“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.”
Wednesday, March 28 – Bexar Audubon Trip to Friedrich Wilderness Park – 8 am. Leader: Tonatiuh (Tona) Cantu, City Natural Areas. RSVP not necessary. Meet in the Pavilion. We’ll walk some trails and look and listen for Golden-cheeked Warblers as well as other birds and check out spring blooming plants. If you have any questions, contact Sherie Gee at 210-367-1625 or email@example.com.
The 12 Elements of a Thoughtful Bird Feeding Station
Thursday April 5, 7pm. San Antonio Zoo Education Center (map below!)
Presenter: Kim Keller Bose, Wild Birds Unlimited
According to Kim Keller Bose, Wild Birds Unlimited is our GO TO place for backyard bird feeding and advice, with everything needed to create a backyard birding area.
Kim will fill us in on The 12 Elements of a Thoughtful Bird Feeding Station and demonstrate new products to attract more birds to our backyard with greater variety and better food.
Kim is the owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) store at 9910 W. Loop 1604 N in San Antonio. WBU is a national franchise that prides itself on bringing people and nature together. This location has been open for over 2 years.
This is Kim’s retirement job, although she says she works harder than she ever did as a financial advisor, and that it brings her great joy every day!
Presenter: Gil Martinez, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Thursday, March 1 ● 7:00 PM San Antonio Zoo Education Center (map below)
All snakes are NOT “copper-headed water rattlers” intent on biting birders. While most snakes are nonvenomous and tend to avoid contact with people when given the chance, they can still give us quite a scare. And a well camou-flaged snake can surprise us at close range and may protect itself if we miss its “Don’t Tread on Me” signs and blunder too close.
The best way to avoid trouble with snakes is to understand their habits and avoid close contact with them. That’s where Gil Martinez of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center comes in. At our March meeting, he will discuss range, habitats and habits of these amazing creatures. Gil is bringing some of his snake collection with him to the meeting, but the snakes will NOT be in the meeting room.
Gil has a degree in Biology from the University of Texas Pan-American (now UT Rio Grande Valley), with an emphasis in herpetology. He is a native Texan who spends most of his spare time in the south Texas thornscrub chasing after indigo snakes and western diamondbacks. He has worked for the USFWS as a park ranger, as an environmental scientist working with oil and gas companies, and has been with Audubon for the past 3 years.
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.