Annette Lee to present keynote at 2020 global conference

Annette Lee to present keynote at 2020 global conference

  • October 30, 2020
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We are very pleased to announce that Annette Lee will be a keynote speaker at the International Dark-Sky Association 2020 Global Conference. The virtual conference will take place on November 13-14. Sessions will happen across the 24 hour period in three time zones. Annette’s keynote discussion will set the stage for a worldwide conversation about the environmental and cultural threat that light pollution poses to people who have been inadequately represented in the effort to protect the night. The conference…

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Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky Market Day

Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky Market Day

  • October 23, 2020
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As part of the Hill Country Night Sky Month of October, Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky (BCFNS) volunteers staff a tent chock full of information about night sky preservation and light pollution abatement at the October 17 Blanco Market Day. Volunteers pictured are (l to r) David Loose, Elizabeth Miller, and Vicki Guidry, the organization’s vice-president. The BCFNS has grown to over 100 members and has helped spawn similar groups in seven other Hill Country counties. Those wanting…

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County still eyeing ways to gain development control

County still eyeing ways to gain development control

County officials said they actively are working with state legislators to enact changes that would return some control over development to the local level. Precinct 2 Commissioner Richard Elkins is working with Kendall County Development Engineer Mary Ellen Schulle to fine-tune the language they would like District 73 State Rep. Kyle Biedermann to take with him to the legislative session in January, or whoever wins that seat in the November election. The submission process at the state level begins in…

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October proclaimed “Hill Country Night Sky Month”

October proclaimed “Hill Country Night Sky Month”

Kerrville Mayor Bill Blackburn read a proclamation at the Oct. 13 city council meeting declaring October as Hill Country Night Sky Month in recognition of local efforts to “preserve the rich historic heritage and starry night skies of Kerrville” by “solving the problem of light pollution.” Joining Blackburn (far right in photo) for the proclamation were, from left: Bruce E. Barton (President, Hill Country Astronomers), Debbie Thompson (Kerr County Friends of the Night Sky), Barbara Oates (President, Riverside Nature Center),…

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Two groups encourage ‘lights out’ for human and bird benefits

Two groups encourage ‘lights out’ for human and bird benefits

Two organizations are encouraging Highland Lakes residents to go as dark as possible every night through October. The Texas Conservation Alliance is recognizing Lights Out, Texas! from Sept. 5 through Oct. 29, while the Hill Country Alliance designates October as Hill Country Night Sky Month. The main idea for both is to encourage residents and business owners to dim outside lights, and those visible from outside. This simple act can save money, improve human life, keep the Milky Way visible,…

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Hill Country Night Sky Month in Dripping Springs

Hill Country Night Sky Month in Dripping Springs

October is officially Hill Country Night Sky Month in Dripping Springs, TX. With urban sprawl creeping in from Austin and the east, and more people finding refuge in the hills of Dripping Springs, the importance of preserving darkness in our night skies is as important as ever. Across the world, artificial light at night is increasing and getting brighter, so why do the night skies need to be preserved? In 2014, Dripping Springs was the first community in Texas to…

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Hill Country Alliance’s inaugural Night Sky Month kicks off October with a Harvest Moon

Hill Country Alliance’s inaugural Night Sky Month kicks off October with a Harvest Moon

This October features a full moon on its first day, known as the Harvest Moon, and another on its last, a Blue Moon—as in “once in a,” because two full moons in one month doesn’t happen every year. The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) invites people to go outside on these respective nights and howl at the moon as part of its first-ever Night Sky Month celebration. The October event was created to bring awareness to the importance of night sky…

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Gracias and do look up!

Gracias and do look up!

The Comal County Conservation Alliance (CCCA) wishes to express thanks to 61+ generous folks who reached toward open space protection with BIG GIVE gifts to enhance the Land Conservation Fund! For those wishing they had or who failed to reach out on that day, you can go to the CCCA website and hit DONATE! Thanks for helping! When last have you looked skyward at night? There’s much in the NIGHT SKIES you’ll want to see and some you’ll wish you…

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Preserving the view of the Night Stars in the Texas Hill Country

Preserving the view of the Night Stars in the Texas Hill Country

Can you see stars at night where you live? Or, do you live in an area where the streetlights and other light sources obscure the night stars? The Hill Country Alliance is working to protect and preserve our view of the night skies in the wonderful Texas Hill Country. Our guest on Shades of Green is Cliff Kaplan, the Night Sky and Community Program Manager at the Hill Country Alliance. He shares the details of the program and provides pro-active…

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The stars at night are big and bright

The stars at night are big and bright

The stars may be big and bright deep in the Heart of Texas, but they’re only visible when there are sky is dark. Whether you’re in Texas or anywhere else in the world, light pollution continues to distort our ability to enjoy the night sky, and it wreaks havoc on the natural world. We talk with Cliff Kaplan with the Hill Country Alliance and Chloe Crumley with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to learn about the importance of dark…

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