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  • camn | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    the steep rocky side of the narrow end of a canyon surrounded by a thick forest of tall trees Moments later we reached the spring fed creek where the water ran filtered and clear The water flow and temperature are relatively constant in a spring fed creek and the creek bed is a series of shallow pools and travertine dams with overhanging ledges The travertine dams and ledges form when the calcium carbonate that is dissolved in the water crystallizes and combines with biological materials over time These shallow pools and overhangs provide an ideal habitat and protection for the endangered Jollyville salamander Following this spring fed creek we see a long series of pools and dams until we come to an adjoining creek that is mostly formed by rainwater run off In this creek there are no pools and dams Rather we see bars of sand and gravel and larger rocks that have been carried downstream by strong rainwater flows The canyon widens as we walk down the stream and in this riparian environment we see towering sycamore oak and walnut trees with garlands of muscadine grape rattan vines and catbrier In the understory are box elder yaupon wafer ash Carolina buckthorn and roughleaf dogwood The ground is covered with Virginia creeper cedar sage Texas columbine shield fern maiden hair fern tick trefoil and poison ivy Then we head up another slope emerging into an upland community where we are greeting by a riot of color Blooming in the rocky prairie spaces between the junipers are Drummond phlox cornsalad bluebonnets and stork s bill At the end of the hike we walk past a man made pond which is still and quiet now except for the hawk hovering nearby though Dr Meissner says there have been sightings of egrets

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  • concordia | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    the steep rocky side of the narrow end of a canyon surrounded by a thick forest of tall trees Moments later we reached the spring fed creek where the water ran filtered and clear The water flow and temperature are relatively constant in a spring fed creek and the creek bed is a series of shallow pools and travertine dams with overhanging ledges The travertine dams and ledges form when the calcium carbonate that is dissolved in the water crystallizes and combines with biological materials over time These shallow pools and overhangs provide an ideal habitat and protection for the endangered Jollyville salamander Following this spring fed creek we see a long series of pools and dams until we come to an adjoining creek that is mostly formed by rainwater run off In this creek there are no pools and dams Rather we see bars of sand and gravel and larger rocks that have been carried downstream by strong rainwater flows The canyon widens as we walk down the stream and in this riparian environment we see towering sycamore oak and walnut trees with garlands of muscadine grape rattan vines and catbrier In the understory are box elder yaupon wafer ash Carolina buckthorn and roughleaf dogwood The ground is covered with Virginia creeper cedar sage Texas columbine shield fern maiden hair fern tick trefoil and poison ivy Then we head up another slope emerging into an upland community where we are greeting by a riot of color Blooming in the rocky prairie spaces between the junipers are Drummond phlox cornsalad bluebonnets and stork s bill At the end of the hike we walk past a man made pond which is still and quiet now except for the hawk hovering nearby though Dr Meissner says there have been sightings of egrets

    Original URL path: http://camn.org/tag/concordia/ (2016-05-02)
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  • endangered species | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    the spring fed creek where the water ran filtered and clear The water flow and temperature are relatively constant in a spring fed creek and the creek bed is a series of shallow pools and travertine dams with overhanging ledges The travertine dams and ledges form when the calcium carbonate that is dissolved in the water crystallizes and combines with biological materials over time These shallow pools and overhangs provide an ideal habitat and protection for the endangered Jollyville salamander Following this spring fed creek we see a long series of pools and dams until we come to an adjoining creek that is mostly formed by rainwater run off In this creek there are no pools and dams Rather we see bars of sand and gravel and larger rocks that have been carried downstream by strong rainwater flows The canyon widens as we walk down the stream and in this riparian environment we see towering sycamore oak and walnut trees with garlands of muscadine grape rattan vines and catbrier In the understory are box elder yaupon wafer ash Carolina buckthorn and roughleaf dogwood The ground is covered with Virginia creeper cedar sage Texas columbine shield fern maiden hair fern tick trefoil and poison ivy Then we head up another slope emerging into an upland community where we are greeting by a riot of color Blooming in the rocky prairie spaces between the junipers are Drummond phlox cornsalad bluebonnets and stork s bill At the end of the hike we walk past a man made pond which is still and quiet now except for the hawk hovering nearby though Dr Meissner says there have been sightings of egrets kingfishers and great blue herons here Arriving at the end of the trail Dr Meissner leaves us with a thought of the future thanking us for our interest in learning about and preserving our natural treasures for ourselves and for generations to come Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading bcp camn concordia endangered species hike jollyville plateau salamander master naturalist meisner preserve protected spring fed txmn Advanced Training Field Trips Partners Bull Creek Preserve Permit Hike February 26 2016 love On Saturday February 20 from 10 00 to 1 00 Jim O Donnell guided a group on a Bull Creek Preserve permit hike He told us about the history of the preserve and ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance this important habitat for the endangered Golden Cheeked Warbler and Black Capped Vireo explaining the process of capturing and banding birds to monitor their success and dispersal He talked about bird mammal and invertebrate species that have been observed in the preserve and pointed out many native plant species telling stories of their historical uses He also identified invasive non native species describing the Sisyphean efforts to keep them under control He showed us the upturned soil where feral hogs had been rooting Noting the damage that has been done when people create adventitious trails that exacerbate the erosion problem Jim

    Original URL path: http://camn.org/tag/endangered-species/ (2016-05-02)
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  • hike | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    the spring fed creek where the water ran filtered and clear The water flow and temperature are relatively constant in a spring fed creek and the creek bed is a series of shallow pools and travertine dams with overhanging ledges The travertine dams and ledges form when the calcium carbonate that is dissolved in the water crystallizes and combines with biological materials over time These shallow pools and overhangs provide an ideal habitat and protection for the endangered Jollyville salamander Following this spring fed creek we see a long series of pools and dams until we come to an adjoining creek that is mostly formed by rainwater run off In this creek there are no pools and dams Rather we see bars of sand and gravel and larger rocks that have been carried downstream by strong rainwater flows The canyon widens as we walk down the stream and in this riparian environment we see towering sycamore oak and walnut trees with garlands of muscadine grape rattan vines and catbrier In the understory are box elder yaupon wafer ash Carolina buckthorn and roughleaf dogwood The ground is covered with Virginia creeper cedar sage Texas columbine shield fern maiden hair fern tick trefoil and poison ivy Then we head up another slope emerging into an upland community where we are greeting by a riot of color Blooming in the rocky prairie spaces between the junipers are Drummond phlox cornsalad bluebonnets and stork s bill At the end of the hike we walk past a man made pond which is still and quiet now except for the hawk hovering nearby though Dr Meissner says there have been sightings of egrets kingfishers and great blue herons here Arriving at the end of the trail Dr Meissner leaves us with a thought of the future thanking us for our interest in learning about and preserving our natural treasures for ourselves and for generations to come Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading bcp camn concordia endangered species hike jollyville plateau salamander master naturalist meisner preserve protected spring fed txmn Advanced Training Field Trips Partners Bull Creek Preserve Permit Hike February 26 2016 love On Saturday February 20 from 10 00 to 1 00 Jim O Donnell guided a group on a Bull Creek Preserve permit hike He told us about the history of the preserve and ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance this important habitat for the endangered Golden Cheeked Warbler and Black Capped Vireo explaining the process of capturing and banding birds to monitor their success and dispersal He talked about bird mammal and invertebrate species that have been observed in the preserve and pointed out many native plant species telling stories of their historical uses He also identified invasive non native species describing the Sisyphean efforts to keep them under control He showed us the upturned soil where feral hogs had been rooting Noting the damage that has been done when people create adventitious trails that exacerbate the erosion problem Jim

    Original URL path: http://camn.org/tag/hike/ (2016-05-02)
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  • jollyville plateau salamander | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    down the steep rocky side of the narrow end of a canyon surrounded by a thick forest of tall trees Moments later we reached the spring fed creek where the water ran filtered and clear The water flow and temperature are relatively constant in a spring fed creek and the creek bed is a series of shallow pools and travertine dams with overhanging ledges The travertine dams and ledges form when the calcium carbonate that is dissolved in the water crystallizes and combines with biological materials over time These shallow pools and overhangs provide an ideal habitat and protection for the endangered Jollyville salamander Following this spring fed creek we see a long series of pools and dams until we come to an adjoining creek that is mostly formed by rainwater run off In this creek there are no pools and dams Rather we see bars of sand and gravel and larger rocks that have been carried downstream by strong rainwater flows The canyon widens as we walk down the stream and in this riparian environment we see towering sycamore oak and walnut trees with garlands of muscadine grape rattan vines and catbrier In the understory are box elder yaupon wafer ash Carolina buckthorn and roughleaf dogwood The ground is covered with Virginia creeper cedar sage Texas columbine shield fern maiden hair fern tick trefoil and poison ivy Then we head up another slope emerging into an upland community where we are greeting by a riot of color Blooming in the rocky prairie spaces between the junipers are Drummond phlox cornsalad bluebonnets and stork s bill At the end of the hike we walk past a man made pond which is still and quiet now except for the hawk hovering nearby though Dr Meissner says there have been sightings of

    Original URL path: http://camn.org/tag/jollyville-plateau-salamander/ (2016-05-02)
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  • master naturalist | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    down the steep rocky side of the narrow end of a canyon surrounded by a thick forest of tall trees Moments later we reached the spring fed creek where the water ran filtered and clear The water flow and temperature are relatively constant in a spring fed creek and the creek bed is a series of shallow pools and travertine dams with overhanging ledges The travertine dams and ledges form when the calcium carbonate that is dissolved in the water crystallizes and combines with biological materials over time These shallow pools and overhangs provide an ideal habitat and protection for the endangered Jollyville salamander Following this spring fed creek we see a long series of pools and dams until we come to an adjoining creek that is mostly formed by rainwater run off In this creek there are no pools and dams Rather we see bars of sand and gravel and larger rocks that have been carried downstream by strong rainwater flows The canyon widens as we walk down the stream and in this riparian environment we see towering sycamore oak and walnut trees with garlands of muscadine grape rattan vines and catbrier In the understory are box elder yaupon wafer ash Carolina buckthorn and roughleaf dogwood The ground is covered with Virginia creeper cedar sage Texas columbine shield fern maiden hair fern tick trefoil and poison ivy Then we head up another slope emerging into an upland community where we are greeting by a riot of color Blooming in the rocky prairie spaces between the junipers are Drummond phlox cornsalad bluebonnets and stork s bill At the end of the hike we walk past a man made pond which is still and quiet now except for the hawk hovering nearby though Dr Meissner says there have been sightings of

    Original URL path: http://camn.org/tag/master-naturalist/ (2016-05-02)
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  • meisner | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    the steep rocky side of the narrow end of a canyon surrounded by a thick forest of tall trees Moments later we reached the spring fed creek where the water ran filtered and clear The water flow and temperature are relatively constant in a spring fed creek and the creek bed is a series of shallow pools and travertine dams with overhanging ledges The travertine dams and ledges form when the calcium carbonate that is dissolved in the water crystallizes and combines with biological materials over time These shallow pools and overhangs provide an ideal habitat and protection for the endangered Jollyville salamander Following this spring fed creek we see a long series of pools and dams until we come to an adjoining creek that is mostly formed by rainwater run off In this creek there are no pools and dams Rather we see bars of sand and gravel and larger rocks that have been carried downstream by strong rainwater flows The canyon widens as we walk down the stream and in this riparian environment we see towering sycamore oak and walnut trees with garlands of muscadine grape rattan vines and catbrier In the understory are box elder yaupon wafer ash Carolina buckthorn and roughleaf dogwood The ground is covered with Virginia creeper cedar sage Texas columbine shield fern maiden hair fern tick trefoil and poison ivy Then we head up another slope emerging into an upland community where we are greeting by a riot of color Blooming in the rocky prairie spaces between the junipers are Drummond phlox cornsalad bluebonnets and stork s bill At the end of the hike we walk past a man made pond which is still and quiet now except for the hawk hovering nearby though Dr Meissner says there have been sightings of egrets

    Original URL path: http://camn.org/tag/meisner/ (2016-05-02)
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  • spring-fed | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    down the steep rocky side of the narrow end of a canyon surrounded by a thick forest of tall trees Moments later we reached the spring fed creek where the water ran filtered and clear The water flow and temperature are relatively constant in a spring fed creek and the creek bed is a series of shallow pools and travertine dams with overhanging ledges The travertine dams and ledges form when the calcium carbonate that is dissolved in the water crystallizes and combines with biological materials over time These shallow pools and overhangs provide an ideal habitat and protection for the endangered Jollyville salamander Following this spring fed creek we see a long series of pools and dams until we come to an adjoining creek that is mostly formed by rainwater run off In this creek there are no pools and dams Rather we see bars of sand and gravel and larger rocks that have been carried downstream by strong rainwater flows The canyon widens as we walk down the stream and in this riparian environment we see towering sycamore oak and walnut trees with garlands of muscadine grape rattan vines and catbrier In the understory are box elder yaupon wafer ash Carolina buckthorn and roughleaf dogwood The ground is covered with Virginia creeper cedar sage Texas columbine shield fern maiden hair fern tick trefoil and poison ivy Then we head up another slope emerging into an upland community where we are greeting by a riot of color Blooming in the rocky prairie spaces between the junipers are Drummond phlox cornsalad bluebonnets and stork s bill At the end of the hike we walk past a man made pond which is still and quiet now except for the hawk hovering nearby though Dr Meissner says there have been sightings of

    Original URL path: http://camn.org/tag/spring-fed/ (2016-05-02)
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