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2012-11-22 / Community News

Flora, Fauna and Folklore: Fall Field Day at Yegua Knobbs Preserve


Pictured above is a view of one of the hills at the Knobbs, west of Lexington. Pictured above is a view of one of the hills at the Knobbs, west of Lexington. Sunday, December 2nd the public will have the opportunity 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 the five knobbs 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 PPLT, Bastrop County Audubon Society and Travis Audubon Society will be on site. 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 by PPLT, and more.

The property will be open from 7:30 to 3:00. Water, a primitive latrine and knowledgeable guides will be provided, or you may enjoy a solitary stroll. Plan to bring a hat, sturdy shoes, binoculars, sack lunch and a camp chair or stool if you so desire. Pets are not allowed this time due to a bird census that will be conducted.

Pines and Prairies Land Trust is a non-profit, land conservation organization. Our mission is to protect significant open space and natural, historic, and cultural resources, and to promote and encourage sustainable agricultural and wildlife practices and values in order to preserve the quality of life for current and future generations in Central Texas, through educational programs and through owning and protecting easements and land. For more information about PPLT projects and programs, please call 512-308- 1911 or check the web site at www.pplt.org.

For more information on the YKP Field Day and directions, contact Melanie Snyder at melanie.snyder@pplt.org.

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