Presenter: Michelle McLean, SA Zoo Bird Department
Discover how attending an internship at the Sylvan Heights Avian Husbandry & Manage-ment program in North Carolina has helped Michelle McLean with the breeding and rearing of birds at the San Antonio Zoo. Michelle is in charge of American and Chilean Flamingos, Bald Eagles, cranes and a large variety of waterfowl at the zoo, in-cluding ducks, swans and geese. Michelle says her greatest passion at the zoo is aiding the conservation status and needs of waterfowl.
Presenter: Kathleen Scott, Comal Master Gardener Association
Learn which plants are best for attracting humming-birds to your yard from Master Gardener Kathleen Scott of New Braunfels. She will talk about the hum-mingbirds that frequent our area in Texas, what they need to survive and reproduce, tips on feeding and how to create an irresistible habitat for them.
Kathleen and her husband have made certified wild-life habitats on their prop-erty and have had over 100 species of birds in their yard. You’ll enjoy seeing Kathleen’s plant list, which includes deer resistant plants as well!
Thursday, June 7 ● 7:00 PM San Antonio Zoo Education Center
Presenter: John Prentice, SAAS Member
Imagine visiting differing habitats in Panama from high elevation to lowlands, plus the Panama Canal, and seeing 402 bird species! John Prentice presents photos of a birding trip to Panama he took with his wife, Linda Gindler.
John has degrees in Aquatic and Marine Biology and says he was very fortunate to have an occupation he really enjoyed in fisheries management and research. Upon retirement, he has become a member of Texas Master Naturalists, enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities with his family and is a “born again” birder. Linda and John like to combine birding with activities such as camping, travel and scuba diving.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDot) is exploring bypass routes around Boerne.
One of these routes would pass through the property of Cascade Caverns. www.cascadecaverns.com
The owners of Cascade Caverns have asked Audubon members to write to TXdot to support their opposition to this route and to suggest that the consideration of any such route includes an environmental study.
Please address your letters to
Jonathan Bean, TXDot
San Antonio TX 78229-0928
or email Jonathan
If you have any questions, please address them directly to Lance Kyle at Cascade Caverns: firstname.lastname@example.org
“But the omnibus bill signed Friday also includes language that blocks construction of a barrier in the Rio Grande Valley’s Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, which U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, called a hard-fought victory.
“Keeping the border wall out of the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge was a top priority and the barring of border wall funds at the refuge will ensure that Texans and Texas wildlife can enjoy this habitat for years to come,” he said in a statement.”
This year, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), our most important bird protection law is under attack. Legislation in Congress (HR 4239), and a new interpretation of the law by the administration, would end the ability to hold industries accountable for bird deaths.
These proposals would prevent enforcement of “incidental” bird deaths, removing incentives for companies to adopt practices that protect birds from threats such as oil waste pits, and eliminating penalties for companies that kill substantial numbers of birds, including from large oil spills.
Urge your members of Congress and the Department of the Interior to uphold the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Click on the following link to sign the National Audubon Society’s Petition to Congress: act.audubon.org
Please call your Senator or Representative and let them know this matters to you.