Residents responded warmly to volunteer census takers who knocked on doors to ask questions about horned toads. Although numbers have not yet been tabulated, the Horned Toad Club has declared Saturday’s effort a success.
Volunteers from Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Master Naturalists provided valuable assistance gathering information about the whereabouts of horned toads in Karnes County.
The day began with an orientation hosted by Texas Agrilife Extension agent JD Folbre.
The reasons and methods of the survey were explained and neighborhood assignments were given.
After the strategy meeting, volunteers went out and knocked on doors asking residents if they have seen horned toads in their neighborhoods. Information gathering concluded with an afternoon lunch at Barth’s Restaurant where recognition was given for the day’s efforts and horned toad prizes were presented to the weary volunteers.
Those who were still able to persevere the July heat then went out on a field excursion lead by Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Ryan Darr to see horned toads in Karnes County.
The information gathered Saturday is now in the hands of TCU scientists Ashley Wall and Doctor Dean Williams.
They are looking for more information, however, because the small number of volunteers could not cover all areas of Karnes County. Next Saturday the effort will move on to Runge.
The Horned Toad Club is now calling for volunteers to survey the town of Runge on Saturday, July 27.
The survey day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. For questions or to volunteer, call Dr. Wade Phelps in Kenedy at 830-583-9891.