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Fest focus: the great outdoors

Activities abound for young and old at first Milam Nature Festival
By KEN ESTE N COOK E Reporter Publisher
The first-ever Milam County Nature Festival had informa

Left, Texas River Institute Director and former head of Texas Parks & Wildlife Andrew Sansom talked with crowds about water challenge facing the state of Texas; at right, Austin-based Jill Nokes, known for her books on quirky yard art, spoke to crowds on Saturday. Left, Texas River Institute Director and former head of Texas Parks & Wildlife Andrew Sansom talked with crowds about water challenge facing the state of Texas; at right, Austin-based Jill Nokes, known for her books on quirky yard art, spoke to crowds on Saturday. tion and activities for every one

and t he event, put on by t he El

C a mino Real Cha pter of Texas

Master Naturalists, was dec lared

a hit by organizers and festivalgoers

a like.

‘Ever y bo dy felt go od abou t

it,” sa id Kat herine Bedrich, who

shared organ i zing dut i es wit h

Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke Reporter/Ken Esten Cooke chairperson A nn Collin s. “We

worked rea lly hard and it came

out well.”

The event, held at Wilson-Ledbetter

Park in Cameron, featured

speakers ranging from Texas

Parks & Wildlife Department

experts to ya rd-art spe ciali s ts to

a water exper t.

F ull schedule

An area of the park was dedicate

Falcon handler Paul Moore of Copperas Cove showed off this Harris hawk, known as “the wolf of the air” as it hunts in packs. Moore, a licensed handler, captured the bird in South Texas. At right, twins Bessie (left) and Vivian Simpson get help making a “bug sucker” from Master Gardener volunteer Marjorie Shelton. Falcon handler Paul Moore of Copperas Cove showed off this Harris hawk, known as “the wolf of the air” as it hunts in packs. Moore, a licensed handler, captured the bird in South Texas. At right, twins Bessie (left) and Vivian Simpson get help making a “bug sucker” from Master Gardener volunteer Marjorie Shelton.

d on Friday night as the “Francis Nabors Griffen Bird

Sa nc tuar y at Wil son- Ledb et ter

Park.”

An n Linam and Marsha May

of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s

Amphibian Watch, held a walka

out a nd “look a nd list en” to

nature program for youth.

And Andrew Sansom, direc

tor of the Texas Rivers Institute,

spoke to about 60 persons on

the challenges facing Texas and

it s water.

“We don’t treat our water that’s

underground with the same

respect and c are that we do t he

surface water,” Sansom said.

“That’s why we’re seeing a rush

on groundwater. It doesn’t have

the same degree of reg ulation.”

Sansom said getting youth

involved in t he outdoor s — with

Shade was a much sought- af ter   item during wa rm  weather on Saturday.    But Ledbetter Park, with    its small lake and   rolling hill s, and   abundan t wildlife,         provid ed an ideal     setting for the   fest.     Shade was a much sought- af ter item during wa rm weather on Saturday. But Ledbetter Park, with its small lake and rolling hill s, and abundan t wildlife, provid ed an ideal setting for the fest.

events like t his festival — would

help them become advocates for

conservation issues.

“With fewer people living in

our rural areas, we have fewer

child ren con ne cted to t he l and

in any way,” he said.

S at urday activities

This bot tle tree was one of  many ite ms on display by  Milam County ar tist Dona ld  Pimpler. Pimpl er ’s unique      and creative style is evident       in h is sculptures which he  makes exclusively fr om  “ found objects.” The ar tist  had custom mailboxe s,  weather vanes and mo re on  display at Saturday’s Nature      Fest. This bot tle tree was one of many ite ms on display by Milam County ar tist Dona ld Pimpler. Pimpl er ’s unique and creative style is evident in h is sculptures which he makes exclusively fr om “ found objects.” The ar tist had custom mailboxe s, weather vanes and mo re on display at Saturday’s Nature Fest.

Despite Saturday’s heat, crowds

flocked to t he event, which featured

talks on dragonflies by

Temple College instructor Jason

Lochlin and native plant wild

scap es by Parks & Wildlife hummingbird

expert Mark Klym.

Jeff Williams of Sam Houston

State Un i versity a ls o sp ok e on

the histor y of the El Camino Real

de los Tejas National Historic

Trail.

Also, Alston Thoms, Texas

A& M pr ofessor of ant hropolog y,

spoke on archaeology and digg

for artifacts.

Maste r naturalist and Mi lam

master gardener volunteers

manned booths for yout h act ivities

and ch ildren scur r ied from

booth to booth taking part in

activities ranging from “bug

suckers” to face painting to track

molds and more.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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