Archive for February, 2014

The March 18th chapter meeting will take place 7–9 PM in our new and more central location: 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 and an elevator in the garage, which can be entered from Greenlee. Look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room.

The topic for the March 18th meeting is The Four Seasons of Wildlife Gardening.
Guiding from spring through winter, Meredith O’Reilly will show you which native Texas plants are in bloom, producing seeds, or providing fruit, along with what’s happening simultaneously in the wildlife world. Along the way she will provide additional tips for creating an outstanding and ever-active wildlife garden that draws birds, pollinators, and other desired wildlife year-round.

An avid wildlife gardener, Meredith O’Reilly is also a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Host, NPSOT member, Capital Area Master Naturalist, and Travis Audubon committee member. She greatly enjoys teaching and writing about native flora and fauna, as well as protecting the ecosystem through thoughtful gardening. She writes about her wildlife gardening experiences at her blog, Great Stems.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing. Snacks will be provided. Nonmembers welcome; free admission.

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

For further information, contact Phyllis Schunck at (512) 472-2086 in Austin.

This field trip will take you behind the scenes at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center so you can learn more about the research involved in developing HABITURF™.   Discussions will be led by Wildflower Center staff and Stephen Scace, who gave a presentation on HABITURF™ for our January meeting. Stephen will also lead us on a hike to the new Arboretum area.

DATE:         Saturday, March 22, 2014.
TIME:          1:00 pm.
LOCATION:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in front of the cafe.

The February 18th chapter meeting will take place 7–9 PM in our new and more central location: 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’s parking and an elevator in the garage, which can be entered from Greenlee.

The topic for the meeting is “Post-wildfire Ecology and Restoration of Bastrop State Park” by Greg Creacy, who will present an overview of the challenges and considerations of restoring Bastrop State Park in the aftermath of the September 2011 Bastrop County Complex wildfire.

Greg Creacy obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation at Southeast Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in Biology at Sam Houston State University.  His thesis research involved ponderosa pine forest restoration to benefit wildlife in northern Arizona.  Greg worked as a wildlife technician and research assistant for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies and US Forest Service prior to employment with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).  He has spent the past 17 years with TPWD managing and conserving natural resources on public and private lands within multiple ecoregions of Texas.  Greg currently works as a Natural Resources Coordinator for the State Parks Division of TPWD, where he coordinates natural resource monitoring, restoration, management and research for 17 state parks within central Texas.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing. Snacks will be available then and after the presentation. Nonmembers welcome; free admission.

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

For further information, contact Phyllis Schunck at (512) 472-2086 in Austin.