Travis Audubon stands with other members of the Travis County conservation community in expressing grave concerns about the proposed Violet Crown Amphitheater bordering Barton Creek and the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve. We view this project as a threat to biodiversity in the neighboring Balcones Canyonlands by virtue of its extraordinary size and scope.
While Travis Audubon encourages smart, sustainable development, we believe that a 20,000-seat amphitheater with an accompanying golf range, distillery, night club and large residential towers is completely out of character in this environmentally sensitive area of the Hill Country.
In particular, we believe the project would impose undue burdens on threatened and endangered species such as the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo through dramatically increased light pollution, traffic, noise, and potential threats to water quality. Likewise, the location and design of the development creates increased potential for bird-building collisions. Two billion birds migrate through Hill Country skies every spring and fall along the Central Flyway, and the artificial light and tall glass structures planned at the site have the potential to exhaust and kill hundreds of birds along their journey.
For more than 20 years, conservation partners at the federal, state and local levels have worked together to preserve the biodiversity and beauty of the canyonlands. Through our 950-acre Baker Sanctuary, Travis Audubon has been a steadfast partner in this effort.
We urge the developers to rethink their proposal, and we encourage our members to contact members of members of Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners to express your concerns. Their email addresses can be found here.