Our mission is to promote the conservation, restoration, and enjoyment
of natural resources and habitats for birds and other wildlife.
Birds of Bastrop County
Our program for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 was cancelled due to freezing rain, snow and treacherous road conditions. We were able to reschedule Dr. Wernecke in February. We're all looking forward to his presentation.
Meeting: February 20, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., First National Bank Meeting Room, in Bastrop, Hwy. 71 @ Hasler. Doors open at 6:30.
February Program: The Peopling of the Americas
Archaeologist Dr. D. Clark Wernecke, Director of the Gault School of Archaeological Research, asks us to
unlearn the old Ice Age land-bridge explanation we all learned as children.
Dr. Wernecke plans to “explore the old and new hypotheses and talk about how Texas (especially the Gault Site) is shedding light on the new ideas.”
“New data is proving that people were in the New World earlier than previously expected and could not
have walked here.” The Gault Archaeological site in Williamson County, variously explored over the years,
is now a dedicated 80-acre site. Its 2.6 million artifacts so far have revealed evidence of a continuous
pre-historic human occupation for over 13,500 years, including a mammoth kill site. For visitors, the
non-profit organization has a mission to provide tours, archaeological, botanical, and birding trails, and
programs for general public education. Wernecke is also an adjunct faculty member of Texas State
Pre-Meeting social will be held at Cedar's Mediterranean Grill at 5:00 pm. Cedar's is located at 904 College Street in Bastrop, TX.
Great Backyard Bird Count Coming Soon
The 21st annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. Sponsored by National Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this Citizen Science count provides crucial data in mapping changes in bird population movements. Visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
Port Aransas Donation on Its Way
BCAS has sent its check for $1,560 to Port Aransas Recreation Foundation for help with the restoration of birding preserves severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August.
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.