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Texas Wildlife Association "Sighted In" Newsletter
Texas Wildlife Association

March, 2010

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March 24, 2010 

Langford: Conscientious land stewardship protects Texas' water resources, too

A recent survey found that only 28 percent of Texans could correctly identify the source of their drinking water. Regardless of whether your water comes from a well, a river or a reservoir, there is one answer that is always correct: Virtually all of our water comes from rainfall.

A March 10 American-Statesman article by Asher Price ("Program manages land to boost water supply") described how the amount and the quality of water available are affected by how rural land in Texas is managed. When conscientious land stewards, like John and Marjorie Reagor of Round Mountain and thousands of others in the Colorado River watershed, ably manage their resources, they create more - and better quality - water for people in Austin.

Click here for the complete op-ed by TWA Vice President Emeritus David K. Langford published March 17 by the Austin American-Statesman.

TWA's Brown named a "Texas Hero of Conservation"  

TWA Vice President of Public Policy Kirby Brown is among five Texans being recognized by Texas Ducks Unlimited for their individual conservation commitments as part of a Texas Heroes of Conversation evening on May 1 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel and Resort.

Event honorees include Vernon Bevill - TPWD Small Game Program Director, Brown, Joe McBride - Owner, McBride's Guns, Conservation Philanthropist, and John and Bobbie Nau - Owners, Silver Eagle Distributors, Conservation Philanthropist and Sportsmen.

New feral hog control publications now available for landowners 

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service has developed five new feral hog control publications to help landowners corral this growing menace.

These publications were funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a Clean Water Act § 319(h) nonpoint source grant. Publications are available online by clicking here.  

These publications specifically target the Plum Creek Watershed in Hays and Caldwell counties, an area especially hard hit by the marauders, but are applicable wherever feral hogs are a problem, said Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at College Station and TWA Director.  

Feeders of cottonseed can help with  eradication of boll weevil

If you feed cottonseed to domestic or game animals, or if you have friends or neighbors that do, the Texas Department of Agriculture needs your help to successfully conclude our state's $1 billion battle to eradicate Texas cotton's most destructive pest, the boll weevil. 

TDA encourages landowners and producers to monitor areas where they may feed cottonseed to cattle and wildlife. Destroy any cotton plants that germinate, and encourage friends to do the same if they feed cottonseed.

To address the problem, the 81st Texas Legislature last year amended the cotton law, adding requirements for landowners and operators to destroy non-commercial (volunteer) cotton. 


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Mark Your Calendar 

Trans-Pecos Prescribed Fire Symposium
April 8-9, Alpine

Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
April 15, Managing Farm and Ranch ponds for Largemouth Bass
June 17, Feral Hogs - The Good, the
Bad, and t
he Ugly

Women of the Land Workshop
May 14-16
La Bandera Ranch, Carrizo Springs

Desert QuailMasters
April 25-27, Midland/Odessa
June 6-8, TBD
August 15-17, Armendaris Ranch, NM
October 24-26, Alpine


The TWA Conservation Legacy Distance Learning program reached a record number of students on February 25 with its program, BATS: LIVE on the BIG Screen!

The program was watched by 981 students across Texas, surpassing the previously highest November Bats program by over 250 viewers.

Be sure to read the April issue of Texas Wildlife for a terrific cover story about bats and more information about the education efforts of TWA's Conservation Legacy Distance Learning program.

TWA welcomes new members!
Keith Batla, Garden City
Lacy Fryer, Katy
John Martin, Manor
Travis Neal, Fredericksburg
Jerry Parker, Synder
Kaylynn Rose, Abilene
Susan Rose, Abilene
Kevin Worfe Sr, Worfe Industries/High Lonesome Ranch, Helotes
Birk-Sommerfeld Ranch LTD, Universal City
KBM Texas Ranch Services LLC, Austin
Joseph Ranch, Lampasas
Trail Ranch Headquarters, Paint Rock
oyce Ashley, Houston
Peter Bernard, Mountain Home
Dylan Cummins, Uvalde
Brad Davis, Gilbert, AZ
Pat Debusk, Houston
Henry Gibbs, Porter
John Harrelson, Dayton
Almon Heep, Bandera
Nicholas Hinze, Missouri City
William Krebs, Fredericksburg
James Lingenfelder, Katy
Gail McCulloch, Blanco
Charles Russell Smith, Leander 
Michael Watz, El Campo
Eric Whipkey, Barksdale
Darrell White, Waco
William White, Stowell 
Glenda Wylie, Spring 


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