Lewnes Named First National Master Naturalist

PORT REPUBLIC, MD--Jack Lewnes, a retiree who works on
weekends at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, earned
WindStar Wildlife Institute’s highest certification–National Master

In addition to his innovative habitat improvement projects on his own
acreage, Jack was cited for his work with youth and graduate students
at the sanctuary. He is a supporter of the “No Child Left Inside”
movement that is rapidly growing across America after Richard Louv
published his book two years ago entitled Last Child in the
Woods–Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.

Jack was certified as a WindStar Master Wildlife Habitat Naturalist in
1997.  He is a veteran birdwatcher, boater and outdoorsman. Currently
he writes for WindStar’s Wildlife Garden Weekly e-magazine and the
American Wildlife Blog. And, he often can be found in his new kayak
exploring wildlife habitat in eastern Maryland.

If you love to feed, photograph or observe wildlife and want to know
more about them, you, too, can register for WindStar’s Wildlife Habitat
Naturalist homestudy course. After successful completion, you may
register for the new, advanced course–Certified National Master

“The overall mission of these programs is to develop a corps of
well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service
dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources, including
wildlife and wildlife habitat, on their properties and within their
communities,” says Tom Patrick, President.

“We want students to inventory the elements and components of their
wildlife habitat, learn more about forest and wildlife management,
decide what to add and create a plan for making it happen,” says
Patrick.  “They can then replicate this effort for others such as friends,
relatives and neighbors.”

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 66 million
people 16 years old and older—31 percent of all Americans—fed,
photographed and observed wildlife in 2001 and spent $40 billion on
these activities.

“These courses can help people develop their personal and
professional environmental skills in order to creatively tackle natural
resource challenges,” says Patrick. “And, they can do it at their own
pace and time.”

The advanced course is divided into two parts—The Woods In Your
and the Wildlife In Your Backyard. Two of the DVD videos
used in the course—“How Birds Eat” and “Insect Defense”—were
created by Dr. Ron Goor, creator of the Smithsonian’s Insect Zoo, the
first live insect zoo in the U.S.

Special sections are devoted to: Plants, Ornithology, Entomology,
Herpetology, Mammalogy and Teaching Others About Nature. 
Individuals will learn how to manage their land, map it, and assess why
they purchased the land and what they hope to get out of it.  Plus,
subjects like tree identification, forest and wildlife management, water
resources, best plants for wildlife, creating wildflower meadows, lists of
native plant nurseries and contractors, recreation, aesthetic appeal and
ways to improve each will be covered.

WindStar Wildlife Institute is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, conservation
organization whose mission and solution to the loss of native plants and
wildlife habitat focuses on effectively teaching wildlife habitat
improvement practices through proven methods such as “neighbor
helping neighbor” and “education through demonstration”.

The Institute publishes two free periodicals–  “Wildlife Garden Weekly”,
an e-Magazine and the “American Wildlife Blog.” An award-winning
website provides a wealth of information for gardeners and wildlife

Also, the Institute certifies residential, commercial and rural wildlife
habitats in its American Wildlife Habitat Registry™ program.  Institute
headquarters is located at 10072 Vista Ct., Myersville, MD 21773
in an earth-sheltered, passive solar structure with grass roof.

Individuals can obtain additional information on both e-learning courses
and register for the courses by going to the website (www.windstar.org)
or by calling 800-324-9044.