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Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 • Posted January 1, 2008

Rufus Stephens, a Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist, will speak on the “Overabundance of White-tailed Deer, Impacts and Current Solutions” on January 8 at the Gillespie County Agricultural Extension Building, 95 Frederick Road, beginning at 7:00PM. The presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their Nature Series programs conducted throughout the school year.

Stephens, a wildlife ecology graduate of Texas A & M University, is the wildlife biologist for Kendall and Comal counties stationed in Boerne. Stephens has been with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department since 2004 and served as the urban biologist in San Antonio before taking his current position. He has worked with governmental agencies and industry to balance human needs with fish and wildlife needs. Stephens has worked with developers to create conservation developments where people and wildlife can live together. He was one of the founders of the Texas Master Naturalist Program and also teaches community education courses and works with school children on natural habitat education.

Stephens will discuss the impact that high numbers of white-tailed deer have on our native plant community. He will share his insight on current population trends and what solutions exist to manage this challenging situation. He will talk about the impact the deer have on sub-division communities as well as the rural countryside.

This free program is open to the public. For more information on this program and the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, please call Jane Crone at 830-990-9823.

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