Wildlife Rehab Workshop Feb 9

by Kris Kirkwood on February 3, 2019

Wildlife Rescue Basics Presentation/Demonstration 

Date & Time: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 8:00- 11:30 am
Sponsored by:  Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue
Location:  Cecilia Riley Avian Conservation Science Center, 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson (Go to for directions)

Advance registration is required. To register, call 979-849-0184 

Wildlife Rescue Basics:

  • Learn how you can volunteer NOW and help the wildlife rehabilitation effort in the Brazoria/Matagorda County areas. 
  • What to do if you find an injured or orphaned wild animal. (First aid, safety, handling techniques for birds and mammals) 
  • Overview of wildlife rehabilitation…including the role of rehabilitators and volunteers, how to become a wildlife rehabilitator, and state and federal wildlife laws
  • How to peacefully coexist with wildlife (i.e., how to rid your attic of squirrels or raccoons, how to deal with nuisance animals) 
  • Learn about birds of prey (hawks and owls) and see live educational birds. 
VMS Code:  AT: for a Specific Project

Invasives Training Feb 19

by Kris Kirkwood on January 23, 2019

Invasive Species Training

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Estuarine Research Center at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, 750 Channel View Dr. Port Aransas, TX

This free workshop will cover the Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program. The workshop will also present general information on invasive species, managing the spread of invasives and best management practices for control and removal of selected species. Space is limited to 30.Registration is required, and is first-come, first-served. 

Chainsaw Safety Training

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9 am-12 noon – We will have experts from American Conservation Experience and the Texas A & M Forest Service in the classroom to instruct best practices for saw and herbicide use when treating Brazilian Peppertrees. An outdoor demonstration is included. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment and personal protective gear such as chaps, forestry helmets, and gloves. Class meets at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.

Report each as AT: Specific-Project

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Online Training Feb 20

by Kris Kirkwood on January 21, 2019

The Role of Honey Bees in Natural Areas

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:00 am

Registration Required

  • Vicki Wojcik will speak on “Flora Resource Competition Between Honey Bees and Wild Bees: Is There Clear Evidence and Can We Guide Management and Conservation?”
  • Rich Hatfield will speak on “Honey Bees in the Pollination Networks of Natural Areas — An Overview and Best Management Practices.”
Estimated time: 2 hours. Report as: AT Online Training

Salt Lake Clean-Up, Feb 8-9

by Kris Kirkwood on January 21, 2019

Come out and help clean up our saltwater backyard!

  • February 8, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • February 9, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries, Keep Aransas County Beautiful, Mid Coast Master Naturalist, and Texas Adopt a Beach are coordinating this event and providing supplies.

Bring waders or water shoes, drinking water in a reusable container, gloves, and a kayak if you have one. If you don’t have a kayak, a bay boat will pick people up and they will sign in at 59 Copano Ridge Road in Rockport. If you do have a kayak, you can launch at Coastal Breeze RV Resort or at the Copano Ridge location.

For more information, contact Vickie Wilson by email or call (512) 565-3868.

Report as RM: Other locations and specify Salt Lake in the description.

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