Jan. 17 Confluence Park Grand Opening!

Confluence Park Grand Unveiling Celebration

Explore the landmark project where culture, education, ecology and recreation meet by joining the San Antonio River Foundation and San Antonio River Authority on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 from 10:30am-12pm for the FREE Confluence Park Unveiling! Be one of the first to experience the opportunities Confluence Park has to offer the community and the innovative features which makes this environmental educational and community space extraordinary.

Confluence Park has transformed a former Southside industrial laydown yard into a unique, interactive learning and recreational space. The park includes a site-wide water catchment system, multi-purpose educational center with an earthen roof, demonstration ecotypes, and serves as an inviting gateway to hiking and biking trails along the Historic Mission Reach portion of the San Antonio River.

PARKING: There will be a shuttle service from event parking at Mission Concepción Sports Complex, 714 E. Theo Ave, to the Grand Unveiling at Confluence Park. Shuttles run from 10:00 AM to 12:45 PM. ADA Accessible drop-off available at 310 W. Mitchell St.

More information available at:  http://confluencepark.sariverfound.org/events/confluence-park-grand-unveiling

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February 1 Audubon Program

Thursday, February 1 ● 7:00 PM San Antonio Zoo Education Center 

The Pantanal of Brazil 

Presenter: Kathy Adams Clark 

Join Kathy Adams Clark as she takes you on a journey into the Pantanal. See images of Pantanal’s amazing wildlife, including jaguars, caiman, giant river otter, Amazon Kingfisher, Black-collared Hawk, and Jabiru stork. The Pantanal is said to be the largest wetland in the world. Located in western Brazil on the border of Bolivia and Paraguay, the Pantanal was once an inaccessible area with limited tourism. Birdwatchers, photographers and eco-tourists flock to the area today thanks to the Transpantanal Highway and several eco-lodges.

Kathy has been a professional nature photographer since 1995, and she runs the stock agency KAC Productions that represents the work of 15 photographers. Her photos appear every week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published 10 books and have one more in the works.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS with KATHY ADAMS CLARK

February 2 & 3: San Antonio Zoo Community Meeting Room

SAAS and BAS are excited to announce that Kathy Adams Clark, speaker for our meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, will conduct two Photography Workshops on Feb. 2 & 3. Participants do NOT have to be SAAS or BAS members to attend these workshops! 

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY Friday, Feb. 2 1:00 to 4:00 PM (3 hours) 

$50/person Minimum 6, Maximum 20 

Birds can be a challenge to photograph. Yet birds are everywhere from the backyard to foreign locations so they are a ready subject for photographers. Join Kathy Adams Clark for this indoor workshop to learn how to take better photographs of birds from a photographer’s point-of-view. Camera features and options will be dis-cussed along with composition, color harmony and sto-rytelling. Lenses, flash and camera supports will also be discussed. People with all types of cameras will find this workshop helpful.

Registration is on Kathy’s website by credit card or PayPal. There is no Promo Code; be sure to check the box that affirms “I am not a robot.”

To register for Feb. 2, click here

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY 

Saturday, Feb. 3 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (6 hours) 

$75/person Minimum 6, Maximum 20

Learn the basics of photography begin-ning with metering, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We’ll spend time learning about com-position, color har-mony, equipment flash and gadgets. This class is designed for DSLR, mirrorless and hybrid cameras. People with small point-and-shoot cameras are welcome to attend, but some items might not apply to those cameras.

Please bring your coffee, snacks, water and lunch to this all-day workshop.

To register for Feb. 3, click here:

Registration is on Kathy’s website by credit card or PayPal. There is no Promo Code; be sure to check the box that affirms “I am not a robot.”

The SA Zoo Community Room is in the Donkey Barn office building. Here’s a link to a map of the location.

To get to the parking lot you turn onto Brackenridge Rd. from Hildebrand and take the first right, then an immediate second right into the parking lot. The Com-munity Room is on the side of the Donkey Barn build-ing nearest Brackenridge Rd.

Kathy will supply all workshop materials with the ex-ception of your camera. All workshop activities will be presented in a classroom setting.

We anticipate that these workshops will fill up quickly, so don’t delay if you want to attend.

Questions? Contact Patsy Inglet for info:(tpinglet@satx.rr.com). Hope to see you there!

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Defend our Trees!

The following is a letter from Annalisa Peace, of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, of which Bexar Audubon Society is a member:

Dear GEAA members and friends,

Perhaps Governor Greg Abbot favors this landscape as “the Texas Brand”…

… but, we love a different view Texas.  We love our trees. That’s why we’ve approved local tree preservation ordinances in over 50 Texas cities.  Our local ordinances are now threatened by Governor Abbott.

Governor Abbott’s attack on tree preservation is especially obnoxious because a compromise bill, SB 744, was hammered out during the regular session.  Instead of focusing on the cost of tree mitigation, SB 744 provided property owners with incentives for reforestation. Cities retained broad latitude to enforce their existing ordinances. The bill unanimously passed both chambers of the Legislature. Yes, you read that right; something on a subject this controversial actually passed our Texas legislature without a single dissenting vote.

On June 15th, SB 744 was vetoed by Governor Abbott. The Governor instead favors obtaining an outright abolition of tree ordinances in the special session call. 

The vehicles threatening our trees are HB 70 filed by Representative Paul Workman and SB 14, filed by Senator Bob Hall. It is truly discouraging that the House bill was filed by a member representing the Texas Hill Country.  The special session is like the legislative session on steroids.  So, we will be working hard to keep you informed about what you can do to Defend Texas Trees during the next month. 

You can click here to sign a petition that will be sent to Governor Abbot, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker of the House Joe Straus and to your state senators and representatives.

The League of Women Voters of Texas has also provided a way to contact your state representative and senator – Save your communities’ tree ordinances!

And, you can call your City Council Member & involve your community. Here is what to say!

The Tree Attack Bill (SB 14) will be heard in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee this Saturday, 7/22, at 9:a.m. at Room E1.016 at the State Capitol. The witness registration will open at 8:00am, and will close at Noon.  You may register for this hearing using the Senate kiosk located in the extension hallways.  Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes. If submitting written testimony, please provide 20 copies to the committee clerk with your name and bill number on each copy.  Please mark on your electronic witness registration if you are providing written testimony.  You can also sign up at the kiosk to register opposition to SB 14 if you do not wish to speak.

If you can’t make it to the Capitol for the hearing, you can register your opposition to SB 14 via phone or e-mail to the Senate Business and Commerce Committee Members

We urge you to take action today.  Let’s all dig in to Defend Texas Trees!

Annalisa Peace

Executive Director
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance