Don’t miss the next chapter meeting! Val Bugh will provide an amazing showcase of insects in her “Floral Fauna” presentation. There is more going on in your garden than you might ever imagine. While it is well known that flowers lure such showy visitors as hummingbirds and butterflies, there is a lot more that occurs within this unique habitat. This talk will cover the wide range of arthropods that utilize blossoms as a place to find food and mates, as well as the relationships and interactions that occur between species.

Valerie Bugh is a local naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin area, with interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect discovery walks, teaches entomology courses, provides insect/spider identifications, gives talks to local organizations, and is the author of pocket guides to “Butterflies of Central Texas,” “Spiders of Texas” and “Spiders of Florida.” Website: http://www.austinbug.com/index.html

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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.

Field trips are coming up soon – see the field trips page for more details and sign up:

  • Nature Hike to Green Dragon Springs (in a private West Austin natural area near Bright Leaf Natural Area), Sat, April 30, 2016, 9am-noon. Leaders: Paul Montgomery, Ed Travis
  •  Spicewood Ranch Field Trip: May 14, 2016,  9am-noon. Leader: David Mahler,   Sign Up:  Jackie Davis

The May chapter meeting is Tuesday, May 17th:“Drought and Climate Change in Texas–What we can and can’t do to change our future” presented by co-founder of the Texas Drought Project, explains what the current forecasts for drought and climate change are for the state of Texas, and elucidates why it’s important to distinguish among drought types and take the necessary steps which can change our future for the better.

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.

There is no monthly chapter meeting in April, but there are so many things to do! Get involved with one of the many options:

 

  • April 2-3:  Zilker Garden Festival – we will have an outreach booth.
  • April 8-10:  Spring Plant Sale at the Wildflower Center; come and purchase plants from our booth! Also, please sign up to volunteer at the booth: contact Jan Hanz (jan_hanz@yahoo.com).
  • April 16:  Bioblitz at Commons Ford
  • April 19:  Planning meeting at our usual meeting location at Tarrytown United Methodist Church at 7pm
  • April 30: Field trip to Green Dragon Springs (in a private West Austin natural area near Bright Leaf Natural Area) with Ed Travis – see field trips information.

 

A panel of gardening experts discuss fall blooming plants for the central Texas region. Plant now for a beautiful fall show!

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.

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.
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.

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.

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