Category: Field Notes

  • Love Notes: Forest Ridge Land Steward Orientation

    On May 14, Cait M and Mark S. who work for City of Austin Wildlands Conservation offered a training for land stewards on the Bull Creek Forest Ridge trail of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP).

  • Love Notes: Madrone Canyon Preserve

    Love Notes: Madrone Canyon Preserve

    The Madrone Canyon Preserve is located at 9411 Bee Caves Road Austin. It is a five-acre natural area that belongs to the Laura Bush Community Library and is maintained by the Friends of the Westbank Librairies. All are welcome to join Capital Area Master Naturalist Jean Love El Harim on a hike through the Canyon every first Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00. Here are notes and photos from Jean’s last two visits to the Canyon.

  • Love Notes: Finding Austin’s Endangered Ones – A BCP Hike

    A hike on the Aralia trail, in search of golden-cheeked warblers.

  • Love Notes: Hike at the Concordia University Preserve

    A hike at the Concordia University Preserve with Dr. Meissner on Saturday, April 9th.

  • Footsteps Through Time

    Footsteps Through Time

    A Hike in the Butler Ecological Preserve

  • Fire in Central Texas

    Fire in Central Texas

    “Prescribed burning will do more to improve habitat for deer and numerous other wildlife than any other practice. Prescribed burning is also considered the ‘cheapest, most effective habitat management technique.’ ” – TPWD website   Wildfires were once essential to Texas. Grasses and understory plants used to burn at intervals of two to five years. […]

  • Jacob’s Well Natural Area

    A short description of my work with Jacob’s Well… Jeri, Class of 2002

  • A CAMN Reading List

    A CAMN Reading List

    One of our long-time members, Jeri P., has compiled a fabulous list of the books she loves as a Master Naturalist. Some of the books here are seminal works for the Texas Master Naturalist, as close to required reading as it gets. Like Roy Bedichek’s Adventures With A Texas Naturalist or Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac. Some […]

  • Advice on Blanco River Restoration

    CAMN volunteers played a part in helping re-establish pine forests in parts of Bastrop after the Labor Day fires in 2011. I have no doubt CAMN will play a part in helping with the Blanco River recovery from the Memorial Day flooding this year. This alternative view of river “cleanup” comes along via our CAMN volunteer, Jeri […]

  • Patience in interpretation – turning around destructive attitudes

    I had a couple experiences lately that made me think of the value of CAMN training, and that of patience in interpretation and outreach. The first experience happened while I collected trail use data at Sculptured Falls on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. The data is being correlated with golden-cheeked warbler sightings and nesting data on […]