Henry Wilson Project-Wildlife Greeting Cards
Each set includes eight different images on blank folded notecards boxed with envelopes.
$30 (set of 8)
Banovich Wildscapes Foundation is proud to work with those who share our vision and mission. We are proud to offer these notecards as a support of The Henry Wilson Project and our friend and long-time supporter, Justin Hedgecock.
Henry Wilson Project Mission:
About the Henry Wilson Project:
“I have been blessed to spend the majority of my life following different tracks. In order to truly experience the essence of life we need tracks to follow, all kinds of different animal tracks.
Henry Wilson is the name of my son. Granted, as I write this I do not have a son and I don’t know if I ever will, but if I ever do, his name will indeed be Henry Wilson. Over the years I have spent a lot of time thinking about Henry. What he would be like, the places he would go, the tracks he would follow. That is the troubling one, the tracks he would follow. Why or whether he would even choose to follow tracks will be entirely his decision. However, I think it is imperative that he has the opportunity to make that choice. The problem is with exploding human populations, the undeniable fact is that many wildlife species are at risk of disappearing. No lion tracks to follow, no Lord Derby eland tracks to follow, no rhino tracks to follow-the list sadly goes on. We owe it to not only Henry Wilson and future generations to come, but especially to the track makers themselves, to do everything we can to not only preserve these tracks but also to help ensure they have the opportunity to make more tracks long into the future. I want my son to have the choice to fully experience the essence of life, and I want that unborn lion cub to have the same opportunity. You see, like us, the track makers need tracks to follow. The rhino calf needs to be able to follow her mom’s tracks for the first few years of life, the mountain lion needs mule deer tracks to follow, and the old brown bear boar needs fresh sow tracks to follow in the spring.
Some say it is too late, there are too many people fighting for too few natural resources. While I agree the threat is immediate, action is the only acceptable path forward.
That is why I have started the Henry Wilson Project. Over the years, experiencing the essence of the Creation has always moved me. What is more powerful than our natural world? The Creation and the animals in it get to speak for themselves, they have the message, and hopefully the lens of my camera helps convey that message. One hundred percent of the profits from these images will be donated to front-line wildlife initiatives around the world. Simply put, the printing, framing, and shipping costs will be paid, and any additional money generated from the sale of these images will be one hundred percent donated to on-purpose, impactful wildlife conservation efforts. With your help, the wildlife in these photos will become their own ambassadors for future generations.
We have to preserve habitat, provide security, against illegal poaching, and create a path for future wildlife generations to leave their tracks. Fortunately, sustainable solutions do exist, both consumptive and non consumptive. We need to support and expand sustainable solutions.
My prayer for Henry Wilson is that he has the choice to follow all kinds of different tracks. I want him to have the choice to:
Feel the ground shake as he hears his first lion roar, smell the sweet musky smell of a Lord Derby eland bull after hours of following his tracks, taste wild sheep backstops cooked over an open fire, and climb a seemingly oxygen-less mountain in the Pamir to see a snow leopard stalking an ibex. Lastly, I want him to have the opportunity to be touched by each moment in the Creation in a way that moves him to action on behalf of wildlife. This fight isn’t going away anytime soon.
If I don’t ever have a son, that’s ok, the world has far too many people in it already. But, I am going to fight like Henry Wilson is coming, and when he reads the trail my life tracks have left, I hope he sees purpose, I hope he sees a trail that was an asset to the Creation. We need to come together and work hard so collectively our sons and daughters inherit intact ecosystems.
The track makers leave tracks on cliff sides we can’t follow, they leave tracks In territorial fights that would make us pee our pants, they leave tracks of selfless mothers defending their young. They leave tracks of purpose, of peace, sometimes in solitude and sometimes in great herds. Some leave tracks of prey and some of predator. Walking, stalking, crawling, running, and leaping tracks. Tracks make trails, trails with summits and valleys, triumphs and hardships, love and loss.
The track makers, they make tracks on our souls, tracks that do not wash away. They make tracks that are imprinted into the very fabric of life. You see, at the end of the day the track makers aren’t part of life, they ARE life in its purest form.
My life is infinitely fuller because of the different tracks I have followed-the trails they have taken me on have exceeded my wildest imagination. The wildlife you see here is just that, wild, raw, and full of the essence of life.” Justin R. Hedgecock