PO Box 2020
Tijeras NM 87059
It’s About OUR CHILDREN
It’s About OUR ENVIRONMENT
It’s About OUR FUTURE
It’s About YOUR WORLD
Talking Talons Youth Leadership needs
VOLUNTEERS in the following areas:
(Including Receptionist & Data Entry)
Cedar Crest Thrift Store
Nob Hill Thrift Store
Thanks to La Montanita Co-Op
Natural Foods Market for sharing their
member service-time volunteers with
Talking Talons Youth Leadership!!!!
Thanks to Bill & Jerie Kovac for donating two
20-gallon trash cans for composting!
Visit our NEW and IMPROVED website at www.TalkingTalons.com
NON PROFIT ORG.
PERMIT NO. 159
Support Talking Talons
and Get Cool Stuff!
For more information,
go to www.TalkingTalons.com
DID YOU KNOW...that you can get a tax deduction for donating
your used vehicle to Talking Talons? We can pick up anywhere
in the United States! Go to TalkingTalons.com or
call 250-8443 for more info!!
Theresa (TJ) Jansen-Joiner
Thrift Store Staff
Deborah “Tio” Lowry
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Donna Little-Kaumo, President
Ann Figueredo, Immediate
Bob Bovinette, Vice President
Elenita Moody, Treasurer
John Warner, Secretary
Eric Rasmussen, Director
Janeen Counts, DVM
Daniel Levenson, DVM
Robert O. Lindig
Richard Schalk, AIA
Charles Seibert, Esq.
Cathy Tardy, CPA
Tim de Young, Esq.
and LIVING MUSEUM
11804-A State Hwy 337
Tijeras, NM 87059
By Appointment Only
PO Box 2020
Tijeras, NM 87059
How to Contact Us
Program (505) 281-1133
Administration (505) 286-9073
Fax (505) 281-4687
Spring 2005 The Quarterly Newsletter of Talking Talons Youth Leadership Volume 10, Number 9
Creating A New Path
During the past
Leadership has been
privileged to participate
in a very special
program — the
Pathfinders Program. The program was developed
by the National Center for Social
Entrepreneurs (NCSE) and was made possible
in the Albuquerque area by several forwardthinking
local businesses and foundations (see
The goal of the Pathfinder's Program is to help
nonprofit agencies, such as Talking Talons
Youth Leadership, to become less dependent
upon grants and donations by creating and
marketing a revenue producing product. This
class is a "Business 101" for nonprofits that
never let's us forget why we exist. We thank
the area companies and foundations who funded
this class, for they have each made a lasting
difference to Talking Talons and to all of the
agencies that participate in this program!
Pathfinders, taught by local nonprofit guru
Jean Block and Dave Parker from NCSE, led
our Enterprise Team through a variety of exercises
that delved deep into the core values,
mission, and vision of Talking Talons Youth
Leadership. We were asked to distinguish
between mission-driven versus money-driven
goals, helping us clarify why we do what we
do. The overarching message of Pathfinders is
that it is not wrong for nonprofit agencies to
generate revenue for our mission. Indeed,
given the increased needs and decreased
resources of our communities, it is the responsibility
of a nonprofit agency to create alternative
funding sources. We must do so in order
to assure that we have the resources to fulfill
Our Enterprise Team,
consisting of members
of our board and staff,
expected a challenge
and that is exactly
what we got! The
Team brainstormed a
variety of ideas — some better than others.
However one project kept rising to the top: an
interactive CD-ROM that captures our awardwinning
curriculum and celebrates our beautiful
animals. The Talking Talons Youth
Leadership CD-ROM will be a state-of-the-art
computer-based teaching tool for educators to
teach and reach students regarding environmental
stewardship, science, and public speaking
skills. This project will bring us full circle:
since the inception of Talking Talons Youth
Leadership we have envisioned taking our
award-winning curriculum nationwide.
Continued on Page 2
Thank You to the Very Special
Funders of the Albuquerque
United Way of Central New Mexico
McCune Charitable Foundation
Don Chalmers Ford
Sandia National Laboratories
Bank of Albuquerque
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
First State Bank
Caught In The Act
In our Volunteer Spotlight is Carol Anderson. Carol has been
volunteering with Talking Talons since the fall and she is a
wonderful addition to our team and full of many surprises!
Carol comes to us with lots of experience from the Zoo where
she gave presentations about wildlife and various ecosystems.
Carol's grandchildren often come along with her to Talking
Talons to help with animal care.
Carol's life experiences have also richly added to what she
brings to Talking Talons. She has endless craft skills. She has
even donated several decorated gourds, bearing a hawk drawing
she created, for Talking Talons to sell as a fundraiser. You can
stop by the Center to see the gourds, or go online to
When Carol is not helping out at Talking Talons, she and her
husband, Tom, take in the beauty of our nation in their very
luxurious RV (Carol's cats go along for the trips too!). Carol is
a licensed pilot! She's also an amazing source of information
about cattle and horses, having trained them in her past. Carol
is a member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque and she certainly
lives up to their motto: Service Above Self. It has been
wonderful to have her join us on our mission. We tip our hat to
you in appreciation and recognition, Carol. Welcome aboard!
Pathfinders continued from Page 1
As our Enterprise Team followed the rigorous discipline of
researching the market and the development and marketing
costs we realized that we do, in fact, have a very sound business
plan! Did you know that there are over 70,000 schools
buildings with 4th - 7th graders? There are even more outof-school
programs, such as scout troops, YMCA, YWCA,
JCC, community centers, that are seeking fresh and creative
teaching tools. We envision a learning tool that could be
within reach of any school; an exciting multi-media media
computer tool that reinforces national educational standards
for science and language arts; a beginning point for hands on
environmental stewardship — what the kids learn on the CD
they can take into live classrooms, armed with hundreds of
video clips, audio images, and animations that they choose
and assemble into for their own custom conservation presentations;
a guide to real life conservation projects in their own
communities, like stream restoration, backyard habitats and
interpretive nature hikes.
To achieve our goals we are currently seeking investment
income. If you would like to learn move about how to be
part of this unique venture call Eileen Maddock at (505)
250-8443 or Daniel Abram at (505) 286-9073.
Talking Talons is Hiring for Youth Conservation Corp!
Thanks for Making a Difference
for Youth and Wildlife!
Rachel & Clifford Gibbard
Mrs. & Mr. Eric Jackson
Jennifer & Jeff Lederle
Lt. Col. Clifford &
Andree & Douglas Peek
Andrea & Raul Perea
YES! I Wish To Support Youth, Wildlife, AND the Environment!!
Please find enclosed my donation of $
You may enclose a check or money order, or complete the credit card information below
Jon & Darci Roark
Ronald & Teryl Rupert
Teri & Rachel Rupert
Joann & Paul Stark
Donations in Memory of
Donations in Memory of
James Madison Barr
John & Joan Wilkie
WalMart - Cottonwood
WalMart - San Mateo
The next time you are in Whole Foods Supermarket, be sure and
look for the Talking Talons Youth Leadership donation containers
at the cash registers and service desk! Thanks to Whole Foods for
helping us bring in funds to continue our vital work for youth,
wildlife, and the environment!
1½" Floor Flanges - 2 qty.
1½" Conduit Pipe - 10' long
1½" PVC End Caps - 2 qty.
15" Wooden Pine Rounds - 2 qty.
Oil-burning floor space heaters - 2 qty.
Cuffed Welding Gloves
Computers (in working order & not too old)
Color Printer (2)
Sheets of Plywood
6 sets of matching tropical/jungle print
queen size sheets for the bat rooms
Or 10 yards of tropical/jungle fabric
Lowe's Home Improvement Gift Cards
Home Depot Gift Cards
Joanne Fabric Gift Cards
Thrift Store - Cedar Crest
12150 State Hwy. North 14
Thrift Store - Nob Hill
4012 Central Ave. SE (Across from Morningside Antiques)
Address: City & State Zip Code:
Check here if you do not wish for your donation
to be acknowledged publicly (e.g. our newsletter;
annual report; etc.)
Environmental jobs are available for youth and young adults,
between the ages of 14 and 25. Job activities include animal
care (birds, bats, and reptiles); public education & teaching;
construction; and habitat restoration. One crew leader position
is available; crew leader applicant must be 20-25 with supervisory
experience. This 6 month employment contract is for fulltime
hours in the summer and part-time hours in the fall.
Dependability, reliable transportation, and a conscientious work
ethic are essential! Expect to be challenged, expect to get dirty,
expect to learn, and expect to have FUN!
Interested applicants may pick up application forms from
9:00am-5:00pm at Talking Talons Youth Leadership Center,
south of Route 66 on Hwy 337, next to Canyon Crossroads
Animal Hospital in Tijeras. For more information, contact
Laurie Wearne, Program Director, at 281-1133 ext 2#.
For Credit Card Payments: MasterCard American Express Visa Discover Card Number: Exp. Date:
Signature (required for credit card donations):
OR go to www.TalkingTalons.com to
donate online with a credit card!
Please mail to TTYL; PO Box 2020; Tijeras NM 87059 Thank You for Making a Difference!
An organized motorcycle event where riders travel over a prescribed course
and, at designated stopping points, select a card.
At the end of the run, the person with the best poker hand wins a prize!
Top Prize: $ 500 gift certificate to Santa Fe Harley-Davidson
All motorcycles are welcome!
Go online to www.TalkingTalons.com to register online or print out a form,
or call 250-8443 to be mailed a registration form.
Donate to Talking Talons
Instead of Giving Your Hard-Earned $$$
to Uncle Sam!
Donating stocks that have accrued in value or naming Talking Talons Youth
Leadership in a life insurance policy are simple ways to leave a lasting legacy,
while possibly providing tax-savings for you. Talk to your financial planner or
attorney today, or call Eileen at (505) 250-8443.
San Pedro Creek
Acolossal THANK YOU !!! to
East Mountain Science teacher
Kerri Lathrop and her students
for the wonderful workday that happened
Friday, March 4th at the San
Pedro Creek site. Ms. Lathrop and
her students have been regularly participating
in the monitoring of the creek water. In addition,
they have repeatedly given their time and muscles to Talking
Talons Youth Leadership project to erect a fence to keep the
cattle out of this special riparian site.
The following students took the opportunity to fulfill their
Service Learning Project requirements (on their day off,
mind you!), by coming out to continue work their work on
the fence. Time after time through the winter, various workdays
have been scheduled with different groups and volunteers
only to have the weather cancel plans. Fortunately, the
weather cooperated wonderfully on this work day! We didn't
event need our winter jackets.
Thank you to the entire crew! You guys are awesome!!
Mike Pandolfo II
Talking Talons Youth Leadership will be hosting
six guided, interpretive hikes of the
Beautiful San Pedro Creek this summer.
On these tours you will see and learn about a variety of wildlife and
plants (flora & fauna!) found in very few areas of New Mexico.
You may even see wild horses! These tours are free of charge,
but donations are welcomed.
Tour Dates Are Scheduled for:
Sunday, May 22nd Saturday, June 25th
Sunday, July 24th
Sunday, August 28th Saturday, September 24th
Saturday, October 22nd
This is a moderate hike so wear comfortable shoes and a hat.
Also, be sure to bring water, sunscreen, and snacks.
The tour begins at 9 a.m. and run till about 11:30 a.m.
Meet up at Mile Marker 9 on Highway North 14 (look for
the gate, just a little past the first enterance to PAAKO, on
the opposite side of the highways.
However, space is limited — so we suggest you reserve your
space by calling Laurie Wearne at (505) 281-1133 x 2#
SUMMER SCIENCE ADVENTURE
Hard to believe, but school is almost over for this session.
That means it is time to start planning for summer. The
theme for this Talking Talons' Summer Science Adventure
is Connecting With Nature. The three two-week sessions are
scheduled for: June 6th-June 17th; June 27th-July 8th;
and, July 18th-July 29th. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Getting Connected With Nature
• Learn About and Interact with our Hawks, Falcons, Owls,
Bats & Reptiles!
• Field Trips & Expeditions
• Team Games!
• Learn to be an Environmental Educator AND to Share
Your Knowledge With the Community!
• Perform in a Nature Play!
• And LOTS, LOTS MORE FUN!
These sessions are a wonderful way to learn about wildlife,
the environment, and, about yourself!
Tuition is $300 for one two-week session; sibling discounts
are available. Tuition includes Free Friday Lunch! To sign
up, or for more information, call Grechen at 281-1133 x
8#. Financial assistance may be available.
Celebrate Earth Day
with Talking Talons
and Wild Oats Supermarkets!
On Saturday, April 23rd, 2005, animals and
representatives from Talking Talons Youth
Leadership will be at all three of the area Wild
Oats Supermarkets in Albuquerque. Stop by
between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to meet our hawks,
falcons, owls, bats and reptiles!!!!!