Calendar

This calendar will not usually contain volunteer opportunities. CAMN members can find those in the emailed Weekly Reader, or in the Member Pages area. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Opportunities chairperson.

 

Dec
12
Thu
2019
Brainy Bats: Strategies Bats Use to Find Food in the Jungle at Night
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Science Under the Stars
Brackenridge Field Lab,  2907 Lake Austin Blvd.

Dec
13
Fri
2019
Plant Survey at BFL
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join other Master Naturalists and friends to conduct phenological surveys of the vegetation found in the acreage of the Brackenridge Field Lab. Materials provided; wear closed-toed shoes.  Gather in the parking lot at 2907 Lake Austin Blvd. a bit at 4:00 p.m. Note there will not be a survey on the Friday after Christmas Day.
VMS Category:  FR, Field Research Brackenridge Field Lab

Dec
14
Sat
2019
Austin Christmas Bird Count
Dec 14 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen-science project in the US.  Persons with all levels of expertise are welcome. Email Troy Miloy if you are interested; location and start times will be emailed prior to event.  Sponsored by the Travis Audubon Society.
VMS:  FR, Field Research (In Area)

Forest Restoration Workdays
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Help restore a neighborhood forest in West Austin near Mount Bonnell. Task include invasive plant removal, tending to native plants nursery, installing plants grown by seed or cuttings on-site, and watering plants using spring water collected by a water-powered waterwheel spiral pump.  Drinks, snacks, gloves and some tools are provided but if you have a favorite tool or pair of gloves, bring them and a water bottle.  

The property is gated so someone will meet you when you arrive to reach the work area and nursery. If you would like to attend any of these restoration events, please RSVP in advance to Ed Travis ed@travisfamily.org (on the day of the event please text 512-689-3977) for directions and meeting info.
VMS Category:  RM, Resourrce Management (In Area)

Dec
15
Sun
2019
Stewardship Days at Chaetura Canyon
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Visit Chaetura Canyon for some hill climbing, brush removal, trail work, food, and fellowship. Each event will start with a simple continental breakfast followed by a walk of the Sanctuary stopping at the various sites where work is needed.  After a few of hours of labor we will adjourn to the deck for lunch. These will be physical outdoor work events on sloping terrain, so dress appropriately with sturdy shoes or boots.  Consider dressing in layers; bring work gloves, sunscreen and a hat. These events are limited to twelve volunteers each day.  Secure your reservation today!  Contact Stewards Georgean and Paul Kyle at  kyle@ChimneySwifts.org.
VMS Category:  NPA Nature/Public Access (In Area) or RM:  Natural Resource Management (In Area).  

Dec
20
Fri
2019
Plant Survey at BFL
Dec 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join other Master Naturalists and friends to conduct phenological surveys of the vegetation found in the acreage of the Brackenridge Field Lab. Materials provided; wear closed-toed shoes.  Gather in the parking lot at 2907 Lake Austin Blvd. a bit at 4:00 p.m. Note there will not be a survey on the Friday after Christmas Day.
VMS Category:  FR, Field Research Brackenridge Field Lab

Dec
21
Sat
2019
Invasive Plant Removal Workday at BFL
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Work alongside your fellow CAMN members, members of partner agencies and UT faculty, staff, and students to remove invasive species at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory.  No experience necessary!  No plant ID skills needed! Just a willingness to learn and get your hands dirty. Our primary work site will require a short hike on an uneven trail and mildly to moderately strenuous activity. We are also able to accommodate a small number of folks who need to work closer to the buildings.

Wear work clothes appropriate for the weather and closed toe shoes. Bring your favorite work tools and gloves or borrow ours; we have gloves, hand tools, and weed wrenches.  Bring water, snacks, and a positive attitude.
Register here. Password: Odonata.
VMS Category:  RM, Brackenridge Field Lab

Texas Amphibian Watch @ Berry Springs Preserve
Dec 21 @ 5:35 pm – 6:35 pm

Click this link for a story map with contact information and directions to all 5 locations. Spend your Saturday evenings listening to the music of nature.

Dec
22
Sun
2019
Bird Surveys at BFL
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join CAMN members and friends to identify and count birds visiting or wintering at the acreage of the Brackenridge Field Lab.  Sightings will be entered into eBird.  Meet in the parking lot at 2907 Lake Austin Blvd. a bit before 9:00 a.m. Bring binoculars, a water bottle and your favorite birding paraphernalia.  For more information, email Cheryl McGrath.
VMS Category:  FR, Brackenridge Field Lab

Jan
12
Sun
2020
Winter Birding at Louis Rene Barrera Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary
Jan 12 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am

Join City of Austin Park Rangers for an exclusive tour of this little-seen City preserve! Louis Rene Barrera Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary, formerly Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary, is a nature preserve in northeast Austin on the north shore of Lake Walter E. Long. About 250 acres of critically endangered Blackland Prairie habitat are preserved here, and the meeting of grassland and lacustrine habitat make for truly spectacular winter birding. We’ll have the chance to see sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and much more.

Central Texas volunteers devoted to ecological stewardship, education and outreach.