Thursday, December 12, 2013: Annual Members Potluck and Celebration, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX 78626; upstairs in the Friends Room
Time to celebrate in true WilCo style at our annual December end-of-year party. Bring your favorite dish for sharing and let’s remember a great year with many grand wishes for 2014. Have a cool book, gourd art, or fabulous doo-dad you wish to share? Bring it to the silent auction, you never know who may want your treasure; all proceeds sustain your chapter’s efforts. Members and family only event! We’ll see you there!
Fossil Fest 2013 logo
Ed. note: the following text is from ab email sent out by Fossil Fest, addressed to Agnes Plutino. This is relevant to our earlier field trip to the Waco Wetlands and the Waco Mammoth Site.
“You don’t need to huddle around a fire to keep warm during this weekend’s Winter weather, come on down to the 23rd Annual Fossil Fest, sponsored by the Paleontological Society of Austin, held at the Old Settler’s Association Headquarters, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd in Round Rock, TX (intersection of Hwy 79 & Harrell Pkwy, next to the Dell Diamond). You can come in and see all of the great fossils we have on display, talk with our UT experts in Paleontology, browse the booths of our vendors, enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and see how we’ll all look in a few million years if this turns out to be the start of the new ice age! Continue reading…
The entire NPSOT-Wilco web site Editorial Board contributed to this post.
Meetings and programs and Field Trips: You already received a notice about the Field Trip at Berry Springs Park on Saturday November 30, so we’ll assume that that is already marked.
Mark your calendar: WilCo Chapter Programs - Thursday, December 12, 2013: Annual Members Potluck and Celebration, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pot luck dinner, silent auction, and noisy socializing; members and family only event!
January NPSOT-WilCo meeting from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014. For more WilCo program information, click here.
Mark your calendar: State NPSOT Board Meeting - Saturday, January 18, 2014: The NPSOT State Board is coming to Georgetown for the quarterly meeting. All NPSOT members welcome to attend.
- From 10 a.m. to as late as 4 p.m. Lunch at 12 p.m. Bring $10 for your lunch.
- At Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Williamson County, 3151 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, 78626
- If you wish to volunteer, contact Past President Kathy Galloway or Programs Chair Stephen Brueggerhoff to offer your services; they can always use your help.
Mark your calendar: January 2014 Field Trip- Saturday, January 25, 2014: We will join the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on its annual Tree Talk Winter Walk, afternoon time to be announced by the WFC. Learn to identify trees without using leaves, and see the new arboretum! http://www.wildflower.org/events/
See you around!
The following items have crossed our desk and attention recently, and may be of interest to our members.
- The Native Prairies Association of Texas is holding their Blaze & Graze Christmas Celebration on December 7, 2013. Details available at their website.
- The Paleontolological Society of Austin is holding their 23rd annual Fossil Fest December 7 & 8, 2013. Location is at the Old Settlers Association Headquarters, 3300 Palm Valley Boulevard in Round Rock.. Complete details can be found at their website.
Texas Master Naturalists (TMNs) from all over the state converged in New Braunfels the weekend of October 25-27, 2013. Eleven members from the Good Water Chapter attended. Read more after the break… Continue reading…
CHAPTER MEETING: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Georgetown Public Library
Free and open to the public
The Role of Riparian Vegetation
Speaker: Ricky Linex, USDA-NRCS, Texas office, Zone 5
Rivers and creeks are the lifeblood of land in Texas. Join Ricky Linex, Wildlife Biologist with U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, for a look into riparian ecology. Riparian areas are the interface between land and rivers/creeks. Linex will present wetland indicators, such as grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees, that are important for the health of creeks and rivers of the area. Find out more . . .
A consumer’s report by Agnes Plutino.
The Gardenville Store in Georgetown is looking good. In addition to their nice soils and amendments, they are carrying all sorts of nice gift items.
More importantly, they carry a nice selection of Native American Seed Company seed. Very fresh looking display. Buying from Gardenville would save shipping costs and delay.
People need to stop by and check it out!
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It is located inside the Georgetown Recycling Center on Walden Way, near the Georgetown Animal Shelter.
by Marilyn Perz, Volunteer Coordinator
Our Williamson County Chapter has made it a tradition to budget $600-$700 each year to purchase and donate books to the County’s nine public libraries. This year Diane Sherrill and Billye Adams did the card catalog research to determine which native plant related books each library was lacking. A rain water collection guide was added to each group, and Agnes Plutino had suggested adding some children’s books as well. A total of 49 were allotted to the 9 libraries giving each between 4-6 books. Diane did the purchasing and we were fortunate to have our book deliveries to the libraries coincide with Native Plant Week this third week in October. In this way, the Libraries have joined us in our celebration from October 20-26. Continue reading…
By Kathy McCormack
On October 29, 2013, seven people from the Williamson County NPSOT chapter and six people from the Marble Falls- located Highland Lakes NPSOT chapter attended a field trip at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge southwest of Liberty Hill.
We met at the Eckhardt tract where the Vireo Observation Deck is located on what started out as a cool and cloudy morning. After a brief introduction to the refuge, Scott Rowin (refuge wildlife biologist) led us on an easy walk in an area not normally open to the public where we identified 18 grasses: Continue reading…
Our chapter was recently offered the opportunity to establish a Native Plant Demonstration Garden on the grounds of the Georgetown Library. After meeting with city staff, selecting the beds to adopt, agreeing to do the maintenance, and pending the approval of Eric Lashley (Library Director), Marilyn Perz and I approached the Chapter Board with the idea.
This has been an interesting process for me. I agreed to “Champion” the project, with Marilyn as “Co-champion”, and what a co-champion Marilyn has been. While I was away (out of sight but not out of mind) for a month, Marilyn gathered information and worked up a formal proposal, which she presented to the board on October 13, 2013. At this meeting, Jim Abreu agreed to act as Project Coordinator. Continue reading…