The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center Welcomes: The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ Arvind Panjabi – October 11, 2018

Join us for an engaging evening and learn about:

  • Conservation efforts migratory birds in the Chihuahuan Desert grassland;
  • Partnerships between conservationists & ranchers to restore grasslands and rangeland productivity; and
  • How this collaboration has created win-win solutions for birds and people.

LOCATION:

The Crowley Theater, Marfa, TX

Thursday, October 11, 2018

7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Reception following program

Free admission – donations accepted

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Part of CDRI’s Fall 2018 Conant Lecture Series

For information: www.cdri.org   432-364-2499

Eminent Domain Town Hall – August 25, 2018

LIVESTREAM tomorrow’s Eminent Domain Town Hall event!
Just in case you are unable to join us for the Eminent Domain Town Hall event tomorrow at 5pm in Marfa, TX, you can LIVESTREAM the event, by following the instructions below: 1) Link to the Big Bend Conservation Alliance Facebook page HERE. 2) A live video will be playing ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. 3) You will be able to watch and listen to the event from afar, but will not be able to submit questions.BBCA and Transpecos Documentary hope that you will be able to join us either in person or via livestream for this important and engaging event!
**   The Big Bend Conservation Alliance and Trans Pecos Documentary team invite you to a free screening and town hall meeting to address the issues surrounding eminent domain on Saturday, August 25th from 5 to 7:30 PM at the Crowley Theater in Marfa.
**   The evening’s program will include a short film featuring one of the 41 landowners whose property was condemned under eminent domain to construct the Trans Pecos pipeline.
**   Several prominent attorneys, a former oil and gas engineer, and representatives from the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Farm Bureau will discuss the need for common-sense reforms to protect private property rights and answer questions from the audience.
**  If you’re a landowner or concerned citizen in the Big Bend region, this is a unique opportunity that you won’t want to miss.
**   Saturday, August 25th from 5 to 7:30 PM at the Crowley Theater at:
98 S Austin Street in Marfa, TX.
**   The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Water and Grassland Restoration Workshop

Join us this Friday at the Dixon Water Foundation for a very special presentation by Valer Clark and Jose Manuel Perez,
directors of The Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation.

Their work is to preserve and restore water resources on the US/Mexican borderlands.

The restoration of key habitats has been achieved though the construction of thousands of small rock dams, berms, and gabions in eroded areas. CLO also worked to remove exotic species, aerate soils, apply seeding and manage grasslands through controlled berms and rotational grazing. Up to date, more than 4,000 acres of grasslands have been aerated and reseeded, at least 15% of an historic wetland has been restored and 8 miles of rivers are now flowing year round. Restoring habitat has been key to bring back native wildlife populations such as Coues deers, Black bears and Gould’s turkeys.

The restoring of the region demonstrates the benefits of conservation, which is making it possible to continue traditional forms of land use in a sustainable manner. Additionally, the area forms the liaison between the US and Mexico to secure a vital piece of the greater continental migratory route that extends along the western spine of the North and South American Continents.

Building upon what Ms. Clark and Mr. Perez have learned, while recognizing it is possible to restore even the most degraded land, they wish to share this knowledge with others and influence society at large about the need to prioritize restoration and place a higher value on natural resources. The Foundation seeks to support this vision through community education, sustainable resource management and art.

More of their work can be learned @ https://cuencalosojos.org/

An event Co-produced by the Big Bend Conservation Alliance and Trans Pecos Documentary.

Hosted by the Dixon Water Foundation
The event is Free.

2017 West Texas Water Symposium – April 22, 2017

The first West Texas Water Symposium took place on April 22, 2017 in Alpine at the Granada Theater. More than 80 people attended from across Texas. Audio and video recordings and PowerPoint presentations from the symposium are posted below, followed by a complete schedule.

The symposium was organized by the Big Bend Conservation Alliance, in partnership with Rio Grande Research Center at Sul Ross State University and Devils River Conservancy.

The Big Bend Conservation Alliance thanks the symposium’s sponsors: The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment * Alpine Montessori School * The Dixon Water Foundation * The City of Alpine * printco  * Holland Hotel and Maverick Inn * Big Bend Gazette * patagonia * Taste and See Bakery * Marfa Public Radio

VIDEOS

AUDIO

POWERPOINT SLIDES

(Formatted as Quicktime movies on YouTube)

  • BALMORHEA SPRINGS: THREATS FROM FRACKING
    Jack Sharp, University of Texas at Austin, Carlton Professor of Geology

COMPLETE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

8 – 8:50am Meet and Greet with symposium participants, partners, and sponsors (coffee and pastries)
8:50 – 9am Introduction to BBCA and symposium
9:00 – 9:40am INTRODUCTION TO SURFACE WATER AND GROUNDWATER IN THE BIG BEND REGION
Kevin Urbanczyk, Rio Grande Research Center, Sul Ross State University Geology Dept.
9:40 – 10am BALMORHEA SPRINGS: THREATS FROM FRACKING
Jack Sharp, University of Texas at Austin, Carlton Professor of Geology
10 – 10:20am BASIN-WIDE CONSERVATION: A CASE STUDY OF TPWD’S WORK ON THE DEVIL’S RIVER
Sarah Robertson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, River Studies Program biologist
10:20 – 10:30am Break
10:30 – 10:50am Q&A with Jack Sharp and Sarah Robertson
10:50 – 11:30am CONNNECTING WATER AND LAND MANAGEMENT
Bonnie Warnock, Sul Ross State University, Josey Chair for Sustainable Ranch Management, Natural Resource Management Dept. Chair
11:30am – 1:10pm Lunch break (light refreshments; list/map of other lunch locations provided)
1:10 – 2pm TEXAS GROUNDWATER 101
Amy Hardberger, St. Mary’s University School of Law Associate Dean
2 – 3:10pm KEEPING TEXAS RIVERS FLOWING
Sharlene Leurig, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas Environmental Flows Initiative Project Director
3:10 – 3:20pm Break
3:20 – 3:40pm GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS: WHAT THEY DO & WHY THEY MATTER
Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts Executive Director
3:40 – 4:20pm Q&A with Sarah Schlessinger

GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT PANEL: regional GCD managers will discuss their district’s goals and challenges and the public’s role in groundwater management
4:20 – 5pm MEET YOUR LOCAL WATER MANAGERS: introduction to other water managers attending the symposium and opportunity to ask questions
5pm Cocktails at Saddle Club
5:30 – 6pm Sharlene Leurig’s Our Desired Future documentary in Granada

Keeping the Stars Bright Over Big Bend – September 10, 2016

Keeping the Stars Bright Over Big Bend

Better lighting, using less energy, and saving more stars!

Come learn the basics of dark sky friendly lighting and how you can help protect the starry night skies over the Big Bend.

With Amber Harrison and Ryan Thorton of the Big Bend Ranch State Park and Matt Lara of the Big Bend Conservation Alliance.

At the Starlight Theater in Terlingua
Saturday, September 10
5:30pm-6:30pm

Facebook Invite Here

PATAGONIA- People & Parks Event – August 25, 2016

Please come join us Thursday August 25th, from 7-9 pm. as we celebrate 100 years of National Parks with our friends at Patagonia Austin. We’ll be there with the latest information about the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and other recent developments at BBCA, as well as letters on hand for residents from Travis, Bastrop and Williamson counties, asking their Sunset Commission Senators to make changes in the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Fantastic music provided by Dana Falconberry!

Patagonia Austin

316 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701