March 16 & 17 volunteers from across Texas descended on the Big Bend Region to build two critical large format wildlife water guzzlers on the El Carmen Land and Conservation Company owned by Cemex USA (Houston) and Josiah Austin, and situated strategically between Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Black Gap Wildlife Management Area and Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande. Primary funding for this phase of extensive landscape scale conservation efforts being directed by El Carmen Land & Conservation Company was provided by some giants in the conservation field: The Dallas Safari Club, The Wild Sheep Foundation, The Mule Deer Foundation, CEMEX Inc. – Balcones Quarry and L&S Mechanical (Fort Worth)! Volunteers representing these groups and others including Sul Ross State University, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Wildlife Division, Texas Bighorn Society and more were on the ground to bring it all together! A couple of hard day’s work set in place permanent and reliable water sources supporting recent transplants of mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, Gambel’s quail, a resident black bear population, as well as all the other native and migratory wildlife and birds in this area.
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