West Texas, Mexico home to world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve

The world’s most significant Global Darkish Sky Reserve is now in West Texas’ yard.

The College of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, The Character Conservancy — Davis Mountain Protect and the Intercontinental Dim-Sky Association (IDA) have announced the certification of the Increased Massive Bend Intercontinental Dark Sky Reserve.

The designation, granted by the International Darkish-Sky Association, recognizes the motivation of businesses, governments, companies and residents in the area to preserve dark skies, in accordance to a push release. Defending this source benefits wildlife, ecology and tourism together with astronomical investigation.  


The new Increased Big Ben Global Dark Sky Reserve is a lot more than 15,000 sq. miles and is the greatest licensed Worldwide Darkish Sky Position to date. Also, this is the only reserve to include parts of West Texas and secured lands in Coahuila and Chihuahua, northern Mexico. 

The core of the reserve, where the protection for dim skies is the strongest, is fashioned by the lands of McDonald Observatory and the Mother nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountain Maintain.

The Mother nature Conservancy (TNC) is one particular of the big companions that assisted make the reserve a truth. The reserve will secure several nocturnal wildlife habitats and migration corridors passing through the Massive Bend region. 

The entire vary of the reserve spans the Rio Grande, from the Davis Mountains of West Texas to the Sierra del Carmen of northern Mexico. In the US, it includes the Texas counties of Jeff Davis, Brewster, Presidio and a little section of Reeves County. Participating secured lands also incorporate many accredited Intercontinental Dim Sky sites, such as Big Bend Nationwide Park, the Significant Bend Ranch Point out Park Elaborate and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area. South of the Rio Grande in Mexico, the reserve contains privately managed lands in Maderas del Carmen, Ocampo and Canon de Santa Elena. 

Four nations and five municipalities within the proposed reserve periphery or the area bordering the dim main region, up to date their present lights ordinances with applicable language to guarantee their lights demonstrates best tactics and supports the attempts of preserving the core’s darkish skies.