Accomplishments

  • Awarded 2013 Southwest Region Friends of the Year Award.  There are over 200 Friends organizations established to support National Wildlife Refuges in the United States
  • Sponsor Save Texas Ocelots.org specialty license plate.  Friends of Laguna Atascosa receives $22.00 from the sale or renewal of each plate from the TxDMV, 100% of which goes to ocelot conservation.
  • Organize and host the annual Ocelot Conservation Festival held in South Texas.  Since 1997, this festival has helped educate thousands of people about the plight of the endangered ocelot.  All funds raised at the festival go to research and conservation to benefit the ocelot.
  • Organize and host the annual Ocelot Soiree, a fundraising event for Ocelot Conservation.
  • Have donated approximately $7,000 since 2004 to help monitor and protect Kemp's ridley sea turtles, as well as donated equipment necessary to the recovery effort.
  • Operate the Visitor Center's nature bookstore, which offers educational, interpretive and promotional materials.  All proceeds go to projects on the Refuge. 
  • Funded the purchase of live traps, trail cameras, and radio & GPS tracking collars for ocelot research.
  • Successfully write and manage grants, including funding for the Ocelot Translocation Project, Bahia Grande Wetland Restoration, boardwalk overlooks along Laguna Madre at  Plover Point and Redhead Ridge, and  Aplomado Falcon Habitat Restoration at Bahia Grande.
  • Conduct outreach through special events, the web site, brochures and other promotional materials.
  • Lobby on a local and national level for land acquisition funding and other issues that affect wildlife conservation in South Texas.