Arroyo Colorado

September 12, 2014

Hello Arroyo Partners:

Last Saturday at noon was the official start of the Special White Winged Dove Season down here in the RGV.  It is always a special time of the year for many of the sportsman in the RGV.  All morning, at all of the stores, restaurants and gas stations you could see whole families decked out in their hunting gear.  The “Paloma”, as the season is referred to, is a time to reunite with family, friends and old hunting buddies and pass on our rich hunting traditions to the younger generations.  Sure enough, you can’t have opening day of “Paloma” season without some rain.  Throughout the week, the RGV received some much needed from remnants of Tropic Storm Dolly that made landfall Tuesday evening just south of Tampico, Mexico.  The entire RGV received steady, tropical rain totaling between 4-6 inches.  The weather prognosticators are predicting even more rain for this weekend and next week as a cold front moves through Texas and mixes with the tropical moisture coming in off of the Gulf of Mexico.    

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

The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on October 23, 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 23, from 5-7 pm.  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 event:

- The Arroyo Colorado Conservancy will be hosting the Second Annual “SAVE THE ARROYO” Fiesta on October 9, at the Dargel Boats Showroom in Donna, TX.  The Fiesta is a membership drive/fundraising event to promote public awareness of the issues facing the Arroyo Colorado.  The ACC has partnered with Dargel Boats to hold a boat raffle as part of the Fiesta.  The ACC will raffle off a Dargel 186 Skout w/115HP Evinrude Motor & McClain Trailer.  The total package is valued at more than $35,000.  Tickets are $100 each, and only 400 will be printed. Odds are 1 in 400!  This year, we have some new items for the Fiesta.  Be the first person on your block to own our Exclusive Arroyo Colorado/Game Guard fishing shirts (Men's/Women's).  We also have our exclusive “I helped Save the Arroyo”  bumper stickers and window decals.  Pre-order your shirts today so you do not miss out.  We are still looking for sponsors for the event so if you are interested in being a sponsor or know someone who is interested, please have then contact me.  I also need your help selling the raffle tickets!  For tickets please contact Jaime Flores at 956-495-5532 or jjflores@ag.tamu.edu.

I had some friends over at my house to kick off White Wing season.  The birds were flying, we had the BBQ pit on and had a great time.  It is amazing how fast, fleet and hardy the white wing dove can be, truly a game bird worthy of its own special season.  We also noticed the beginnings of the Fall migration south.  We saw a several hawks moving through and the hummingbirds were starting to show up in good numbers.  I had to refill my hummingbird feeders twice over the weekend.  I will keep you posted.

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.