Please join us in working to encourage monarch butterfly habitats by reading this great and informative article from the Dallas Morning News.
Recently, our Project Director Bob DeJean reported that local resident Carol had observed hundreds of monarchs “streaming by the windows… They appeared to be hugging the shoreline of Lake Ray Hubbard… and she had made several separate one minute counts of Monarchs passing in front of her, and those four counts averaged out to around 50 Monarchs per minute! This density seemed to persist for at least one and a half hours. It might have started earlier and gone later. Only a few were stopping to nectar, mostly engaging in gliding flight towards the South. Some flew quite high, and others low. Others throughout the state have reported seeing hundreds of monarchs (about 300 monarchs) flying in groups and hiding in blooming flowers on their way southward.
Are you seeing Monarchs still? Have you ever reported these sightings on the wonderful website Journey North? Use this link to report your sightings, and track the Monarch migration to Mexico. Journey North’s website is journeynorth.org.
Happy Monarch Sightings!
On September 21, 2019, the Rockwall County Open Space Alliance was honored to present a program on Monarch Butterflies to a great group of children and their families at the Rockwall County Library. We had several requests for the presentation that was presented, so here it is! Click here to access a pdf version of the slides. We hope you enjoy it and are thankful to those who attended the session!
Theme: THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Show how Open Space contributes to the quality of life in Rockwall County, including the effect on clean air and water, balance of wildlife, recreational activities, and physical/mental wellbeing.
Download a copy of the Rules here.
Who may enter: Any resident of Rockwall County. (RCOSA board members and their families are not eligible.)
Adult: age 18 or older, or out of high school
Youth: ages 8-18, or still in high school
People in Nature
Digital – 300 dpi, 8×10 or 8×12 physical size
In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs should be in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web in sRGB color space, at least 2000 pixels wide, and no larger than 10MB.
By submitting, the entrant grants RCOSA a non-exclusive license to use the image on their website, social media, printed materials, and for purposes of publicizing the contest. We will always show the photographer’s name when using a photograph for any purpose.
Submission: Beginning May 24, 2019 at 12:00am. Deadline is 11:59pm June 1, 2019.
Send files to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ribbons for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention
- A print of the winning entries
- Winning photos will be displayed at Rockwall Co. Library
- Selected entries will be featured on RCOSA website, social media, and in other media with credit given to the photographer.
- Entries will be received from May 24, 2019 through midnight on June 1, 2019.
- Submit a color or black and white digital image captured in Rockwall County, within the last 24 months.
- The image must be the work of the entrant.
- The image must not have been the winner of any previous contest.
- The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold RCOSA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of RCOSA’s display of each image submitted.
- Entrants will select category, and assign a title for each entry.
- A title is required for each entry. Entries will be identified by an assigned number and the photographer shall remain anonymous until winners are selected.
The entrant will complete the underlined portion shown in the Example. The entry number which will be assigned by RCOSA.
An entry in the Adult Division, Nature Category would be identified as:
A-N-Lake Ray Hubbard Sunset – 3549
(Division-Category-Title-Entry Number assigned by contest chair)
Junior Division/People in Nature:
J-P-Megan in Bluebonnets – 1680
Three (3) judges will score the entries based on creativity, originality, interest, creativity, overall appeal, appropriateness to theme. Scoring shall be based on numerical scores of 1-10, with 10 being best.
Judges will select 10 finalists per category, a first, second and a third-place winner per category, and an Honorable Mention award for each category. Winners will be notified by email and announced on the RCOSA website and Facebook on June 28, 2019. An Awards Ceremony will be held at the Rockwall County Library on Saturday, June 29th.
Winning photos and the finalists will be featured on RCOSA’s Facebook page and website. Winning photos will be exhibited from June 29 – July 12, 2019 at the Rockwall County Library.
Need more information? Send your questions to email@example.com.
A History of Land Use in Rockwall County is a new presentation provided to our supporters and to all county residents that provides interesting and useful information about how land use has changed over the 150+ year history of Rockwall County. We have gone from an agrarian-based economy to one that is vibrant with industry, small business, and many sub-developments across the county. This presentation is an automatic slideshow which will give the reader a glimpse into the reasons why Rockwall County Open Space Alliance and our mission and goals are so important! Enjoy! Click here to watch the show!
Thanks to you, our supporters, we raised money in our ticket sales, silent & live auction, and raffle that will be used for the benefit of Rockwall County’s open space, trail connectivity, and watershed protection goals!
We are pleased to announce that Heath Mayor Brian Berry signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge at the August 22, 2017 City Council meeting. “I am pleased to join Mayors from all over Texas in taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species and our state butterfly,” said Mayor Brian Berry. “This is an especially good time to take this action as our Park Board initiates a new Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan which can address enhancing habitats that promote and preserve native wildlife.”
The Rockwall County Open Space Alliance board is very excited that Heath is joining the City of Rockwall’s Mayor and other area Mayors in this important statewide initiative!
Released in conjunction with the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2017 Capitol Summit event, the report shows that the outdoor recreation industry is a powerful force in the overall U.S. economy, with consumers spending $887 billion annually on outdoor recreation and the industry creating 7.6 million American jobs. In addition, the report demonstrates how the outdoor recreation economy works in tandem with preservation and conservation efforts for America’s most treasured outdoor spaces, contributing to the growth of our economy and ensuring that we are properly protecting America’s beautiful lands. Finally, the report is a valuable resource that can be used by members of the industry to better understand the outdoor recreation landscape and how it impacts their businesses.
Do your elected officials realize how big the outdoor recreation economy is? Tell them it’s HUGE. $887 billion in consumer spending. 7.6 million American jobs. Send them Outdoor Industry Association’s latest Outdoor Recreation Economy report, and encourage them to support this powerful industry. bit.ly/2pHgzD7 #ThriveOutside
Join us for a Wildflower Tour hosted by the Nature Conservancy at the Clymer Meadow Preserve on US 69 in Celeste, Texas. May 20, 2017. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-752-0676.
Click here for more information about this wonderful opportunity to experience one of the last remnants of the Blackland Prairie!
Click here to view the 2015 Rockwall County Open Space Master Plan created by Verdunity/WRT for the Rockwall County Commissioners Court.
At the January 26, 2016 meeting of the Rockwall County Commissioners Court, the commissioners and county judge unanimously approved the Open Space Master Plan submitted by Kevin Shepherd of Verdunity, Inc. representing his team in partnership with WRT Design, Inc.
The Open Space Alliance Executive Committee and member cities are thrilled that this important step was taken and appreciate the confidence and support of our commissioners (David Magness, Lee Gilbert, Cliff Sevier, and Dennis Bailey) and County Judge David Sweet.
Next steps are being determined at this time as to the appropriate funding mechanisms to consider and adopt as well as the organizational structure for our ongoing monthly meetings. Any decisions made within the next month or two will be provided to you as they become available.
Thank you to everyone for your support and contributions in this process. We look forward to what this means for Rockwall County, our cities, and citizens!
Attached here is the final plan document that was presented to the Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court on December 29, 2015.