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2010-10-28 / General Stories

Annual Fall Field Day Set for Local Wilderness Preserve

The annual fall field day at the Yegua Knobbs Preserve near McDade is set for Nov. 6.

The public is invited to attend and participate in a bird census and tours of this unique area of Central Texas that stretches across the Lee and Bastrop county lines.

Field days are held twice yearly, in the spring and fall, at the preserve by the Pines and Prairies Land Trust (PPLT), which owns and maintains the 300-acre property.

PPLT works mainly through conservation easements to ensure large areas of forest, farmland and ranchland remain intact and undeveloped in Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell and Fayette counties.

“This is an opportunity for area residents to come out and enjoy one of the truly unique geographies of our area,” said PPLT President Jeremiah Jarvis. “Besides featuring the well-known knobbs formations, the preserve also has thick stands of pine trees and springs.”

The field day begins at 8 a.m. and closes about 4 p.m. The birding census will begin at 8 a.m. and will be led by master naturalist Stan Wellso.

Jarvis said those attending should wear clothing appropriate for hiking. Water will be available.

The land trust also works with several wildlife rescue groups and has hosted releases at the Knobbs preserve of owls, opossums and deer.

The preserve is located off of Lee County Private Road 3051, which is accessible from Lee County CR 307 (Knobbs Springs Road) or Bastrop County CR 129. For more information visit the PPLT Web site at www.PPLT.org or call Travis Brown at 512-273-2983 or Jeremiah Jarvis at 512-281-2762.

PPLT also owns preserves along the Colorado River in Bastrop and a ranch near Paige.

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