Archive for October, 2012

The topic for the November monthly meeting of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is Nature Watch Austin: Guide to the Seasons in an Urban Wildland.

Summary:  Ducks in January… bats in March… rain lilies in April… meteors in August… plus the predictable appearance of fauna and flora allow humans to experience the natural cycles in our environment, no matter how urban the setting.  In their first book, Nature Watch Austin (Texas A&M University Press), avid amateur naturalists Lynne and Jim Weber provide an introduction and guide to some of the natural events defining the annual seasons within the City of Austin and its surrounding areas.  No matter how clogged with traffic or entombed in concrete, even large cities harbor wildlife and support a community of plants, either in tucked-away places both familiar and unexpected, or in public parks and preserves dedicated to city dwellers in search of open space.  Learning the annual rhythms of our “urban wildland” encourages everyone to be in tune with nature and welcome the opportunities to enjoy it, year after year.

Biography:  The Webers work in Austin’s high-tech industry; she in management and he in engineering.  Both are certified Texas Master Naturalists, wherein Lynne has served as past president of the Capital Area chapter.  As dedicated naturalists, both volunteer in numerous capacities in Central and West Texas.  These activities include the COA Wildland Conservation Division, UT’s Insect Collection, Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Big Bend Natural History Association, and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.  They also write a monthly nature column for the Austin American-Statesman.

Meeting details:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 7-9 pm at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of TX Highway (Loop 360), Austin, 78746.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for socializing, munching, and general good fun!  Nonmembers welcome; free admission.

Remember to bring:
(1) seeds to exchange and give away;
(2) mystery plants for identification.

For further information, contact Mike Powers at 512-453-2289 in Austin.

Our next meeting will be held at Wild Basin on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012, 7-9pm.