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Monthly Meetings

Chapter meetings are on the FOURTH Wednesday of each month and are open to all members and the general public. To further our mission, we are combining a completely virtual Chapter Meeting with a field trip the following weekend. (Details below.) The meeting begins online at 6:30 for chapter business updates, nature sightings, and announcements. An informative presentation begins at 7:00 followed by a Q&A with the speaker. CAMN members may log one hour of Advanced Training for each monthly meeting they attend.

Chapter Meeting & Field Experience

Chapter meeting
Wednesday, September 28, from 6:30-8 p.m.
“Land Management & Conservation in Austin”
Presentation by John M. Davis, Austin PARD
Virtual ONLY, held on Zoom
VMS: Attending this virtual presentation and the following Q&A earns members 1 hour of Advanced Training (AT: Advanced Training CAMN Chapter Meeting)

Join other CAMN members to share fun nature moments, catch up on the latest Chapter news and events, and learn all about Land Management and Conservation in Austin. Presented by John Davis, who serves as the Conservation Outreach Coordinator with the Land Management Program at Austin Parks & Recreation Department!

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Meeting ID: 828 5539 4497

The Austin area is lucky to have many natural areas and nature preserves.  These areas are desperately needed to provide ecosystem services.  Despite herculean efforts by many dedicated people over the last several decades,  insufficient resource allocation has left most of these properties degraded and in bad shape.  Invasive species, litter, erosion, and other anthropogenic stressors have taken their toll.  However, this issue has risen to the level of community-wide awareness and several, recent and impactful steps have been taken to address the issue.  The Parks and Recreation Department’s Land Management Program is leading a grand effort to develop and implement a comprehensive land management plan for over 10,000 acres across the city of Austin.  This is an ambitious plan and the community’s support is needed to ensure a better future for our natural areas.

Our presenter, John M. Davis, worked as an Urban Wildlife Biologist early in his career and retired as Wildlife Diversity Program Director overseeing all aspects of non-game and rare-species conservation as well as conservation outreach to diverse constituencies.  As part of this role, he was a leader in the state’s Recovering America’s Wildlife Act planning, preparation, and campaigning.  In 2022, John joined the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department as Conservation Outreach Coordinator for the city’s Land Management Program.  In this position he helps the city manage its system of nature preserves as native ecosystems for Species of Greatest Conservation Need as identified in the state’s Wildlife Action Plan as well as build constituencies to support that work.

Field Experience

Saturday, October 1st @ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  Day of Service with CAMN’s Junior Master Naturalist Series
Hosted by CAMN’s JMN Committee
at Mendez Recreation Center
2407 Canterbury St, Austin, TX
Look for the CAMN signs!  

VMS: Members may log Volunteer Service only for time spent participating in organized education and outreach activities (PO: Public Outreach, informal)

On Saturday, October 1st, we welcome everyone to join us at the Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez Recreation Center to organize and run the first event in our Junior Master Naturalist Series!  This event is hosted by the CAMN Junior Master Naturalist team and they need your help to pull it off!  Breakfast tacos may be provided

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The theme for the morning is “Get to Know Nature.”  What better way to help spread conservation awareness and promote time spent outdoors than to encourage families to appreciate the nature all around them?  This a great opportunity to interact with the community and share the joy of nature, and the importance of conserving and stewarding it (or just help set up tables and keep us organized!).  We will be joined by several other organizations, including PARD Rangers, Latino Outdoors, Keep Austin Beautiful, and the Central TX Mycological Society.  Come see how we all support each other in our missions to conserve, protect, and educate!

We will meet at 9:30 AM to get set up (look for the CAMN signs and volunteers). The event will be open to the public from 10 AM to 12 PM. This is our first event of this kind so we could have 10 kids show up or 100 – come out to hang with CAMN folks, bring some nature awareness to community members, and join the effort of promoting conservation of Austin’s natural resources.

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