Nice little portion of the Austin webpage in a blog format featuring local riparian stories, info and issues, and maintained by Austin Watershed Protection. Nice plant ID photos and simple key in the entry about our species of indigenous holly, the possumhaw and the yaupon. (But not the Buddy. Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Many CAMN volunteers contribute hours to Austin Water Utility’s Water Quality Protection Land preserves. This short reflection by WQPL field biologist Matt McCaw encapsulates a little of why these lands are so special to Central Texas and the City of Austin, and why so many of us work to make a difference there.
Soaking in the hot springs in far-flung Big Bend, you never know who you’ll run into if you strike up a conversation.
This year we met the City of Austin employee responsible for promoting the Urban Forest Grant Program. Essentially, this money is sitting there waiting for a really NICE CAMN project somewhere. He will be coming to a future meeting to introduce himself and the program.
We had a well-attended meeting this past Wednesday with around 30 participants. The Class of 2015 was well-represented, with around 15 of its members in attendance.
Wizzie’s talk focussed mainly on Central Texas ant identification and strategies for managing pest ants. Some discussion of the new(-ish) invader, the tawny crazy ant (Nylanderia fulva), was included.
We had a technical glitch with her slide presentation file, so she forwarded a PDF to post. Despite not having the projected photos, Wizzie presented a very detailed and talk using a worksheet she’d brought.
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.