2017 Great Texas Birding Classic Awards Two Conservation Grants to AOC!

Vice-President Libby Evan informed the Board that the two projects she submitted to Texas Parks and Wildlife for consideration by winning teams have each been awarded $5000. The conservation projects are for Held/Moran Nature Preserve and Polliwog Pond Bird Sanctuary.

The Toyota Conservation Grant, Regional Big Day - Upper Texas Coast; Selected by HAS-Swarovski Optik  UTC Hawks/Swarovski Optik, N.A.   Project:  The Held/Moran Nature Preserve - submitted by Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi. Funding from this project will be used to remove invasive Brazilian Pepper trees, create walking trails and develop and install permanent educational signage, including maps and interpretive information.

The Upper Texas Coast Big Sit! Conservation Grant - Selected by Artist Boat's Courageous Conservationists/Artist Boat, Inc.   Project: Polliwog Pond Bird Sanctuary - Submitted by Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi. Funds will be used to remove invasive plants and trees at Polliwog Pond, install educational signs with maps and wildlife identification and construct a pier/boardwalk into one of the pond areas to enhance viewing experiences for birders and other wildlife watchers.

Many thanks to Libby for submitting these two proposals.  She reports that the funds will probably be available in September or October.  There is a six-month window to spend the funds on the projects. If any of you know organizations/company owners who can help with invasive plant removal and/or scouts needing Eagle Projects, please contact Libby at her email address: hawkwatcher210@yahoo.com.