Are you familiar with the program the Preserve at Walnut Springs HOA is currently participating in through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division? The Land Incentive Program is matching HOA funding for onsite wildlife and habitat improvement projects.
Most of the work is taking place on the South side of the ranch. Below are a few goals of this impressive project:
1. to protect two spring sites (Cuellar Spring and Walnut Springs) from degradation,
2. to improve the diversity of the mixed oak-juniper plant communities in the adjacent canyons and riparian zones, and
3. to promote the establishment of native herbaceous vegetation. The ultimate goal is to manage for habitats that are appealing to a diversity of native wildlife species including the endangered golden-cheeked warbler, while also enhancing water infiltration and groundwater recharge.
Last year three calves were born and in keeping with the tradition on the ranch, names were submitted based on the letter "G" -selected for the 2014 year.
Here's a photo of the three taken last year below the community clubhouse:
The two calves (both boys on the left & center) were born only days apart May 12, 2014 and May 14, 2014.
Their names are Gemstone & Gelato.
The third calf, born on August 7, 2014 by Butter Pecan was a female cow, now named Gail's Gold.
The two boys -now yearling steers, are still great pals on the ranch. Here's a recent picture of the two from 2014 & again today. Checkout the horn growth!
By: Jane Jones
Some more not-so-great weather for the Fall count. Perhaps that’s the tradition and I should just get used to it. Or as Dale suggested, next time you need rain, call out the birders and you’re sure to get some. Interestingly, we saw exactly the same number of species (40) as last year but lots more birds (nearly 400 largely due to sparrows and a couple of large flocks of Robins that swelled the numbers). It was no surprise that the warm fall kept some species away… most notably the ducks & hawks.
At the 11th hour some turkeys finally decided to show themselves but nary a quail. The most fun was all of the sparrows. Last year, hardly any, this year everywhere…including 2 LeConte’s Sparrows which are the first reported on the property. The sparrows are no surprise though since the grasses are high and bursting with seed.