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Texas Co-Op Power - July 1, 2017

Tom McDonough started fishing in Lake Livingston shortly after it was completed in the early 1970s. He would always get his limit of white bass, crappie, stripers, and assorted other varieties. He and his wife moved away for several years, but when they decided to retire in 2003, Lake Livingston was their first and onlyRead More

Monarch recovery focus of state symposium

NRCS - June 3, 2017

The recovery of the Monarch butterfly was the focus of the recent South-Central Monarch Symposium held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Hosted by Texan by Nature which was founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, the symposium brought together upwards of 200 attendees representing ranchers, researchers, conservation agencies, Non-Government Organizations andRead More

Wildflower Seeds Spur Pollinator Gardens by Girls Scouts of Greater South Texas

NRCS - June 25, 2017

Monarchs will have a lot more native nectar plants drawing them to the Rio Grande Valley this fall and next spring thanks to packages of wildflower seeds which “planted” the idea for pollinator gardens by the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. “The seed packages from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) given to meRead More

Ward Walker 7-Oaks Ranch Partners with Laura Bush’s Organization Texan by Nature

The Ozona Stockman - June 6, 2017

The Ward Walker Ranch recently became a Texan by Nature Monarch Wrangler for their efforts to create habitat essential to the monarch butterfly. Texan by Nature is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush to align the broad interests of conservation groups with business, healthcare, schools, the scientific community, and faith-based organizations.Read More

LIVE: Former First Lady Laura Bush Keynotes South-Central Monarch Symposium

KXAN News - May 31, 2017

LIVE: Former First Lady Laura Bush Keynotes South-Central Monarch Symposium Posted by KXAN News on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Laura Bush in Austin to promote recovery of the monarch butterfly (VIDEO)

KXAN News - May 31, 2017

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Over the last two decades, the monarch butterfly population has been on a gradual decline, which is why former First Lady Laura Bush met with scientists and experts from across the country on Wednesday to discuss ways to enhance and recover the species. Texan By Nature organized the 2-day Monarch Symposium at the LadyRead More

Former First Lady Laura Bush back in Austin in big push to save monarch butterfly (VIDEO)

CBS Austin - May 31, 2017

Former First Lady Laura Bush visited Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Wednesday. She delivered the keynote address for the South Central Monarch Symposium, first giving an update on her family. “President Bush at age 92 and Bar at 91 are both happy and in good spirits, and George and I believe they’re both showingRead More

Save the Monarchs: Laura Bush Asks for Help Saving the State Insect of Texas

UT News - May 31, 2017

“As everyone here knows the monarch butterfly is the most iconic and beloved insect in the world,” said former first lady and UT Austin alumna Laura Bush in her keynote at the South-Central Monarch Symposium this Wednesday. “But sadly, there has been an 80 percent decline in the monarchs’ eastern population.” Held at UT Austin’s internationally recognizedRead More

Former First Lady Doesn’t Beat Around the Bush About Butterflies

Spectrum News - May 31, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — Former first lady, Laura Bush, visited the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Wednesday. While she spent some time out in the gardens, Mrs. Bush also rallied for a cause close to her heart. Springtime in the Lone Star State means flowers, bees and butterflies. But here in Texas, there’s something fading fromRead More

Texan by Nature, Partner by Choice

Monarch Joint Venture - May 26, 2017

Given the vastness of the Texas landscape and its importance to spring monarch reproduction and spring and fall migration, the state has a large role to play in efforts to protect monarch butterflies. With 95% of the land in Texas being privately owned, it is crucial that stakeholders within and beyond the state work togetherRead More