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Legislative scorecard reveals TWA success, Sighted In newsletter
Texas Wildlife Association

July, 2011

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July 1, 2011 

Legislative scorecard reveals TWA policy successes in Austin     

The Texas Wildlife Association accomplished 13 of its 15 priority legislative goals during the recent regular session of the 82nd Legislature, with the other two goals partially accomplished, according to a legislative scorecard compiled by the organization.

Click here for a copy of the legislative scorecard that appears in the July 2011 issue of "Texas Wildlife" magazine.
 
The priority list of legislative goals was established by the TWA Executive Committee in January prior to the start of the legislative session in Austin.

WildLife 2011 auction catalogs released with one-of-a-kind items 

One of the highlight activities at the Texas Wildlife Association convention is the opportunity for all attendees and non-attendees to bid on terrific auction items in theWildLife 2011 Grand Auction, Outdoor Adventures Auction (Not-So-Silent), and Silent Auction.
 
Many of these offerings are one-of-a kind items that are not available to the public. There are auction items available at all value levels.  
 
The draft Grand Auction Catalog and the draft Outdoor Adventures/Silent Auction Catalog are now available. Take a look to see what awaits your bid in San Antonio, July 7-10, at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa!

Click here for a copy of the draft TWA Grand Auction Catalog.
 
Click here for a copy of the draft TWA Outdoor Adventures Corral/Silent Auction Catalog.
 
Interested auction bidders not able to attend WildLife 2011 may use a Proxy Bid Form. A Proxy Bid Form is available here.  There is still time to register for WildLife 2011 by using the Convention Registration Form or by accessing the online registration site.

Texas ranchers encouraged to apply for STAR Fund wildfire assistance

With more than three million acres burned, 235 counties under burn bans (the most ever), and temperatures reaching record highs, fire experts are calling this one of the worst fire seasons in Texas history.

According to the Texas Forest Service, six of the 10 largest fires ever recorded in Texas have occurred this year, scorching more than 4,000 miles of ranch fences -- more miles than needed to fence the entire perimeter of Texas. As ranchers begin to rebuild their lives, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is encouraging them to apply for assistance available through the STAR Fund.

To start the rebuilding effort, the Texas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the STAR Fund. The fund was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and companies to help ranchers rebuild fences through an initiative created by Commissioner Staples called, "Operation New Fences." McCoy's Building Supply generously donated the first $20,000.

Click here for the full press release from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Television show highlights success of private/public partnership for wildlife 

The National Wild Turkey Federation is highlighting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s efforts working with private landowners on habitat management with a “Get in The Game” television show. 

Daniel Kunz from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Gene Miller from the National Wild Turkey Federation, along with TWA Members Robert and Jenny Sanders from the 2011 Leopold Conservation Award-winning Temple Ranch, will be discussing various practices currently in use for managing components of Rio Grande wild turkey habitat in Texas. 

"Get in the Game" next airs on the Pursuit Channel at 10:30 p.m. (Central) on Sunday, July 3.     

Tompkins: Hit and miss for bird hunting rules; dove hunters get late start

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations committee this past week announced its package of regulations for early season migratory game bird hunting in the 2011-12 seasons.

Call it a mixed bag for Texas' 300,000-plus wingshooters. Waterfowlers got good news. Texas' South Zone dove hunters didn't, according to Shannon Tompkins of the Houston Chronicle.

Acting on recommendations from federal Division of Migratory Bird Management staff and preliminary data indicating a record breeding population of blue-winged teal, the committee approved regulatory frameworks allowing a 16-day teal-only season for Texas and other states authorized for the September season.

But the committee declined to approve a Texas request to modify the federal rules that set opening of Texas' South Dove Zone season as the Friday closest to Sept. 20 but no earlier than Sept. 17. Click here for the full article.




 







 

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

Two teachers awarded scholarships from TWAF

The Texas Wildlife Association Foundation has awarded two $2,500 scholarships to two deserving teachers in recognition of their excellence in teaching about wildlife and natural resources. 

The scholarships are funded through a grant to the Foundation from the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc.

Margaret Pena, Crestview Elementary (Judson Independent School District, Bexar County), works with at-risk students in math, Spanish, reading and science in the 3rd – 5th grades.  She created the Crestview Science Camp for Environmental Awareness to address below average TAKS science scores. This year over 500 JISD students attended the science camps. 
 
Liberty Heise, Girls School of Austin (private, Travis County), teaches 5th grade science and math and 6th grade humanities. This year, her students scientifically investigated a newly recovered Blackland Prairie in urban Austin.  They studied Texas ecosystems, Texas naturalists and scientists, plant life, birds, journaling, fish, amphibians, and reptiles.  Students presented their scientific findings at a Science Fair in December.
 
Each school will receive $2,500 in recognition of the winning teachers’ use of innovative techniques and curricula to promote natural resource literacy among their students.   

TWA welcomes new members!
     C. Nelson Barfield Jr., San Antonio
Jody Forker, Orange
Craig Conatser, Houston
Steve Bennett, Boerne
Francine Franklin, Austin
Delbert Jones, Abilene
Jum Titchinell, Brackettville
Gene Dunbar, Boerne
Roy Malonson, Hempstead
JeffreyLang, Boerne
Robert Koslover, Tyler
Dale Van Arsdall, Hempstead
R. Douglas Slack, Austin
Tom Alexander, Houston
Tim Ping, Richmond
Leon McNeil, San Antonio
Leticia McNeil, San Antonio
Carter Dickson, Shreveport, LA
Tom Hailey, San Antonio
Philip Milburn Jr., Rio Medina
Ryan Williams, Farwell
Virginia Heiman, Denison
Richard Kattmann, Boerne
Amanda Kocurek, Robstown
Bobby Ed Miller, Menard
Laurence Terrell, Round Rock
Henry Casal Jr., San Antonio
Haley Forest-Lehmann, D’Hanis
Ron Lehrmann, D’Hanis
Swan Moss, Texarkana
Clint Steffens, Sealy
Herb Amaya, San Benito
Barry Batsell, Brownsville
Mary Jo Bogatto, Rio Hondo
Chad Busse, Harlingen
Kevin Campbell, Harlingen
Chad Cooley, Lyford
Chris Daniels, Harlingen
Houston Dunkin, Harlingen
Curtis Hagar, Harlingen
William Hall, Harlingen
Ryan Janssen, Harlingen
Matt Klosterman, Raymondville
Michael Lamon, Harlingen
Eric Martinez, Weslaco
Allen Paksima, Richmond
Yvonne Peck, Rio Hondo
David Reid, Harlingen
Tony Rodriguez, Brownsville
David Smith, Harlingen
Virgil Swanberg, Harlingen
Vernon Swanberg, Raymondville
Steven Thomas, Harlingen
Paul Thomas, Harlingen
Joe White, Brownsville
Troy Wittenbach, Harlingen
Rick Zuniga, Rio Hondo
Rio Costero Ranch, Harlingen
Lad T-Shirts, Brownsville
Staton's Marine, Combes
La Feria Excavation, La Feria
P.M. Solutio



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