Our Mission: Creating a Unified Voice in Support of Wildlife Conservation in Texas.
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.

 

May 22

The 2015 Eco-Summit Series

Howdy Everyone,

The Coalition is pleased to host a statewide series of listening sessions that we're calling the 2015 Eco-Summit Series!

Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas’ goal is to serve as a true coalition for Texans concerned with the current state of wildlife conservation. This summer, the Coalition will sponsor five, full-day forums in a city near you so we can introduce the Coalition, provide members with relevant information, and encourage Texans to provide their input regarding conservation issues. It is our mission to build a large chorus of support for healthy land management and to serve as the one-stop-shop, information pipeline regarding wildlife conservation issues.

At each Eco-Summit we'll host listening sessions, and facilitate collaboration between local and regional organizations.  Attendees will include individuals involved in creating the Texas Conservation Action Plan (TCAP), such as land owners, TPWD biologists, academia, conservation organizations, and elected officials. The Eco-Summit will follow an adaptive format, providing biologists a stage to speak on pressing issues with-in the host eco-region and allowing attendees to share their input in small breakout sessions. We are also excited to generate conversations on implementing the Texas Conservation Action Plan as the document is scheduled for revision soon.  (More information on the TCAP can be found here).   It is important to continually revisit the myriad of conservation issues so that new solutions may form or adapt to unforeseen roadblocks.

At each Eco-Summit, you'll have a chance to talk about your priorities for your area, and to work with others to advance your goals, and that of natural resources in Texas.

Weslaco: July 10th

Fort Davis: July 18th

San Antonio: July 24th

Fort Worth: July 31st

Houston: August 11th

Click here to register for an Eco-Summit near you!

Apr 14

Coalition Member Update

Howdy,

The Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas membership is steadily growing. Some of you may have noticed Facebook posts highlighting new members as they are being added to this growing chorus of support. We currently have 47 total members consisting of 41 organizations and 6 businesses, representing over 159,000 Texans!  Member group types range from a sorority to a gas station. The diversity of these initial members is truly astounding and reflective of the broad base of support that wildlife has here in Texas.

Feel free to recommend potential members to the coalition by e-mailing the coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or even better, recruit new members on your own by encouraging others who believe in healthy wildlife populations and habitats to join through the website. We appreciate all of your support and let’s continue to see what we can do for wildlife!

Feb 7

The Post Oak and Prairie Journal

Howdy,

Making information about our ecoregions available to the masses is certainly being True To Texas. Coalition member Crosstimbers Connection has created the first journal dedicated to the Crosstimbers and Blackland Prairie Ecoregions. The Post Oak and Prairie Journal features articles that cover the full spectrum of natural history in the area.  Information on the soils, hydrology, plant communities, and other components of these eco-regions provide insight to those with interests in local land and wildlife management issues.  I encourage everyone to check out this free journal as it written for professionals, laypeople, and every form of naturalist in between. The inaugural issue of the Post Oak and Prairie Journal is available at http://www.crosstimbersconnection.org/PostOak-PrairieJ-Jan2015.pdf.  

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