ORWMA Happenings

  1. The fish fry and crawfish boil is this Saturday, the 17th.  Mark Lange will speak at 4 and dinner served at 5.  Please bring a dessert to share and if you wish, non-perishable food items or cash donations for the Columbus Food Bank.  We will also have ORWMA merchandise for sale.
  2. The board elected to have Mark set up our accounts for doe tags.  Therefore, you need to provide your name, email address and TRACT AND SECTION NUMBER so he can map it.  This information can be found at Colorado CAD if you do not know it.  After Mark sets up your account you will get an invite email. If you cannot make the meeting, you may email Mark  mark.lange@tpwd.texas.gov  . 
  3. We recommend not mowing right now due to fawn and bird activities.
  4. Hog busters have captured 166 hogs this year.
  5. Turkey hunting is through the end of April.
  6. Road clean up is scheduled for April 24, 8:00 am at the front gate.
  7. The next Board meeting is scheduled for May 2 at 2:00 pm at the Community Center.

President’s Message

ORWMA update

We said good riddance to 2020 and then came the deep freeze of 2021. Not Covid, but Snowvid. Hope everyone is recovering from all the plumbing issues. Last year almost every event we planned had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions. This year the Covid vaccinations are in full swing and the Governor has lifted the face mask restrictions so, maybe we might be closer to getting back to normal.

In February, we did management to hold the Winter Bird Count and the Purple Martin Seminar which was highly informative. We have a busy April planned.

The April ORWMA Board meeting will be held at the Community Center on April 11th at 1 pm. We hope to have Mark Lange (the Wildlife Biologist for our area) present to discuss the upcoming changes to the Managed Land Deer Program (MLDP) and how it will affect ORWMA. Of course, all landowners are invited to attend. The following weekend, April 17th we will host the annual Fish Fry and Crawfish Boil. This our annual fund raiser. This year we are fund raising for the Columbus Food Pantry. You may donate non-perishable food items or cash. Mark Lange will speak at 4 pm about the MLDP changes and we will begin serving at 5 pm.

On April 24th we will meet at the front gate at 8 am for the CR 215 road clean up. If you did not turn in your grabber from last time, be sure to bring it with you.

There is also lots of new construction going on around the Ranch. So, we are continuing to grow as a community. I hope you make the opportunity to meet your new neighbors and welcome them to the community.

Earl Fly

ORWMA President

Crawfish and Fish Fry

ORWMA

ANNUAL CRAWFISH/SHRIMP BOIL

DATE: April 17, 2021/Saturday

TIME: Serving 5pm to 7 pm

LOCATION: Community Center

FOOD SERVED: Boil Crawfish/Shrimp, Potatoes, Corn and Desserts

Our charity for this years is Colorado County Food Bank.  Donations of non-perishable items like canned goods, dry cereal, pasta, etc. 

Money donations are also welcome.

ALL OAKRIDGE LAND OWNERS ARE WELCOME!!

2021 Bird Census

On Feb 8, 2021, we did the Winter Bird survey. 
34 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

6 Wood Duck
2 Mallard
1 Pied-billed Grebe
4 White-winged Dove
9 Mourning Dove
2 Killdeer
1 Double-crested Cormorant
12 Black Vulture
6 Turkey Vulture
2 Red-shouldered Hawk 
1 Red-tailed Hawk

2 Barred Owl
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
7 American Kestrel

1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Eastern Phoebe
3 Blue Jay
18 American Crow
21 Carolina Chickadee
9 Tufted Titmouse
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

2 Bewick’s Wren
4 Carolina Wren

7 Northern Mockingbird

7 Hermit Thrush
16 Eastern Bluebird
34 American Robin
105 American Goldfinch
62 Chipping Sparrow

2 Lincoln’s Sparrow

4 Savannah Sparrow
1 sparrow sp. not identified 
14 Eastern Meadowlark
20 blackbird sp. fly over (brewers?) 
1 Orange-crowned Warbler

1 Pine Warbler
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
16 Northern Cardinal

1 Brown-headed Cowbird

11 Cedar Waxwing

Number of Taxa: 40

Texas Youth Hunt Cancelled

After talks with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas Youth Hunt Program Leadership Team, the Youth Hunt scheduled for November 20 – 22 has been cancelled. Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 and the cancellation of many holiday activities, it has been decided to cancel this year’s Youth Hunt.

I would like to thank everyone who worked to help plan this event. I would also like to thank all the landowners who volunteered to help set up, clean up, cook, provide deer stands, and the numerous other activities that sometimes go unnoticed.

Hopefully, everyone stays safe through the Holidays and 2021 is a better year than 2020.

Earl Fly
President
Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association