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of natural resources and habitats for birds and other wildlife.


Birds of Bastrop County



Meeting: May 16, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., First National Bank Meeting Room, in Bastrop, Hwy. 71 @ Hasler.  Doors open at 6:30.

May Program: Margie Crisp & Bill Montgomery present "Eagles and Cedar: A Hill Country Tale"

Margie Crisp & Bill Montgomery present "Eagles and Cedar: A Hill Country Tale,” based on their book The Nueces River: Rio Escondido, published in April by A&M University Press.

Researching about the Nueces River, Crisp was intrigued by the descriptions of the dramatic landscape changes in the Edwards Plateau and Balcones Escarpment. Using historical accounts from the last three centuries, she discovered a fascinating story of how changes in land use, landowner’s attitudes, and invasive species have impacted the river and its plants and wildlife over the last two centuries.

Both are well-known artists and naturalists, and both have served as presidents of BCAS. Crisp’s first “river book” River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado (2012), for which she did both writing and artwork, won the Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated book on Texas History and Culture by the Texas State Historical Association and the Carr P. Collins Award for Best Book of Non-fiction by the Texas Institute of Letters.

In Praise: “The Nueces can now be explored through the pen and the lens of Margie Crisp and William Montgomery's beautifully chronicled treatise of this meandering and magical Texas river. Through vivid prose and paintings, they record their travels as they explore the length of the river on foot, in kayaks, and fishing boat, ultimately weaving a portrait of today's Nueces”: Carter Smith, TPWD.


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 Other News-----

Bastrop Chamber of Commerce Chooses 2017 ‘Man of the Year’ 

BCAS President Mike Goebel was named Man of the Year on February 18 at the Bastrop Chamber’s 79th Banquet and Annual Meeting held at the Bastrop Convention Center.  The appellation recognizes a Chamber member’s service to the greater good of the area.  Mike serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations.

Yet we know his hobby, perhaps avocation, is birding, which restores the energy for his volunteer service.

Be Green with Carbon Offsets!
  Want to help BCAS and offset your carbon footprint at the same time? Reliant Energy and EarthShare of Texas have launched The Reliant EcoShare, a program that allows Reliant customers to support EarthShare of Texas and help reduce the customers' carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets.