Category: Love Notes

  • Madrone Canyon Hike on May 6, 2017

    [soliloquy id=”26425″] It was comfortably cool, bright, and dry for our hike on May 6. Lots of plants are blooming now: Engelmann’s Sage (Salvia engelmannii ), Barbara’s Buttons (Marshallia caespitosa ), Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella), and Devil’s Shoestring (Nolina lindheimeriana), and the Missouri Primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa) on the east side of the Canyon is putting […]

  • Inaugural Day at the Vireo Preserve Nursery

    [soliloquy id=”26358″] Author: Jean Love The first workday for the Vireo Preserve Nursery, April 3, 2017 was great fun. The fence around the nursery area was completed just last week, and we are ready to continue to build our stock of plants destined mostly for planting in the Vireo Preserve and other parcels of the […]

  • At the Vireo Preserve on March 5, 2017

    [soliloquy id=”26295″] (Article by Jean Love. Photos by Marc Opperman) Volunteers who came to work at the Vireo Preserve on Sunday, March 5 participated in inoculating logs with spores of reishi, oyster, and turkey tail mushrooms. We had a large group of volunteers, and Jim O’Donnell, biologist with the City of Austin, brought all the […]

  • The 2017 Bethany 4-H Club Butterfly Garden at Oak Springs Villas

    (By Jean Love) On Saturday, February 25 the Bethany 4-H Club dug and planted the 2017 Bethany 4-H Club Butterfly Garden at Oak Springs Villas. The parent advisor of the 4-H Club, Ms. Valerie Queen, had ordered a butterfly garden kit that included bulbs and roots of several kinds of butterfly host and nectar plants. […]

  • News from the Vireo Preserve 2/3/17

    Description of activities at the Vireo Preserve

  • Love Notes:Long Canyon

    On a cold and gray Saturday morning in December,  Gloria and Robert–volunteers with the City of Austin Wildlands Division– guided us on a hike in the Long Canyon parcel of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, west of 360 and south of 2222. Rainwater runoff had formed the thick juniper duff into natural berms and swales in […]

  • Love Notes: Stewardship at Wild Basin Preserve

    On a bright, cool Saturday morning, October 22, a small group of folks joined Aaron Haynes, Land Steward at Wild Basin Creative Research Center, to remove invasive plant species from the creek area in Wild Basin. The plants of concern on this day were nandina (Nandina domestica), Japanese ligustrum (Ligustrum japonicum), and Chinese ligustrum (Ligustrum […]

  • Love Notes: A Hike at Bright Leaf Preserve

    Love Notes: A Hike at Bright Leaf Preserve

    [soliloquy id=”25903″]Saturday, October 8 was a cool, bright morning for our hike at Bright Leaf Preserve, located off 2222 between MoPac and 360. Our guide, Nancy Woolley, is a Capital Area Master Naturalist and Program Director for Bright Leaf Preserve. The hike began at 9:00, and for two and a half hours, we hiked over […]

  • History of the Kent Butler Ecological Reserve

    History of the Kent Butler Ecological Reserve

    The Kent Butler Ecological Reserve has some of the best golden-cheeked warbler habitat within the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system, due partly to the gentle use of the land over the past 150 years.

  • 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).