Texas Pollinator BioBlitz
When the rallying call of “Save the pollinators!” sounded last fall, Texans responded. For 10 days, they reported monarch sightings and planted native gardens. They took nature walks and learned about milkweeds. They uploaded photos of butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and hummingbirds to social media and iNaturalist.
All told, thousands of adults and kids participated in the first-ever Texas Pollinator BioBlitz, led by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The statewide effort sought to raise public awareness about monarchs and other pollinators, get people outside and encourage Texans to plant nectar-producing natives.
Find out more about how to participate in the 2017 BioBlitz, Sept. 23 to Oct. 8, at tpwd.texas.gov/education/bioblitz. Contributor Sheryl Smith-Rodgers recounts her adventures during the 2016 BioBlitz at www.tpwmagazine.com/bioblitz.
Lifetime License Drawing
Each year as the fall hunting seasons get underway, Texas hunters and anglers throw away their expired, folded and hopefully well-used patchwork of a license and replace it with a freshly purchased one.
There is a way to bypass this annual ritual — take care of licensing requirements for life with the purchase of a $1,800 Lifetime Super Combo license, or enter for the chance to win one through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lifetime License Drawing for just $5 (plus a $5 handling fee if purchased online or by phone).
Entries may be purchased at the same time you purchase this year’s license at license retailers, by phone (800) 895-4248 and online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/lifetimedrawing. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be purchased.
This year, there are three chances to win. Entries are on sale from Aug. 15 to Nov. 30. Enter by Sept. 30, Oct. 31 or Nov. 30. Winners will be drawn the next business day. Entries not drawn will be automatically entered in the next drawing, so the earlier participants enter, the more chances they have to win.
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth is proud to present a major exhibition celebrating hunting and fishing. “Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art” is the first major exhibition to explore the meaning of these outdoor subjects in both painting and sculpture from the early 19th century to World War II. These culturally important works play an influential role in the history of American art.
Approximately 60 paintings and sculptures — some of the finest examples of American art — illuminate changing ideas about place, national identity, community, wildlife and the environment. The works can be viewed at the Amon Carter Museum from Oct. 7. to Jan. 7.