Arroyo Colorado

October 16, 2012

Hello Arroyo Partners:

A cold front is expected to reach the Valley later this afternoon and trigger some showers.  The weather prognosticators are also predicting quite a bit of rain in the Rio Grande Watershed.  We can only hope that we get some good rain fall totals in the watershed as the Amistad and Falcon Reservoirs are reaching critical levels.  

I want to remind everyone that the ACWP will be holding several of their Work Group meetings in October.

The Arroyo Colorado Agriculture Issues Workgroup meeting will be held on October 18, from 9-11 am at the Cameron Co. AgriLife Extension Office located inside the Cameron Co. Annex Building at 1390 W. Expressway 83, San Benito, TX.

The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on October 18, from 2-4 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015.

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on October 18, from 5-7 pm.  Members of the TCEQ Nonpoint Source Team will be in attendance at the meeting to discuss options for addressing the bacteria impairment in the watershed so please make every effort to attend. We will also be discussing the timeline for updating the ACWPP and upcoming grant cycles. Food and refreshments will be served from 4:30-5:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

- The Texas Society for Ecological Restoration is hosting its annual conference: Lower Rio Grande Valley: Two cultures-Two worlds.  Join us in the renowned World Birding Center area for the 2012 Annual TXSER Conference, November 2nd - 4th, 2012, in an area that hosts one of the most spectacular convergences of birds on earth.  At the front door to Old Mexico, its spicy blend of two cultures and two worlds is landscaped in the colors of swaying palm trees and flowering huisache. Come see sites that celebrate the historic beauty, culture and natural legacy of this special place. Network and find new, exciting ways to contribute to the field of ecological restoration – through presentations, speakers and field trips in this unique region.  This year’s conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Weslaco with evening events to be held at the amazingly diverse Estero Llano Grande State Park, a 176-acre refuge in Weslaco, which attracts a fantastic array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lakes, woodlands and thorn forest.  Through field trips of the surrounding area, such as Bentsen Rio Grande SP, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Estero Llano Grande SP, Resaca de la Palma SP and local WMAs, we will learn of the restoration efforts that have been implemented by various organizations such as Texas Parks & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy & U.S. Fish & Wildlife. The field trips will occur on Friday, November 2 and the presentations will occur on Saturday and possibly Sunday morning.  Save the Date & Visit for updates on registration, field trips & program information.

A couple of weeks ago, I got some pretty decent rain fall at my house.  My butterfly garden that had been struggling to survive through the heat of summer suddenly came back to life.  The mist flower and cut leaf daisy I had planted started to bloom and shortly after that, butterflies started migrating through the Valley.  Hummingbirds have been migrating through the area for the last several weeks.  At one point, I was having to refill my hummingbird feeder once every other day!

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.