Colorado County has issued a burn ban and it’s in effect until further notice:
NO outdoor burning is permitted per county ordinance.
NO fireworks per county ordinance.
Strict instructions for welding.
Includes other restrictions.
Please click on “Burn Ban.7-28” below to see the full order from the County. Thanks for taking care of your neighbors!
Attached is the latest newsletter from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for our region of Texas containing interesting information for all landowners. Enjoy!
Please see the attached newsletter for all property owners in Colorado County from our County Extension office.
Live life outdoors!
ORWMA Christmas Party
Saturday, Dec 12 at 2pm
at Lynne Bigelow’s home, 1287 Oakridge Road
Ham & Turkey Sliders and Potato Skins
Veggies, Chips & Dips
Cookies, Cup Cakes, Mini-Pies, Dessert Empanadas, etc.
Personal Crawfish Boil (provided by ORWMA)
2 of R.C. Lumpkin’s Cheesecakes
Silent Auction Proceeds Benefiting
Grace’s Table in Columbus, TX
Door Prizes, Too!!!
Lots of Fun & Good Fellowship!
Come out & Celebrate the Season with Your Neighbors!
Attached is the latest AgriLife Newsletter from the Colorado County Agriculture Extension Agent, Stephen Janak. The newsletter includes great information regarding upcoming local events along with other news regarding outdoor life here in the county. Click on the link below to open this pdf file.
Attached is the list of total birds counted during ORWMA’s 2015 Winter Birding Census. We had 4 groups that birded the morning of January 24th and we had 13 present at the kick-off dinner the evening before. We hope you become involved in our birding groups and make plans to attend our next birding census later this year. Watch the website for more news on birding.
Over the next few weeks, both Cedar Waxwings and American Robins will be visiting the Ranch to help clear our Yaupon Holly of the berries, making way for the spring.
Now that the burn ban has been lifted, many of us are thinking of burning our brush piles. Here are some things to consider before light off:
- brush piles are actually beneficial for a variety of critters such as rabbits, song birds, quail and of course, some not-so-desireable ones including raccoons, skunks and possum
- brush piles eventually deteriorate and return the variety of remnants to the earth
If you wish to burn your pile(s), OVFD Assistant Chief Wayne Wolfford has some very important tips to follow:
- keep piles to a medium size 30-40 ft. in diameter
- clear grass away from around the pile 10-15ft.
- if it is a large pile, call OVFD a couple of days in advance so they can look the pile over
- OVFD will do a standby with 2-3 firefighters plus needed gear and equipment
- the day of the burn OVFD will look at wind, humidity, and temperature and will also notify the Colorado County dispatcher of the location of the burn
Safety for each property owner, resident, the ranch property and all of our neighbors is critical so please proceed with care and caution.
The just completed Oakridge Ranch hummingbird census has been attached to the bird group tab. This has been an outstanding year for hummingbirds at Oakridge! We’ve included a few pictures here for your enjoyment. Click on any picture and enlarge it on your screen. The one above shows more than one hummingbird drinking from the same port at once! And one picture below is a fantastic shot of an Orchard Oriole invading a hummingbird feeder here at Oakridge.
As of this posting the majority of hummers appears to have left the Ranch. Let us know if you still have more than a handful…..click on “Leave a Reply” and keep us posted. Keep at least one feeder filled and you may have a few birds that winter here rather than flying south.