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Together We Made a Difference for Texas Parks
by Helen Drummond, Executive Director

The closing of the 84th Legislative Session marked a major milestone for Texas parks, Texans and the birds and other wildlife that mean so much to our quality of life. Because of the hard, persistent work of so many across the state, including Houston Audubon members who heeded the call to contact their legislative representatives in support of House Bill 158, 100% of future proceeds derived from the Sporting Goods Sales Tax (SGST) are now statutorily dedicated for use to address the needs of local and state parks.

This spring, HB 158 passed the House and Senate and was signed by the Governor. It goes into effect September 1, 2015. Prior to the passing of HB 158, only a portion of of the SGST had been used for parks as originally intended; the other part was kept in general revenue and spent on activities unrelated to parks.

Houston Audubon extends a HUGE thank you to our partners, members, and State Representatives involved in the passing of this legislation. Now, our parks have a greater chance of remaining healthy, vibrant places for generations to come!


Books N Stuff Summer Sale

Books N StuffWhat: Houston Audubon Books N Stuff Summer Sale

Where: Houston Audubon Headquarters
440 Wilchester. Houston, 77079

When: Saturday, July 25, 2015
10 AM - 3 PM

Why: We're busting at the seams - we're cleaning out closets and shelves. We will sell some gently used (and loved!) collectible books, field guides, ceramics, apparel, etc.

Questions to info@houstonaudubon.org. Come shop!


Results of the Houston Audubon Board of Directors Election

Please join us in welcoming these new members to Houston Audubon's Board of Directors. They were elected as proposed at the Membership Meeting which was held on May 19, 2015. Starting July 1, Rebecque Demark and Timothy White will be Directors-at-Large. In addition on July 1, John Bartos will become our new President, Snehal Patel will be our new President-Elect, and Ben Hulsey moves to the position of Past-President. Andrew Lopez will become our Treasurer, a post he has held before. We thank all our Board members for their invaluable service to Houston.


Brazil, Pantanal Safari: Birds and Jaguars
August 27 through September 9, 2015
South America’s Pantanal region is the world’s largest tropical wetland, the result of several rivers draining seasonally into an ancient inland basin. The rivers bring nutrient-rich sediments that fuel an explosive flush of life unparalleled in the Americas. Houston Audubon and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours are offering a special departure this summer to visit the spectacular Pantanal and the adjacent Cerrado savannas in the heart of southern Brazil. This is the best place on the planet to see jaguar. More than 300 bird species are likely and many South American endemic mammals and reptiles as well.
Red-legged Seriema

Leading this trip are VENT leader David Ascanio, an expert on South American birds; Richard Gibbons, Houston Audubon's Conservation Director; and a local guide. The trip is arranged exclusively for Houston Audubon members and is limited to 14 participants. The price includes a donation to Houston Audubon.

Red-legged Seriema

For more information, please see trip details on the VENT website.


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