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Aldo Leopold Bench Silent Auction

Welcome to our Silent Auction Featuring Six beautifully crafted Aldo Leopold inspired wooden benches, each valued at $300. The auction kicks off at 10am at VSWCD’s Earth Day Fiesta on Saturday, April 20, with a minimum starting bid of $100, with bidding increments of $25 thereafter. These benches, exuding Leopold’s reverence for nature and sustainability, are perfect additions to any outdoor space. Winners will be announced at 2pm at the conclusion of our Earth Day fiesta, adding an exciting finale to our celebration of environmental consciousness. Bid generously and secure your chance to own a piece of eco-inspired craftsmanship. 

Geckos in the Garden

Quails Anyone

Spring Blooms

The Bee Bench

The Bug Bench

Our Conservation Mission

We are a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area by promoting habitat restoration, education, and conservation. We encourage the public to visit the Whitfield, see some wildlife, and learn something about the diversity of plants and animals that call this place home.

Our History

In April of 2003, the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District acquired through donation the Whitfield-Trammel arm, a 97 acre tract of irrigated land bordered on the west by the Rio Grande and surrounded by mixed agricultural and residential properties.

The land has since been put into a permanent conservation easement with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Services Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). The WRP is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. Work already completed includes: the planting of food crops for migratory birds, the construction of a one-acre wetland pond, and the planting of native trees and shrubs