Animals, Animals and more Animals
2008 – 2009 Class – Mammalogy, Dr. John YOung, TPWD
2012 Class – Mammalogy, John Tomecek – TMN – Mammalogy Presentation
- Bats – our wonderful flying mammals. Bats 2013 Advanced Training by Cindy Bolch
- Watch the live Bracken Cave “Batcam”, a few hours before dusk each evening, and see them return at sunrise the next morning.
- Feral Hog Control, by Mike Mitchell Download the Feral Hog Control PDF file
- The damage Feral Hogs can do to native habitats: Feral hogs negative affects, by Texas AgriLife
- The Feral Hog problem – a one page summary, by Don Travis
- Feral Hogs are the most reproductive mammal – 1 feral hog sow can be “responsible” for creating over 128,000 hogs in just over 5 years! Don’t believe it? Check out this sow reproduction spreadsheet and play with the assumptions and see what results you get. The details behind it are tedious but it is all laid out for your review. Even if this mathematical calculation differs from reality by 50%, that’s still a huge number.
Land Stewardship Assistance in Houston Toad Habitat
Several members attended this 1/2 day session at McKinney Roughs. The purpose of the program was to describe the current situation of declining Houston Toad habitats, how the Landowner Incentive Program has helped in the Lost Pines area of Bastrop County, and how it can help in other areas, including Milam County. Individual presentations are included below.
- Program Agenda
HT Landowner Workshop 2010 PDF file
- Current Status and Habitat Issues
Houston Toad Overview Status PDF file
- Habitat Improvement Practices
Houston Toad Habitat Management PDF file
- Lost Pines Habitat Conservation and Landowner Incentives
Lost Pines Habitat Conservation PDF file
- Natural Diversity Database
Natural Diversity Database PDF file
- Carbon Credits, an opportunity for forest owners
Carbon Credits PDF file
- Landowner Incentive Program
Landowner incentive program PDF file
- Texas Animal Tracks
A brief two page publication by Texas Parks and Wildlife on the tracks of 9 common mammals in our area.
Texas animal tracks PDF file
- For the comprehensive story on the latest Feral Hog issues and solutions, see Feral Hogs at TAMU.
- A major resource on Feral Hog biology, history, management and control is http://articles.extension.org/feral_hogs
- Book “Animal Tracks of Texas”
- Mammals of Texas – Online, Schmidly’s online version
- Book “Mammals of Texas”, 2004 revised, by Schmidly, UT Press
- “Trackers Field Guide”, by Lowery, on Amazon
- “National Audubon’s Field Guide to N.A. Mammals”, on Amazon
- The NEW Bat-Watching Sites of Texas website is now live!!
- Bat Conservation International Website
- Bat Conservation and Management, a very good Pennsylvania web site
- TED Talk by Emma Teeling – The secret of the Bat Genome
From Shawn Walton’s Weekly Blog / Column in Rockdale and Cameron Newspapers:
- 06.08.09_Frogs and Toads
- 10.21.09_Red Bat
- 11.04.09_Red fox
- 11.11.09_White Tailed Deer
- 12.02.09_Pocket Gopher
- 12.24.09_Ringtail Cat
- 02.03.10_Striped Skunk
- 06.03.10_Mexican free-tailed Bat
- 02.03.11_Evening Bat