July 4, 2020



Inspiring Youth Talking Talons Youth Leadership (TTYL) is a not-for-profit youth development organization working to inspire generations of environmental leaders through experiences with nature.

Below is a list of highlighted projects. These projects are funded through awards from federal, state, and local entities. We credit our successes in funding awards and execution of outstanding youth environmental, wildlife, and stewardship education projects to the many long-term and new partnerships TTYL maintains.

Engaging Watershed Stewards (2019-2021)

Funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters (NFWF) grant award requiring five major partners (Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Albquerque Open Space, Canon de Carnué Land Grant, and Singing Arrow Community Center) working together to provide over (3000) hours of watershed-based environmental and wildlife education and stewardship sessions to at least (905) underserved youth and teachers, project outreach to at least (50) additional stakeholders, and (200) hours of Workshops for (20) teachers and teachers in training focused on place-based environmental education.

The COVID-19 pandemic required unprecedented responses for all education delivery entities. Multiple field trips and on-site visit grant deliverables were cancelled and the prospects for rescheduling these events for the future date wa made uncertain because schools will  open in a new way in Fall 2020.  In addition, the the US Forest Service, the principle funding source for this program, must have all grant deliverables completed by January 2021.  In response, NFWF permitted us to provide multiple educational materials for online and printed distribution. Below are links to these materials.  These materials are provided by our outstanding project partners.

present_circle7"What I like about the Talking Talons program is being around the animals and learning about them, how they live, what to do if you find an injured one, I think that's really important. Also, how they interact and live with us and how we survive together is interesting to learn."





These programs form the service foundation for Talking Talons. Our capable facilitators, trained in environmental education, substance abuse prevention, leadership theory and behavior intervention techniques, make weekly visits to classrooms of targeted students.

The young trainees, through safe and intimate experiences with TTYL’s collection of rehabilitated non-releasable birds of prey, bats, and reptiles develop a sense of duty to protect and speak in defense of the natural world. Their training in communication and public speaking skills is enhanced by a variety of unique and interactive exercises in team-building, role playing, debate, and lateral thinking.

The culmination of their work is (a) active participation in outreach presentations to their peers and other community groups, in which they speak and demonstrate with the live animals, and (b) a group conservation / service-learning project that leaves a lasting benefit to the school or larger community. third party evaluations.

TTYL  systematically records its staff’s activities, volunteer hours, and fieldwork through a series of customized data tracking sheets.  “Activity Forms” are completed for all meetings, trainings, fieldwork, educational events, monitoring sessions, etc. that document the activity type, hours, participants, and demographic data.  The conservation fieldwork activities are recorded using “Activity Forms” that include information on areas treated.   Ecological data recorded, such as species information or water quality data, is noted on monitoring datasheets and returned to the appropriate land management agencies.


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