Restoring Wildlife Habitats for Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day 2023, Consilium Cares joined an initiative with the Texas Conservation Alliance and the Trinity River Audubon to restore prairie habitat on the Audubon Center campus. This effort will help wildlife thrive in the urban environment. The center supports Audubon’s mission: To protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.

Along with learning more about native plants and the benefits they bring, volunteers were able to plant just a little over 700 native plants on Earth Day, including grasses, milkweed, and flowers that support the migration of monarch butterflies, along with other pollinators and wildlife.

The Trinity River Audubon, which is a constituent of the City of Dallas-Trinity River Corridor Project, spans over 120 acres of land that, until its completion in 2008, was used as an unlawful dumping ground. Today, this site has been transformed into a thriving sanctuary that supports a diverse range of avifauna and other wildlife. This effort has been critical in light of the ever-expanding urbanization of the surrounding metropolitan area.

For 50 years, Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) has been a successful advocate for the preservation of wildlife and wild places throughout Texas. Thanks to TCA, more than 200,000 Texas acres are protected in parks and wildlife refuges. TCA organizes events, conducts educational initiatives, and builds coalitions aimed at enhancing and sustaining wildlife habitat and safeguarding the environment’s health for generations to come.

“It was a great experience being able to make a difference on Earth Day with other Consilium team members and their family and friends,” said Taylor Christie, one of Consilium’s Account Managers.

Consilium’s Director of Learning and Development, Jennifer Pruitt, stated this about the wildlife restoration event, “Consilium Staffing is proud to have been involved in such a meaningful event and is excited about supporting this local treasure. Our commitment to our surrounding communities is something we take seriously and our volunteers leapt at the chance to make an impact on the environment. We are so thankful for these wonderful organizations who made this possible and who are committed to making our world better.”

The Trinity River Audubon offers Dallas residents an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States. Its five miles of trails take visitors on an immersive journey through diverse ecosystems, including hardwood forests, ponds, wetlands, and prairies. With interactive exhibits, events, and a butterfly garden, visitors can experience the wonder of the natural world firsthand, and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the efforts to preserve it.

Another hand of service in the Consilium Cares effort, John Moberly, Divisional Vice President of Anesthesia, shared that “the Trinity River Audubon is a special and unique outdoor experience. In our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to miss the small miracles that happen all around us. Being outside and being a part of something bigger than ourselves by planting for the good, felt good.”

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