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09/25/2020
Houston Parks Board

Creating habitat for bats, our free pest control flying mammals!

Have you seen the bats at Watonga Bridge yet? Every year between March-October, hundreds of Mexican Free-tailed bats emerge at sunset from their home under the Watonga Parkway Bridge. Free-tailed bats roost during the day and emerge at dusk.

The most impressive columns can be seen in August and September, when the young bats begin to join their mothers leaving the roost. Be sure to visit Watonga Parkway Park at sunset to witness this bat colony this month!

The Watonga Prairie Project is one of several ongoing Houston Parks Board restoration projects. Prairie habitat is extremely important to local wildlife and supports rainfall infiltration which reduces flooding. This restoration project supports the bat population by supplying a reliable food source. Our volunteers and staff work diligently to establish native plants.
The new multi-chamber bat box is mounted in the restored prairie to provide additional shelter. The open space of a prairie is an ideal location to allow bats to drop in and out like a natural roost and reduces their vulnerability to predators at night.

Watonga Parkway Park is located at 4100 Watonga Blvd, Houston, TX 77092, and parking is available in a parking lot on Watonga Blvd, just north of W 43rd St. For METRO, take bus route 23 and get off at Watonga Blvd & 43rd St or TC Jester Blvd and 43rd St.

09/23/2020

Burrowing owl chicks at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

We’re asking the public to help us choose a design for the new conservation license plate to raise money to help Monarch...
09/21/2020

We’re asking the public to help us choose a design for the new conservation license plate to raise money to help Monarch Butterflies and other at-risk Texas wildlife. Here is the link to cast a vote: https://bit.ly/MonarchConservationPlate

If you haven't heard there are numerous reports of mass migratory bird die-offs in multiple western states.  This is pro...
09/21/2020
Southwest Avian Mortality Project

If you haven't heard there are numerous reports of mass migratory bird die-offs in multiple western states. This is probably has a lot to do with the rampant wildfires in the West that may have caused birds to migrate early prior to building sufficient fat reserves and due to smoke inhalation. Tnow here is an iNaturalist project set up by New Mexico State grad student Allison Salas to capture bird mortality observations across multiple western US and Mexican states, including Texas.
Southwest Avian Mortality Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/southwest-avian-mortality-project

Note that to be included in the project, observations will need to have a photo attached and an annotation of “Alive or Dead” set to “Dead.”

Hundreds of dead migrant birds have been reported in the state of New Mexico during August and September 2020. With increasing awareness, reports have also come from Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. Help the birds by reporting avian mortalities encountered in the Southwest United States and Mexico. Ple...

09/21/2020
09/20/2020

Photos of burrowing owl chicks

09/19/2020

Harris's hawks at Rio Bosque Wetlands

09/16/2020
tpwd.webex.com

WEBINAR INFORMATION UPDATED! The date for the Living with Predators will be rescheduled at a later date. Sorry for any confusion.

Join the TPWD Urban Wildlife Biologist, Lois Balin, PLEASE forward this information to others that may be interested in attending.

Living with Urban Wildlife Webinar- Tuesday, October 6, 2020 7:00 pm
Many of the “human-wildlife conflict issues” we will discuss are a direct result of urban sprawl where wildlife that once existed only in wildlands are now moving into urban centers to live. Questions to be discussed include: What are the common urban wildlife species living among us in El Paso? What cause human wildlife conflict? What can residents do to live in harmony with our local wildlife and the natural environment?

200 person limit, so login early

Please register for the meeting here:

https://texasparks.webex.com/texasparks/j.php?RGID=rabbc601fbf631f099f4bc22b5b26477f

5  owlets at Rio Bosque Wetlands
09/13/2020

5 owlets at Rio Bosque Wetlands

The Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta is virtual this year.  Here is the schedule on Sept. 19
09/10/2020

The Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta is virtual this year. Here is the schedule on Sept. 19

09/06/2020

Greater roadrunners at Rio Bosque

3 owlets at Rio Bosque
08/31/2020

3 owlets at Rio Bosque

3 owlets at Rio Bosque
08/30/2020

3 owlets at Rio Bosque

Sorry for delay in postings. Breeding season about over and will begin posting again now! Two adorable owlets.
08/26/2020

Sorry for delay in postings. Breeding season about over and will begin posting again now! Two adorable owlets.

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Dont miss Insights next Nerd Night: Seismology Thursday, 7.25.18 at 7pm The Fainting Goat - Kitchen & Bar Could an earthquake happen in El Paso? Who’s FAULT would it be? The ground beneath our feet is always on the move! Join the state seismologist of Texas to learn more about the seismic activity of the Border Region and the science of seismology. Using our newfound seismology skills we will play on a Fact or Fiction Seismology Trivia game centered around clips from the movie San Andreas. Prizes will be earthshaking. Register:
I visited last week and enjoyed my time there. Question: Near the entrance and next to the fence, I saw a large mammal that looked like a prairie dog; however, it was alone and seemed to be searching for an exit. It had brown fur, a rounded head with round ears and ran along on all fours. What was I seeing? After a short while, it disappeared in the shade of a bush and I didn't see it after. . .my husband thought it could be a woodchuck.
Meetings Saturday at 2 pm at at Podium Finish on Texas Ave. Meeting by Rep Svarzbein: May 31 at 6 p.m. at the Westside Regional Command Center, 4801 Osbourne. June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Northeast Regional Command Center, 9600 Dyer St. June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center, 10780 Pebble Hills May 30 at 7 p.m. at Eloise Restaurant, 225 Shadow Mountain.