Unimin plants across North America serve as home to a wide variety of wildlife. We recognize the responsibility and privilege we have been given in the land and resources under our control and our employees have captured some amazing photos over the years.  Some of those images have been submitted to the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) for consideration in their Weekly Engagement Calendar which is published each year.

Since 1994, the WHC Weekly Engagement Calendar has been a yearly celebration of nature photography from members, partners, and friends. Last year alone, nearly 350 photos were submitted from sites certified by the WHC.  In order to celebrate their 30th anniversary, the WHC is highlighting 30 of the best calendar photos ever submitted. The photo receiving the most votes will be recognized at the 2018 Conservation Conference (vote now!).

Unimin is pleased to announce that one of the top 30 photos, a beautiful osprey carrying a trout (shown above), was submitted by Charlynn Hinson, Quality Control/ Safety Technician at our Emmett, ID, plant.

Charlynn joined Unimin in 2010 and has embraced the natural beauty and wildlife at the Emmett plant through her certification in WHC’s conservation certification program. The program builds collaboration for conservation among Unimin employees who have set up a live webcam in the osprey and kestrel nests on site so employees and local school children can learn about the osprey’s habitat and further appreciate the land in our care.

“We actually had just stocked our pond with trout, smallmouth bass,
and bluegill the day before,” said Charlynn.
“This Osprey started enjoying the trout from day one.”

In addition to capturing wildlife on film, Unimin opens its restored lands for Girl and Boy Scouting adventures, community outings and educational field trips. Through the WHC’s Conservation Certification program, we have made our properties accessible as outdoor classrooms, wildlife observatories, and recreational spaces.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite photo!  We’re hoping to see Charlynn at the 2018 Conservation Conference.