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  • Copyright © 2007 Peel, Inc. Jester Estates Homeowner's Association Newsletter - March 2007 1

    Jester Estates

    JESTER GARAGE SALE SATURDAY MAY 5

    March 2007 Volume 2, Issue 3

    Offi cial Publication of The Jester Estates Homeowners Association

    The Jester Warbler President’s Corner

    Don't want to wait for the mail? View the current issue of the Jester Warbler Newsletter

    on the 1st day of the month at www.PEELinc.com

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Jester Easter Egg Hunt

    and Petting Zoo

    Saturday March 31 9:30 am

    Jester Club (Note: This is the weekend before Easter weekend!)

    Our Namesake: An Endangered Bird Tweeh-tweeh-tweeh-TWEEsy! Can you hear it? Early March marks the return of the Golden-cheeked Warbler to the Texas hill country. This warbler, which happens to be our newsletter namesake, spends its winters in the forests of Central or South America and its summers in fewer than 35 counties in south central Texas. Sadly, this unique bird is one of over 200 species of migratory birds whose survival is threatened by the destruction of native habitat -- in both its winter and summer ranges-- due to agriculture and development. The Golden-cheeked Warbler is a 4 to 5 inch-long songbird with dark gray upperparts and white underparts with thick black streaks on its sides. Its head has a black cap and throat, bright yellow “cheeks”, and a dark eye-line. Dark wings with two white wingbars complete the brightly colored male, while the female is duller with olive-green upperparts, a streaked cap, and a white throat. This warbler is totally dependent on a mixed woodland of oak and stands of old-growth ashe juniper (or cedar trees) for nesting habitat, just like those found in the ravines and canyons that surround our neighborhood. This unique habitat provides the warbler with long strips of peeling bark from the mature ashe juniper trees, and they use them, along with spider webs, to construct their nests. An insect- eating bird, they forage through the leaves and bark of oaks & other trees, gleaning them of a multitude of caterpillars, spiders, beetles, and other insects. Golden-cheeked Warblers arrive at their breeding grounds by mid-March, returning to the same territories each year and nesting from April to May. Females lay 3-4 eggs during the nesting season, with the young fl edgling birds leaving the nest only 8 or 9 days after hatching, staying in the vicinity of their caring parents. Of the nearly 360 bird species that breed in Texas, the Golden-cheeked Warbler is the only one that nests exclusively in Texas, and in our neighborhood at that! As mentioned above, the major threat to the warbler is native habitat destruction and fragmentation, with the most signifi cant factor being the widespread removal of native ashe junipers in south central Texas. Over the twenty year span between the early 1970s and 1990s, coincident with urbanization removing 50% of suitable habitat, the warbler’s population declined dramatically from over 15,000 birds to less than 5,000, prompting it to be listed as an endangered species in the United States.

    NatureWatch by Jim and Lynne Weber

    (Continued on page 2)

    We are receiving reports about an alarming amount of activity by coyotes around our neighborhood. Some hear large packs howling at night on a regular basis and the sounds of other animals being attacked and eaten. There are reports of coyotes walking down streets in our neighborhood during the day. The wildlife folks consider this a sign there may be a serious problem. Apparently we are not the only area in Austin with this problem, reports are it is becoming common where neighborhoods meet greenbelt and preserve land. We will have an article in next month’s Warbler to let you know about efforts to deal with the problem of urban coyotes and how you can help. In the meantime you can go to http://www.aphis. usda.gov/lpa/pubs/fsheet_faq_notice/fs_wscoyote.html for more information. Next issue we will report on the JHA 2007 Annual Meeting. Until next time – Philip Kolman

  • 2 Jester Estates Homeowner's Association Newsletter - March 2007 Copyright © 2007 Peel, Inc.

    Jester Estates

    Newsletter Information Editor Diana Hempstead ..................... [email protected] Publisher Peel, Inc. ........................ www.PEELinc.com, 512-989-8905 Advertising ........ [email protected], 512-989-8905

    Board of Directors President and Treasurer Philip Kolman ............................................... (H) 512-346-1619 ............................................................. [email protected] Vice President, Restriction Violations Rick Toth ....................................................... (H) 512-342-8936 ................................................................... [email protected] Secretary & Landscaping Committee Chair ..........................................................................................OPEN Communications Committee Chair Diana Hempstead .......................................... (H) 512-496-0777 ....................................................... [email protected] Social Committee Chair Teresa Gouldie .............................................. (C) 512-751-8000 ........................[email protected] CONA Committee Chair Dale Bulla ..................................................... (H) 512-345-9528 ..........[email protected]pobox.com Committee Chair Pate Brendle .................................................. (H) 512-346-2082 .......................................................... [email protected]

    OTHER Achitectural Control Committee Chair Jennifer Wood ............................................... (H) 512-231-9196 ............................................................. [email protected] Warbler Editor and Email Alert Diana Hempstead .......................... [email protected] Homeowner's Association Mgmt - Carol Wolf Mgmt Carol Wolf .................. (W) 512-258-8200, (Fax) 512-336-7244 .......[email protected]austin.rr.com

    Offi ce: 1001 Cypress Creek, Suite 105 Cedar Park, TX 78613

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 202101 Austin, TX 78720

    What can we do to preserve this unique Texas species for future generations? Buy shade-grown coffee, which supports better agricultural practices that protect habitat in the warbler’s wintering range. Here at home, support the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP), which contains the greatest amount of prime warbler habitat in large, undisturbed tracts. From March 1 to July 31, the BCP is closed for the Golden-cheeked Warbler breeding season, and citizens must obtain a permit for access during this time. So consider yourself lucky if you see a Golden-cheeked Warbler, a rare denizen of the Texas hill country. And think twice before cutting down those native, life-sustaining ashe junipers! For more information, visit the Austin City Connection at http:// www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/description.htm.

    Nature Watch- (Continued from page 1)

    Advertising Information Please support the businesses that advertise in the Jester Warbler. Their advertising dollars make it possible for all Jester Estates residents to receive the monthly newsletter at no charge. No homeowners association funds are used to produce or mail the newsletters. If you would like to support the newsletter by advertising, please contact our sales offi ce at 512-989-8905 or [email protected] The advertising deadline is the 10th of each month for the following month's newsletter.

    KELLY PEEL Sales Manager [email protected] 203 W. Main Street, Ste. D 512-989-8905, Ext. 22 Pfl ugerville, Texas 78660

    www.PEELinc.com Peel, Inc.

  • Copyright © 2007 Peel, Inc. Jester Estates Homeowner's Association Newsletter - March 2007 3

    Jester Estates

    Teresa Gouldie Jester Resident / Broker

    751-8000 [email protected]

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    March Events Compliments of ... Teresa Gouldie 751-8000 Coldwell Banker, United

    Tuscan Hall 512-637-0479 austinchocolatefestival.com Zilker Park 512-339-0412 zilkerkitefestival.com Austin, TX 512-467-797 sxsw.com

    Travis County Expo Center 512-919-3000 staroftexas.org Austin Children’s Museum 512-472-2499 austinkids.org Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 512-292-4100 Palmer Events Center 512-472-3254 statesman.com/cap10k Driskill Hotel 512-249-6300 texaswineandfood.org Waterloo Park 512-441-9015 roadstarproductions.com Zilker Botanical Gardens 512-477-8672 zilkergarden.org

    Austin Chocolate Festival Vendors offer samples to festival guests! Guests also participate in chocolate competitions. Zilker Park Kite Festival One of the nation’s oldest kite-flying events! See thousands of professional and amateur kite-flyers. South by Southwest Music and Film Festival Enjoy musical performances, movie screenings, lectures, and new technology demos as these industries converge on Austin for 10 days! Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo Don’t miss the livestock show, rodeo, barbecue cook-off, carnival, exhibits, and live entertainment. CRAZY FOR CRITTERS Spring Break Camp Children explore the extraordinary world of animals as they hear stories, meet live animals, and more! Spring Break Camp Children sculpt, paint, glue, and more as they make wonderful, original art creations. Capitol 10,000 One o