Hill Country Conservancy preserves vital natural resources through conservation, collaboration, and community engagement
For this week’s nature happy hour, we raise our glasses to the Hill Country night sky. Since the dawn of mankind, people have gazed up at the night sky in wonder of its beauty and majesty. So, let’s make a toast to the bewitching beauty of the Hill Country Night Sky https://t.co/ddkMITDIOF
For this week’s nature happy hour let’s raise our glasses to the calming and refreshing water supplies that populate our region. Water is life. It’s the backbone of everything we do. So let’s toast “to the Texas creeks, streams, and rivers!!” https://t.co/tMWiA6U9yB
Inspiring words during these unprecedented times. https://t.co/puF2wAQ7eN
RT @BlackAFinSTEM: Coming to your screens May 31st - June 5th #BlackBirdersWeek organised by #BlackAFinSTEM twitter.com/i/lists/126615… https:/…
#BlackBirdersWeek continues tonight, with a virtual #AskABlackBirder event, with a two-hour Q&A with Black birders on Twitter from 7-9PM, followed up with the #BirdingWhileBlack livestream discussion on Thursday, from 7-8:30PM. https://t.co/bCF5trN9Rm
RT @ldpharr: Today is #AskABlackBirder Q&A on Twitter & Instagram from 7-8:30PM EST. Hosted by the wonderful people who created this moveme…
Last week we filmed another virtual bird and nature hike on Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. Led by Mikael Behrens here is the full video of what we saw last Saturday. ow.ly/ksTE50zUBOT
For this week’s nature happy hour, let’s raise our glasses to the breathtaking sunsets that stretch across the Texas sky. Vibrant mixtures of orange, pink,red, & yellow paint the heavens each night to create some of the most incredible sunsets in the world. “To the Texas Sunset!” https://t.co/uc8wf6UgD9
Today the City of Austin is launching the first batch of Healthy Streets which turns selected streets into pedestrian/bicycle-priority, while allowing local traffic, to enable safe exercise during, and possibly after, the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here austin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Crowdsour… https://t.co/JKCVAoshXI
For those of you who missed our virtual walk and talk on the VCT this morning you can now tune in and watch the video anytime using this link: ow.ly/ZSNP50zHKxr This is the section of the VCT we will be running during our 6/6 National Trails Day Fun Run - NTD on the VCT. https://t.co/5OWTDkeOSL
Today we celebrate and express our greatest appreciation to all the Hill Country moms, mothers-in-law, step-mothers, grandmothers and dog moms who bring never-ending love to this world. Happy Mother's Day y'all. #HappyMothersDay #MothersOfTheWorld https://t.co/BZzx7G1iOD
For this week’s nature happy hour,let’s raise our glasses to the prickly pear cactus whose beautiful yellow buds brighten our lives throughout spring and summertime. Proof that out of the even most prickly situations, a beautiful flower can grow, and a margarita can be made. https://t.co/EL1MObdEa4
Today, for #GivingTuesdayNow, we celebrate the generosity of some local businesses who have been good friends to Hill Country Conservancy. Thank you to @suerteatx for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy and for your entire community! #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/g1bvOHSDiI
Today, for #GivingTuesdayNow, we celebrate the generosity of some local businesses who have been good friends to Hill Country Conservancy. Thank you to Sertodo Copper for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy and for your entire community! #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/s0emvdL3VO
For #GivingTuesdayNow, we celebrate the generosity of some local businesses who have been good friends to Hill Country Conservancy. Thank you to The Salt Lick for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy and for your entire community! #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/FJH1aaQSLp
For #GivingTuesdayNow, we celebrate the generosity of some local businesses who have been good friends to Hill Country Conservancy. Thank you to @RichardsRain for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy and for your entire community! #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/65GjztWJhc
For #GivingTuesdayNow, we celebrate the generosity of some of the local businesses who have been good friends to Hill Country Conservancy. Thank you to @RealAleBrewing for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy & for your entire community! #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/8M9HCjeUCQ
For #GivingTuesdayNow, we celebrate the generosity of some local businesses who have been good friends to Hill Country Conservancy. Thank you to @eldoradocafeatx for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy & for your entire community! #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/q0LjQyVlOJ
For #GivingTuesdayNow, we are celebrating the generosity of some of the local businesses who have been good friends to Hill Country Conservancy. Thank you to @circlebrew for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy & for your entire community! #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/BKjjnriXaw
Thank you to @ChisosBoots for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy and for your entire community! #GivingTuesdayNow #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/uV71ci34Cu
Thank you to @cecesveggieco for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy and for your entire community! #GivingTuesdayNow #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/5BAlYALTWl
Thank you to @BSS_Austin for all you do for Hill Country Conservancy and for your entire community! #GivingTuesdayNow #hereforever #ILHIGH #GoLocal https://t.co/2MQPbENHKT
On Tues 5/5 be a part of the #GivingTuesdayNow global movement of generosity by joining our #VirtualVolunteer trash clean-up over the weekend. Share your kindness with the global community by posting photos here! Make sure to tag @hereforever! https://t.co/Rc7phktV1j
Surveys in the Austin area show that trails are the most desired recreational activity. Why the popularity? VCT Project Mgr, Butch Smith has some ideas: hillcountryconservancy.org/why-are-trails…
Thanks for being patient with us. Here's the full video of our nature and bird hike on Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve from 4/18/2020. Click the link to tune in and see all the wildlife activity from that day: youtu.be/EY-8gz8Cqh8
Keeping alive a 160-year-old tradition of cattle and horse raising, HCC's conservation easement at Brockenbrough Ranch conserves vital natural resources such as fresh water. Learn more at bit.ly/2VGHdhh #HereForever https://t.co/m9R3zNDiKD
When you enroll in the @reliantenergy EcoShare program, you are supporting Hill Country Conservancy as we are a proud member of @EarthShareTexas! #HereForever https://t.co/BGCwhZ53Yv
Trees give us so much and top it off with sweeping vistas. So, for our Friday night kick back and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of our Hill County trees! Cheers to the trees! #NatureHappyHour #ArborDay #HereForever https://t.co/nlxKSTLCu8
Hug a Tree to top up your energy is listed as one of “5 Ways to Find Happiness in Nature.” That’s a different way to look at tree-hugging conservationists. Check out the blog at tinybuddha.com/blog/5-ways-to… Happy #ArborDay #HereForever
Did you know that not only do trees remove carbon from the air and give us healthier lungs; some species help boost our viral immunity? All the more reason to celebrate #ArborDay this year. Learn more at: ow.ly/UPbf50zn24J #HereForever https://t.co/W6oVMjvlAE
Pass down your curiosity and love for nature by spending family-time outside where kids are free to question and explore the natural world around them! Former board chair Ashley Kegley-Whitehead (partner @buieco) & her daughter create life-long memories on the Violet Crown Trail https://t.co/KYLRYlqX67
For #TakeYourChildToWorkDay, we present a pic from #ItsMyParkDay 2019. HCC's Fleetwood Jacobs with her daughter Nora planted this tree they named Buster on the #VioletCrownTrail. https://t.co/T7i4GQMhuT
RT @NewsHCA: Check it out - @txwater has put together a great resource on the new Flood Infrastructure Fund from the @twdb. We highly recom…
In the spirit of Gaylord Nelson and #EarthDay, Hill Country Conservancy works every day to preserve quality of life and natural resources within the Hill County of Central Texas. #HereForever https://t.co/LYWhWy859l
HCC works every day in the spirit of Earth Day, conserving land to protect our water supply and wildlife habitat, planting trees to clean our air, and providing access to nature via the VCT. Make your Earth Day donation to bit.ly/2KmHfnY #EarthDay #hereforever https://t.co/FaKAfpJJX3
Earth Day mfor 50 yrs has inspired ppl to care for Mother Earth. HCC works in the spirit of Earth Day protecting our water, wildlife habitat, clean air, and access to nature. Show your commitment to the environment by making an Earth Day gift to HCC ow.ly/QmUp50zlghA https://t.co/XD0fNuUEd3
The connections within nature inspire both artists and scientists, which is one more reason why protecting our lands, native habitats and natural resources are so important. hillcountryconservancy.org #HereForever #WorldCreativityandInnovationDay https://t.co/DnXPjIIupG
At 8 am, we go live with an important announcement by our CEO George Cofer and a subsequent virtual walk-and-talk on the Violet Crown Trail. You won't want to miss this! Tune in here; ow.ly/L4ZR50zjpRS https://t.co/BHGnxTSQH3
Just as water carves out land forms, as that water flows through the ground, natural filtration occurs within the aquifer. Protecting that process is an important part of the Hill Country Conservancy mission. hillcountryconservancy.org #HereForever https://t.co/TiJNH87ux2
HCC’s conservation easement on the 1,014-acre Inspiring Oaks Ranch preserves breathtaking vistas and native wildlife habitat as well as helps to safeguard clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Central Texans. hillcountryconservancy.org #HereForever https://t.co/Vy9dr6b1S7
George Cofer, HCC's CEO has news to share, so sign up for our Virtual Walk-and-Talk on the VCT taking place tomorrow morning, 4/21 at 8:00 am. Following his special announcement, we will take you on a stroll on the Slaughter Lane section of the trail.bit.ly/34XBU04
Did you know that there is no such thing as the poop fairy? The Violet Crown Trail is the only privately maintained public trail in Austin. That means Dave and the maintenance crew are the ones picking up left behind poop bags. Please help by taking your’s home. #HereForever https://t.co/jpYu2JOJ1K
Soil management and conservation agriculture practices ensure the environmental and financial sustainability of ranching; while protecting both our Central Texas heritage and our expansive Hill Country views. #HereForever https://t.co/j8GFFTpK65
We can't reiterate enough.."even spending 20 minutes outside will have short term effects on the brain to reduce stress." americantrails.org/mental-health-…
George Cofer, HCC CEO, has an exciting announcement to share and has chosen our next Virtual Walk-and-Talk as his venue! Join us on Tuesday, April 21 at 8:00 am for a YouTube Premiere event to hear this important message first hand. rb.gy/9mscfq
A huge shout out to @impactnews_ltw for the great write up about HCC today! We appreciate it! Check out the story here: communityimpact.com/austin/lake-tr…
Since it’s NOT #TaxDay, you won’t need to rush to the post office with check and form in hand. Why not use that extra time to appreciate all that nature gives. Consider a contribution to HCC. hillcountryconservancy.org #HereForever https://t.co/qBTC4yCvCy
It's exciting to gaze up at a dark sky and make a wish on a shooting star. But a naturally dark night is vital for the production of melatonin which directly impacts our sleep patterns and overall health. Learn more on our blog. #nationallookupattheskyday rb.gy/ophzx0
With all of our April showers and the fact that it is #NationalGardeningDay, planning and planting a rain garden makes perfect sense – both for beauty and conservation of our precious water quality. #HereForever https://t.co/88KSSDIU7N
Today is a bright and sunny day – a beautiful start to the week. For your #MondayMotivation savor the spring weather by taking breaks outdoors. Just 20 or 30 minutes connected to nature helps relieve stress. #HereForever https://t.co/edn6UqrcpV
It is 7:05 a.m. on Monday morning (April 13, 2020) and sunrise is now official. So is the reopening of our Austin parks and trails, including the Violet Crown Trail. Please maintain safe physical distancing and follow CDC guidelines. #HereForever https://t.co/AoNDX0YMlq
Eastern Cottontail rabbits are the most common species of rabbits found in the Texas Hill Country. They, like eggs, are iconic symbols of fertility. Maybe this is why we have an Easter bunny delivering eggs instead of an Easter chicken? Have a wonderful Easter! #Easter https://t.co/mymTcAp3iP
It’s #NationalPetDay. Give your furred, scaled, feathered or maned companions some extra love today to celebrate the special bond created when you adopt a creature or, in some cases, they adopt you. #HereForever https://t.co/Gvw1aiuv0h
Did you know that the Violet Crown Trail’s maintenance team is certified essential? Following CDC guidelines and with Parks and Recreation permission, our crew plans to be doing much-needed trail repair during this weekend’s Austin trails closure. #HereForever, @AustinCityParks https://t.co/BYjkTz9fsw
Stay tuned. Hill Country Conservancy is hosting a YouTube Premiere in less than an hour. (Friday, April 10, starting at 8 a.m.) A virtual Walk-and-Talk along the Violet Crown Trail and Live Chat with an all-star HCC cast. youtube.com/watch?v=pJ9StQ… #HereForever https://t.co/ciYBDYsZlB
Here is some good news for our lovely monarch butterflies who find their sometimes home right here in the Texas Hill Country. #hereforever ow.ly/hDjd50zatxJ https://t.co/9TEp2NJjnL
Happy #NationalUnicornDay to Winston, Hill Country Conservancy's favorite little unicorn. We hope that all the unicorns in your life have a magical day full of rainbows and eco-friendly glitter. #hereforever https://t.co/ufSxH6INGS
Black-crested Titmouse is a small songbird common throughout the Hill Country. They mate for life and pluck hair from dogs, and other mammals for nest lining. When you're out on the @VioletCrownTrail listen for its song found here: tinyurl.com/w834qf6 #WildlifeWednesday https://t.co/MdjKOJIDmW
"If there is an unexpected benefit in this time of quarantine, walking surely rises to the top." Enjoy HCC's latest blog by Scott Parker, Director of Land Conservation. bit.ly/2XjrdD7
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With changes bombarding us what seems like every minute, take to heart Pete Marshall’s quote: “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” #HereForever #TuesdayThoughts https://t.co/v7fTcfXi14
B/c of historically high usage during Easter, all @AustinCityParks and trails will close for the weekend to prevent spreading COVID-19. From April 9 to sunrise April 13 parks, trails, greenbelts, including portions of the Violet Crown Trail will close.
RT @TPWDnews: At the direction of @GovAbbott, #Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, A…
RT @hereforever: It’s #NationalHugANewspersonDay and given present circumstances that has to be virtual. So, a shout-out and thank you to a…
A study of 20,000 people found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces, either all at once or spaced over several visits were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t. #worldhealthday to.pbs.org/2XcpbES
As the Dalai Lama says: Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Use nature to invigorate yourself for the day and the week ahead. Visit your backyard, take a short walk or just focus on an inspiring picture. #HereForever #MondayMotivation https://t.co/TsAqSnJds9
It’s #NationalHugANewspersonDay and given present circumstances that has to be virtual. So, a shout-out and thank you to all those hardworking news people who give us much-needed facts and information. You help keep us safe through all types of storms. #HereForever https://t.co/8dtNZE7QEv
It’s Friday and happy hour time, so we’re celebrating with a toast to nature for continuing to do a great job of getting us through the week. #FridayFeelings #HereForever https://t.co/WXXrfhN9LB
What is a rainbow? A scientific phenomenon...art in the sky...a sign of hope...the promise of riches? In the Texas Hill County, it is nature showing off her beauty. #NationalFindARainbowDay #HereForever https://t.co/oaWkM40pex
Did you know? The Violet Crown Trail is the only privately maintained, public trail in Austin? That means we are the ones who keep the trash bins and poop containers emptied, and the trails free of debris and creeping plant life. #HereForever https://t.co/opfIPPbUug
The Meadows Center for Water and Environment seeks to interview people of color who have been employed in an environmental job for a Professional Advancement of People of Color in Environmental Careers. Click if you are interested! bit.ly/2UGJKaZ
Use your backyard, patio or a corner of a room to create your own nature place. Science Daily reports that taking at least 20 minutes to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature significantly lowers stress levels. ow.ly/kDJO50z3xHD #HereForever https://t.co/9M7QSqJ4EO
A motivational thought for when the days seem long. Oh, and also, tomorrow is Friday! #ThursdayMotivation #HereForever https://t.co/QcxH1FRHYE
News Flash, nature is taking over! With no traffic, the Texas state flower is growing in the streets of Central Texas. George Cofer of HCC says “It’s the darndest thing! I’ve been in Austin all my life and I’ve never seen anything like it!” #aprilfools #hereforever https://t.co/ElI1RD4N5w
#ImDoingFineBecause of all the farmers and ranchers out there continuing to work in order to maintain our food supply. #CesarChavezDay https://t.co/SbWefNNuUI
French artist Robert Delaunay noted “Light in nature creates the movement of colors.” Periodically take a nature break. Think about the differences in the light and corresponding colors you find in your yard at different times of the day. #Tuesdaythoughts #HereForever https://t.co/J8z9QTuYMy
On #nationaldoctorsday Hill Country Conservancy extends our deepest gratitude for all the health care workers working tirelessly to keep us safe! https://t.co/5opE5TaN0m
Use these same guidelines when you are enjoying the @Violetcrowntrail twitter.com/austintexasgov…
Hats off to the @statesman for this history of growth in Texas written by @asherprice. HCC works with ranchers throughout the Hill Country, oftentimes giving them the means to continue their multigenerational work on their ancestral land. #hereforever bit.ly/2JoqSXs
Counting among our blessings the glorious array off springtime flowers to be found everywhere, even outside our own front doors! What are you grateful for today? #HereForever https://t.co/jcGHSFOzK7
In the midst of all of the uncertainties that we are facing, we need to remember our core values. Join us in honoring Earth Hour by turning off lights and minimizing electricity consumption for just 60 minutes starting at 8:30 p.m. (MDT) #HereForever https://t.co/upbyaGyWCU
It’s Friday night! Let’s toast to nature for helping to keep us all sane. #HereForever https://t.co/Rv1gwduBSY
Did you know? Nearly half of the Violet Crown Trail is of universal design, which means these sections are 10 to 12 feet wide. Social distancing wasn’t a thing when we built these trails this way, but it’s coming in handy now! #HereForever https://t.co/2INfADfUTD
Nature is a great de-stressor. If you have been stuck inside all day, take five minutes and find some bit of nature to focus upon. It might be picture, a hummingbird at a backyard feeder or a special flower you see during a walk. Relax. Replenish. Stay well. #HereForever https://t.co/X8Qaxm6mXf
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In this month's blog post, "These Unprecedented Times" we discover how nature can help usher us through these trying times. Read about it here. hillcountryconservancy.org/these-unpreced… #hereforever
As we stay-at-home, remaining connected is more critical than ever. Using William Shakespeare’s words “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” Stay safe, stay well and join us in sharing a favorite nature image. #HereForever https://t.co/jmp7OZhEX8
It’s manatee appreciation day! Although we are land-locked, the Hill Country has its own version of the sea cow. Here’s to all the ranchers out there keeping it real for the rest of us! #HereForever, #ManateeAppreciationDay https://t.co/Wa668oDZxT
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In this time of social distancing, it's tricky to get outside and enjoy the trail, so we are bringing the trail to you! Please, enjoy this virtual walk-and-talk on the @VioletCrownTrail ow.ly/adVT50yU9q4
It’s #NationalPuppyDay, and since we are all doing our best to be #saferathome, let’s go virtual and share some pictures or videos from travels with your puppy along Violet Crown Trail. Post them here. #HereForever https://t.co/clcNc3uiKY
Join us in sharing a pic of your favorite furry friend in honor of #NationalPuppyDay. As reported in a Psychology Today blog “Dogs Drive Emotional Well Being.” Read about it here: ow.ly/3jkO50yTtpv #HereForever https://t.co/LmmQ0v4a3I
Happy #NationalPuppyDay. Puppies are the best mood-medicine, especially right now. Here’s a cute pic of one of our favorite furry friends, Captain Murphy on the @VioletCrownTrail. We want to see your furry friends too! Post your pics here. #HereForever https://t.co/y6xFxQI30O
Happy #WorldWaterDay. Water is important to the survival of humans, agriculture, plants, pets, wildlife, and industry. HCC conserves land over critical watersheds, to ensure this critical natural resource is readily available now and for generations to come. #llanoriver https://t.co/mSNscd1Xh4
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