2016

Tick Summit Meeting

November 29, 2016

Poncho Ortega, Ph.D.; East Foundation Wildlife and Research Manager, was a featured speaker at the recent U.S.-Mexico Cattle Fever Tick Summit held November 29-30, 2016, in Weslaco, Texas.  The purpose of the meeting was for federal and state animal health regulatory officials, researchers, and industry representatives, from the U.S. and Mexico, to discuss monitoring, control, and eradication options and activities related to cattle fever tick (CFT) programs.

Diversifying the Field of Natural Resources

November 28, 2016

Masi Mejia, East Foundation Contract Educator, was recently featured in the Leopold Outlook, a publication of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.  Her article focuses on diversifying the field of natural resources and her personal experiences.

Bryant And Kleberg To Be Inducted Into The 2017 Texas Conservation Hall Of Fame

November 11, 2016

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has selected Stephen J. “Tio” Kleberg; East Foundation board member, and Dr. Fred C. Bryant; professional advisor to the East Foundation, to be inducted in the 2017 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame.  They are being honored for their individual achievements and their work together at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

IDEA Public Schools Buys Camp RIO at the Historic Lula Sams; Providing Outdoor Activities and Conservation Learning for Students

November 9, 2016

IDEA Public Schools is excited to announce its purchase of Camp RIO, located at the historic Camp Lula Sams, and renovations that will provide students in the Rio Grande Valley with a quality nature and ecology education and camp experience that will enhance classroom learning.

"The East Foundation is proud to help support IDEA Public Schools and the redevelopment of Camp Rio, and we are certain the grounds will provide an additional source of hands-on learning and development for students on the road to college,” said Tina Buford, Education Project Manager at East Foundation. “Students are spending less time outside, and more time being sedentary. Camp Rio provides an additional opportunity for students to be active and learn and interact with nature and the outdoors.”

Bryant Named 2016 Outdoorsman of the Year

October 31, 2016

In October, Fred C. Bryant, Ph.D. was honored as the 2016 Texas Outdoorsman of the Year.  Bryant is the Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and serves as a Professional Advisor to the East Foundation.  He is regarded as a giant in the conservation world and is a personal hero to countless outdoorsmen.

Tina Buford spoke at IDEA Camp Rio Press Conference and Tour

October 26, 2016

On October 26, IDEA Public Schools hosted a press conference and tour of their Camp Rio facilities located on approximately 85 acres of wildlife preserve on the north end of Brownsville, Texas. Each summer, Camp Rio provides a summer camp experience for IDEA students in the Rio Grande Valley. Tina Buford, the East Foundation Education Project Manager, was a featured speaker at the event.

Idea Public Schools Camp Rio Brownsville Tina Buford

Women in Agriculture Ranch Meeting and Luncheon

September 15, 2016

More than 100 women and 45 men were in attendance at the Women in Agriculture Ranch Meeting and Luncheon held September 15th at the East Foundation’s San Antonio Viejo Ranch, south of Hebbronville. This was the largest adult event ever held at the East Foundation’s ranch.

Women in Agriculture San Antonio Viejo Ranch

East Foundation welcomes Contract Educator

August 2, 2016

The East Foundation welcomes Maria Florentina “Masi” Mejia as a contract educator for the Foundation. Masi will deliver natural resource education to the underserved communities of South Texas. She will deploy educational programs on East Foundation lands as well as take the proven L.A.N.D.S. (Learning Across New Dimensions in Science) curriculum of East Foundation partner, the Texas Wildlife Association, into schools in Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Duval, Webb, Dimmit, and La Salle counties.

Body and Antler Size: What’s Soil Got to Do With It? Part II

July 15, 2016

In South Texas, rainfall is nearly worshiped by deer managers because a good rainfall year increases forage quality and quantity which in turn increases body mass and antler size. The positive relationship between rainfall and deer morphology brings up an interesting question. During wet years, can the increased forage quality and quantity overcome the negative influence of poor habitat? Could deer managers expect to produce large-antlered and fat bucks during wet years anywhere in South Texas?

Fever tick: An old Texas foe poses threat to U.S. beef industry

June 30, 2016

For more than 100 years the cattle fever tick has been a force to be reckoned with, specifically in Texas.

Although preventative measures were taken to combat the spread of fever ticks – one being legislation that prohibited Texas-origin cattle from entering states such as Kansas, effectively ending the nostalgic Texas cattle drives of the late 1800s – recent changes in their environment and existing regulations on ranchers have triggered these problematic parasites to move north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cattle Fever Tick Beef

Will the Boom Last?

April 4, 2016

The 2015-2016 quail hunting season will go down in the books as one of the best-ever on record for South Texas.  

The big question I have been getting lately is: Will the boom last?  Translation: Will we have another year of great quail hunting in 2016-2017?  The answer: It depends.  It depends mostly on El Niño.

Quail Management CKWRI Leonard Brennan

Tina Yturria Buford Named to Women's Commission

March 30, 2016

A Harlingen woman is among 15 appointed to the Governor's Commissioner for Women by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today. Tina Yturria Buford of Harlingen is the education project manager for the East Foundation developing natural resource education programs for South Texas youth.

Tina Buford Education

Body and Antler Size: What's Soil Got to Do With It?

March 15, 2016

It is no secret to deer managers that deer body and antler size is determined by a combination of age, nutrition, and genetics. Recent research findings at the CKWRI may give insight into why nutritional deficiencies, not genetics, most likely cause the body weight and antler size differences seen in deer across South Texas. 

Research Deer CKWRI Kory Gann