We Teach

so they can know

We Study

so we can know

We Conserve

so they can have

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation


The Foundation's mission as set forth in Robert H. Welder's will is to conduct research and education in wildlife management and conservation.



WWF Spring Natural History Lecture Series March 29 - April 1, 2016

Please join us March 29 - April 1 for a natural history lecture series featuring Dr. John Rappole and Dr. Lynn Drawe. The registration fee of $10 per lecture or $30 for the series is required in advance and must be made by March 28th. To register call 361-364-2643. More details ...

Why South Texas is the Richest Area for Natural History in North America? 29 March 2016, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Dr. John Rappole, 8PM

Range Change in South Texas Birds: A Harbinger of Climate Change?  30 March 2016, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Dr. John Rappole, 8PM 

South Texas Wildflowers 31 March 2016, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Dr. Lynn Drawe, 8PM

Do Birds Migrate Across or Around the Gulf of Mexico in Spring? 1 April 2016, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Dr. John Rappole, 8PM

Dr. Rappole is research scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Dr. Drawe is the retired Director of the Welder Wildlife Foundation.


Wildflower Workshop April 15, 2016

The Wildflower Workshop is designed for individuals who have an interest in wildflowers and native plants, but have little or no background in plant identification. Dr. Lynn Drawe, former WWF director and well-known plant and range ecologist, will lead the workshop. Participants will be introduced to native plants of south Texas, plant identification, and plant pressing. Lunch and materials are provided.  Workshop is limited to 30 participants and the registration deadline is Wednesday, April 6, 2016. For more information download our flyer and call Michelle at 361-364-2643 to register.


Rangelands - Home on the Range Workshops

The Welder Wildlife Foundation's Rangelands: A Conservation Education Guide and associated Home on the Range workshops are designed to educate Texas teachers and youth about the importance of rangelands and the ecosystem services they provide. Rangelands is a K-5th grade science- and conservation-based curriculum which emphasizes the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for elementary science education. Dates and locations of the 2015 workshops may be found here.


Wildlife Conservation Camp

Each summer The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Conservation Camp hosts its 1-week Wildlife Conservation Camp for high school students.  This year it will be held at the Texas Tech University Center, in Junction, Texas.  Please visit the Wildlife Conservation Camp website to learn more about the camp or contact Camp Director, Annaliese Scoggin at 979-229-6359. Application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2016.


Upcoming programs

The Welder Wildlife Foundation will be offering an array of programs for landowners, K-12 and university students, teachers, conservation and informal science educators and Master Naturalists this fall.  For more information on these programs see our Opportunities page.


Welder Fellowship Proposal Deadlines

The deadline for submission of proposals for Welder Wildlife Foundation Fellowships is October 1 of each year. Please send proposals to Dr. Terry Blankenship, P.O. Box 1400, Sinton, Texas 78387.


Peer Review

The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation undergoes a peer review every 5–10 years. A thorough examination of its programs, staff, physical plant, and fiscal operations is conducted by an outside group of professionals in the field of wildlife conservation and management. The review group's final report is analyzed by staff and trustees and recommendations are implemented as deemed appropriate.