West TX iNat gathering -- April 16-19, 2021! Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area

So, gathering with fellow iNatters is one of my favorite things to do in life. I love doing a gathering each year too.

Last year was a bit smaller in the Panhandle, and this upcoming one will likely be a bit smaller too. It's important to watch the COVID numbers, especially in Texas:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Texas
The entire state may be completely shut down to travel by next April...

In case that it isn't completely shut down, perhaps we could gather over in West TX at Elephant Mountain WMA in April 16-19! Elephant Mountain is 23,000 acres, so there is plenty of area to 'spread out.'
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=7
Here's the place on iNat: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=57408

I'm calling it a gathering rather than a bioblitz -- the data collection will happen as a by product, no doubt, but the more important aspect of this is the gathering. If you do come to gather, of course, let's mask up if you can't keep distant, especially at the black-lighting.

Alpine is the closest 'city' and there are some hotels there:
https://www.hotels.com/de1746170/hotels-alpine-texas/
No bunk house availability (and I don't want folks to gather inside) -- but camping should work for folks. I'll likely camp most of the days.

Not sure of a specific schedule or anything, but those are the dates that I'm planning on jumping over to west TX to hopefully gather with a few others! Anyways, mark the calendars if you're wanting to come!
April 16-19, 2021 at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area!


Here are a few more details: there's no electricity at the campsite, but we do have electricity at the registration building. We also have electricity at the bunk house (although, it's going to be closed and not for us to use -- except for some outlets outside). Masks will still need to be worn if anyone goes inside any building - just out of kindness to anyone else in the facility.

COVID's still going on, so this gathering needs to acknowledge this. If you're with folks that want you to wear a mask, please wear a mask. Let's try to keep somewhat distanced from each other -- again, this is just smart to do. In the future, we'll hug like crazy, but for this gathering, let's retain some distance. The WMA is open to the public during this time too, so we may not be the only people on the 23k acres.

I know that some folks are staying at hotels in Alpine. It's not too too far from Elephant mountain, although "not too too far" in west TX is still pretty far in reality! I'll be camping each night and will smell quite ripe by the end of this trip!

Also, feel no obligation to stay at Elephant Mountain this whole time! There are SO many great spots out in West TX -- some of them are way far off ("way far off" in West TX is really far in reality!), so Big Bend, Big Bend State Park, Guadalupe Mountains, and I'm sure a whole other places are definitely worth the visit! I'll honestly be focusing my time just there at Elephant Mountain -- only a few thousand acres for us to explore. ;)

If you're able to, meet at the "Registration station" sometime in the evening on April 16th. Here's the map with the star as the spot:
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/resources/725.pdf
I'll be there by like 5 or so. Maybe we'll toss up some mothing lights and gear there.


Some asked questions....

Can we drive on the WMA?

So, this will be a special gathering, so we should be able to access many of the roads throughout the WMA. Now, there may be some spots that we won't access (big horned sheep area, perhaps).

Can we stay at bunkhouse?

Nope. We'll maybe set up some blacklights around it (and there is electricity there), but we won't stay in the bunkhouse. I don't want to put more than 1 person in a building during COVID. It'll all be outside. :)

Can my friends come?

Sure! Although, I do hope that folks that do come are at least willing/open to doing some iNatting with us all. :) I hope this is a celebration of iNat and the folks that enjoy iNatting -- although, we're a welcoming group, so if someone isn't an iNatter, hopefully he/she/they will be after this event!

Can we collect specimens?

Wellll.... I do have a permit, and specimens can be collected under my permit, but I'd really like to narrow down some physical collection of specimens. There are a few folks that have asked me about this already, and we've discussed it a bit in detail. Ideally, if specimens are collected, we want to make sure to leave a herbarium voucher or specimen voucher at the nearby university (Sul Ross).

Do I have to get a limited use permit to come?

You don't HAVE to (again, I'll be there and it'll be under my permit), buuuut I sure would love it if you do get a $12 limited use permit (or especially a hunting permit)!!! :) It does help the WMA. Even if you don't plan on hunting, it really does help the entire TPWD Wildlife program:
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/

Why aren't you calling this a bioblitz?

Again, I want this mostly to be a gathering of naturalists to engage with nature. Sure, we'll collect some data, but that will be as a side-effect of the gathering. :)

Is this responsible to have a gathering during a pandemic?
I've had a few folks ask this, and it's genuinely a good question that we all need to take to heart. We will be playing this by ear, and I don't want anyone to feel any pressure or obligation to come if they don't feel comfortable to do so. There WILL be more of these in the future, so totally no frets if you can't make this one. I plan on wearing my mask throughout this gathering, and I'll pretty strongly enforce masks especially during the blacklighting when we'll be somewhat close together. I plan on going on quite a few times just by myself so I'll be able to keep a good distance from others. There are 23,000 acres, so hopefully we'll find some ways to keep at least 6 feet apart. :)

All of this to say that this gathering may be cancelled. The state may officially close the WMA entirely, even to outside TPWD folks (permit or not!). If that is the case, yep, we'll cancel this gathering and do it again when it's open and safe.
The pandemic is something that we should treat seriously, and I don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable.

If you do have some concerns about this, please let me know (either here or on a message or whatever). We will do more of these, so if you're not able to make it, we WILL do it again. :)

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Yes, yes, yes!!!

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I will try but I may be in school still and I have been struggling with the online stuff. We are going to be online with school again and I had to wind up dropping one class this semester. So I will have to play it by ear my friend. I will try my best.

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Fingers crossed.

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I am counting the days. My usual 2-star motel room is reserved. It's going to be another great gathering of iNat folks!

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It's on my calendar! West Texas in mid-April can be really interesting, depending on recent rainfall patterns. Hope for rain, vaccines, etc., etc.

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YES! It's on my calendar! @connlindajo, you made me laugh!
@kayakqueen @thebark @samlutfy
@nathantaylor (if you happen to be available)

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I am new to iNat this year and have enjoyed it immensely. Please add me to your list. My husband and I enjoy camping in west Texas. We look forward to meeting you all if it is finally safe to do so.

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Putting it on my calendar.

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I have yet to be able to make it to one of these but I really want to, so fingers crossed for 2021.

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Sam, can I assume that Elephant Mountain WMA either has a campground (perhaps undeveloped) or at least some open areas for dispersed camping (like Matador WMA)?

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I was just thinking about this yesterday!!!!! I'm starved for some travel, and would love to make a trip out there. It's on my calendar. Thanks for organizing!!!

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Thanks, Sam! Alison, Jenny, and I will likely come barring some unforeseen craziness.

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Well, how fun! Hope to see everyone there ... at least from a distance. Thanks, Sam!

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Sounds great. I'll add it to the calendar - I've long wanted to visit this WMA! But the usual caveats... work and class schedules will/may dictate availability.

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I’ll be there

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Oh wow! Thanks for the invite! Putting it on my calendar, too.

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@dbaxter we have been invited for a gathering!

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On the calendar. Might be in LRGV that week though. Harris Hawk study.

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i might be interested if this is open to others- i would like to get to know more area naturalists and see this spot!

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I hope we get to see the elephants!

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It pains me to say this, but I don't think there's any way I'll be able to make it. I look forward to seeing what everyone else posts, though! Euphorbia chaetocalyx and E. fendleri should be coming out around that time.

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@jwn If the peyote fits!
This sounds like fun! Penciling in and hope to make it happen. Thanks, Sam!

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Would we have permission to drive while there so we can cover more territory? It looks like driving isn't allowed until May 1.

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here’s some beetles recorded from the greater Trans-Pecos region:

http://texasento.net/TransPecos.html

Mike Quinn, Austin

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It's on my calendar!

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OH **** YEAH. On my calendar. Can't wait!

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I'm so excited!! Love West Texas!

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yeah it’s gonna rock

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on my calendar, hope to make it work

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Count me in Sam! Big fun coming but mask required. Mountains of elephants!

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Putting on calendar for sure. Really hope to make it. But somewhat unlikely due to couple of other trips planned next year. Just in case does anyone know if there is electricity at the camping areas? For charging batteries and such at least?

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on my calendar!

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Sam, could you add nancynorman to your address list on this trip

Thanks, and thanks for arranging this I will plan for it

Galen

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Sound great! I drove by there on Sunday and thought, "That looks like a cool place to explore!"

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@tuftedparidae if you can make this event it’s a great time of year to bup it up in the Trans Pecos

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Thank you for inviting me. I'll have to wait and see how the pandemic progresses this winter. I would go if my husband is vaccinated at the end of this year or before April. (We have two people in our house work in the hospital)

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@catenatus Oof I wish I could make it, but being without a car in Stillwater makes it tough. I'll try to find a way--W TX is incredible for bups and I have absolutely none of them!

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@catenatus Please educate me. What is a "bup"? Thanks.

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Heeeeeey everybody!

I've actually gotten a whole slew of questions about this. :) Messages, emails, texts -- lots of excitement, I take it! :) Here are some answers:

Can we drive on the WMA?

So, this will be a special gathering, so we should be able to access many of the roads throughout the WMA. Now, there may be some spots that we won't access (big horned sheep area, perhaps).

Can we stay at bunkhouse?

Nope. We'll maybe set up some blacklights around it (and there is electricity there), but we won't stay in the bunkhouse. I don't want to put more than 1 person in a building during COVID. It'll all be outside. :)

Can my friends come?

Sure! Although, I do hope that folks that do come are at least willing/open to doing some iNatting with us all. :) I hope this is a celebration of iNat and the folks that enjoy iNatting -- although, we're a welcoming group, so if someone isn't an iNatter, hopefully he/she/they will be after this event!

Can we collect specimens?

Wellll.... I do have a permit, and specimens can be collected under my permit, but I'd really like to narrow down some physical collection of specimens. There are a few folks that have asked me about this already, and we've discussed it a bit in detail. Ideally, if specimens are collected, we want to make sure to leave a herbarium voucher or specimen voucher at the nearby university (Sul Ross).

Do I have to get a limited use permit to come?

You don't HAVE to (again, I'll be there and it'll be under my permit), buuuut I sure would love it if you do get a $12 limited use permit (or especially a hunting permit)!!! :) It does help the WMA. Even if you don't plan on hunting, it really does help the entire TPWD Wildlife program:
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/

Why aren't you calling this a bioblitz?

Again, I want this mostly to be a gathering of naturalists to engage with nature. Sure, we'll collect some data, but that will be as a side-effect of the gathering. :)

Is this responsible to have a gathering during a pandemic?
I've had a few folks ask this, and it's genuinely a good question that we all need to take to heart. We will be playing this by ear, and I don't want anyone to feel any pressure or obligation to come if they don't feel comfortable to do so. There WILL be more of these in the future, so totally no frets if you can't make this one. I plan on wearing my mask throughout this gathering, and I'll pretty strongly enforce masks especially during the blacklighting when we'll be somewhat close together. I plan on going on quite a few times just by myself so I'll be able to keep a good distance from others. There are 23,000 acres, so hopefully we'll find some ways to keep at least 6 feet apart. :)

All of this to say that this gathering may be cancelled. The state may officially close the WMA entirely, even to outside TPWD folks (permit or not!). If that is the case, yep, we'll cancel this gathering and do it again when it's open and safe.
The pandemic is something that we should treat seriously, and I don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable.

If you do have some concerns about this, please let me know (either here or on a message or whatever). We will do more of these, so if you're not able to make it, we WILL do it again. :)

****I'll put these in the top journal entry too, just so that these answers are there too. :)

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Following. Will definitely keep this on my radar.

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@connlindajo bup is short for buprestid :)

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Dang, this sounds like fun. I've been wanting to make it to one of your gatherings. I'll have to see how work is shaking out in April. Would it be possible to bring our living quarters horse trailer to stay in? My husband isn't an iNatter, but he's a biologist, so would really enjoy it as well.

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@annikaml, thanks! I will put in for vacation time now!

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Ugh... Why must YOU people target my favorite WMA's? Matador and Elephant Mountain WMA's are for my roaming only. Ha!

The campground has about a dozen covered picnic area's and a vault composting toilet style facilities structure. Not huge but should be able to accommodate a decent amount of tents at a reasonable distance. Alpine is also an easy 30 minute drive with many hotels for the non-roughing it types.

@sambiology I had forgotten that Lambing season doesn't wrap up until the end of April. So that very well could limit our wandering to the west side of the mountain in the driving tour area, which is still substantial. It'll be easier to manage expectations of all, if everyone understands that going in. Then on the very slim chance that we are allowed a bit more to roam on, we can all be pleasantly surprised.

But for those that may want to curb their wanderlust a bit, or firm up their Brewster County Records a bit more, Big Bend is an hour south, Fort Pena park south of Marathon is about an hour back to the north and east or a jaunt over to Carolyn Ohl's Christmas Mountain Oasis is about 45 minutes away. All have great opportunities for iNat-ing.

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It's on my calendar.

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Great! Thanks for the invite, Sam. I should be able to make it so long as I can secure the time, lots of great things to see out there in April!

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@cmeckerman ICYMI...

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Thanks for the link @entomike I will definitely have to look at going. I love West Texas in Spring.

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Putting it on the calendar!

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I'm going to try and make 1 or 2 days and combine with a trip to the Big Bend as we have been wanting to go and have never made it yet. I suspect not best to pick the first or last day in hopes of seeing the most people. Will you be at the same places each day or will you move around? I can wait till we get closer but would love to be there for the mothing as well depending on what night we do that as well.

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Oh my goodness! Is this open for CTMN colleagues? I would love to do this- it's even on my birthday! :)

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I'll be there. I just recovered from COVID so I should still be immune by then.

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@enoelanna Absolutely!

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@paul_crump I hope you are able to join the gathering.

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Yaaah, so I'm going to back out, so as not spend my discretionary dollars in that state. It's a sociopolitical choice, cannot discuss it here.

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I'd love to go, but I already booked a vacation to Brownsville, TX, for the first week of May. It's something I've been wanting to do for years. The boss isn't going to let me off for two trips so close together. Sorry!

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I'm so bummed out. April 16th is our last lab in Ecology and I have to be there. It is presentation day (which is awesome). I don't know how I can make it down there in time after working all day on Friday. I'm sad to hear about Greg Lasley, too. He was so helpful and nice to me and all the students who needed help.

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that's why I'm skipping class (Dr. Pfau, you didn't read this) :)

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@catenatus I am hoping Dr. Pfau will be out there with us.

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yeah me too :)

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much of trans-pecos currently in “exceptional drought” https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

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:(

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Hey all,

The gathering is one month away -- and it's still going on! I'll post another journal entry this week with some more details, but I just wanted to toss on an update to let you know it's still on! :)

At the same time, if you don't feel comfortable coming this spring (COVID concerns or anything else), no fret -- there will be more gatherings in the future! Promise. :)

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@sambiology Thanks for the update, Sam!

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SOOOOOooooooOOOOOooOOoOOOOOOOOoooo....OOOOOooooooooOooooOooOooooooOOOOOooo excited!!

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Is this an open invite? Can I come if I am available? :)

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Absolutely @enoelanna !

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I'm looking forward to your update! Hoping to make hotel reservations this week:)

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Really starting to get excited about this trip becoming a reality! Looks like I will have my second shot 8 days before. Still mask city though. So many new species to find. Counting the days!
Will try out car camping I think.
See you all there!

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Due to the heightened anti-Asian violence, I don't feel safe to travel long distance by car, also I have a velcro dog...I will have to pass this time. I am sorry.

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Hey dear friends,

So, I heard back from the biologist at the WMA. We're still on for the gathering. I sure do hope that folks can make it, but if you're not able to make it this time, no worries -- I promise we will have more gatherings in the future.

Here are a few more details: there's no electricity at the campsite, but we do have electricity at the registration building. We also have electricity at the bunk house (although, it's going to be closed and not for us to use -- except for some outlets outside). Masks will still need to be worn if anyone goes inside any building - just out of kindness to anyone else in the facility.

COVID's still going on, so this gathering needs to acknowledge this. If you're with folks that want you to wear a mask, please wear a mask. Let's try to keep somewhat distanced from each other -- again, this is just smart to do. In the future, we'll hug like crazy, but for this gathering, let's retain some distance. The WMA is open to the public during this time too, so we may not be the only people on the 23k acres.

I know that some folks are staying at hotels in Alpine. It's not too too far from Elephant mountain, although "not too too far" in west TX is still pretty far in reality! I'll be camping each night and will smell quite ripe by the end of this trip!

Also, feel no obligation to stay at Elephant Mountain this whole time! There are SO many great spots out in West TX -- some of them are way far off ("way far off" in West TX is really far in reality!), so Big Bend, Big Bend State Park, Guadalupe Mountains, and I'm sure a whole lot of other places are definitely worth the visit! I'll honestly be focusing my time just there at Elephant Mountain -- only a few thousand acres for us to explore. ;) If you're headed to other places and want some company, let others know! Perhaps they'll come with.

If you're able to, meet at the "Registration station" sometime in the evening on April 16th. Here's the map with the star as the spot:
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/resources/725.pdf
I'll be there by like 5 or so. Maybe we'll toss up some mothing lights and gear there.

I've heard from several folks that won't be able to make it, and again, we'll miss you big time, but please know that we'll gather again soon!!! :)

Just so you have it, here are my two cells:
817 771 8793
214 215 5605
Save them and toss me a text whenever, even if you're not coming. You all are my friends, like it or not. ;)

פורסם על-ידי sambiology לפני 29 ימים (סמן)
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Saweet! I'm planning on being there and I'm bringing a friend! See everyone soon!

פורסם על-ידי lovebirder לפני 29 ימים (סמן)
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@pufferchung I am very sorry that you are going through this and David and I talked last night about picking you up and taking you with us, Velcro dog and all. Your Velcro dog could meet mine:)). Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll have the energy after lab on the 16th to make the trip. But, any other time, and hopefully at the next gathering, we hope to help you be comfortable. We stand with you.

Also, thanks for the update, Sam. Can we start planning the next one, cause I’m super bummed out about missing this one. Lol.

פורסם על-ידי baxter-slye לפני 29 ימים (סמן)
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פורסם על-ידי amzapp לפני 28 ימים (סמן)
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I'll try to arrive by 7 on Friday. Excited!

פורסם על-ידי k8thegr8 לפני 27 ימים (סמן)
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It looks like I will be able to go but only through Sunday. It will be great to see everyone.

פורסם על-ידי cmeckerman לפני 27 ימים (סמן)
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Looking forward to seeing old faces and new!

פורסם על-ידי connlindajo לפני 27 ימים (סמן)
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@bruceneville Perhaps you can join us. We always have great times at iNat gatherings.

פורסם על-ידי connlindajo לפני 27 ימים (סמן)
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@connlindajo Maybe after I get my second vaccine this Saturday.

פורסם על-ידי bruceneville לפני 25 ימים (סמן)
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@alekzandr27 @txjakeb @virginia_deden @seacoal44 In case any of you were interested.

פורסם על-ידי austinrkelly לפני 23 ימים (סמן)
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@sambiology Is there room for @mattsmith1972 and myself to attend this event. We are very interested in the experience.

פורסם על-ידי kayakqueen לפני 20 ימים (סמן)
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All are welcome! Just FYI -- no real schedule here, except for the mothing/black lighting in the evening. :)

פורסם על-ידי sambiology לפני 20 ימים (סמן)
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@sambiology Will there be a covered place to gather and get out of the sun (like with picnic tables or something)? I see buildings on the map, but not sure what's what. I'm bringing my small tent, but would like to know there is a place to get out of the sun, eat, etc. I was thinking of buying an awning of some kind if not.

פורסם על-ידי tadamcochran לפני 14 ימים (סמן)
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@tadamcochran there are picnic tables with awning style covers similar to the ones at Matador WMA.

פורסם על-ידי oddfitz לפני 14 ימים (סמן)
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@oddfitz Thanks, Todd!

פורסם על-ידי tadamcochran לפני 14 ימים (סמן)
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פורסם על-ידי tadamcochran לפני 9 ימים (סמן)
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@oddfitz How is the cell reception out there. Is there any?

פורסם על-ידי tadamcochran לפני 8 ימים (סמן)
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Hi Sam (and everyone),

As much as I want to be there, It is looking unlikely that I will make this trip. If I don't, I can at least look forward to seeing all and helping ID at least a few of the amazing observations I know will come out of the trip.

Benjamin

פורסם על-ידי beschwar לפני 8 ימים (סמן)
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Cell coverage? Ha!..... You can sometimes get a signal in camp and in certain areas on the north end of the WMA. Beyond that, the headquarters has the basic TPWD WIFI.

פורסם על-ידי oddfitz לפני 8 ימים (סמן)
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Thanks! Just wanted to be able to get in touch with people that want to know that I'm still alive. :)

פורסם על-ידי tadamcochran לפני 8 ימים (סמן)
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פורסם על-ידי baxter-slye לפני 8 ימים (סמן)
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I just saw this and won’t be able to attend, but would have loved to. Are you planning any other get togethers this year? I’ll be fully vaccinated this week and looking forward to some more outings.

פורסם על-ידי zdufran לפני 7 ימים (סמן)
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I unfortunately won't make this one :( but ya'll better find some spiders out there for me! I can't wait to see you all at the next one!

פורסם על-ידי wildcarrot לפני 6 ימים (סמן)
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I be heading out Thursday via Kerrville looking for Swamp Rabbit and that night South Llano River State park. Should be at Elephant Mountain early afternoon Friday. Bringing four cameras Sam. Hopefully there is not too much public attendance in the WMA. Have locks will Hide!
Leaving Monday morning for San Angelo State Park.

Safe travels all, see you there!

פורסם על-ידי mikef451 לפני 6 ימים (סמן)
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I’m planning on shirking all previous commitments and responsibilities so I’ll probably see you there sometime after five on friday Sam... unless I see something shiny on the way!

פורסם על-ידי catenatus לפני 6 ימים (סמן)
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I'm still planning on coming. Will do a pit stop at Sandia Wetlands on the way down, so hope to arrive around 5-6pm on Friday. Will camp at the WMA except for one night when I will stay at a hotel in Alpine to clean up, recharge all the batteries, and connect with my students. So excited about exploring this part of Brewster County, and to meet up with familiar and new fellow iNatters.

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פורסם על-ידי lovebirder לפני 5 ימים (סמן)
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Looking forward to the bio gathering! I plan to mostly camp at the Elephant. Since iNat folks are a curious lot, there should be some good people watching. Drive safely everyone.

פורסם על-ידי centratex לפני 5 ימים (סמן)
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Sadly, I won't be able to make this one. Looking forward to the next one whenever that ends up being.

פורסם על-ידי rymcdaniel לפני 5 ימים (סמן)
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I booked a place in Alpine and hope to be at Elephant Mountain WMA sometime late Friday morning. Looking forward to meeting some people and a west TX nature outing!

פורסם על-ידי jcochran706 לפני 5 ימים (סמן)
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Hoping to be there around 7pm on Friday night. I will attempt to camp unless I wuss out. Will we be mothing near the buildings there on Friday? Can't wait to see ya'll!

פורסם על-ידי k8thegr8 לפני 5 ימים (סמן)
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I will be there on Saturday at some point and then heading on to Big Bend area (my first time). Will there be a place to meet on Saturday or Saturday night for mothing? Otherwise I will text on Saturday morning to figure out the plan. I do hope to see everyone.

פורסם על-ידי butterflies4fun לפני 4 ימים (סמן)
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Hey all!

So, bring your jackets!!! Looks like the weather will be a bit on the chilly side. We may even see a few cold showers too. We'll see what critters show up for the black-lighting. I'm bringing some sherman/live mammal traps, so hopefully we can all get a close-up look at a kangaroo rat or two. I'm still planning on camping, although I may end up staying at a hotel on Sunday evening there in Alpine.

On Friday night, we'll moth really close to the entrance of the WMA. On this map, close to where the star is. https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/resources/725.pdf I don't yet know where we'll be mothing on Saturday or Sunday -- it will be somewhere somewhat close-ish to roads on the WMA though, I'm hoping! They should be the only lights out there. Please make sure to save my cell: 214 215 5605 and 817 771 8793

Also -- super important -- if you're not able to make this one, please don't fret. I PROMISE there will be other gatherings in the near future!

פורסם על-ידי sambiology לפני 4 ימים (סמן)
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Jenny has become more difficult to travel long distances with over the past few months, so we're going to skip this one. Looking forward to seeing folks on future trips, though!

פורסם על-ידי hydaticus לפני 4 ימים (סמן)
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@alisonnorthup Bummer! I will get to meet you some day... @rymcdaniel @wildcarrot @beschwar Hope to see you next time.

פורסם על-ידי connlindajo לפני 4 ימים (סמן)
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@connlindajo and @sambiology, it is a bummer! Hoping everyone has a great time! Jenny's already picking up bugs, grabbing flowers, and pointing out cacti, so she seems to be following in her parents' footsteps!

פורסם על-ידי alisonnorthup לפני 4 ימים (סמן)
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@sambiology I will not be able to make this outing Hopefull the next one

פורסם על-ידי gpstewart לפני 4 ימים (סמן)
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Y'all are going to have SO much fun!!! I'm disappointed I can't make it. I love my new puppy, but at 11 weeks he is more of a handful than I bargained for. Enjoy!!!

פורסם על-ידי txstack לפני 3 ימים (סמן)
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As much as it is killing me to say it, I won't be making this one. I am sure y'all will have an amazing time and find the rarest never before seen in Texas things ever. So you're welcome. Lol.

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I'll be home grading exams :(
If you are allowed access, be sure to explore the north-facing slopes adjacent to the road that leads up to the top. May find some cool plants there that wouldn't be seen in other places. Here: https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0410703,-103.5376534,1865m/data=!3m1!1e3

פורסם על-ידי pfau_tarleton לפני יום אחד (סמן)
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I’m out too now. sick kid to tend to. hope you all do well!

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