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Commentary: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Leashes

Aldo Leopold wrote that “one of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives in a world of wounds.” As ecologists and natural historians, this prophesy is realized in our perpetual awareness of the degraded and constructed world in which humans live. Leopold also suggested that an ecologist “must be the doctor who […]

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San Antonio Plots Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan

When San Antonio became the first Monarch Butterfly Champion City in December, people in the conservation community outside the city limits took notice. Mayor Ivy Taylor was the first mayor in the country to commit to all 24 recommendations on the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge action item list to increase Monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat in […]

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Reimagining the San Antonio River’s South Channel

Lincoln St. George is praying for a freeze. As San Antonio’s downtown operations manager, St. George, 54, oversees maintenance and landscaping of the San Antonio River.  A freeze would really help with one big item looming on his staff’s to-do list: removal of dense stands of Elephant Ears, Colocasia esculenta, an invasive aquatic plant that has colonized the […]

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Bexar County Embraces Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Pledge

Bexar County Commissioners’ Court reinforced San Antonio’s status as the only Monarch Butterfly Champion City in the country Tuesday by issuing a proclamation pledging to work alongside the city and its partners on the National Wildlife Federation‘s (NWF) Mayor’s Monarch Pledge to increase pollinator habitat. Mayor Ivy Tyler signed the NWF pledge to increase pollinator habitat on […]

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A Seasonal Thank You to Our First Responders

Please allow me to express my Christmas Day appreciation for San Antonio’s 4,000 first responders. That might take some by surprise given the strong position I have taken on curbing union health care and pension costs in the now-suspended collective bargaining negotiations. This public thank-you letter isn’t about contracts or negotiations. It’s about recognizing the […]