Our Story

Our Story: Dale Weiler & Loti Woods

A chance meeting at a Tryon, NC art gallery, love at first sight and a union we could never imagine possible begins our story.

Fast forward a few years and we are: traveling to amazing places, learning about new animals, meeting incredibly knowledgeable and energetic wildlife experts, helping wildlife conservation using Dale's sculptures, sharing our curiosity about nature with others and having the time of our lives. We hope you will join us on a journey to make a positive difference each and every day.

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Photo: Karin Strickland

Dale Weiler

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Genetically wired (meaning I was born) to be a stone sculptor of wildlife.

My dad's best lesson: "Don't do anything unless full out and always assume there's room for improvement".

A childhood of camping and fly fishing across North America deeply imprinted an enduring love of nature.

Flew A-4's in the Naval Air Command. Served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in Vietnam.

My 30 years in management consulting helps me bring conservation resources together today.

Being an artist and an engineer, I'm able to use both sides of my brain when creating art.

Enrolled in my first art class (in stone sculpting) at age 43 at the Maine School of Art.

Elected member of  National Sculpture Society, Artists for Conservation,  Society of Animal Artists, American Society of Marine Artists.

Sculptures are installed at the NC Zoo, The Woodson Museum, The Ward Museum and Brookgreen Gardens. Also at The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and numerous others.

My favorite animal is an owl. Maybe that's why I carve so many owls!

Loti Woods

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Love nature, wildlife and researching both.

Teaching special education began my life-long interest in learning new ways to solve challenges.

With 40 years in the insurance industry, time to retire and move to Tryon, NC.

I write the blogs, curate the photos and create content for our website.

Gardening is one of my passions. Learning all I can about native plants and their benefits to wildlife is so rewarding.

As a pesco-vegetarian, I eat fish but no chicken, pork or beef. My reasoning is not to eat any animal that cares for its young.

Co-organizing TEDx talks in our hometown of Tryon, population 1,621 proves you can do anything to which you set your mind.

I love to travel, with over 50 countries visited so far.

My favorite animal is an elephant.

 

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Using our curiosity about nature and the world in which we live to learn something new each day.

We are both passionate about protecting wildlife and habitat. Using Dale's art to raise awareness and funding for conservation is our mission.

Living in the foothills of the Western North Carolina mountains is magical. We have more salamanders than anywhere in the world!

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Visiting bats at Bracken Cave. Photo: Teresa Nichta/Merlin Tuttle.org

 

A chance meeting at one of Dale's art shows- love at first sight.

Engaged in 8 days after our first date and we are both over 60!

Our house and Dale's studio are covered in poplar bark. The squirrels run up and down the bark which really annoys our dog.

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Since getting married, we have visited numerous countries and US states to learn about conservation and wildlife. "Walking in Paradise" about walking with polar bears and "Galapagos Animals, Oh My!" are two of our favorite trips. Next up Belize and Kenya.

Hiking, working in our garden, traveling and getting inspired by nature keep us motivated.

Gibbs, our Havanese, (and yes, he is named after NCIS) loves Brussel sprouts and keeps us smiling.

Working to protect bats, hellbenders, red wolves, gorillas, frogs, elephants and many other animals is just the beginning.

An important lesson for us: The protection of habitat is just as important as helping wildlife. Working with Conserving Carolina, we are protecting wildlife corridors and other critical habitats.

We are meeting so many fascinating like-minded folks along this incredible journey and having a blast.

Dale is creating the art and Loti markets it.  Together we are a force of Nature!