AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) – Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is asking the public to contribute to a new conservation license plate to support wildlife viewing and nature tourism programs. Voters have until April 21 to fill out an online court survey, where they can choose between three proposed images for the Greater Roadrunner license plate. The results of the survey will help the agency decide which of the three photographic models should appear on the new specialty plate.
The patterns on the plates are meant to appeal to those who love birds, enjoy watching wildlife or simply have fond memories of this iconic bird, said Shelly Plante, nature tourism manager for TPWD.
“The Greater Roadrunner is a striking and charismatic bird that can be found all over Texas,” Plante said. “Texasians love roadrunners and tend to remember when they get a chance to see them in person, which makes these birds the perfect subject for our new conservation license plate.”
TPWD said the TPWD License Plate Retention Program has raised approximately $10 million over the past 21 years, providing funds directly to benefit Texas rivers, state parks, big game research and species management. The 10 conservation plate designs include Horned Lizard, Largemouth Bass, Rivers of Texas, Hummingbird, Rattlesnake, White-tailed Deer, Bluecap, Desert Bighorn Sheep, and Monarch Butterfly. These TPWD Conservation Specialty Plates cost $30 per year, $22 of which goes to TPWD to support various programs and efforts. Plates can be purchased for vehicles, caravans/caravans, trailers and motorcycles.
“People may wear this plate on their vehicle, RV, or trailer for different reasons: they’re interested in wildlife conservation efforts, they think it fits their car, or they remember the tough roadrunner in the Wylie coyote cartoons that have always left the coyote in its dust,” said Janis Johnson, License Plate Preservation Program Marketing Manager. “We try to create license plates that people like and want to buy. knowing that their plaque fees go to the worthy cause of helping wildlife, rivers, state parks and now – wildlife viewing and nature tourism in Texas.”
Nature tourism and wildlife observation programs such as the Great Texas Wildlife Trails, Great Texas Birding Classicand Texas Paddling Trails will benefit from the sale of the new roadrunner license plates.
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