Please join us Tuesday, June 20th for our next chapter meeting. Our speaker is Cliff Tyllick  who will talk about “Expelling Unwelcome Guests from Austin Forests.” Cliff will tell us about the progress made in these volunteer projects, the techniques he uses to control ligustrum, Chinese pistache, and other invasive plants along Walnut Creek. He would like to hear our thoughts, too, about getting more people involved in caring for our parks, greenbelts, and preserves. Maybe we can’t return our landscapes to exactly as they were hundreds of years ago, but we should be able to make them more nearly natural habitats for all to enjoy.

Photo by Linda Reams, Steck Valley restoration work 2016.

Photo by Linda Reams, Steck Valley restoration work 2016.

Cliff Tyllick dropped the only botany class he ever enrolled in, in part because he found learning about plants too fascinating to make it an academic exercise. Since 1983 he has made Austin and its alkaline clays his home, and in his spare time has read and roamed all he can to learn the plants and trees of Central Texas. Since 2013, he has led volunteers to girdle hundreds of invasive trees, uproot thousands of invasive saplings and shrubs, and replant native grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees.

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.

Please join us Tuesday, May 16th for our next chapter meeting. Our speaker is Chris Caran, co-author of Discovering Westcave. S. CHRISTOPHER CARAN is a research and consulting geologist, currently working for the Texas Water Development Board.

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.

This month’s speaker is David Todd who will talk about the history of native grasslands in Texas, their loss and recovery, drawing on his books: The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People (Texas A&M University Press 2016) and The Texas Legacy Project: Stories of Courage and Conservation (Texas A&M University Press 2010). Both books are the product of the Conservation History Association of Texas, a small, Austin-based non-profit dedicated to environmental education that Todd organized in 1997.

Mr. Todd has an A.B. in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University, an M.S. in environmental science from Rice University, and a J.D. from Emory University. He has worked as an attorney on environmental cases, a donor for conservation causes and a cattle rancher.

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.

This month’s speaker is Romey Swanson, who will discuss federal legislature that was submitted during last years session called H.R. 5650 or “Restoring America’s Wildlife Act”. The talk will review the history of the movement aimed at permanently funding management and restoration of non-game and imperiled species throughout America and how it got to the current point. We’ll discuss why now is an excellent opportunity to get this sort of funding approved. We’ll also review how Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would administer the funding and how we might expect it to benefit the conservation community as a whole.

Romey Swanson is the Conservation Project Manager at Hill Country Conservancy where he promotes land conservation with private landowners, public officials, and organizational leaders. Romey graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a B.S. in wildlife biology (2007) and an M.S. in wildlife ecology (2009). He is active with the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Conservation Affairs Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for Hill Country Land Trust where he Co-Chairs the Lands and Easements Committee. During his free time, Romey continues to travel and study the natural history of Texas’ plants and animals while contributing to popular and scientific publications including his blog, www.moderntexasnaturalist.com.
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.

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Start the year with right by de-cluttering those invasive plants from the yard and wild areas! This month’s speaker is Dr. Hans Landel, of the Wildflower Center who will discuss his latest work at the center, combating invasive plant species in our region.

Dr. Landel joined the Wildflower Center in 2015, and has over a decade of experience in field research, including studies of endangered wildlife species. Dr. Landel previously spent more than 20 years teaching college courses ranging from basic biology and wildlife management to natural history, marine biology and fieldwork. He received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of California – Davis and a doctorate in biology from Purdue University.

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.

Instead of a chapter meeting, we are having a holiday party at Phyllis’ house. Please join us for a fun evening with good food and great conversation:
Bring a dish and/or beverage to share.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 13 Arrive at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.
Where: 2007 Elton Lane, 78703 (not far from the Tarrytown United Methodist Church)

Please join us for the November meeting with Barbara Austin and Chris Lalich, showcasing work on the Mueller, Southwest and Southeast Greenways.

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Photo from http://www.muelleraustin.com/thinking-green/parks/

The meeting is Tuesday, November 15 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 don’t have a chapter meeting this month, so come out for a field trip!

Field Trip to Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, October 22, 2016  9:30 until 11:30 a.m.
Join NPSOT members Paul Montgomery and Jackie O’Keefe at Wild Basin  this coming Saturday for a native plant walk.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes, a hat and bring water. Meet on the deck at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, 805 North Capital of Texas Highway  Free. No registration required. Austin, Texas 78746-3301 map

There is limited parking at Wild Basin so carpool or get there early. To make your field trip more meaningful, bring a camera and field guides like  Wildflowers of the Texas HIll Country by Marshall Enquist, Woody  Plants of Austin and the Hill Country by Brother Daniel Lynch and your butterfly guide.

Please join us for the September meeting with Megan O’Connell, a Plant Biology student at UT Austin who will discuss plant phenology, how it is affected by climate, and how the timing of plant flowering/fruiting affects plants’ interactions with pollinators/dispersers and what this all means for plant reproduction.

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photo: http://moconnell-tropicalbio.tumblr.com/about

Many species of plants are dependent on their pollinators for successful reproduction. This delicate interaction depends on many factors that can be altered easily when ecosystems change due to human disturbances such as deforestation and urbanization. One impact that we don’t know much about is how these disturbances may affect plant and pollinator phenology, or the timing of when plants produce flowers and pollinators pollinate. Megan O’Connell will be discussing her research in this area and what it might mean for pollinator enthusiasts who would like to plant native species that provide resources for local pollinators.

Megan O’Connell is a PhD student in Dr. Shalene Jha’s lab in the UT Plant Biology Department. Her research focuses on the effects of deforestation on the genetic diversity of tropical trees in the Panama Canal Region. She is broadly interested in the impacts of human development and urbanization on plant-pollinator interactions and plant diversity. She is also very interested in science communication and media, and her some of her work can be viewed on her blog http://moconnell-tropicalbio.tumblr.com/.

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.

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