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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.