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A day of weather, climate and water birds at Hornsby Bend

The 2016 Trainees completed their second class recently. It was held at Hornsby Bend’s Center for Environmental Research, a department of Austin Water Utility. Dr. Kevin Anderson (director of the CER) lectured on the history of ecology in the U.S. and Texas. Jon W. Zeitler (Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service, Austin-San Antonio) spoke on the complex topic of what defines weather and climate, while Dr. Ruth Buskirk (University of Texas at Austin) introduced the trainees to taxonomy.

After lunch, Dr. Anderson gave the group a tour of the biosolids composting facilities, and led a hike through a small part of the 1,200 acres of riparian forest habitat at Hornsby. The walk highlights the bird blind built to facilitate watching the spectacular diversity of migrating waterfowl. At another stop, he discusses the progression some of the land made from being accidentally-bulldozed for a parking lot to becoming the mid successional forest that is present today.

Native Plant Sale

LBJWCLBJWC Public Spring Native Plant Sale will be April 11-12, with the Members-Only Sale on April 10. You’ll be able to choose from nearly 300 species of hardy Texas natives bred to thrive with our Central Texas climate.

Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $4 children 5 through 17, and members and children under 5 are free.

  • Please bring your own wagon to haul your purchases.
  • We have free cold filtered water, but bring your reusable water bottle or buy one in the store
  • We will not be recycling plastic pots at this plant sale, please
    consider recycling them at your local recycling center

Full details: http://www.wildflower.org/plantsale/

h/t
Mike Quinn http://texasento.net

Happy Trails

Lace cactus in Bauerle Ranch
Lace cactus in Bauerle Ranch

Got a chance to hike with CAMN member Michelle P. yesterday, one last time before she leaves Austin on her big adventure north. We hiked a few of the trails over in Bauerle Ranch, stopping to admire a ridge of lace cacti and watch a grey fox cross our paths, as well as the many things starting to bud or bloom.

We’ll miss Michelle. CAMN will be just a little less bright without her unwavering presence at our training classes and events, not to mention her cheerful willingness to help with any task that needs doing.

Best of luck, Michelle, and may the trail rise up to greet you (and may it loop back to Austin every now and again!)

December Monthly Meeting

LBJWC ant

Join us December 3 at 6:30 pm to hear Wizzie Brown (Urban IPM), Entomologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service speak on ants, both native and invasive. She may include information on Austin’s newest invader, the Tawny Crazy Ant… the one that makes people wish they had their imported fire ants back.

Event is free and the public is welcome, as well as friends, spouses, random people off the street. For CAMN members, this is our last meeting of the year, and your last CAMN-organized chance for Advanced Training.

Located at the Austin Nature & Science Center. Parking is under the Mopac bridge on Stratford Dr.

Light refreshments served.