Chaetura Canyon Celebration Day

Today marks Georgean and Paul Kyle’s 50th wedding anniversary, a perfect day to celebrate all that they have achieved together. In honor of their work as conservation heroes, Travis County has officially proclaimed June 14, 2019 as Chaetura Canyon Celebration Day.

The Proclamation states the following:

WHEREAS, Chaetura Canyon was founded in 1972 by Georgean and Paul Kyle, when the then-newlyweds purchased one acre in northwestern Travis County in order to establish a wildlife rehabilitation facility where they cared for more than 2,000 injured and displaced animals over a 20-year period; and

WHEREAS, The Kyles have been instrumental in expanding the property and establishing Chaetura Canyon as a world-renowned center for the research and conservation of Chimney Swifts (chaetura pelagica), a once common bird in steep decline, as well as other native avifauna, wildlife, and native plants; and

WHEREAS, The North American Chimney Swift Nest Site Research Project, established by the Kyles as a North American conservation initiative, has helped to build and inspire the building of hundreds of Chimney Swift towers constructed across the United States and Canada to provide habitat for these vulnerable birds; and

WHEREAS, Since 2006, when the Kyles donated their 8-acre portion of the canyon and their home to Travis Audubon Society while retaining a life estate, Chaetura Canyon has become an important Bird Sanctuary, stewarded by the Kyles and now protected and conserved in perpetuity; and

WHEREAS, Paul and Georgean Kyle have contributed immensely to wildlife and habitat conservation efforts through their work and have shown a fifty-year commitment both to each other and the environment and native species in Central Texas.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SARAH ECKHARDT, COUNTY JUDGE OF TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS,do hereby proclaim June 14, 2019 as CHAETURA CANYON CELEBRATION DAY in Travis County.

Signed and entered this 14th day of June, 2019.

We thank the Kyles for their efforts and legacy at Chaetura Canyon!

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