Borderlands Research Institute, Visit Alpine team up for first-ever Wildlife Day on Feb. 3

Wildlife Day in Alpine is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the creatures with whom we share the beautiful desert mountain landscape of the Big Bend region with a full day of free activities starting at 9 a.m.

A guided hike on Hancock Hill and a guided birding excursion near Alpine Creek at Kokernot Lodge and Park are reservation-only and have limited spaces available.

At noon, learn about current wildlife research projects at a BRI “Lunch and Learn” event in the lobby of the Historic Holland Hotel.

In the afternoon, several downtown Alpine shops will offer wildlife-themed events and specials, including:

  • Front Street Books: In-person wildlife cartooning and comic book signing
  • Gallery on the Square: Wildlife conservation art
  • Javelinas on Holland: Music, wildlife T-shirts, plushies and more
  • Wassermann’s: Visit with Carl the Camel

In the evening, the Granada Theatre will host a special screening of Deep in the Heart, a visually stunning documentary narrated by Matthew McConaughey celebrating Texas’ wildlife diversity and natural landscapes.

The film will be followed by a wildlife panel discussion with BRI experts on several subjects, including the current status of black bear populations in the Trans-Pecos and beyond.

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