Partnership, hope to have the repairs completed by the end of November. Some whooping cranes will have reached the refuge by then, after migrating from Wood Buffalo National Park and if the repairs disturb the cranes, then they’ll be delayed.

To read “Wells important to endangered species to be repaired” by Jessica Priest – The Victoria Advocate, click here.

***** FOTWW’s mission is to help preserve and protect the Aransas/Wood Buffalo
population of wild whooping cranes and their habitat. *****

Friends of the Wild Whoopers is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

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Painting, “Whoopers Headed North” attends Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

FOTWW’s President Chester McConnell and his lovely wife Dorothy

by Pam Bates

Dorothy and Chester McConnell attended a service for the “Blessing of the Animals” today at the Providence United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort Alabama.  David Hendrix, Pastor officiated the service. This service was originally initiated many years ago by St. Francis of Assisi. Dorothy and Chester are members of Friends of the Wild Whoopers (FOTWW) and Chester is President of our organization. The service was well attended by dog owners but the McConnell’s took their painting of “Whoopers Headed north” by artist Dale Wilkins. Chester responded to pastor Hendrix’ invitation and explained about  the status of Whooping Cranes and FOTWW’s efforts to protect and manage their habitats.

An excerpt from the service bulletin follows.

A SERVICE FOR THE BLESSING OF ANIMALS

GATHERING AND GREETING

The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea.
They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life.

God, who confers gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made them reminders of the gifts of salvation.

Animals were saved from the flood and afterwards made a part of the covenant with Noah.
(GENESIS 9:9–10)

The paschal lamb recalls the passover sacrifice and the deliverance from slavery in Egypt.
(EXODUS 12:3–14)

A giant fish saved Jonah;
(JONAH 2:1–10)

ravens brought bread to Elijah;
(1 KINGS 17:6)

animals were included in the repentance of Nineveh;
(JONAH 3:7)

and animals share in Christ’s redemption of all God’s creation.

We, therefore, invoke God’s blessing on these animals. As we do so, let us praise the Creator and thank God for setting us as stewards over all the creatures of the earth.

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