Andrea DeLong-Amaya,Director of Horticulture at the Wildflower Center, will speak at the February 16 meeting of the Austin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas on Native Plants for Home Gardens.
The meeting is at 7:00 p.m.in the administration building of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2531 Exposition Blvd., Austin. Arrive at 6:30 for snacks and seed exchange.

Marya Fowler, Senior Education Manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s South Central Region, will speak at the January 19 meeting of the Austin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas on landscape design. Ms. Fowler has 16 years experience with the National Wildlife Federation and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Planning/Landscape Design.
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(Photo: NWF presents Austin Mayor Steve Adler with certificate for the most wildlife-friendly city in America. Pictured from left to right: NWF Habitat Steward Volunteers Pat and Dale Bulla, City Council Member Leslie Pool, NWF Senior Education Manager Marya Fowler, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and City of Austin Park Ranger LaJuan Tucker. Photo by NWF)

The meeting is at 7:00 p.m.in the administration building of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2531 Exposition Blvd., Austin. Arrive at 6:30 for snacks and seed exchange.

We hold a pot luck dinner in December instead of a normal chapter meeting. Please bring a side dish, drink, or dessert to share. This year we will meet at Phyllis Schunck’s house for a more festive location (thanks Phyllis!): 2007 Elton Lane. It’s about half a mile from our normal location at Tarrytown United Methodist Church, just south of Windsor Road, east of the fire station.  Get in touch if you need help with directions!

Time: Arrive 6:30pm, eat at 7:00pm

Location: 2007 Elton Lane, Austin TX 78703

Happy Holidays!

Biodiversity in Texas: Connecting the Past, Present and Future.

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As naturalists, we only see a snap shot in ecological time. However, naturalists from the past give us a valuable perspective on how our local biodiversity has changed over time. In this presentation, we will profile different species of birds, plants, and reptiles, exploring perspectives from the past, and what we know about them in the present. In the process, we will highlight some of the resources from the past that are available to naturalists in Texas. We will also demonstrate the value of current tools for documenting your observations. By understanding our past and our present, we will be better prepared to detect patterns of change, and to advocate for biodiversity in the future.

Cullen Hanks is a Texas Nature Tracker Biologist in the Wildlife Diversity Program at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. He grew up in Texas with an interest in natural history, especially birds. Cullen earned a BA in biology from Cornell University, and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In his masters, he focused on issues relating to biodiversity conservation and conducted research on the economics of the wildlife trade. Cullen has extensive experience with the collection and management of data on rare and threatened species. He is very passionate about being a naturalist and the contribution of the naturalist community to conservation. Cullen lives in Austin Texas with his wife Wilson.

The meeting will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 in the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. The administration building is on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking in the garage, which also has an elevator. You can enter the garage from Greenlee; look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room. Arrive at 6:30 PM for snacks and seed exchange.

Monthly meetings resume the 3rd Tuesday of November.

Austin and Williamson County Native Plant Societies of Texas (NPSOT) are hosting the annual state symposium Oct 15-18, 2015.

Location: Austin Bergstrum Hilton Hotel and field trips all over Central Texas

Take a look at our state NPSOT website for more information about the symposium: http://npsot.org/wp/symposium2015/

The meeting on Tuesday, September 15th, will feature a panel discussion dealing with spring bloomers, which should be planted in the fall.

The meeting will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 in the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. The administration building is on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking in the garage, which also has an elevator. You can enter the garage from Greenlee; look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room. Arrive at 6:30 PM for snacks and seed exchange.

Capit-O-lize on Natives: Contributions, Challenges, Conservation

Austin and Williamson County Native Plant Societies of Texas (NPSOT) are hosting the annual state symposium giving attendees a wonderful chance to hear some great speakers and go on some once in a lifetime field trips. In addition to renowned plenary speakers, we have 20 break-out speakers on Saturday. And, you have a choice of field trips on Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and Sunday morning at no additional cost! We offer 37 guided field trips in total!

Dates: Oct 15-18, 2015

Location: Austin Bergstrum Hilton Hotel and field trips all over Central Texas

Take a look at our state NPSOT website for more information about the symposium: http://npsot.org/wp/symposium2015/
The complete symposium package for those who register prior to the end of September is $195 for Native Plant Society Members and $225 for non-members.
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Texas Yuccas: Did you know that Texas and Mexico are the global center of diversity for yucca species? Dr. Karen Clary will give a presentation on the identification of yuccas, their natural history and biogeography, and tell you some fun facts about this remarkable group of plants.

Dr. Karen Clary, is the Senior Program Manager for the Plant Conservation Program at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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The August, 18 2015 meeting 7-9 PM will take place in the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. The administration building is on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking in the garage, which also has an elevator. You can enter the garage from Greenlee; look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room. Arrive at 6:30 PM for snacks and seed exchange.

Forest Flora of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve with Bill Reiner, Endangered Species Biologist. The BCP protects a unique forest ecosystem as the home of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler.  A crossroads of plant and animal species of the eastern and western United States as well as Mexico, the Preserve is also home to several Texas-endemic plants.  Join us for a look at some of the special flora of this sanctuary of wild land within the Austin metropolitan area.

The June 16, 2015 meeting 7-9 PM will take place in the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. The administration building is on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking in the garage, which also has an elevator. You can enter the garage from Greenlee; look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room. Arrive at 6:30 PM for snacks and seed exchange.

Due to Tropical Storm Bill, this meeting has been cancelled.   Bill Reiner’s talk will be rescheduled for a new July 21st meeting.

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