Conservation Easement to provide permanent protection for the Golden Cheeked Warbler

Conservation Easement to provide permanent protection for the Golden Cheeked Warbler

April 23, 2015 Travis Audobon In a major step for conservation in Central Texas, Travis Audubon has entered into an agreement with Travis County that will ensure a permanent, protected home for the Golden-cheeked Warbler, an endangered songbird. Travis Audubon agreed to provide a permanent easement over most of its 715-acre Baker Sanctuary to the county and will manage the preserve in perpetuity. As a result, the undeveloped land will become part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Baker Sanctuary, located…

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Pollinator PowWow Draws Hundreds from Texas and Beyond

Icy roads and freezing rain couldn’t stop more than 200 people from making their way to the second annual Pollinator PowWow in Austin last weekend. The all-day gathering of pollinator advocates and native plant evangelists gathered at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Saturday for a full day of education, enlightenment and wisdom sharing. Read more from Texas Butterfly Ranch here.

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Get your birding on

  • February 23, 2015
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Learn the Basics at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm BOERNE, Texas – Birding is on the top 15 list of America’s favorite outdoor activities, and why not? It’s all about getting healthy outdoors, and it’s an inexpensive sport that spans the interests of older Baby Boomers to younger Millennials. Maybe it’s time to start calling long-time birders the new birdsters. The nonprofit Cibolo Nature Center & Farm in Boerne, which is open to the public, has become bird central…

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New Commitment to Bring Back the Monarch

This week the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced what many have noticed for the past 20 years- monarch butterfly numbers are on a precipitous decline. Over the past 25 years an estimated 970 million monarchs have disappeared, largely due to loss of habitat. The Texas Hill Country is an important part of the monarch migration route, and USFWS has prioritized the entire I-35 corridor for reestablishing butterfly habitat. That means planting native milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants. Read…

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Scientists Seek Public Help to Track Monarch Butterfly Milkweed Habitat

Scientists Seek Public Help to Track Monarch Butterfly Milkweed Habitat

“Where have all the monarchs gone?” This is becoming an oft repeated query, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists are asking for citizen help in answering the question. Since monitoring of overwintering monarch butterfly populations 1993, the WWF has documented a significant decline that reached an all-time low in the winter of 2013. Biologists recently launched a project to explore Texas milkweed and determine where it is, how much is out there and are the monarchs using it. Read…

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San Antonio invests 5 million in Bracken Cave!

  • October 19, 2014
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“This historic decision puts us within reach of purchasing the entire tract of land and protecting the habitat Bracken’s bats have used for thousands of years.” Read more from Bat Conservation International. “San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the county, in part because of the vast natural resources of the region. It’s our responsibility to ensure we protect and conserve what makes this region incredibly special.” Councilman Ron Nirenburg, quoted in the Rivard Report.

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Bracken Bat Cave needs your help

  • October 13, 2014
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For the past year, San Antonio City officials, Bat Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and many other organizations and community leaders have been searching for a solution to avert a 3,500-home development over the Edwards Aquifer and adjacent to Bracken Cave Preserve. Next week, San Antonio’s city council will meet to vote on whether to invest $5 million from their Edwards Aquifer Protection Program toward the purchase of the property and a conservation easement to protect aquifer recharge. Learn more…

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