Time again for taking a census of the Whitetail Deer within the subdivision. Most Saturdays in August will be used again this year. We will begin a little earlier this year and need to gather before 8:15pm. At this time I need to have volunteers of PickUPs. Will need 2 each night. If you have a family or friends that will fill a portion of your PU, let me know that as we will have some who will be wanting to ride & count. We normally have 4 to 6 spotters in each PU bed.
Be sure to fill out your Observation Sheets during August and if you don’t have one, I can send you a copy.
SPOTLIGHT DATES : Dates are 8/4, 8/18, 8/25 with alternate dates of 8/11 and 8/31.
The 8/4 has already been filled with a family Reunion and with both PUs. We will still have a little wine and snacks on ALL spotlight nights for ALL who just want to sit out in cool evening while the Spot Light is being done.
CURRENT NEED: 2 Pick-ups for the nights of 8/18 and 8/25. Let me know!!!!
For all property owners…Please remember to get a copy of the Herd Composition form, fill it out during the month of August and get it to Jim Trickett or another board member by August 31st. We must input this data into the TPWD website, this helps us to get doe permits.
HEY EVERYONE! Don’t forget about the annual ORWMA Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 7 at Lynn Bigelow’s residence, 1287 Oakridge Rd. It starts at 6:PM… bring a freezer of your favorite home made ice cream to share with everyone (or store bought if you prefer), ORWMA will provide tubs and ice to keep it cold. Also bring any toppings you may like. In lieu of ice cream bring cookies or another dessert of your choice. No one has been keep count, but we think this is our 12th annual ice cream social.
Just a reminder folks, Colorado County Commissioners Court has declared a county wide burn ban and fireworks ban. So please, no outdoor fires or fireworks. More info can be found on the Colorado County web site.
Our 2018 Winter Birding Census will be held on Saturday & Sunday, the 3rd & 4th of February, 2018. Participants can bird either morning they wish. If you are interested in joining in, please contact Amy Hardy, ORWMA Birding Chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The Birding Census will conclude with a lunch at the Hardy home on Sunday, Feb 4th.
We hope everyone will consider participating! Bird counts are generally done at daybreak when the birds are most active. Simply walk your property and use the attached bird list to write down how many you see of each species. Turn your completed list(s) in to Amy via email or take them to the lunch on Sunday, the 4th. Grab a cup of coffee, bottle of water, your binoculars & cameras and hit the fields and woods of Oakridge Ranch.
Fall has come to Oakridge Ranch! What a beautiful time of year!
But even better is the fact that Fall & Winter brings a beautiful bird to our area, the American Bald Eagle. Thank you, Maggie Lynch, for this picture! So neighbors, keep your cameras ready. You never know what you’ll see or what is seeking a safe haven here at Oakridge Ranch. Click on the picture to enlarge it and check out this amazing bird of prey.
Below is a note from Jim Trickett regarding our Individual Landowners’ Observation data. Also attached is the required Landowner Individual August Census form…….or you can use Jim’s shortened version attached above.
“The Observation data is needed to finish the survey. It needs to be turned in as soon as possible [Sept. 1st]. The survey sheets you have should be tallied and that data passed along to me. The sheets can be placed in my mailbox – 1278 Oakridge Road – the green address sign is close to the mailbox, but not on it.
If you would prefer, I will accept the data you have added up and averaged at bottom of the sheet. Below is a form you can fill in the data and email by return email to email@example.com. So either bring the sheets to my mailbox or send back the summarized data sheet below [via email].
With this data, I think I can furnish the data sheet for Oakridge [to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department biologists as required for our MLD].”
Jim Trickett Oakridge Ranch MLD August Whitetail Census Facilitator
The Court ordered burn ban (see below) was lifted for Colorado County on August 30, 2017. OVFD will still prefer you ask for assistance and back-up when burning your brush piles. You are required to call in your brush burning to the administrative line for Colorado County Sheriff’s Office before you burn. Be careful out there! There is still loads of dry grasses & leaves falling from the trees that are totally dry.