50 Years of Wilderness!
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Big Bend has hundreds of thousands of acres of designated wilderness, set aside decades ago by President Reagan. The park will be celebrating its wilderness areas this year with a series of events. Keep your eye on this page for details……………………
Friends of Big Bend National Park Survey
Friends of Big Bend National Park is undergoing long term planning, and preparing for the future. We are asking our supporters to complete this free survey and give us their thoughts on how to best support the park in the future. Click this link to access the survey between now and May 15: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fbbnp. Thank you for your help!
Celebrating Five Years of National Public Lands Day
Friends of Big Bend has participated in National Public Lands Day for the last five years. It’s been wonderful fun for all of us, and we’ve put together a celebration of this service to the park. You can access this video at: http://youtu.be/gnjpHzfjRS0
On June 1, 2014 researchers from Big Bend National Park and Texas Tech University announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur in Big Bend National Park – the Bravoceratops. This horned giant roamed the area that is now Big Bend National Park 75-65 million years ago, adding another Cretaceous era dinosaur to Big Bend’s long list. Current scientific discoveries like these are only part of what the park intends to interpret with the new Fossil Discovery Trail, which you can donate to today by clicking this link.
To learn more about Bravoceratops click here for the park’s announcement.
Boquillas Port of Entry is Open!
Pack your passport the next time you head to Big Bend National Park because the long-awaited Boquillas Port of Entry is now open for business. Visitors can take a rowboat or simply wade across the Rio Grande before taking the short walk into the small Mexican town of Boquillas. Small restaurants and bars as well as crafters and artists await you on the other side. A passport is required for return entry into the United States. Be sure to bring along cash and sunscreen for your trip over the border, and note what time the Crossing closes before you leave. Check our Facebook site for recent photos – many people have been sharing their trip memories with us!
Want to help Big Bend National Park and offset your carbon footprint at the same time? Reliant Energy and EarthShare of Texas have launched The Reliant EcoShareSM, a program that allows Reliant customers to support EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations and help reduce the customers’ carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets.
Here’s how it works: The Reliant EcoShareSM program gives customers the option of two pricing levels:
- For a flat monthly cost of $3.95, a $1 donation is made each month to EarthShare of Texas, and 500 pounds of carbon offsets are purchased.
- Or for a flat monthly cost of $5.95, a $2 donation is made each month to EarthShare of Texas, and 1,000 pounds of carbon offsets are purchased.
Friends of Big Bend benefits, because as one of EarthShare of Texas’ participating organizations, a portion of the Reliant donation is shared with us.
Carbon offsets for the Reliant EcoShareSM program meet approved standards to ensure that they represent real, verifiable reductions in greenhouse gases. Our thanks to Reliant for creating a program that provides benefits for the Texas environment!
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Friends of Big Bend National Park earns a penny every time you searched the Internet from the GoodSearch website. GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo and help Big Bend National Park while you do it! Just go to www.goodsearch.com and enter Friends of Big Bend as the charity you want to support!