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George Cofer named Travis Audubon Conservation Hero

George Hume Cofer, Jr. is a sixth-generation Austinite and fifth-generation Texas rancher. His love of the great outdoors and conservation of the natural environment come from being blessed by the opportunity to spend his childhood summers on a working cattle ranch along the Frio River in Uvalde County and from his outdoor experiences as an Eagle Scout. George is (the …

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Amplify HCC – Schedule your gift

Amplify Austin day is coming up on March 2 and will run from 6 p.m. until 6 p.m. on March 3. Make your gift now or on the day of Amplify Austin to ensure your gift is amplified by a matching gift provided by Samsung! Every gift scheduled for or made on Amplify Austin Day will be DOUBLED up to …

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Creative (and green) ways to reuse and recycle your Christmas tree

Real Christmas trees are great for getting in the holiday spirit. Not only do they look great as the centerpiece of your festivities, but they add a scent that would remind anyone of the holidays. Real Christmas trees can also be a great, environmentally friendly alternative – as long as you dispose of it correctly after the holidays are over! …

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Book Review: Attracting Birds in the Texas Hill Country

    Originally published in the 2017 Texas Birds Annual “Attracting Birds in the Texas Hill Country” is first and foremost a habitat management tool. However, being well suited to those that own and manage land for wildlife benefits, this book will also interest those readers interested in birding, natural history, and landscape ecology. This isn’t to say that it …

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Our Children are the Guardians of the Land

I was recently interviewed for a local news channel where the reporter asked me, “What should people do to help Hill Country Conservancy preserve land, water and wildlife?” To me, the answer was obvious, but I didn’t have the opportunity to really flesh it out at the time. My answer is that people need to get kids outdoors and teach …

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HCC welcomes Adrienne Longenecker to the team

Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) announced today it has hired a new chief operating officer and director of development. Adrienne Longenecker, CFRE, will step into the role beginning September 1, 2017. She has served as director of development and marketing for Thinkery since 2014.

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New Permanent Conservation Property: Lazy Bend Ranch

Since then, they have invested heavily in improving the land through selective habitat management and overseeding with native grasses and wildflowers. Today, thanks to more than two decades of stewardship by the landowners, it boasts a wide variety of native wildlife including imperiled birds such as Painted Bunting, Lark Sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Northern Bobwhite. The land also …

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Game Cameras: A tool to monitor diversity

Game cameras are an increasingly useful tool for landowners and managers. I have always enjoyed reviewing photos as landowners excitedly point out the “shooter” bucks visiting their feeders. I even share their concern and frustration when the camera captures a sounder of feral pigs hogging all the feed or rooting up a freshly laid food plot. These scenarios illustrate a …

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Fulfilling Our Promise to Future Generations

Many people know that the Hill Country Conservancy protects water, wildlife and working lands in partnership with private landowners, frequently using conservation easements. However, we are frequently asked what happens after a conservation easement is in place. Do we simply walk away, knowing that our job is done and the land will forever remain intact and healthy? Or, is there more that needs to be done to ensure that the land is truly conserved, forever?