Archive for October, 2015

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/