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Mother Nature Changes Earth Day in Texas!

A series of severe storms in the Houston area on the weekend before Earth Day forced the cancellation of one major Earth Day event, but, thanks to many volunteers, the word about patrolling for sea turtles on the Texas coast reached thousands of people!

With tables at the Houston Zoo, North Harris County College, the Moody Gardens in Galveston and an Astros “Green Game,” thousands of bookmarks were distributed and donations collected to replace STRP sea turtle signs washed away by Hurricane Ike. In addition, Deborah Wilson of Houston greeted hundreds of volunteers in Galveston on Sunday, April 26, involved in the Spring Beach Clean-up sponsored by the Texas General Land Office. She had spent Earth Day evening at the Astros game with her family at the STRP table.

Girl Scout Troop 10319 of the Cypress-Tomball area stayed at the Houston Zoo until the severe weather forced them out on April 18. The only event totally washed out was at The Woodlands, a city north of Houston. Thanks are in order for every volunteer who worked or tried to get to a site in spite of the weather! We know that Mother Nature always has the last word.  Meanwhile, 20 Kemp’s ridley nests have been found at the Padre Island National Seashore and beaches to the south in Texas!