Butterfly Surveys!

Butterfly Counts for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)
co-sponsored by the Bexar Audubon Society

Monday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 25.● Various locations

On the 22nd, we’ll survey some of the northwest parks including Friedrich Wilderness and Crownridge Canyon Natural Area.   We’ll meet at Phil Hardberger Park.  On Oct 25, we’ll cover the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.   No experience necessary!  You may sign up for one or both counts.   Email agarita@me.com or call 210-837-0577 to RSVP.

Conservation Advocacy: Texas Audubon Chapter Bi-Annual Assembly November 3 & 4, Bastrop, Texas

 

Website:  tx.audubon.org  

Bexar Audubon members, please consider joining Audubon members from across the state for our bi-annual meet-up of the Audubon Chapters of Texas in early November in the Bastrop area. Sponsored by Audubon Texas, this two-day event will be held in several locations.
On Saturday, November 3, Austin-based Travis Audubon will host a Saturday morning field trip. That afternoon, Bastrop Audubon will host a late-afternoon field trip at Bastrop State Park. Our keynote dinner at the Bastrop Sound Sanctuary will begin at 6:00 p.m.

On Sunday morning, attendees will convene at McKinney Roughs, a Lower Colorado River Authority property with wonderful birding in the pines, near Bastrop in Cedar Creek, Texas. Suzanne Langley, the new executive director of Audubon Texas, will open Sunday with a State-of-Audubon-in-Texas address, followed by a session focused on Advocacy Training. (By the end of the day we hope to be able to “speak for the birds” in a much more meaningful way.)

Suggested hotels are the Hyatt Lost Pine Resort and the Hampton Inn in Bastrop. There are numerous camping facilities in and around McKinney Roughs and it also offers dormitory style housing. Check online and make your reservations accordingly. Don’t forget to register for the assembly @ https://audubontexas.ticketleap.com/audubon-texas-chapter-assembly-2018/

Hope to see you there!

Proposed road threatens Cascade Caverns

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
POB 29928
San Antonio TX 78229-0928

or email Jonathan

Jonathan.Bean@txdot.gov

If you have any questions, please address them directly to Lance Kyle at Cascade Caverns: downunder@cascadecaverns.com

Thank you for your help.

Border Wall through Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Blocked

from the Texas Tribune:  

“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.”

Read more in the Texas Tribune article here.

Stop Industries from Getting a Free Pass to Kill Birds

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.