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Zeroes to Heroes | Robert Horwich - Bonus

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Hidden : 12/31/2009
In Wisconsin, United States
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Welcome to the Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve and the "Zeroes to Heroes" naturalist cache collection, a series of puzzle caches that highlights some of the most influential Naturalists either from Wisconsin or with many ties to the state. Our hope is that you will come to learn a thing or two about Wisconsin's rich progressive preservationist and protectionist history, spearheaded by these incredible individuals who began their humble journeys with one singular purpose: To pass on our rich natural heritage to our offspring of tomorrow by doing our best to preserve it today.

The series is also an attempt to bolster the confidence of cachers who may have never considered creating or placing a puzzle cache by pairing them with some of the valley's most prolific puzzle and traditional cache placers.


Robert Horwich received his PhD in zoology 1967 from the University of Maryland and worked in a postdoctoral position in India with the Smithsonian Institution. Based on over 20 years of research on infant development, he helped the International Crane Foundation develop a successful method to raise cranes in captivity and release them into the wild without them thinking that humans were their mates. This method of reintroducing endangered cranes into the wild is used to this day on a number of species internationally.

He has studied primate behavior in India and Central America since 1967 and pioneered a reintroduction effort for endangered black howler monkeys. In 1984 he began work with community sanctuaries and established the Community Baboon Sanctuary in Belize. He is the founder of Community Conservation Inc./Howlers Forever, Inc.

These days Dr. Horwich is working close to home on an effort to apply the same principles of community conservation to the Kickapoo River Valley, where he has lived for more than 30 years. “If you feel ownership of even public lands, you’re going to protect those lands just like they’re yours,” said Horwich of the mission of community conservation to get people to recognize and understand that where they live is a natural ecosystem bigger than themselves or their everyday needs."The approach engenders conservation awareness in individuals who are already knowledgeable about the flora and fauna," Horwich said. "It also encourages those with untapped interests and abilities to contribute." He explained that traditional conservation efforts are based on the assumption that poor rural villagers respond mainly to financial incentives. “We have found, however, that by treating villagers with respect and giving them responsibility, they become active conservationists themselves”.

You'll need to do a little research, but you find most of your answers on the Community Conservation website. Your final coordinates are N44° 2R.HOR W88° 2W.ICH

R. = When Dr. Horwich visited a conservation project in Costa Rica in 2007, 6R. adults, mainly Guaymi with some Costa Rican and foreign landowners, attended and afterwords many signed on as project volunteers.
H = Dr. Horwich is the first recipient of the Lawrence Jacobsen Conservation Research Award which he accepted in Madison on December 4, 200H (-1).
O = Community Conservation, the Gays Mills-based nonprofit organization Horwich started in 1989, has been involved with projects in O2 countries.
R = At the end of 2007, an established conservation organization with a R-letter acronym initiated a program to conserve the yellow tailed woolly monkey. 2 years later, Dr. Horwich conducted a series of training programs for it, members of local NGO’s and community members.
W = In Papua New Guinea, CC worked with clan landowners who own 97% of the lands under the customary clan rules. According to the site, W6 clans have pledged approximately 120,000 acres for total protection or no-use zones which will serve as wildlife "banks" from which young animals will disperse to adjacent hunting lands.
I = Dr. Horwich was born on the last day of 194I.
C = The Nariva Swamp is the last remaining freshwater wetland of its kind in the Caribbean and was designated a Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention in 199C.
H = The The Community Baboon Sanctuary, the first community conservation project initiated by Dr. Horwich in 19H5, became a conservation model that spawned a wave of community conservation projects in Belize and internationally.

Dr. Horwich's approach to grassroots community conservation efforts is the new and prevailing model of conservation and is being looked to as a blueprint for many more community and biosphere protection efforts in the near future. His contributions to species preservation are immeasurable.

Geocaching Check-in Procedures:
All geocachers must sign-in at the Apple Creek YMCA (2851 E. Apple Creek Rd- just across the road from the preserve) before geocaching on the preserve. A guest sign-in book is located at the front desk. You do not need to speak with staff to sign in nor do you need to sign out after you are done caching. The sign in log will be checked against the on-line logs to verify that this procedure is being followed. If geocachers do not follow this procedure, all geocaches will be removed from the Purdy Preserve. The Apple Creek YMCA is open M-F 5:00 AM-9:00 PM, Sat 5:45 AM-4:00 PM, and closed on Sundays. Geocaching must take place during these same hours.

Preserve Rules as follows; Trails open dawn to dusk, Hike on marked trails only, Carry-in and Carry-out, Respect property boundaries, All users must possess a YMCA membership, guest pass, or reside in Apple Hill Farms. The following are prohibited; Pets, Bicycles, Motorized vehicles, Cross-country skiing, Smoking, Drugs/Alcohol, Camping and Removal or destruction of plant or animal life. Please enjoy the preserve responsibly while respecting wildlife and other preserve users. All questions regarding this preserve may be directed to the Apple Creek YMCA at 733-9622

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