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  • txmn | 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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  • Member News | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    VIVA Streets Austin September 29 2015 President A view of some CAMN volunteer outreach during VIVA Streets Austin Sept 13 Thank you to member Jessica for the tweet CapAreaMN spreading environmental awareness seedballs during vivastreetsatx pic twitter com oQacf9UtSz Jessica Wilson JecaAustin September 13 2015 Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading City of Austin seedballs Class of 2015 Member News Training Meet the Curriculum Coordinators for 2016 July 27 2015 President I asked the new dynamic duo of Caroline and Monica to provide a little background about themselves They are taking on the role of Curriculum Co chairs for 2016 Here are their stories in all their unvarnished glory Monica left and Caroline center participating in mammalogy class exercises Caroline Class of 2015 Caroline has a passion for nature and a talent for sharing it She first discovered the naturalist community while studying land management issues abroad in Costa Rica during college After graduating she began pursuing her passion as a summer camp counselor at the Austin Nature and Science Center There for two years she facilitated school programs designed after school programs and led summer camp sessions on a wide variety of natural sciences Near the end of her first summer at ANSC after wrangling 12 year olds all over the Hill Country for three months her gaggle of pre teens visited Westcave Preserve That day she fell in love with the famous Westcave Grotto the so called hidden gem of the Hill Country She has been avidly volunteering and or on staff ever since Caroline received her bachelors degree in Psychology and her minor in Biology from the University of Texas in 2012 at her day job she is currently infusing her enthusiasm and training skills into the Software Development community at UT She is pleased as plum to have joined the ranks of Capital Area Master Naturalists and is excited to become an active member of the community Monica Class of 2015 I was immeasurably inspired during a study abroad trip to Costa Rica by the incredible diversity of life that can abound in the small square footage of a cloud rain forest This is where Caroline and I met many years ago and connected admiring the intrinsic beauty of a place teeming with life I studied biology at UT with a concentration in ecology evolution and behavior While there I worked in a lab that studied basic evolutionary theory with wimpy viruses in the Freshman Research Initiative as a mentor and later became involved in a microbial ecology lab studying endophytic fungi for a short term research project I ve been working for the TCEQ for a couple years now since leaving school working with air quality regulation rules and upholding air pollution reporting standards Through this experience I ve developed an interest in conservation policy and am interested in pursuing a masters degree once I get a better idea of where I want to take things Outside of work though I ve

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  • Volunteer Opportunities | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    all summer One day we removed patches of King Ranch Bluestem an invasive grass and another day we collected seeds of liatris and senna that grow there to sow on the newly created berms and in bare patches in the preserve As we work we hear the chips and calls of cardinals and occasionally see a flash of red in the evergreen sumac Every workday is also an occasion to learn more about the habitat Jim took us on a walk through the woods naming various plant species Texas Red Oak Escarpment Black Cherry Flame leaf Sumac Silktassel and describing the barren state of the hillsides before he and other volunteers created the many berms and swales that now host a great variety of flourishing natives He showed us the structure that was used to catch the cowbirds that were causing a sharp decline in the vireo population and explained how the cowbirds were caught A story in itself The Vireo Preserve and the company are always delightful and no two workdays are the same To learn more about BCP see a video of Jim O Donnell telling about banding Golden cheeked Warblers and register to volunteer at the Vireo Preserve visit the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve webpage at http www austintexas gov bcp Hope to see you there in 2016 Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Partners Volunteer Opportunities Volunteers Helped This March 23 2015 President The creek that feeds this cave only runs about every 18 months volunteers have helped make every drop count WQPL pic twitter com pvCeAyRzKo Austin Water AustinWater March 23 2015 Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Field Notes Member News Partners Volunteer Opportunities Texas Amphibian Watch Monitoring in 2014 February 23 2015 President By Sandie Mayfield Sue Anderson Beth Duncan and Kathy McCormack CAMN Amphibian Watch team from prior year Photo by Maggie Mayfield The Capital Area Master Naturalists CAMN had five teams performing TPWD s Texas Amphibian Watch TAW Adopt A Frog Pond monitoring in 2014 Nocturnal frog and toad calls were monitored on a monthly basis at Bauerle Ranch Park formerly Slaughter Creek Greenbelt and Mary Moore Searight Park in south Austin Lake Creek Dam in north Austin Devine Lake in Leander and Berry Springs Preserve in north Georgetown Bauerle Ranch Park is 306 acres of mostly unimproved city park land with a small pond formed by an old ranch road spillway and fed by a tributary creek to Slaughter Creek Mary Moore Searight Park is a city park that includes a portion of Slaughter Creek The Lake Creek site is a dammed up natural creek drainage area Devine Lake is a 16 acre Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS lake next to a 45 acre city park Berry Springs Preserve is a passive county park with a spring fed pond and nearby creek Water levels were generally below average this year due to lingering drought conditions Continue reading Texas Amphibian Watch Monitoring in 2014 Share this

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  • Ranleigh Hirsh | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    had a banner year for CAMN service awards and recertification There are 82 members receiving the 2015 Bluebonnet Recertification pin But most importantly are the service level award winners who should be congratulated for their continued contribution to CAMN Please give all a hearty thank you for their hard work 1000 hour gold dragonfly pin awarded to Jim Weber and Lynne Weber 500 hour sliver dragonfly pin awarded to Jacque Austin Elaine Davenport Jeff Genung Elizabeth Hinson Marc Opperman Shelly Palmer Fettig Terry Southwell 250 hour bronze dragonfly pin awarded to Jane Adams Stephaine Boyd Ranleigh Hirsh Joesph Hunt Betty McCreary Charles Skip Mencio Jr Harry Miller III Marcia Sims Randy Thompson 2015 Recertification Bluebonnet pin awarded to Jane Adams Sue Anderson Jacque Austin Stuart Bailey John Barr Rosann Batteiger Vernon Berger Stephanie Boyd Stacey Bucklin Cynthia Cannon Gus Cannon Paul Clements Ann Clift Elaine Davenport Bill Dodd Carolyn Doolittle David Dunlap Sheila Ellwood Angela England Carl Fabre Carol Fegan Janet Fitzsimon Barr Peg Gavin Jeff Genung Jan Hanz Elizabeth Hinson Ranleigh Hirsh Marianna Hobbs Sara Holloway Joesph Hunt Dale Jaroszewski Barbara Keir Bill Kemp Lois Koho Linda Lacy David Lyon Melissa MacDougall Thom Marshall Jerry Mayfield Kathy McCormack Betty McCreary Patricia McGee Charles Skip Mencio Jr Harry Miller III Peggy Murphy Alicia Nelson Meredith O Reilly Marc Opperman Virginia Palacios Shelley Palmer Fettig Becky Patterson Nancy Podio Jeri Porter MaryHelen Quinn Dawn Reed Robert Reeves Stephanie Rivaux Mike Rogan Janet Jan Roset Jenny Samford Deborah Sharp Marcia Sims Monte Smith John Terry Southwell Andy Swain Charlotte Taylor Randy Thompson Kirstine Thorne Jane Tillman Miriam Vaughn Myra Weaver Jim Weber Lynne Weber Andrea Wilhite Mark Wilson Gloria Wilson Sue Wiseman Chris Wolfe Max Woodfin Nancy Woolley Dorothy Young Kenneth Zaslow Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Class

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  • Congratulations to all 2015 award winners! | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    their hard work 1000 hour gold dragonfly pin awarded to Jim Weber and Lynne Weber 500 hour sliver dragonfly pin awarded to Jacque Austin Elaine Davenport Jeff Genung Elizabeth Hinson Marc Opperman Shelly Palmer Fettig Terry Southwell 250 hour bronze dragonfly pin awarded to Jane Adams Stephaine Boyd Ranleigh Hirsh Joesph Hunt Betty McCreary Charles Skip Mencio Jr Harry Miller III Marcia Sims Randy Thompson 2015 Recertification Bluebonnet pin awarded to Jane Adams Sue Anderson Jacque Austin Stuart Bailey John Barr Rosann Batteiger Vernon Berger Stephanie Boyd Stacey Bucklin Cynthia Cannon Gus Cannon Paul Clements Ann Clift Elaine Davenport Bill Dodd Carolyn Doolittle David Dunlap Sheila Ellwood Angela England Carl Fabre Carol Fegan Janet Fitzsimon Barr Peg Gavin Jeff Genung Jan Hanz Elizabeth Hinson Ranleigh Hirsh Marianna Hobbs Sara Holloway Joesph Hunt Dale Jaroszewski Barbara Keir Bill Kemp Lois Koho Linda Lacy David Lyon Melissa MacDougall Thom Marshall Jerry Mayfield Kathy McCormack Betty McCreary Patricia McGee Charles Skip Mencio Jr Harry Miller III Peggy Murphy Alicia Nelson Meredith O Reilly Marc Opperman Virginia Palacios Shelley Palmer Fettig Becky Patterson Nancy Podio Jeri Porter MaryHelen Quinn Dawn Reed Robert Reeves Stephanie Rivaux Mike Rogan Janet Jan Roset Jenny Samford Deborah Sharp Marcia Sims Monte Smith John Terry Southwell Andy Swain Charlotte Taylor Randy Thompson Kirstine Thorne Jane Tillman Miriam Vaughn Myra Weaver Jim Weber Lynne Weber Andrea Wilhite Mark Wilson Gloria Wilson Sue Wiseman Chris Wolfe Max Woodfin Nancy Woolley Dorothy Young Kenneth Zaslow Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Related Post navigation Previous Post Congratulations to Our 2015 Graduates Next Post April 2016 CAMN Opportunity Listing in VMS Central Texas volunteers devoted to ecological stewardship education and outreach Connect Blog Facebook Twitter Flickr View capitalareamasternaturalists s profile on Facebook View CapAreaMN s profile on Twitter Upcoming Events

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  • Class of 2015 | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    mentor and later became involved in a microbial ecology lab studying endophytic fungi for a short term research project I ve been working for the TCEQ for a couple years now since leaving school working with air quality regulation rules and upholding air pollution reporting standards Through this experience I ve developed an interest in conservation policy and am interested in pursuing a masters degree once I get a better idea of where I want to take things Outside of work though I ve greatly enjoyed learning about bird and plant identification I ve been assisting Angela England the past few months with an invasive species removal study monitoring girdled ligustrum trees shrubs demons in the East Boggy Creek greenbelt trail which gets extra boggy in the summer Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading 2016 board of directors co chairs curriculum Class of 2015 Partners Training 2015 Trainees Update April 13 2015 President Our 2015 CAMN trainees are down to their last class and graduation ceremony in a couple short weeks They are an enthusiastic group a well rounded bunch with a lot of volunteer hours under their belts already We hope they will continue to make a difference in Central Texas environmental stewardship interpretation and educational outreach This past weekend they spent time learning about insects and amphibians reptiles herps in the classroom and then poked about The Nature Conservancy s Barton Creek Preserve looking for specimens with the help of trained experts Posted by Capital Area Master Naturalists on Monday April 13 2015 Val Bugh teaching insect overview Class members search for specimens Green Anole Val Bugh leading field activity Variegated fritillary caterpillar Dr John Abbott teaching odonate family Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Class of 2015 Training 2015 Geology and Soils class recap Gallery February 2 2015 President This past Saturday saw the CAMN trainees for the class of 2015 visiting the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center for an overview of geology and soils in Central Texas Jon Brandt soils scientist with the Railroad Commission of Texas and a longtime CAMN member coordinated the class This was Jon s 15th and last year as coordinator as he has expressed a desire to pass the baton Nico Hauwert geologist and senior hydrologist with City of Austin Watershed Protection Department presented an introduction to basic geology and our regional geology with an emphasis on groundwater aquifer interaction Jacob Eikstead soil scientist Surface Mining and Reclamation Division Railroad Commission of Texas taught the soils segment covering soil composition and its relation to plant propagation Students spent time at three hands on stations that demonstrated soil composition rock types and soils identification Following lunch students got a unique chance to visit geology from the inside by touring the LBJWC Wildflower Cave Prior to starting the curriculum materials Dr Karen Clary LBJWC s senior program director presented some of the missions of the center as well as made a request for involvement in the Emerald Ash

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  • Congratulations to Our 2015 Graduates! | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    30 2016 Ranleigh Hirsh The following class of 2015 members completed all their requirements for becoming certified Texas Master Naturalists Please congratulate them for their hard work Sachin Aggarwal Jim Bayliss Katherine Daniel Lydia Deats Hannah Frankel Pat Frost Jake Jackson Jason Jarisch Sarah Jenevein Beth Kirkhart Ashleigh Lassiter Ryan Lassiter Alice Mabry Lauren Millican Bill O Leary Jake Patoski Monica Ramirez Linda Reams Phillip Scott Allan Seils Caroline Taylor Claire Wade indicates a double certification awarded to those who completed 80 hours or more of volunteering and 16 hours or more of advanced training Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Related Post navigation Previous Post Footsteps Through Time Next Post Congratulations to all 2015 award winners Central Texas volunteers devoted to ecological stewardship education and outreach Connect Blog Facebook Twitter Flickr View capitalareamasternaturalists s profile on Facebook View CapAreaMN s profile on Twitter Upcoming Events May 5 Thu 2016 6 45 pm CAMN Board Meeting CAMN Board Meeting May 5 6 45 pm 8 45 pm May 25 Wed 2016 6 30 pm May Monthly Meeting Keeping th Austin Nature and Science Center May Monthly Meeting Keeping th Austin Nature and Science Center May 25 6

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  • Footsteps Through Time | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    of the hike is down a wagon trail through shrubby live oak and evergreen sumac under power lines suitable habitat for black capped vireo Lila stops to tell about the brown headed cowbird trap before guiding us off the trail and through the woods She notes that we are now walking through golden cheeked warbler habitat mature juniper and oak woodland pausing on a rocky slope that is in fact a field of cretaceous era fossils At the bottom of the slope is a running creek and from the side of the creek bubbles Tenacio Spring named for the previous caretaker of the land The base of a tree trunk forms a fiercely guarding gargoyle above the spring Then back up the trail past a deep ravine we come to Kiki s Spring named for Kent Butler s childhood moniker To register to go on this and other hikes visit Wildland Conservation Division s online calendar of events at http www austintexas gov department wildland conservation division Into the woods Swiss cheese limestone Kiki s Spring Cretacious era fossils underfoot Lila telling about the brown headed cowbird trap Gargoyle guarding Tenacio Spring Audrey on the path to Tenacio Spring Cedar sage Salvia roemeriana Tenacio Spring Some kind of plum Redbud By the redbud Golden groundsel Packera obovata Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Related activity austin water utility balcones canyonlands preserve bcp City of Austin group hike guide interpretive activity plants volunteer wildland conservation division Post navigation Previous Post CAMN on Twitter Supporting the Colorado River Alliance Next Post Congratulations to Our 2015 Graduates Central Texas volunteers devoted to ecological stewardship education and outreach Connect Blog Facebook Twitter Flickr View capitalareamasternaturalists s profile on Facebook View CapAreaMN s profile on Twitter Upcoming Events May 5 Thu 2016

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