The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, approved endorsing the Rockport -Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s Bird City Texas application.

“We started looking at this at the first of the year,” said Chamber President/CEO Diane Probst. “We’ve brought together (almost 20 organizations) putting together this application. One of the things we need is the endorsement of a municipality.”

City Manager Kevin Carruth noted the city, other government entities, as well as organizations are already meeting many of the requirements needed to become a Bird City Texas community.

Bird City Texas is a new, community-focused certification program created by Audubon Texas and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to help people protect birds and their habitats where they live, work, and recreate. The criteria required to attain certification is designed to be impactful and efficient against habitat loss and other harmful factors impacting birds.

Information provided about the Bird City Texas notes research shows that bird-friendly habitat increases property values, helps control insects, and generates tourism dollars. Where birds thrive, people prosper.

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