The foundation’s Alamito Creek Preserve is several miles south of Mimms Unit in Presidio County. Whereas many other creeks in far West Texas have lost their bank-side tree canopy, this beautiful stretch of Alamito (Spanish for “little cottonwood”) is still lined by a thriving cottonwood community.
Education Programs at Alamito Creek Preserve
Land owners, students, and non-profit groups visit the Alamito Creek Preserve to learn about desert riparian areas, land management, water conservation, birds, and many other subjects. Educators, researchers and organizations are invited to contact President Robert Potts in west Texas to discuss opportunities for field experiences and research projects at the preserve.
Here are a few examples of field programs held at the preserve:
- The Trinity River Audubon Center‘s Conservation Treks program visited the preserve in March 2015. They flagged salt cedars for removal and counted vermilion flycatchers, which show up in droves each spring in the cottonwoods along the creek.
- The Big Bend Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas learned about collecting native plant seeds from botanist Michael Eason at the preserve in October 2014.
- In 2011, eighth graders from Andrews ISD in west Texas learned about water conservation and other topics at the preserve.