Archive for January, 2010

Dr. Patricia Richardson

Rainbow Soil: Managing for the Ultimate in Soil Quality – What’s bigger than bacteria, but smaller than earthworms, and plays an essential role in cycling nutrients and dispersing bacteria and fungi in soil and plants?  Soil mesofauna — macroscopic invertebrates such as nematodes and arthropods.  Join Dr. Patricia Richardson, Research Fellow at UT’s Dept. of Integrative Biology, for a discussion of nature’s incredible biological complexity beneath our feet. Learn how to manage toward that biodiversity and perhaps even create land that will inspire a rainbow! The presentation will include video footage of  colorful, charismatic mesofauna in action.

Rare Plant Communities in Texas is a presentation by David Bezanson, the North / East Texas Program Manageter at The Nature Conservancy.  Mr. Bezanson formerly served as executive director of Natural Area Preservation Association, now the Texas Land Conservancy, a land trust conserving 70,000 acres in Texas.  David’s master’s thesis described the natural vegetation of Texas and listed the amounts of each native plant community protected in conservation areas.

Hello everyone, and welcome to the new NPSOT Austin chapter website!  We currently have meeting information for you for the next several months — check out “Meeting & Events” tab at the top.   We’ll soon be adding more, including:

  • A list of Austin-area nurseries that carry native plants
  • The Brodie Wild, Travis County Flora, and Pflugerville Bridge projects
  • A list of helpful links
  • Plant of the Month
  • Plant rescues and other volunteer opportunities
  • Field trips

Stay tuned,