Cibolo Nature Center workshops to include heron monitor training and wildlife tax valuation seminar
The Cibolo Nature Center will offer a workshop for volunteers interested in assisting to monitor heron nesting sites on Cibolo Creek this spring as well as a workshop for landowners who want to manage their land for wildlife habitat.
Presented by J.W. Pieper, Heron Rookery Monitor Training will be offered free from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 15, 2013, for volunteers who would like contribute to the scientific knowledge of great blue herons. The class is required for rookery monitors, who will sign up to monitor heron nesting sites during the training session. The group also will visit a rookery site on the Cibolo Preserve, which is near the Cibolo Nature Center.
Landowners who have a wildlife tax valuation on their land – or would like to learn how to qualify for one – may attend a three-part in-depth Wildlife Tax Valuation Seminar led by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist Rufus Stephens on Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 2013, at the Cibolo Nature Center. The workshop is intended for owners of more than 20 acres and emphasizes wildlife management strategies that improve native habitat and increase species diversity.
Stephens and other presenters will help participants gain land-management knowledge, understand the history of this Texas law and fulfill requirements to qualify for a wildlife management tax valuation. Many participants complete the seminar with a concrete plan and are ready to apply.
Session 1 will provide an overview and cover property inventory, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Session 2, on management practices and habitat assessment, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Session 3 will cover wildlife tax valuation history and an update on the law, application procedures and how to assemble an application from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2.
The workshop costs $100 per person or $125 per couple. The cost for Cibolo Nature Center members is $80 per person or $100 per couple. Register online at Cibolo.org/calendar or call (830) 249-4616 to learn more.
The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. The non-profit Cibolo Nature Center’s mission is conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. Visit cibolo.org.