"Wildlife Conservation Issues in Texas: What does the Future Hold?" with guest speaker John Davis of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Texas is blessed with a vast array of habitats and species. In fact, when one compares all of the states, Texas is frequently in the top three when it comes to having the most diversity in one group or another. Texas boasts 213 species of reptiles and amphibians, 635+ species of birds, 174 species of mammals, an estimated 5,200 species of plants, and an estimated 30,000 species of invertebrates.
However, complex and daunting issues like emerging diseases, climate change, urbanization, insufficient land use planning, emergency energy production industries, declining conservation funding, etc. are putting intense pressures on our state's wildlife populations. The future looks dire, but the conservation community has faced seemingly insurmountable challenges and acted with conviction in the past. The conservation community rose to the challenge in the 1930s and again in the 1970s. Join us to learn more about the amazing diversity of Texas, the challenges facing our wildlife, and how we can once again rise to the challenge and secure a solid future for wildlife of our great state.
John Davis is the Wildlife Diversity Program Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He has a B.S. in Biology from Sam Houston State University, an M.S. in Biology from University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from UT at Arlington. While honoring and participating in traditional wildlife pursuits such as hunting and fishing, John was driven to connect the general public to all aspects of the outdoors and make wildlife a part of their everyday lives. He believes that it is a wildlife biologist’s duty to pass on the passion that he/she has for wildlife to as many others as possible. Humans decide the fate of wildlife habitats and populations. As a result, John’s career has focused on positioning TPWD to be relevant to the vast urbanized public in the state of Texas.
Doors open at 6:30 for social time. The presentation will begin at 7 PM.