July 2016 Enewsletter

Wolf River Conservacy
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Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

Last week as part of our Summer Lecture Series, the Conservancy hosted a presentation by Chris Grow entitled “Bats of the Midsouth.” Chris, a biologist with Ensafe Inc, included an overview of the unique characteristics of bats, focusing on the bat species found in the in the Midsouth, and discussed bat houses and habitat, White Nose Syndrome, and conservation. You can check out his website at

Over 90 people of all ages attended, filling the room to capacity and beyond.  The keen level of interest in this topic was reflected in the numerous questions asked by the group at the end of the program.

Why is this important to share with you? Having over 90 attendees at an event such as this illustrates the importance of our environmental education programming to the community.

As many of you know, most of our environmental education outreach is facilitated by Cathy Justis, the Wolf River Conservancy’s  Director of Education, with a focus on students at area schools, as well as family and community programs such as our Summer Lecture Series, which is generously underwritten by Buckman.

We wish to thank the Buckman for its continued support of the Wolf River Conservancy, as well as Memphis Botanic Garden for partnering with us to present this lecture series each summer.  And of course, many thanks to our wonderful speakers!

Next up in the series on Aug. 22 is a Monarch Butterfly Workshop  during the day, followed by an evening lecture on Monarch Butterfly Conservation.  We close our season on Sept. 26th with a brand new documentary film screening:  Hometown Habitats by Catherine Zimmerman.  Please visit to learn more about these and other upcoming Wolf River Conservancy activities.

Only with your continued financial support can we provide such high quality education programs, in addition to our recreational activities and our all-important land conservation work.  Thank you for your help in delivering on our mission!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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A Shout Out to Orion Federal Credit Union 

This month we would like to extend our thanks to Orion FCU, which has sponsored WRC events for the past three years, in addition to sending volunteers for Cycle the Greenway and our Annual Tree Planting.  Thank you for giving back to the Wolf River Conservancy!  Learn More...

FedEx, Autozone, First Tennessee Volunteers Brave the Heat for July 22 Service Project

Wolf River Conservancy was one of five non-profits benefitting from the efforts of 200+ hard-working Serve 901 interns. Learn More...

Intern Spotlight: Nate Outlan

Being an intern for WRC has introduced me to many determined, involved Memphians who truly believe in this city. Learn More...

Natural Highlights: Indigo Bunting

Indigo Buntings are frequently seen and heard along the Wolf River in both Shelby and Fayette counties, delighting viewers with their electric blue plumage  Learn More...

Drink a Beer, Save A River at Whole Foods and Hammer and Ale

Join us on July 28 for a Beer and Cheese Tasting at Whole Foods and on August 9 for our monthly fundraising happy hour at Hammer and  Ale, 921 Cooper.  Drink A Beer, Save A River - it's that simple!  Learn More...

WRC Provides Paddling Opportunities for Kids and Families 

The WRC volunteer river guides have been busy this summer with a variety of activities for kids and families, including programs for the Boy Scouts based at Springdale Elementary and sponsored by Buckman.  Learn More...

Save the Date! Greenway Soiree on Nov. 12

The Greenway Soiree will be held at Opera Memphis and will feature local food, live music, and both a live and a silent auction.  Learn More...

Upcoming Events



July 28

Drink A Beer, Save A River Beer And Cheese Tasting



August 6

First Saturday Paddle


August 7

Sunday Afternoon Paddle  


August 9

Drink A Beer, Save A River


August 20

Family Friendly Paddle


August 22

Monarch Butterfly Workshop


August 22

Cora Lund Preston: Monarch Butterfly Conservation


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