|Founders:||Board of Director 2018:|
|Bill & Mary Lynn Spangler||Mary Lynn Spangler|
|Chico & Ann Newman||Ann Newman|
|Bethany Clark||Dave Edwards|
|Website Administrator:||Allan Dyer|
|Nancy Dyer||Merry Langlinais|
SPRING MEETINGSaturday, April 6, 2019
Location: At Love Creek Preserve 2725 Elam Creek Road, Medina, TX 78055 10:00 General Meeting 11:30 Barbeque Luncheon (dessert donations are welcomed!) Provided by Love Creek Preserve, Texas Nature Conservancy & donors including BCA Program: Native Americans and Pioneer Uses of our Native Plants
by Patty Leslie Pasztor
Coauthor of Texas Trees- A Friendly Guide
Past experience includes many years as the Native Plant Horticulturist at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Park Naturalist at Friedrich Wilderness Park and adjunct professor at Northwest Vista College.
More... Guided hikes and more fun -- see details here
HogMop renewal monthApril is renewal month for the hog management program. I will be sending out renewal letters electronically this month to save postage costs. HOGMOP is on an extremely tight budget these days, so please watch your inbox and get those checks in promptly. Over the past week, I have gone back over records for the Hog Management Program since Orion took over administration of the program in late 2003. From October 2003 through March of 2019, Jesse Paul has taken 12,026 hogs from participating properties!! The top 4 ranches have taken between 1200 and 1800 hogs each over that time frame. It's true that the hogs just keep on coming, but with improved trapping techniques, new technology, and persistence with the dogs, our annual numbers continue to decline, suggesting that we are in fact holding back the invasion and making some headway. But, there is no rest for Jesse Paul, especially this time of year when piglets are hitting the ground daily, and cowbird traps have to be checked as well. Please do your best to patrol your property and report new hog sign.... consider it an excuse to get out and enjoy the songbirds and wildflowers. Thanks for being a part of the BCA hog management program.
Neighbors working together to protect and preserve the natural beauty and rural way of life in the Bandera Canyonlands.
The Bandera Canyonlands Alliance (BCA) exists to support landowners working together to share resources, knowledge and experiences for the benefit of the land, water, native plants & animals, and the rural way of life in the Bandera Canyonlands.
The BCA is organized and operated to support, protect and preserve the ecological systems that support the biodiversity, water resources, natural beauty and rural way of life in the Bandera Canyonlands for future generations. Specific activities of the Organization support the following:
- Conservation and enhancement of native plants and wildlife with a focus on maximizing native biodiversity.
- Protection and preservation of the abundance and quality of water resources.
- Promotion of "best practices" for Ashe juniper (aka mountain cedar) management.
- Enhancement and maintenance of landscape integrity.
- Education of members and the public on the benefits of good land stewardship in general and on conservation matters in the Bandera Canyonlands in particular.
Bandera Canyonlands Area
The Bandera Canyonlands consists of western Bandera and eastern Real counties. Lying within the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion, the Bandera Canyonlands is one of the most scenic and biologically rich spots in Texas. Flat, deep-soil valleys contrast sharply with the rugged limestone bluffs that rise dramatically above them. The varied elevations, aspects, soils, geology, and moisture conditions in the area create a great variety of habitat types and associated plant and animal communities. Three federally endangered species occur in the Bandera Canyonlands including the golden-cheeked warbler, black-capped vireo, and Tobusch fishhook cactus, as well as endemic species of fish, salamanders, invertebrates, and plants.
The Bandera Canyonlands are rich in water resources. There are numerous springs and groundwater seeps along the river banks and canyon walls that feed the areas drainages and creeks. These waters, in addition to rainfall, form the headwaters of two of the state's major river basins: the Medina River, which is part of the San Antonio river basin; and the Sabinal River, which is part of the Nueces river basin. The underlying aquifer that supports area springflows and many of the shallow wells in the Bandera Canyonlands is the Edwards-Trinity Plateau (Plateau) aquifer. This aquifer averages around 100 feet in the area and is recharged by the downward percolation of rainwater and runoff from the land surface, both locally and to the north and west in Kerr and Real County.
Bandera Canyonlands Area
Most BCA members manage their properties for the benefit of wildlife. Primary activities include brush management, prescribed fire, feral hog control and white-tailed deer management. Since September 2008, ten BCA members have been participating in a LIP-funded project, which includes the implementation of brush thinning to enhance Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat and prescribed fire to restore and enhance Black-capped Vireo habitat.
Several BCA members manage for the benefit of songbirds, with a focus on the two endangered birds noted above. These landowners have allowed EDF and its consultants to conduct yearly breeding bird surveys to monitor the diversity and abundance of resident and migratory species. In addition, at least six BCA landowners are operating cowbird traps each spring.
Chad Norris with TPWD has conducted spring studies on a number of BCA ranches. The BCA has a water management consultant (Tyson Broad) under contract for the purposes of (a) participating in local and regional water planning meetings on behalf of the BCA and (b) assembling water related information for the Bandera Canyonlands region.
Feral Hog Management:
Currently, 12 BCA members participate in a cooperative feral hog management program, cost-sharing with EDF the expense of a full-time hog trapper. The hog trapper is Jesse Paul McBeth of Utopia. Jesse Paul uses a variety of methods, including box traps and corral traps, as well as specially trained dogs. This program has run continuously since 2003.