Archive for September, 2012

As usual, there will be no meeting of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas in October.  Many members will attend the annual state meeting in Kerrville.  Meetings will resume in November.

The topic for the September 2012 monthly meeting of the Austin chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is History of Juniper-Oak Woodlands in the Central Texas Landscape.

Lisa O’Donnell will give a PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of historical documents depicting vegetation communities of the Texas Hill Country, with an emphasis on areas along the edge of the Balcones Escarpment.  The historical documents span from the early 1700s through the early 1900s. They include eyewitness accounts, photographs, maps, and field survey notes from original land grants.  These documents will be presented within the context of major ecological regions and timelines of major historical events. The importance of researching historical documents and understanding land use changes to help make informed land management decisions will be discussed, particularly with respect to managing for endangered species and ecosystems.

Speaker background:
Lisa has lived in Austin, Texas, most of her life and embarked on a career as an endangered species biologist in 1987.  She began working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1991, soon after the listing of the golden-cheeked warbler.  Hearing frequent claims that the Hill Country was originally dominated by grasslands, Lisa began researching this issue and has been compiling historic accounts and other documents for the past 20 years.  Today, as Senior Biologist for the City of Austin’s Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Lisa works to protect the golden-cheeked warbler, black-capped vireo, karst invertebrates, aquatic salamanders, and rare plants occurring within the preserve.

Meeting details:
Tuesday, September 18, 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.