‘Saving water for wildlife’ session offered Feb. 21

The El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will host a free public session on “Saving Water for Wildlife” at 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Patterson Center in Rockdale, according to Don Travis, a member of El Camino Real Master Naturalist.

The presentation will be by Cappy Smith, Aquatic Resource Education Specialist for Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD). This talk will provide an overview of water resources in Texas and how they are related to wildlife and aquatic habitats. Water is our most precious resource. All life on the planet must have it.

The health of habitats and wildlife is integrally tied to human health and well-being, yet we often fail to plan for wildlife’s water needs. We will discuss environmental f lows, the Texas water allocation planning process, and the threats facing wildlife and aquatic habitats.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the complexity of the situation and why it is important to include the needs of wildlife when planning for future water use in Texas.

Cappy Smith has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A& M University, and over 25 years of experience working on conservation education and 10 years in a variety of Coordination positions with TPWD. A childhood spent exploring the clear f lowing Paluxy River and surrounding limestone hills instilled a passion and life-time commitment to protect our natural world.

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