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2012-05-17 / Community News

Outdoor News

May 14, 2012
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

Last Tuesday the 8th, Region IX held its annual meeting in Bell County at the Tenroc ranch just outside Salado. Austin headquarters staff presented various programs and disseminated information while each district representative showed district activity from the past year. I received my 25 year plague from Lieutenant Colonel Craig Hunter.

Activity on Lake Somerville continues even though surrounding state and private parks reflect a decline in patronage. I suspect most families are holding out until Memorial Day or after high school and/or college graduation. Compliance to state regulations has been positive with few citations being written with even fewer verbal/written warnings issued.

If you haven’t noticed by now, it’s nesting time for the cattle egret. These are the white-looking birds that follow cattle about the pasture. While some of the birds have already made nests, there are others just getting started. The colony or “rookery” of birds can be seen from afar and while feeding, and will blanket a pasture as they search for food. One only has to look up at the trees to see the egrets nesting by the hundreds. Keep in mind these birds are federally protected and disturbance of a rookery can lead to serious trouble. For information, query cattle egrets.

I may be contacted at 979-540-0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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