Houston Environmental News Update May 15, 2019

Endangered Species Day, Gulf Coast Green, Houston Bike Summit, Bay Day Festival, Green Jobs, and much more

This Friday, May 17, 2019, is Endangered Species Day. According to the Endangered Species Coalition, the occasion, created by Congress in 2006, is “an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting  endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them.”

This year’s Endangered Species Day comes on the heels of the recent, sobering United Nations report that the natural world “is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating.” See the full report at ipbes.net.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has identified 99 species at risk in the thirteen counties covered by CEC. Species range from sea turtles to whooping cranes, and Houston toads to the Texas Prairie Dawn plant (photo at left by Laura Catherine Hodges).

Here on the Texas Gulf Coast, sea turtles are among our more famous endangered species. The Turtle Island Restoration Network is one of the advocacy organizations leading the charge to protect these beautiful animals. Sea turtle nest numbers are down significantly this year; happily, just in the last week, volunteers have found the year’s first two nests on the Upper Texas Coast. If you see a sea turtle on the beach, be sure not to startle her, give her distance, and call the hotline (1-866-TURTLE-5) to report it Also report any tracks or stranded sea turtles. Learn more about their work at seaturtles.org.

Houston Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Program s world-renowned for its work on protecting wildlife across the globe, including the wild whooping crane here in Texas. Learn more about their efforts at houstonzoo.org. (See Coalition & Community Notes for an item about the upcoming grand opening of Zoo’s Katherine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands.) Program staff also works to restore native endangered species like the Houston toad. Once abundant in Harris County, the Houston toad has not been spotted in Houston in nearly 50 years. Last year, the Zoo released 1,082,000 eggs into the wild.

And lest we forget, the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, located just 60 miles west of Houston, is home to one of the last remaining populations of this critically endangered species. Find out more about these charming birds and the refuge at fws.gov.

The top infographic is courtesy of the Endangered Species Coalition.


CEC NOTES

Save the Dates: Green Films, Greater Houston Environmental Summit, Environmental Educators Exchange, Earth Day

  • Houston Green Films: Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on June 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by a film at 7 p.m. and panel discussion at 8 p.m. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com. Events are held the third Wednesday of each month.
  • Greater Houston Environmental Summit: Friday, August 2, 2019, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Community Resource Center at the United Way of Greater Houston. In addition to excellent presentations, we will again offer small-format table talks. Details and registration will be available early summer 2019.
  • Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
  • The Environmental Educators’ Exchange next quarterly meeting will be on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Candidate Forums and Questionnaires

7 days of being engaged in the community

Are you organizing a candidate forum or questionnaire for the November 2019 election? CEC is gathering information about election-related activities within our environmental communities. Let us know what you are planning, and we’ll keep you in the loop. CEC is interested in either hosting, coordinating, and/or supporting the efforts of local environmental nonprofits leading up to the election. Send your comments to [email protected] Note: the filing deadline for the November City of Houston elections is August 26, 2019.

Networking & Field Trips for Summer Interns

Are you interested in meeting future environmental leaders and telling them about your important work? CEC will be hosting several interns this summer and would like to arrange field trip, networking, and mentorship opportunities for them. If you are interested in hosting them for a meeting or tour, please let us know. If you are interested in having your environmental interns join CEC’s interns, we’d be delighted to have them join us. Email [email protected] for more information.


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Houston Environmental News Update May 8, 2019

World Migratory Bird Day, Jared Diamond at The Progressive Forum, Gulf Coast Green, Houston Bike Summit, Green Jobs, and much more

This Saturday, May 11, 2019, is World Migratory Bird Day. According to the official WMBD website, the event is “an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. ” This year’s theme is “Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.”

Here in the Houston area, we have several opportunities to mark the occasion over the next couple of weeks. On Thursday, Houston Audubon will hold a special speaker event with Fred Collins and Bob Honig, who will describe how birding in the greater Houston area has changed over the past 50 years (see Coalition & Community Notes below).

Houston Audubon will celebrate the official day on Saturday at Houston Botanic Garden’s Spring Saturday Series, with guided bird walks and family activities to learn about the birds of our region, bird conservation, pollination, migration, and more (see below). Find more birding opportunities at Houston Audubon’s online calendar.

The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is hosting its second annual “Brew on the Bayou” fundraiser on March 23. They also hold Bird Banding events on the third Saturday of each month in Lake Jackson.


CEC NOTES

Save the Dates: Green Films, Greater Houston Environmental Summit, Environmental Educators Exchange, Earth Day

  • Houston Green Films: Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on May 15, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by a film at 7 p.m. and panel discussion at 8 p.m. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com. Events are held the third Wednesday of each month.
  • Greater Houston Environmental Summit: Friday, August 2, 2019, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Community Resource Center at the United Way of Greater Houston. In addition to excellent presentations, we will again offer small-format table talks. Details and registration will be available early summer 2019.
  • Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2019.
  • The Environmental Educators’ Exchange next quarterly meeting will be on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Location TBD.

Candidate Forums and Questionnaires

7 days of being engaged in the community

Are you organizing a candidate forum or questionnaire for the November 2019 election? CEC is gathering information about election-related activities within our environmental communities. Let us know what you are planning, and we’ll keep you in the loop. CEC is interested in either hosting, coordinating, and/or supporting the efforts of local environmental nonprofits leading up to the election. Send your comments to [email protected] Note: the filing deadline for the November City of Houston elections is August 26, 2019.

Networking & Field Trips for Summer Interns

Are you interested in meeting future environmental leaders and telling them about your important work? CEC will be hosting several interns this summer and would like to arrange field trip, networking, and mentorship opportunities for them. If you are interested in hosting them for a meeting or tour, please let us know. If you are interested in having your environmental interns join CEC’s interns, we’d be delighted to have them join us. Email [email protected] for more information.


Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

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Houston Environmental News Update May 1, 2019

May is Bike Month, Reef on the Road exhibit, Katy Prairie Conservancy annual bash, Party for the Planet, Green Jobs, and much more

Hooray for Bike Month! In recent years, the City of Houston and the greater region have made great strides in becoming a more bike-friendly place, and May is the perfect time to take advantage by dusting off your bicycle and hitting the trails.

Various organizations are hosting rides and other events throughout the Houston region to celebrate. To learn more about opportunities to get involved, check out some of our favorite Bike Month sites:


CEC NOTES

Save the Date: Greater Houston Environmental Summit

In 2019, CEC will be hosting the Greater Houston Environmental Summit on Friday, August 2, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Community Resource Center at the United Way of Greater Houston. In addition to excellent presentations, we will again offer small-format table talks. Details and registration will be available early summer 2019.


Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing

Continue reading