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Howdy, everyone! Please be sure to attend ORWMA’s Ice Cream Social on July 20th, 6 PM at Lynne Bigelow’s place, 1287 Oakridge Rd. Bring your favorite homemade ice cream to share (or a topping or dessert). ORWMA will provide the ice & salt; we do have some buckets to put the ice cream freezers in, but if you have a bucket please bring it with you.
Our deer spotlighting census is coming up in August, here is the tentative schedule…..
Schedule for 2013 White-tail Deer Census
AUGUST is the month the annual Whitetail Deer Census is taken. Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association has provided the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Biologist this information since 1999.
1. 8/10, 8:30 PM
2. 8/17, 7:30 PM
3. 8/24, 8:30 PM
4. 8/31, 8:30 PM
We will need 2 pick-ups each night that will hold 6 lawn type chairs each. Children are welcome, groups are welcome. Reservations needed with Jim Trickett 979 732-2447 or 281 507 7572 cell. Drop ins welcome and will be fitted in where possible (no guarantee w/o prior reservation – or just a tall tail or two). We have spotlights, but bring yours if you would like.
ORWMA submits census data to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Local Biologist in addition to the Observation Composition information.
Please fill out the herd composition form and turn it in to either Jim Trickett or me by the end of August 2013. This info is submitted to TPWD and helps to determine our herd composition. These herd composition forms are being mailed to you, but you may find them also on this site on the Deer tab.
September 21st, 10:AM is our Annual Fall Whitetail Deer Meeting held at Cecil Stevenson’s barn. This is the meeting where we issue doe permits and get a few words of wisdom from our wildlife biologist, Mark Lange, about our herd composition.
Vernon Wallace is working on our Wounded Warrior Vet Hunt for this year. It will either be the first or second weekend in December. We’re planning on 20 vets again and will provide more details as they become available.
Come on out & join the fun!
David Mitchem, Board Chairman, White-tail Deer Group, 979-484-9240
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We received word from Mr. Chuck Rogers, Colorado County Office of Emergency Management, that a burn ban is in effect until further notice. No outdoor burning is permitted for 90 days per county ordinance. No fireworks per county ordinance.
Please take care of your family, your pets, your animals and your neighbors to ensure everyone has plenty of cool water.
All life must have water to survive. Like many of these pictured here, the wildlife hidden in this beautiful Oak Prairie region of Texas will take water where they can find it.
Be sure to clean your water containers at least once a week such as stock tanks for large animals. Even our bird baths need to be kept clean and filled with fresh water during these hot summer days. Water is truly the basic need for all types of wildlife. Let’s help out our wildlife by providing clean water where we can during this season.
The Great Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia , can be seen flying from April to September. We have all seen the caterpillars; the black fuzzy one with red stripes, that feeds on a variety of plants to complete its life cycle. It is certainly successful at making a living on the ranch. Check out this excellent source: http://bugguide.net/node/view/493
I am not providing a picture of the invasive Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica, because I suspect most, if not all of us recognize the vine and have fond memories of the summertime fragrance. We have found several vines on our tract. It appears to not particularly like the drought conditions, but it is here. My recommendation is to pull it out to keep it from establishing a foothold.
Do check out this excellent site for more insight: http://texasinvasives.org/plant_database/detail.php?symbol=LOJA
One of my absolutely favorite natives to have around. This is Coral Honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens , not to be confused with the white, invasive Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica, the Coral Honeysuckle has no fragrance for humans to enjoy. But no fragrance is needed for the pollinators. It will bloom in early spring for the first migrants; then off and on until the first cold snap. While my original primary interest in the vine was attracting the hummers, I am learning the fruits, when available, will feed Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, American Robin and Quail.
When looking for this vine to plant, look for the scientific name and watch carefully for the many cultivars that can be found. Plan to provide support of some kind. You will not regret adding this to your organic garden.