A new website, Beautiful Hays County, is now available for Hays Country residents who want to find out more about the natural environment of the Texas hill country. It was created by The Hays County Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist™ program.
“The site is a valuable source of information for everyone interested in nature, conservation, and the environment in Hays County and central Texas,” says Anne Child, president of Hays County Master Master Naturalists. “Parents and educators will find the site is a great way to introduce children to these concepts, and, if you have questions, you can find answers from a network of knowledgable sources by submitting queries to the site’s ‘Ask an Expert’ feature.”
There are many informative articles covering the general topics of water, plants and landscapes, wildlife and insects, as well as conservation and restoration. There are several articles on each topic and each is filled with practical information to help make informed decisions. “An additional ‘Wildlife Resources’ page provides many useful links to our partner organizations,” says Child, “including information for visitors to Hays County, reading recommendations, and links to many great and useful smartphone apps.”
The website also provides an event list, regularly updated posts, and an array of unique and colorful photographs of local wildlife, plants, and landscapes. “Sharing the wonder and beauty of Hays County,” says Child, “aligns perfectly with the mission of Texas Master Naturalists to ‘ provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our community.”