Letter from the President, Rich Nielson
For the past few years we have been involved in developing a site on the AgriLife property that will allow us to showcase nature. We commonly refer to it as the Bird Blind, Butterfly Garden, and Wildscape Area (BBW). We have expanded the area to include a Hummingbird Garden. If you visit the area you will see we have made significant progress.
We have received a number of gifts from some other organizations:
-30 Cubic yards of Road Base – CEMEX
-5 Cubic yards of dirt – Brooks Stone Ranch
-3 medium sized empty wire spools – NBU (New Braunfels Utility)
-200 milkweed plants – Monarch Watch
-Rich Bradley has contributed to have a third party pick up the road base. Even though the road base was donated, we had to pick it up.
-Numerous members have donated plants to the butterfly garden.
We have supported our partners for many years with butterfly surveys, bird counts and other docent leaders. The BBW will provide us and the County with a site to enjoy nature and not have to travel great distances.
We are working on a number of initiatives that can be used as teaching points for all visitors:
-Guests can sit on newly constructed benches behind four bird blinds and do bird surveys or watch Monarchs lay their eggs on Antelope Horn Milkweed and then grow through their various instates until they continue their migration North.
-We are constructing Insect Hotels for the beneficial insects to have a place to stay so they can protect the plants we have planted.
-The Hummingbird Garden will showcase native birds for the pleasure of all visitors. We are constructing three gazebos to support the vines need to supply the hummingbirds with a variety of food sources.
All of this activity requires resources to make this a reality. We would like to have a trail completely around the area with various teaching stations so we can have AgriLife as a destination station for schools as a part of their Science Curriculum.
Thank you very much for your generosity!
Rich Nielson, President
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