LO February Survey Raffle Prize Rules

Latino Outdoors Prize basket Raffle

(Para Español sigua hasta abajo de la pagina.)

Latino Outdoors in partnership with University of Wyoming is launching a study to analysis the Mission Statement and Organizational Performance. An online survey link through email will be sent using a Latino Outdoors maintained email list-serve and will be shared via two Latino Outdoors social media accounts– Instagram and Facebook.  At the end of the online survey, participants will be asked if they would like to participate in follow-up phone interview. 5-10 participants will be selected randomly to participate in the phone interview.


Rules and Eligibility

All respondents who complete the survey are eligible and may chose to enter their name into a raffle for one Latino Outdoors prize basket, a max value of 30$. (May include water bottle, t-shirt, sticker, and/or REI gift card etc.)

No purchase necessary. This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia (except residents of Rhode Island) who are at least age 18 (or the age of majority under applicable law). If you do not meet any of these requirements, or any other eligibility requirements in these official rules, you are not eligible to win a prize, and Latino Outdoors reserves the right not to award prizes to you. The Sweepstakes starts at February 6th, at 12:01 am MST and ends on February 19th at 11:59 pm MST. All entries must be received during the Sweepstakes Period to be eligible to win a prize.

How to Enter

All submissions must be entered at tinyurl.com/LOsurvey2017 after survey has been completed. Limit one entry per person. Latino Outdoors Prize basket Raffle include: A prize with a max value of 30$. (May include water bottle, t-shirt, sticker, and/or REI gift card etc.) Latino Outdoors will provide funds for the prize basket.

Selection and Notification of Winner

Winner will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible entries, to be held at University of Wyoming. Need not be present to win. Winner will be notified by telephone or email message. To claim the prize, winner should follow the instructions contained in his or hers notification.

Odds of winning a prize depend on number of eligible entries received. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. All Prizes will be awarded. If a Prize is returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within ten (10) days after delivery of notification, the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner selected by a second random drawing from all remaining eligible entries. All Prizes are awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).

General Release

By entering the Sweepstakes, you release Latino Outdoors and all Released Parties from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or

damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or delivery, mis-delivery, acceptance, possession, or use of or inability to use any Prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

Use of Winner’s Name, Likeness, etc.

Except where prohibited by law, entry into the Sweepstakes constitutes permission to use winner’s name, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information in all media now known or later devised throughout the universe in perpetuity for all purposes Latino Outdoors deems appropriate including, without limitation, for promotional and publicity purposes, without further permission or compensation. As a condition of being awarded any Prize, except where prohibited by law, winner may be required to execute a written consent, confirming Latino Outdoors right to use such winner’s name, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information without further permission or compensation.

Winner List; Rules Request. For a copy of the winner list or official rules send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope after February 6th, at 12:01 am MST and before February 19th at 11:59 pm MST. to 607 S 10th Street Laramie Wyoming 82070.


The Sweepstakes and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the state of California, U.S.A. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Latino Outdoors, which are final and binding in all respects. Latino Outdoors reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Sweepstakes or any entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond Latino Outdoors control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes, or Latino Outdoors otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the Sweepstakes as planned, in which event all Prizes will be awarded via a random drawing from among all eligible entries received prior to cancellation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Latino Outdoors reserves the right to amend, modify, or cancel the Sweepstakes at any time without notice. Entrants who violate these Official Rules; violate any law, rule, or regulation in connection with participation in the Sweepstakes; tamper with the operation of the Sweepstakes; or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Latino Outdoors , the Sweepstakes, or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Latino Outdoors sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the Sweepstakes. Any provision of these Official Rules deemed unenforceable will be enforced to the extent permissible, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain in effect. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Sweepstakes, please e-mail them to Alfonso@latinooutdoors.org

Sweepstakes Sponsor: Latino Outdoors



Rifa de Canasta de Premio de Latino Outdoors

Latino Outdoors en asociación con la Universidad de Wyoming está poniendo en marcha un estudio para el análisis de la Declaración de la Misión y de la organización. Un enlace de la encuesta en línea a través de correo electrónico será enviado a través de un correo electrónico y será compartida a través de dos medios sociales de Latino Outdoors — Instagram y Facebook. Al final de la encuesta en línea, se les pedirá a los participantes si les gustaría participar en la entrevista telefónica de seguimiento. 5-10 participantes serán seleccionados al azar para participar en la entrevista telefónica.


Normas y criterios de elegibilidad

Todos los encuestados que completen la encuesta son elegibles y pueden optar por ingresar su nombre en un sorteo de una cesta de premios de Latino Outdoors, un valor máximo de 30 $. (Puede incluir una botella de agua, una camiseta, etiqueta engomada, y / o tarjeta de regalo REI etc.)

No es necesario comprar. Este sorteo está abierto a residentes legales de los cincuenta (50) Estados Unidos y el Distrito de Columbia (excepto los residentes de Rhode Island) que tengan al menos 18 años de edad (o la mayoría de edad bajo la ley aplicable). Si usted no cumple con cualquiera de estos requisitos, o cualquier otro requisito de elegibilidad en estas reglas oficiales, usted no es elegible para ganar un premio, y Latino Outdoors se reserva el derecho de no otorgar premios a usted. El Sorteo comienza el 6 de febrero a las 12:01 am MST y termina el 19 de febrero a las 11:59 pm MST. Todas las participaciones deben ser recibidas durante el período del sorteo para ser elegible para ganar un premio.

Cómo participar

Todas las observaciones se debe introducir en tinyurl.com/LOsurvey2017 tras encuesta se ha completado. Límite de una participación por persona. La canasta de rifa incluyen: Un premio con un valor máximo de 30 $. (Puede incluir una botella de agua, una camiseta, etiqueta engomada, y / o REI tarjeta de regalo, etc.) Latino Outdoors proporcionará fondos para la cesta premio.

Selección y Notificación del ganador

El ganador será determinado por un sorteo al azar entre todas las participaciones elegibles, que tendrá lugar en la Universidad de Wyoming. No es necesario estar presente para ganar. El ganador será notificado por teléfono o mensaje de correo electrónico. Para reclamar el premio, el ganador deberá seguir las instrucciones contenidas en él o de ella notificación.

Las probabilidades de ganar un premio dependen del número de inscripciones elegibles recibidas. Todos los impuestos federales, estatales y locales RELACIONADOS CON LA RECEPCIÓN O EL USO DE LOS PREMIOS SON RESPONSABILIDAD EXCLUSIVA DEL GANADOR. Todos los premios serán entregados. Si el premio es devuelto como imposible de entregar o de otra manera que no sea reclamado dentro de los diez (10) días después de la entrega de la notificación, el premio será descalificado y se otorgará a un ganador alternativo seleccionado por un segundo sorteo al azar entre todas las participaciones elegibles restantes. Todos los premios se entregan “tal cual” y sin garantía de ningún tipo, expresa o implícita (incluyendo, sin limitación, cualquier garantía de comerciabilidad o aptitud para un propósito en particular).

Liberación General

Al participar en el sorteo, esto  libera a Latino Outdoors y todas las Partes liberadas de toda responsabilidad y renuncia a cualquier y todas las causas de acción, por cualquier reclamo, costos, lesiones, pérdidas o

daños de cualquier tipo que surja de o en conexión con el concurso o la entrega, entrega equivocada, la aceptación, posesión o uso o imposibilidad de uso de cualquier premio (incluyendo, sin limitación, reclamos, costos, lesiones, pérdidas y daños relacionados con lesiones personales, muerte, daño o destrucción de propiedad, derechos de publicidad o privacidad, difamación o representación en una luz falsa, ya sea intencional o no intencional), ya sea bajo teoría de contrato, agravio (incluyendo negligencia), garantía o cualquier otra teoría.

El uso de del ganador nombre, imagen, etc.

Excepto donde esté prohibido por la ley, la entrada en el Sorteo constituye el permiso para usar el nombre del ganador, semejanza, personalidad, ciudad natal, y / o información del premio en todos los medios conocidos o posterior ideados por todo el universo a perpetuidad a todos los efectos Latino Outdoors estime apropiadas, incluyendo, sin limitación, con fines de promoción y publicidad, sin el permiso adicional o compensación. Como condición para recibir cualquier premio, excepto donde esté prohibido por la ley, el ganador puede ser requerido para ejecutar un consentimiento por escrito, confirmando Latino Outdoors derecho de uso de dicho ganador nombre, imagen, persona, ciudad natal, y / o información Premio sin el permiso adicional o compensación.

Lista de ganadores; Reglas petición. Para obtener una copia de la lista de ganador o normas oficiales envíe un sobre sellado, con su dirección, de tamaño comercial después del 6 de febrero a las 12:01 am MST y antes de febrero 19 a las 23:59 MST. a 607 S 10th Street Laramie Wyoming 82070.


El Concurso y estas Reglas oficiales se regirán e interpretarán conforme a las leyes del estado de California, USA. Participantes se comprometen a cumplir con estas Reglas Oficiales y las decisiones de Latino Outdoors, que son definitivas y vinculantes en todos los aspectos. Latino Outdoors se reserva el derecho de modificar estas Reglas Oficiales en cualquier momento, a su sola discreción, y de suspender o cancelar el concurso o la participación de cualquier participante en el Sorteo deben virus, bugs, intervención humana no autorizada u otras causas más allá del control de  Latino Outdoors afecta a la administración, la seguridad o la manera correcta del sorteo, o Latino Outdoors de lo contrario se convierte en (tal como se determina a su sola discreción) incapaz de ejecutar el sorteo como estaba previsto, en cuyo caso se otorgarán todos los premios a través de un sorteo al azar entre todas las inscripciones elegibles entradas recibidas antes de la cancelación. No obstante lo anterior, Latino Outdoors se reserva el derecho de enmendar, modificar o cancelar el sorteo en cualquier momento sin previo aviso. Los participantes que no cumplan estas Reglas Oficiales; violar cualquier ley, norma o reglamento en relación con la participación en el sorteo; alterar el funcionamiento del Sorteo; o participar en cualquier conducta que es perjudicial o injusta para Latino Outdoors el Sorteo, o cualquier otro participante (en cada caso, según se determina en Latino Outdoors sola discreción) están sujetos a la descalificación de entrada en el Sorteo. Cualquier disposición de estas Reglas Oficiales considera inaplicable se hará cumplir en la medida permitida, y el resto de estas Reglas Oficiales se mantendrá vigente. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre estas Reglas Oficiales o en el Sorteo, envíe un correo electrónico a Alfonso@latinooutdoors.org

Sorteo Patrocinador: Latino Outdoors


Taking Flight: Part 2 by Veronica Padula



Looking for waterbirds in the Florida Everglades I learned how to drive an airboat in the process

This is part 2 of 3. If you missed the first one you can find it here.


Taking Flight: Part 2

Here’s the thing, I did not necessarily grow up “in nature”. I grew up in a city in New Jersey, played indoor sports (fencing, not exactly your typical sport), and my main experience of the outdoors was going down the shore with my parents and hanging out on the beach or riding my bike with my dad along the boardwalk. I had never gone camping, never learned how to build a proper fire, never even seen a shooting star. So choosing a major that focused on nature, and then registering for a five-week field course at the Biosphere II in Arizona the summer after my freshman year of college meant I was taking huge steps out of my comfort zone.


I helped teach a field ecology course in Belize last year. Had to take the snorkeling selfie.

But I was ready to learn and experience new things, and boy did I learn and experience what seemed like a million new things in those short five weeks. I learned how to be out in nature – by the time the course ended I could hike many miles, pitch a tent, and pull cactus spines from my skin (I may have lost a battle with an agave cactus during one hike). I learned how to identify birds and reptiles and mammals and plants. I learned what an ecosystem was. I loved considering how all the bits and pieces – organic and inorganic, microscopic and giant – of a particular ecosystem are interconnected, how they each play an integral role to keep the system functioning. I learned that humans were really good at altering landscapes. I learned what it meant to be a conservationist and environmentalist. And perhaps, most importantly, I learned that this was the type of work I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Oh, and I saw lots of shooting stars…

Well, wanting to study the environment and work outdoors is a bit different from the morgue, no? That first field course in Arizona awakened something in me and was the start of a crazy wonderful journey that continues today. The passion for the environment, the love for all the plants and animals, and the desire to explore all corners of the earth took me by surprise. Took my friends and family by surprise too, I think. Like I said, I didn’t necessarily grow up the outdoorsy type. But the natural world fascinated me and continues to fascinate me. I realized that science did not just happen at a lab bench or in a hospital. Science also happened outdoors, and I could pursue a career doing science outside.


I spent two summers working on Alaska’s North Slope. We used a float plane to get around, it was spectacular.

Over the past decade (a little more than a decade at this point I guess) I have been figuring out exactly what kind of scientist I am. So many options. Ecology? Geology? Biology? Climatology? And those are just umbrella terms, with countless specialties within each of those fields. Throughout college I tried to seize any opportunity to be outside studying something. A geology course where we spent spring break hiking around Death Valley. An ecology course in Peru where we searched for frogs at night in the rainforest. A six month study abroad program in Australia where we explored rainforests AND coral reefs.
Among all these explorations, something did find me though… birds. During my last year of college I assisted on a black-crowned ni
ght heron project (check out the youtube videos of herons chumming in fish with pieces of bread, they are simply brilliant) in the New York-New Jersey Harbor. Birds are fascinating, and I was instantly hooked on them. Their health and well-being can tell us so much about what is happening in an ecosystem, and what could potentially be happening to the people in that ecosystem. I was also fortunate to be in the company of passionate scientists who cared deeply about their research and about the herons in the harbor, and took
the time to teach me and prepare me for a career in this field. Their enthusiasm was infectious and motivated me to continue studying birds.

They have been a constant in my life since then. They brought me to Alaska in 2007. More specifically, seabirds (marbled murrelets, they are perhaps some of the cutest birds out there) brought me to Alaska in 2007, and I essentially never left. I love Alaska, and the seabirds that call this place home. They are pretty special creatures, I often find myself wishing I was one of them when I’m watching them. I feel a deep connection to and love for the marine environment in Alaska – especially the seabirds. That is why I am currently studying them and educating other folks about them for my graduate degree. More on that in the next post…

Veronica is a Guest Contributor for Latino Outdoors and is working towards a Masters of Science in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage/Fairbanks. If you would like to get in touch in Veronica her email is vmpadula@alaska.edu or follow her on Instagram @vmpadula.


Stay tuned for more!


Taking Flight by Veronica Padula

*This post is broken into three parts. I hope you enjoy!


Veronica releasing a Thick-Billed Murre on St. Paul Island, Alaska.

Part 1

Ok, I have a confession… here it goes… I’m… 32 years old. Yea, that’s a hard one for me to admit. I realize some of you reading this are probably rolling your eyes at me right now because what is the big stinking deal about being 32, but stick with me. Because I’m 32 and I feel as though I’m only JUST figuring out who I am and what I want to be when I grow up. Because outside forces (read: the rest of the world) seem to tell me that I should really have my act together at this point. Because “adulting” is an art form that I have not quite mastered, although those outside forces seem to suggest that I should have mastered that art form ages ago. What exactly is adulting anyway, right? I tell myself to stop comparing my progress against what these outside forces expect progress to be. This is part of why admitting my age is difficult, I don’t exactly feel like I fit into what I believe that adult category to be just yet, I’m a little different…


Koalas in Australia! This picture was taken at an animal sanctuary there, I was in heaven cuddling this little one

But then again, this feeling of being a little different is nothing new for me, and that feeling is something I’ve always struggled with. When I was little, I had a fleece blanket with rows of little white sheep, with one little black sheep in the bottom corner of the blanket. Guess which sheep I related to the most. I was born and raised in New Jersey, first-generation American on my mom’s side, as she and her immediate family had immigrated to the United States back in the 1970s from Uruguay, and deeply-rooted New Jersey Italian on my dad’s side, going back a couple of generations. On one side of my family, I was practically brand new to the region, and on the other side of my family I was probably related to a quarter of the people inhabiting a 20-mile radius around my house (ok, that might be an exaggeration, but it felt like that!).

Reflecting on it now, I wonder if my younger self considered this as part of why I always felt a little bit different. How did I define myself? How Latin American was I? How Italian was I? How Jersey was I? People often tell me that I don’t sound like I’m from New Jersey when I’m speaking. Have I just never had a Jersey accent because I grew up in a bilingual home, or have I really been away from Jersey for that long? But deep down inside I’d like to think I still have that tough-as-nails attitude and pride that comes with being a Jersey girl. You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl.

But seriously, how did I really define myself? Did I consider those factors back then, or are those questions I am asking myself now? I also wonder if these questions, rather than making me feel a bit different, could have united me with others. It might have taken me time to do so, but as I have opened up to other people about these topics, I have found kindred spirits with similar experiences. Why didn’t I talk about this sooner? Perhaps it takes getting older (I’m careful not to say “becoming an adult” as I do not feel as though I qualify for that just yet) to recognize the need to open up, and I have learned that many of us are similar in that we all feel just a little bit different…


Ice fishing my first winter in Alaska. That fish was quite a catch!

Perhaps some things that stick with me most are the conversations with other first-generation Americans, and the similarities we shared in growing up first-generation American kids. Turns out many of them grew up feeling that the way to honor their parents’ sacrifices (leaving their home country, family, careers to start over, possibly moving to a place where they did not know the language, possibly traveling across dangerous borders) was to have super successful careers, with all the boxes that indicate “adulthood” checked. Seems like many of them felt themselves to be a bit different because of this desire to honor such sacrifices…

Me too. I believed my way of honoring my parents was by becoming a doctor when I grew up. As I was graduating high school, I specifically wanted to become a forensic pathologist, mostly because I watched lots of crime shows with my mom (who doesn’t love CSI or Law and Order?) and I was riveted by the things going on in the morgue. So I entered college thinking I would take the pre-med route, with just a bit of a twist. Instead of choosing Biology as my major, I chose Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology because I thought it would be cool and different to do a study abroad in the rainforest or at a coral reef. As a teenager entering college, choosing something because it seemed cool and different was totally logical. Mainly I was looking for adventure, and never really considered what I might be getting myself into. Little did I know that I’d find my life’s passion outside in nature…





Veronica is a Guest Contributor for Latino Outdoors and is working towards a Masters of Science in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage/Fairbanks. If you would like to get in touch in Veronica her email is vmpadula@alaska.edu or follow her on Instagram @vmpadula.


Stay tuned for more!