Hornsby Bend Center for Environmental Research Auditorium
Start time: 8:30 am
End time: 3:30 pm
**After this class, there will be a BONUS VMS Q&A SESSION: 3:30 – 4:00 pm**
Class Coordinators: Mark Wilson and Laurie Miraglia
The classroom is located in the brick building just inside the security gate to Hornsby Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant. Check in with the gate guard and let them know you are in the CAMN class. The CER has an auditorium (to the right as you enter), bathrooms, water, etc.
Where to Park
In the parking lot just inside the guard gate, next to the visible building. Plenty of free parking.
8:45-10:15 Texas Weather, Jon Zeitler (NOAA)
10:30-11:30 Natural History of Texas, Kevin Anderson (CER)
12:15-1:45 Walking tour of Hornsby Bend with Kevin Anderson*
2:00-3:30 Habitat Restoration/Management, Jim O’Donnell (Vireo Tract Steward and COA Wildlands Biologist)
3:30 Wrap-up and closing announcements
(3:30-4:00 Bonus Volunteer Management System Q&A Session)
*Times may vary.
- Jon Zeitler – Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service, Austin/San Antonio Weather Forecast Office. Click here to view Jon Zeitler’s slides from his presentation.
- Dr. Kevin Anderson – Coordinator of the Austin Water – Center for Environmental Research at Hornsby Bend since 2000. Kevin received his Master’s degree in Philosophy from Ohio University, where he taught philosophy and symbolic logic for several years. He was beginning his Ph.D. dissertation in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 when he met some geographers, and they convinced him to switch programs and to become a geographer. He did. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled, Marginal Nature: Urban Wastelands and the Geography of Nature. His research interests include urban ecology, riparian ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental history, philosophy, and literature. He is a co-founder of the Texas Riparian Association and a Research Fellow with the University of Texas – Texas Natural Science Center.
- Jim O’Donnell – Biologist, City of Austin. Jim’s work includes restoring endangered species habitat on several tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. He leads work days that include trail building, clearing debris along creeks, invasive species removal, erosion control, tree planting, and seed collecting/planting.
How to Prepare
Come dressed for the weather. We will take a mid-day hike along the Colorado River, could be muddy.
Be sure to bring:
- Sack lunch. There is plenty of space to spread out and eat lunch inside (or outside if the weather is good)
- Binoculars for the hike
- Reusable coffee mug/thermos
- Reusable water bottle
Curriculum Units to Read:
- Units 6 (Ecosystems) & 8 (Weather & Climate)
For your reference:
- CER website – http://www.austintexas.gov/cer
- CER on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/austinwatercer
- Hornsby Bend on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hornsbybend
- Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory Program website – http://www.hornsbybend.org
- Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership on Facebook – www.facebook.com/austinbastroprivercorridor
- Waller Creek on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Lifeonwallercreek
- Marginal Nature Blog – http://www.marginalnature.blogspot.com/