March 1, 2010
TWA South Texas Fall Membership Drive produces outstanding results
The TWA South Texas Fall Membership Drive produced outstanding results with over 90 new members recruited and a handful of upgraded memberships!
"This first-ever Membership Drive was designed to bring awareness to the organization and its mission. We wanted to recruit new members, but just as important, we wanted folks talking about sound land stewardship, private property rights, conservation education, and the preservation of a rural heritage for future generations. I believe we accomplished all of the above!" said Region 8 Chairman Karla Welch. "We have a dedicated and passionate Region Team in South Texas, and I cannot thank them all enough for making this event so successful."
Six member appreciation prizes were given away during a random drawing to new and/or upgraded members thanks to the following donors: The King Ranch, John and Audrey Martin - Martin Refuge, Alexandra Field - Red Berry Photography, Marshall Company, and Lamco Feeders. The lucky winners of the drawing were: Sarah Robinson, John Zacek, Mike Allen, Anne Thurwalker, Mark Moon, and Mary Jo Bogatto.
The Membership Drive kicked off on September 24th at the South Texas Wildlife Conference and ended October 26th at the 2009 QuailMaster's Graduation Ceremony.
| Synatzske honored with service award |
TWA Director and Chaparral WMA manager David Synatzske was honored as Outstanding Professional of the Year at the recent annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Feb. 18-20, in Galveston.
The award recognizes individuals or groups that have made noteworthy contributions to research, development of outstanding outreach programs, or application of conservation principals in the field of wildlife. Synatzske was recognized for his 36-year TPWD career, 26 years of which as Chaparral WMA manager.
TPWD to wrap up dove lethality study
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are content with the 1,360 birds collected during two years of field research comparing lead and non-lead ammunition effectiveness for doves.
Click here for more information about the study.
HSUS hit by federal racketeering lawsuit
The parent company of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Feld Entertainment, Inc., recently filed a federal lawsuit against the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and a group of other animal rights organizations under a law prohibiting racketeering, according to the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance.
Click here for more details about the lawsuit.
Supreme Court ruling means no lake for Dallas
The ever-thirstier cities of North Texas will have to look somewhere other than the Neches River in East Texas for their future water supplies, according to the Dallas Morning News. Click here to read the full article about the impact of the ruling.
Mark Your Calendar
Ranching and Wildlife Expo
March 4-7, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Rio Grande Wild Turkey Symposium
March 25-26, Hunt
Trans-Pecos Prescribed Fire Symposium
April 8-9, Alpine
Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
April 15, Managing Farm and Ranch ponds for Largemouth Bass
June 17, Feral Hogs - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Women of the Land Workshop
La Bandera Ranch, Carrizo Springs
April 25-27, Midland/Odessa
June 6-8, TBD
August 15-17, Armendaris Ranch, NM
October 24-26, Alpine
TWA was proud to support this year's State 4-H WHEP Team (Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program) at the recent national contest. The Fayette County team wearing their TWA shirts include (l-r) Codie Lange, Ryan Janda, Lorin Williams, Kelley Ullrich, and coach Bobby Williams. TWA assists the state team with their travel expenses and supports the WHEP program with professional staff time.
TWA welcomes new members!
Joshua Berckenhoff, Riviera
Stephanie Castillo, Houston
Brennan Decuir, Houston
Robert Estrada Jr, Houston
Andrew Garcia, Houston
Andrea Hernandez, Houston
David Hundley, Moody
J. Michael Lewis, Dallas
Anselmo Lopez, Houston
Alfred Stone III, Houston
David Wade, Cat Spring
James "Chris" Walters, Longview
Gracie Wenzel, New Braunfels
Los Encinos Ranch, McAllen
962 Ranch, LLC, Cottonwood Shores