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2011-12-01 / Community News

Field Day at Yegua Knobbs

Saturday, December 3 the public gets another chance to experience the beauty, peace and uniqueness of the Yegua Knobbs Preserve (YKP) near McDade in northern Bastrop/southern Lee Counties. The YKP is a wildlife refuge and educational site owned by Pines and Prairies Land Trust (PPLT). The property features a Pine tree covered knob (one of 5 the area is known for), Houston Toad habitat, a true bog with unusual plants and a bubbling spring, a lovely beaver pond, miles of hiking trails and more.

Representatives of Pines and Prairies Land Trust (PPLT) and Bastrop County Audubon Society will be on site to explain the natural and human history of the infamous Knobbs. Come and learn about the Yegua Knobbs Notch Cutters, an outlaw gang that terrorized the McDade area, the birds of the YKP, the land protection efforts of PPLT and more.

The property will be open at 8:30 a.m. There will be water and cups, a primitive latrine and knowledgeable guides. Plan to bring a hat, sturdy shoes, binoculars, bird field guide, sack lunch and a camp chair or stool.

Directions to the YKP are: Go to McDade on Hwy. 290. Turn north onto Loop 223 which is Waco St. Pass the McDade Post Office and come to a stop sign in “downtown” McDade. Continue straight on Waco St. which becomes Knobbs Rd. when it turns left out of town. From the stop sign it is 5 miles to Private Rd. 3051. Just before you come to the turnoff onto PR 3051, you will pass a large red brick house on the left. Turn right on PR 3051 and drive slowly and carefully along the gravel road for about 1 mile, at which point you will go straight as the road curves around to the left. A sign will point the way to YKP.

For more information email: cknox@pplt.org or call 512-308- 1911. On the day of the field day you can call 922-2912 Priscilla or 925-2437 Jeremiah.

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