Wildlife Research TeamThe Canoe View!
Welcome to WRT’s completely overhauled website! We agree, it’s really bare-bones right now! We decided that we needed a fresh start for our online presence as we prepare to celebrate our 25th year. Yes, it was in May 1993 when Dr. Tom and Donna Kazo began to explore South Florida’s coastlines and waterways in their first canoe, Doer (seen above with Dr. Tom in July 1993 during their first exploration of the Coral Gables Waterway, photographed by Donna). Many paddle strokes and many changes later, Wildlife Research Team, Inc., can look back on its accomplishments and be proud. Thousands of good people from all walks of life, from ages 7 to 99, have made a difference while volunteering on our projects. A major purpose of this website is to honor them.
WRT has, after much discussion (and some trepidation!) switched to the highly-regarded WordPress platform from the custom-built website created by our longtime webmaster Christianna Cannon. WRT’s primary mission, as set forth in our corporate charter, is environmental education. This new format will allow us to fulfill this mission on a much broader scale. The platform provides wonderful flexibility and the tools to quickly update content. We plan to make good use of them and keep this site current, which had been a difficult and frustrating task. We also are planning a new project on this site, designed to fund our current activities and allow expansion. We will keep you posted, of course!
As we rebuild our online home, we ask you to be patient with us as we seek to provide you with quality content, and that you will check back frequently on our progress during this exciting process. It’s definitely a Work in Progress! You can find us on Facebook, of course; and the link to our “Old Blog” above will bring you to a number of informative entries written by Donna Kazo in the past few years. On the About WRT page, there’s now a Gallery with “Canoe View” photos from the past quarter century, as well as some words that were carefully crafted by Dr. Tom and Donna when they submitted their incorporation to the State of Florida in 1999. By then, they had a pretty good idea of the potential of Wildlife Research Team, so do have a look at that as well as the brief History of WRT below the Gallery on that page.
- Volunteers are committed to us by choice, not necessity.
- Volunteers today seek opportunities for self-realization.
- Volunteers seek opportunities to be involved with something meaningful.
- Volunteers seek opportunities to be an integral part of something.
- Volunteers want to reach their personal potential.
- Volunteers want to be part of a social body that is attractive and rewarding.
- Volunteers have a desire to contribute.
- The leader owes to the followers that they can realize their potential, and to realize their purpose is serving the organization.
November 18, 2017
North Fork of the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wildlife Research Team hosted 3dcart Shopping Cart Software employees who gave up their Saturday, like many good folks before them, to volunteer to remove trash from this important neighborhood river. Many people do not know that this river eventually reaches the ocean, so anything we remove from its waters will not find its way into the belly of an innocent sea creature. To a sea turtle, a plastic shopping bag looks like a tasty jellyfish. WRT’s first cleanup of the North Fork was in January 2001! We are still serious about being Keepers of the River, sixteen years later. As always, we launch at Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park. Volunteers are: Christianna Cannon, Kat McDermott, and Fernando Mendigutia. Photos by Donna M. Kazo.
Now, as of January 17, 2018, Wildlife Research Team really needs your help! Since 2007, we have been able to pay our most important expense, the rent on our storage unit, and a few other necessary expenses, with our earnings from a suburban lake cleanup. This contract has kept us going, especially through the Great Recession, which forced many worthwhile small nonprofits to shut their doors. We also cut way back on expenses, which also forced us to become less active, but at least we are still here!
But: In the fall of 2017, this contract ended, somewhat unexpectedly. We paid the rent with our savings, while trying to set up corporate sponsorship, but have still fallen behind while waiting for this to happen. Now, the owners of the warehouse are threatening us with eviction! This is where we keep some of our canoes, at least one trailer, all of our paddles and other canoeing gear, and supplies to refurbish our canoes. We’ve been there since 2002, when Dr. Tom Kazo set it up, had it professionally wired, and a canoe rack built overhead. It’s our home base and if we lose it, well, let’s not even think about that!
Our immediate financial goal is a fairly modest $1,000, which is enough to catch us up and keep our landlord happy for a couple more months, as we set up alternate streams of revenue. If only 100 of the many good people who have volunteered on our cleanups donate a mere $10 each, this rent crisis is over! Please use the Donate button right now, so that Wildlife Research Team can keep paddling!
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