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Priority legislation approved, Sighted In newsletter
Texas Wildlife Association

June, 2011

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May 31, 2011 

TWA priority groundwater ownership legislation sent to the Governor     

Texas Wildlife Association priority legislation that re-affirms the principles of groundwater ownership, while still providing for management by local groundwater conservation districts, has been sent to Governor Perry.

The Committee Substitute for SB 322 by State Sen. Troy Fraser, with House sponsorship by State Rep. Allan Ritter, represented a successful collaborative effort of TWA, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Farm Bureau, and over a dozen more property-rights and landowner organizations in support of the legislation.

The legislation amends the Texas Water Code by stating that the Texas Legislature recognizes that a landowner owns the groundwater below the surface of the landowner's land as real property.

Georgetown rancher, attorney, and former state representative Dan Gattis says the groundwater ownership bill is a win for Texas landowners in his May 30 opinion piece in the Austin American-Statesman. 

Click here for the Gattis column.

Temple Ranch named winner of 2011 Texas Leopold Conservation Award 

A couple with East Texas roots –  TWA Life Member Arthur “Buddy” Temple and his wife Ellen – have been presented the 2011 Leopold Conservation Award for Texas for their transformation of an over-grazed, over-hunted South Texas ranch into a haven for wildlife and valuable research venue.

The prestigious recognition is conferred each year by Sand County Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as part of its Lone Star Land Steward Awards program.

“Buddy and Ellen Temple have a longstanding, deep, and proud history of wildlife conservation, and they have the benefit of ranch managers who are well known for their innovation, motivation, and stewardship ethic,” said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director.

The Temples, along with ranch operators and TWA Family Members Robert and Jenny Sanders, have introduced many beneficial conservation practices. 

The Texas Wildlife Association is a sponsor of the Lone Star Land Steward Awards.

TWA reception in San Angelo, June 2, features speakers Staples, Rollins

The Texas Wildlife Association is hosting a reception in San Angelo on Thursday, June 2, at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. 

The 5 p.m. reception features dinner, refreshments, a meet and greet with TWA leadership, and presentations by Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples; Dr. Dale Rollins, Professor & Extension Wildlife Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension; and TWA CEO Gary Joiner.

Special thanks to the generous event Sponsors and Hosts whose support is making the June 2 reception possible:

Crockett National Bank
Oliver, Rainey & Wojtek, LLP
Live Oak Springs Ranch, Kirk & Patsy Cleere
Angelo Pellets
First State Bank of Paint Rock
Wilson Ranches
Remington Arms
Ft. McKavett Outfitters
Dreher Company, Inc.

Trudy & Jeffrey Bozeman
Mary & Steve Boster M.D.
Dana & Blake Behrens
Alan Curry
Chase Akin
Duff Hallman
Trina & Michael Mertz
Lorrie & Arthur Uhl
Pam & Ryland Howard
Loye Tankersley
Jody & Steve Mayer
Ruth & Dan Flournoy
Deborah & Greg Simons
Dr. Dale Rollins & Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch
J. Mark McLaughlin
Bryce & Mark Theiman
Carolyn & Bill Quillen

Tompkins: Drought puts Texas wildlife in precarious position in affected areas 

Drought conditions across Texas have meant tough times for bobwhite quail, turkey and other ground-nesting birds dependent on healthy grasses and other ground cover, according to Shannon Tompkins of the Houston Chronicle.

A wobbly-legged whitetail fawn tottered along the edge of a barren field, alone. The days-old deer was the first of two I spotted while driving Highway 71 between La Grange and Columbus in the middle of an afternoon this past week.

Many people would have been thrilled to spot the delicate, adorable, newly minted fawns. I wasn't. Seeing them was disheartening because of what it said about the challenges Texas wildlife face from the brutal drought that has withered the state over the last eight months or so.

Click here for the full column.    

TPWD calling for hunters' help in reporting banded dove

Attention dove hunters. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department needs our help this fall, according to the San Marcos Daily Record.

As summer begins, TPWD will be trapping and attaching tiny metal leg bands on several thousand mourning doves as part of a larger national effort coordinated by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services.    

Banding doves is not a new program. It has been happening since 2003. But Texas dove hunters are not reporting banded birds. Texas has more dove hunters than any other state and harvests more birds than hunters in any other state. But we have the lowest dove band recovery rate in the nation.

“I think most dove hunters aren’t aware of the banding effort,” said Corey Mason, TPWD’s dove program leader. “Unlike with ducks, hunters aren’t looking for bands and because dove bands are only about the size of a bead they don’t stand out.”

Click here for the full story.



Mark Your Calendar 

Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
June 16 - Texas Deer Lease
July 21 - Riparian Management

WildLife 2011
July 7-10, 2011, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

Seventh-graders learn about wildlife on trip to private ranch

For 13-year-old Trey Balzen, the best part of a field trip is the chance to get out of the classroom for a day, according to KSAT-TV in San Antonio.

"It's a lot better, because you actually do hands-on stuff. You can walk around," he said. "Otherwise, I'd just be sitting in a classroom, doing a worksheet -- which is boring -- and waiting for the next class."

Balzen was one of about 100 seventh-grade students from Jordan Middle School in San Antonio who were treated to a field investigation day at Spring Creek Ranch in Boerne, courtesy of ranch owner and TWA Director Steve C. Lewis and the Texas Wildlife Association.

Students had the chance to use GPS and radio telemetry to see how it's used by scientists to track bobwhite quail. Some of the topics included Quail CSI, examining nests and scent stations, as well as learning the importance of ground cover to increase water quality and quantity and to prevent erosion. 

Click here to view the KSAT-TV story.   

TWA welcomes new members!
    Tres Adami, San Antonio
Tim Allen, Temple
John Altus, Celina
Juanita Anders, Hamilton
David Anderson, Irving
Bryan Bailey, Crosby
John Barineau, Houston
Scott Barraza, Sandia
Ronald Batts, Dallas
Greg Becker, Katy
Gregg Bell, Austin
Shane Bentley, Huffman
Mike Blackmon, Cypress
Bill Brock, Clarendon
Rindi Broussard, Cherokee
James Brown, Fort Worth
Lester Brown, Lometa
Sam Brown, Houston
Dennis Bullion, Springtown
Staria Carroll, Kempner
Gregory Cawyer, Orange Grove
Derrick Champaign, Malone, NY
David Chauvin, Wharton
Bill Chiles, Houston
LJ Cohen, Corpus Christi
Mac Cretsinger, Brownwood
Ronald Daniel, Santa Anna
Tom Davis, Lake Dallas
Luis Davis, San Antonio
Albert Dwarshus, Fredericksburg
Ty Edwards, Midland
Mike Feehery, Houston
Jason Ferguson, Bartlett
John Flournoy, Houston
Sarah Flournoy, Houston
Doug Forrest, Evant
Devin Fortson, Fort Worth
Leonard Gabler, La Grange
Roger Gammon, San Saba
Lee Gilder, De Leon
Brenda Gonzales, San Angelo
Ben Goodall, Dallas
Clay Gowan, Belton
Jim Grahm, Dallas
Carson Grizzard, Midland
Chris Gustafson, Paige
Gary Hall, Houston
Ron Hanson, Hutto
Terry Hanzak, Abernathy
Mark Hardaway, Dallas
Bowie Helm, Houston
Matthew Helm, Houston
Preston Holland, Midland
Michelle Ingram, Beckville
Terry Jackson, Rising Star
James Kamas, Temple
James Kellar, Cedar Creek
Will Kellar, Early
Rick Kennedy, Burnet
Lee Killingsworth, Silsbee
Casey Kimball, Fairfield
Carl King, Houston
Alexander Kliebert, Houston
Franklin Knoll, Shamrock
Harold Koehler, San Antonio
Randy Kruse, Mason
Louis Lachney, Purdon
Dalie Lewis, De Leon
Larry Linder, Crossett, AR
Kirk Looney, Del Rio
Felix Madden, Katy
Gaylon Marwitz, Hamilton
Rebecca Mauney, Evant
Christian Maurer, Coppell
Cody May, Crowley
Jason McCambridge, Cataula, GA
Jimmy McCarroll, Houston
Orville McDonald, Comanche
Gary Meyer, Bowie
Cristan Mrion, The Woodlands
Ron Neal, Colleyville
David Newman, Early
Greg Nicholson, Gustine
Joe Norwood, Brownwood
Caroline Nunley, Sabinal
Christopher Nygard, Dale
Charles Pannill, Fort Worth
John Parrish, Evant
Jack Pierce, Valley Mills
Keith Radabaugh, Conroe
Dwight Reagan, Rochelle
Kent Revard, Houston
Mark Revard, Jenks, OK
Randy Roberts, Brownwood
Jerry Roberts, Brownwood
Sean Rogers, Rye, NY
Danny Simpson, Ashand, MS
Brandon Smith, Pearland
Scott Stevens, Montgomery
Ben Stoecker, Sacramento, CA
Loye Tankersley, Mertzon
Pete Terpstra, Houston
Ty Toepperwein, Hondo
Clint Truitt, Georgetown
Jeremy Waldroup, Paris
Blair Warren, San Antonio
Dave Webb, Plano
Rick Wilson, Maryneal
Ralph Wren, Jefferson
Lance Wright, Pflugerville
Con Can Partnership/Frio Property LTD, Austin
DBL Interests LLC, Lampasas
Fleming Springs Ranch, San Saba
Gray-Leigh Wilson Quarter Horses, San Saba
Haystack Mountain Ranch, Whitharral
Herricks Ranch, Midland
Keith Duncan Livestock, Lometa
S & R Game Ranch LLC, Coppell
Stanton Ranch, Johnson City
US/Gasco LLC, Blanket
Why Not Farms, Wellington
Williams Ranch, Ozona



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