Monday, March 4, 2013

Support a Beverage Container Deposit Recycling Program

Audubon Texas supports implementing a refundable deposit on beverage containers in Texas that would provide a significant, positive impact to the state through increased economic activity, job creation, and reduced litter, according to a study recently released by the Texas League of Conservation Voters.  The study, commissioned by TLCV and conducted by Jon Hockenyos of the Austin-based firm TXP, showed Texas would see 2,300 jobs created and $373 million in total annual economic activity in the first year of the program. By year 10, the jobs created would rise to about 5,300 and the total economic activity would grow to over $800 million.  According to the study Texas could expect a reduction in beverage container litter of up to 80%. The full study is available online at

Your support is needed too!  The link below is to the online petition to show your support for this important step in Texas conservation.  Two key Texas Legislators are engaged in this initiative: Texas Senator Rodney Ellis has introduced a bill, SB 645, which would implement a beverage container deposit program in Texas, and Texas Representative Eddie Rodriguez has filed the same legislation, HB 1473, in the House.  Both legislators are watching this petition grow and following the signers comments. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Audubon Texas Sponsors 17th Great Texas Birding Classic

Grab your binoculars and checklist! Each year hundreds of dedicated Texans take to the field for the chance to win the longest running state birding competition in the United States.  The 2013 Great Texas Birding Classic marks the 17th year of this grand competition, and features new opportunities for birders of all ages around the state.  For the first time, the GTBC is a statewide event and you can compete in your own hometown anywhere in Texas.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department organizes the event that runs from April 15-May 15.  Audubon Texas is the proud sponsor of the awards events to be held in multiple locations around the state shortly after the competition closes.  Specific awards event information will be available within the next few weeks.

More information about the event and registration instructions can be found at:

The registration deadline is April 1st, so don’t delay.  Happy birding and good luck!