Horned Lizard Conservation Meeting Fort Worth, Texas July 27-29, 2007
The National Horned Lizard Conservation Society in concert with TCU, the Fort Worth Zoo, the Nature Center, and Crosswinds Ranch will hold their biennial meeting in Fort Worth, July 27th, 28th, and 29th.
It’s one of the few times in the history of the organization, founded in 1990, that a meeting takes place in an urban setting. Fort Worth is home to a successful breeding program for Texas horned lizards at the Fort Worth Zoo in the
Texas Wild section. And TCU is home to the TCU Horned Frogs where a larger-than-life bronzed horned lizard sits enthroned at the front of the campus and a collection of horned lizard art resides at the alumni center. For those who want to get back to nature there is a tour of the Fort Worth Nature Center and on to Crosswinds Ranch for a look at the Cross Timbers region, lunch, swimming, and a little herping.
The meeting begins on Friday, July 27th, at the Fort Worth Zoo with tours through Texas Wild to see the breeding program guided by John Ward, Assistant Curator of Texas Wild, who says the little critters, hatched several months ago and featured on the back cover of one of the latest issues of TCU Magazine, are getting pudgy. Also check out the Phrynosomatics November 2006 issue article named “The Horned Lizard at the Fort Worth Zoo” for more information about the exhibit and for pictures of the hatchlings.
Papers of scientific and popular interest will be presented on Saturday at the Dee Kelly Center at TCU. The TCU Library will provide a small exhibit of printed materials having to do with horned lizards, one of which is the thesis of Dr. Willis Hewatt, who taught at TCU for many years, on Phrynosoma cornutum. Jane Manaster, author of a popular treatment entitled Horned Lizards (Texas Tech Press) will be the luncheon speaker. Her book, as well as other titles, and other horny toad items will be for sale with proceeds benefiting HLCS.
On Sunday, the group will convene at the Fort Worth Nature Center then move to Crosswinds Ranch, Joyce Roach’s home, west of the Nature Center with wrap-up activities.
The public is invited. Registration is $30.00 which includes the zoo, luncheon, and breaks. Partial registration (without meals) is $10. For additional information, go to www.hornedlizards.org.