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Aug 18

The Houston Eco-Summit ReCap

Howdy Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who attended the Houston Eco-Summit on last Tuesday. Transcribing notes from the Houston breakout sessions has proven time consuming due to the high level of participation from all of the attendees! Following Jaime Gonzalez’ presentation on local wildlife conservation issues, attendees chose topics for the afternoon breakout sessions. Topics included, Public Engagement and Youth Involvement, Alternative Conservation Funding, Invasive Species, Habitat Loss and Fragmentation, Urban Wildlife Issues, Urban Prescribed Burns, and Human-Wildlife Conflicts.

A special thanks goes out to all of the speakers and the staff at the Houston Zoo for helping produce such a great event!  Be sure to check out the new Western Lowland Gorilla Exhibit if you are in the Houston area.

The 2015 Eco-Summit Series was a huge success and provided the Coalition with great input regarding a myriad of conservation issues across the state. Attendees, be looking for a follow up e-mail containing notes from your Eco-Summit and an invitation to share your contact information among your fellow registrants.

Aug 7

The Fort Worth Eco-Summit ReCap

Howdy Everyone,

Thank you to all of the North Texas residents who chose to spend last Friday with the Coalition addressing and discussing local conservation issues in Fort Worth.  The Fort Worth Eco-Summit was well attended and we experienced a high level of engagement from all of the attendees! Jack Tidwell’s presentation complemented the Eco-Summit goals nicely as he discussed future challenges facing North Texas. Momentum carried over to the afternoon breakout sessions where attendees chose topics of Elected Official Engagement, Conservation Funding, Public Education and Outreach, Conservation Planning for Growth, Habitat Loss, Changing Demographics, Invasive Species, and Water Conservation.

A special thanks goes out to all of the speakers and the staff at Botanical Research Institute of Texas for helping produce such a great event!  Be sure to check out the impressive BRIT Herbarium (free on Saturday’s) if you are in the Fort Worth Area.

Next stop…Houston!!

Jul 29

The San Antonio Eco-Summit ReCap

Howdy,

The San Antonio Eco-Summit was a big success! Thank you to everyone that attended and added their voice to the conservation conversation. We had over 70 people in attendance, including land owners, biologists, local residents, and Master Naturalists. Annalisa Peace from the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance spoke about water conservation issues in, and around, the San Antonio Area. With such great attendance, the afternoon breakout sessions were full of discussion. Breakout session topics included Lobbying, Water Conservation, Education and Outreach, Funding Strategies for Conservation, Sustainable Development, and Marketing Wildlife.

A special thanks goes out to the staff at the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center and the Alamo Area Master Naturalists for helping produce such a great event! I highly recommend visiting the park if you are in the San Antonio Area.

I am proud to announce that the remaining two Eco-Summits have reached maximum occupancy. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth and Houston!

Jul 15

The Weslaco Eco-Summit ReCap

Howdy,

Thank you to everyone who attended the Weslaco Eco-Summit on Friday.  We had a great turnout and great participation from all of the attendees! Following Stephanie Galla’s presentation on local wildlife conservation issues, attendees chose topics for the afternoon breakout sessions. Topics included, Habitat Fragmentation, Invasive Species, Utilizing the Texas Conservation Action Plan, Informing Developers of Conservation Issues, Engagement with Younger Generations and All Demographics, and Revitalizing the Rio Grande Valley Nature Coalition.

A special thanks goes out to all of the speakers and the staff at Estero Llano Grande State Park for helping produce such a great event!

Unfortunately, we have cancelled the Fort Davis Eco-Summit due to a lack of interest. Registration is still open for the San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Houston Eco-Summits. Register here and add your voice to the conservation conversation as seats are filling up quickly!

Jul 3

2015 Eco-Summit Series Update

Howdy Everyone,

There have been several inquiries regarding the format, speakers, and the agenda of the Eco-Summit Series. We are still finalizing speakers for Fort Davis, however I am happy to announce that we have confirmed speakers for the other Eco-Summits. The tentative agenda for all Eco-summits is as follows:

Tentative 2015 Eco-Summit Series Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Eco-Summit Sign-in Starts

9:00 a.m.

The State of Wildlife Conservation in Texas. (Speaker dependent on Ecoregion)

John Davis- TPWD Wildlife Diversity Program Director

Richard Heilbrun- TPWD Wildlife Conservation Outreach Program

Michael Warriner- TPWD Nongame and Rare Species Program Leader

10:00 a.m.

The Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas Coalition. 

Rob Denkhaus- Director of Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas

11:00 a.m.

The State of Wildlife Conservation in the Host Eco-region.

Weslaco - Stephanie Galla- World Birding Center State Parks Habitat Biologist

Fort Davis - Deirdre Hisler- Davis Mountains Project Director- The Nature Conservancy

San Antonio - Annalisa Peace- Executive Director Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance

Fort Worth - Jack Tidwell- Environment & Development Planning Professional, Former NCTCOG Manager of Environment & Development

Houston  - Jaime Gonzales- Katy Prairie Conservancy

11:50 a.m.

Pre-Lunch Poll

Outcome dictates afternoon Breakout Session 2 topics

12:00-12:50p.m.

Lunch

1:00- 2:20p.m.

Breakout Session 1:

Concurrent Small Group Discussions

Topics vary by Ecoregion

2:30-3:50p.m.

Breakout Session 2:

Concurrent Small Group Discussions

Topics vary by Ecoregion

Please encourage others to register for an Eco-Summit as there are still seats available! Click here to register for an Eco-Summit near you.

 

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