Audubon Monthly Meeting & Program:  Panama Birding

picture of gartered trogon.
Gartered Trogon by John Prentice 

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.

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.