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  • Contact Us | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    Class Photos Birds Spiders Botany Insects Herps Restoration Rehab Fire Class Graduation Resources Links and Documents Volunteer Opportunities What Counts Board Meeting Minutes Texas Master Naturalist Program Volunteer Guidelines Calendar Log In Search for Contact Us Chapter President Marc Opperman Austin Nature and Science Center 301 Nature Center Drive Austin Texas 78746 Comments or questions are welcome indicates required field Name Email Subject Message Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading 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 Like this Like Loading 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 30 pm 8 00 pm Come hear Sharlene Leurig Project Director Texas Environmental Flows Sharlene works with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment The Nature Conservancy National Wildlife Federation Ducks Unlimited and the Harte Research Institute to find Continue reading May

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  • Events | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    Insect Flight with John Abbott April 24 2015 President White lined sphinx moth photo by Marc Opperman With all that is Spring comes a surge of insects many of them whizzing by our heads anywhere we happen to be our back yards the trail day or night To help us make some sense of this particular form of insect locomotion our April meeting will feature a talk by Wild Basin s John Abbott on the Wonders of Insect Flight John is at heart a teacher and a very good one We have been fortunate to have his services as both a teacher for our yearly trainees and as a repeat speaker at our monthly meetings Those familiar with John s work will know this talk will feature his astounding insect photography macros stopped action of insects in flight and every minute aspect of insect life His love of teaching extends to photographic technique workshops available to anyone aspiring to up their nature photography game CAMN members are often given advance notice and a discount on his class registrations John s work is not limited to running Wild Basin however He s a photographer and author whose work populates several insect identification field guides most notably the UT Press guides on damselflies and dragonflies Both will be available for sale at the meeting He and his wife Kendra are currently working on revising the Peterson Field Guide to Insects of North America and writing a field guide to the Common Insects of Texas His passion for one order of insects odonates dragonflies and damselflies led him to create the eminent online resource for tracking the species found at odonatacentral org If any of this sounds intriguing flit on over to our April meeting at the Austin Nature and Science Center Wednesday April 29 at 6 30 pm Parking is available under the Mopac Bridge and light snacks are provided All members of the public are welcomed to attend Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Meetings Member News Nominating Honorary Members March 22 2015 President Photo by Marc Opperman Members of CAMN can nominate and elect people to be honorary members of the group Honorary members become full voting members of CAMN without the requirement of training and certification and would be eligible to receive our emails participate in member events and volunteer work and even serve on the board of directors Honorary membership is intended to be an honor bestowed upon individuals who have contributed to CAMN as notable teachers mentors or benefactors or who have consistently given their time or talents to the Central Texas community in a manner consistent with CAMN s mission of educational outreach volunteer service and environmental stewardship Continue reading Nominating Honorary Members Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading award bylaws form honorary member membership nomination Events Meetings Member News The 2015 Awards Ceremony and Silent Auction March 6 2015 President Feb 15 Awards Ceremony First off I have to

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  • Training | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    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 Class of 2015 Congratulations to Our 2015 Graduates March 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 Advanced Training Field Notes Partners Footsteps Through Time March 8 2016 love On March 5 Austin Water Utility s Wildland Conservation Division volunteers Lila Gloria Chris and Audrey led a group on a hike in the Butler Ecological Preserve an area at the end of Jester Boulevard that is otherwise closed to the public The beginning 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 Audrey on the path to Tenacio Spring Redbud Gargoyle guarding Tenacio Spring Some kind of plum Lila telling about the brown headed cowbird trap Cedar sage Salvia roemeriana Tenacio Spring Kiki s Spring By the redbud Golden groundsel Packera obovata Cretacious era fossils underfoot Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading activity austin water utility balcones canyonlands preserve bcp City of Austin group hike guide interpretive activity plants volunteer wildland conservation division 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 observed that although it looks rugged this land is really quite fragile To learn more about Bull Creek Preserve and the entry permit visit the Bull Creek Eco Web Nolina texana or beargrass basket grass but not a grass Stump of a 300 year old cedar tree Pink anemone Jim s toolkit for bird banding Island and waterfall Nolina lindheimeriana also known as Devil s Shoestring Another view of the creek and 360 Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading austin water bcp biologist endangered species hike permit wildland conservation division Class of 2016 Field Trips Training Uncategorized A day of weather climate and water birds at Hornsby Bend December 11 2015 President The 2016 Trainees completed their second class recently It was held at Hornsby Bend s Center for Environmental Research a department of Austin Water Utility Dr Kevin Anderson director of the CER lectured on the history of ecology in the U S and Texas Jon W Zeitler Science and Operations Officer National Weather Service Austin San Antonio spoke on the complex topic of what defines weather and climate while Dr Ruth Buskirk University of Texas at Austin introduced the trainees to taxonomy After lunch Dr Anderson gave the group a tour of the biosolids composting facilities and led a hike through a small part of the 1 200 acres of riparian forest habitat at Hornsby The walk highlights the bird blind built to facilitate watching the spectacular diversity of migrating waterfowl At another stop he discusses the progression some of the land made from being accidentally bulldozed for a parking lot to becoming the mid successional forest that is present today Jon W Zeitler National Weather Service Jon W Zeitler National Weather Service pointing out cloud formations Diane perusing some of Dr Anderson s library Travis photographing lady beetles Dr Kevin Anderson CER tour of biosolids composting facility Dr Anderson showcases the bird blind and birding at Hornsby Bend Black bellied whistling ducks Dr Anderson leads trainees on hike through early successional forest at Hornsby Bend Dr Anderson leads trainees on hike

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  • Invasive Insects of Texas Workshop | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    Partners Training Invasive Insects of Texas Workshop May 27 2015 President Join us Saturday August 29 2015 from 9 am to 4 pm for this workshop on Invasive Insects of Texas It s being offered free of charge to local Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists by Extension Program Specialist Wizzie Brown and will be taught by Hans Landel Interim Invasive Species Coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center A total of 7 CEUs will be earned by attendance Please go here for more information and to sign up Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Related Post navigation Previous Post Joining CAMN Next Post City of Austin 2014 Environmental Report 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 30 pm 8 00 pm Come hear

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  • Meetings | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    nature photography game CAMN members are often given advance notice and a discount on his class registrations John s work is not limited to running Wild Basin however He s a photographer and author whose work populates several insect identification field guides most notably the UT Press guides on damselflies and dragonflies Both will be available for sale at the meeting He and his wife Kendra are currently working on revising the Peterson Field Guide to Insects of North America and writing a field guide to the Common Insects of Texas His passion for one order of insects odonates dragonflies and damselflies led him to create the eminent online resource for tracking the species found at odonatacentral org If any of this sounds intriguing flit on over to our April meeting at the Austin Nature and Science Center Wednesday April 29 at 6 30 pm Parking is available under the Mopac Bridge and light snacks are provided All members of the public are welcomed to attend Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Meetings Member News Nominating Honorary Members March 22 2015 President Photo by Marc Opperman Members of CAMN can nominate and elect people to be honorary members of the group Honorary members become full voting members of CAMN without the requirement of training and certification and would be eligible to receive our emails participate in member events and volunteer work and even serve on the board of directors Honorary membership is intended to be an honor bestowed upon individuals who have contributed to CAMN as notable teachers mentors or benefactors or who have consistently given their time or talents to the Central Texas community in a manner consistent with CAMN s mission of educational outreach volunteer service and environmental stewardship Continue reading Nominating Honorary Members Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading award bylaws form honorary member membership nomination Events Meetings Member News The 2015 Awards Ceremony and Silent Auction March 6 2015 President Feb 15 Awards Ceremony First off I have to brag about the sheer NUMBER of people who attended this event We had 75 CAMNers and family members attend the show held this year at what was probably the perfect venue the Redbud Center at LCRA With its impressive water wise demo gardens model of the Highland Lakes dam system and overlook of Mansfield Dam it was a perfect place to remind us of some of the things we do as part of CAMN Thank you to vice president Julie Bollman for finding our location and for the impressive table centerpieces Continue reading The 2015 Awards Ceremony and Silent Auction Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Events Meetings Uncategorized December Monthly Meeting November 26 2014 President Join us December 3 at 6 30 pm to hear Wizzie Brown Urban IPM Entomologist with Texas A M AgriLife Extension Service speak on ants both native and invasive She may include information on Austin s newest invader the Tawny Crazy Ant

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  • CAMN April Monthly Meeting – Insect Flight with John Abbott | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    talk by Wild Basin s John Abbott on the Wonders of Insect Flight John is at heart a teacher and a very good one We have been fortunate to have his services as both a teacher for our yearly trainees and as a repeat speaker at our monthly meetings Those familiar with John s work will know this talk will feature his astounding insect photography macros stopped action of insects in flight and every minute aspect of insect life His love of teaching extends to photographic technique workshops available to anyone aspiring to up their nature photography game CAMN members are often given advance notice and a discount on his class registrations John s work is not limited to running Wild Basin however He s a photographer and author whose work populates several insect identification field guides most notably the UT Press guides on damselflies and dragonflies Both will be available for sale at the meeting He and his wife Kendra are currently working on revising the Peterson Field Guide to Insects of North America and writing a field guide to the Common Insects of Texas His passion for one order of insects odonates dragonflies and damselflies led him to create the eminent online resource for tracking the species found at odonatacentral org If any of this sounds intriguing flit on over to our April meeting at the Austin Nature and Science Center Wednesday April 29 at 6 30 pm Parking is available under the Mopac Bridge and light snacks are provided All members of the public are welcomed to attend Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Related Post navigation Previous Post 2015 Trainees Update Next Post Patience in interpretation turning around destructive attitudes Central Texas volunteers devoted to ecological stewardship education and outreach Connect Blog Facebook

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  • Canyon Lake Gorge Advanced Training Trip Recap | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    Insects Herps Restoration Rehab Fire Class Graduation Resources Links and Documents Volunteer Opportunities What Counts Board Meeting Minutes Texas Master Naturalist Program Volunteer Guidelines Calendar Log In Search for Advanced Training Field Notes Field Trips Training Canyon Lake Gorge Advanced Training Trip Recap Gallery February 2 2015 President Eighteen CAMN ers and enthusiastic friends and family members had a successful Advanced Training trip to the Canyon Lake Gorge Saturday 1 24 We were hosted by the Gorge Preservation Society Great hike and lecture on the canyon and its geology Thanks to Jaynellen Ladd at the Society for helping set this up And a special shout out to our excellent volunteer docents Pete Bryant Cathy Downs Gracie Waggener Photos and text by Mark Wilson CAMN Field Trips Co coordinator Photo by Mark Wilson Photo by Mark Wilson Photo by Mark Wilson Photo by Mark Wilson Photo by Mark Wilson Photo by Mark Wilson Photo by Mark Wilson Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading Related Post navigation Previous Post Bull Creek Entrance Permit Next Post 2015 Geology and Soils class recap 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 30 pm 8 00 pm Come hear Sharlene Leurig Project Director Texas Environmental Flows Sharlene works with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment The Nature Conservancy National Wildlife Federation Ducks Unlimited and the Harte Research Institute

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  • Gallery | Format | Capital Area Master Naturalists
    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 Borer identification project Thank you to Ranleigh Hirsh and Paul Clements for class logistics help and for accepting the baton to be passed by Jon for the 2016 class Dr Karen Clary Nico Hauwert presenting basic geology Nico Hauwert demonstrating basic aquifer concepts Photo by Marc Opperman Jacob Eikstead demonstrating soil identification Jon Brandt demonstrating soil composition Nico Hauwert with geological samples Jacob Eikstead demonstrating soil identification Chert nodule found by Marc Opperman CAMN President while cycling home near Slaughter Creek after Geology class Photos by Marc Opperman Visiting the cave at LBJWC photos by Ryan Lassiter Wildflower Cave photo by Ryan Lassiter Class 2015 CAMN Class members at Wildflower Cave photo by Ryan Lassiter Class 2015 CAMN Class members at Wildflower Cave photo by Ryan Lassiter Class 2015 Share this Facebook Twitter Email Like this Like Loading class class of 2015 geology LBJWC soils training wildflower center Advanced Training Field Notes Field Trips Training Canyon Lake Gorge Advanced Training Trip Recap Gallery February 2 2015 President Eighteen CAMN ers and enthusiastic friends and family members had a successful Advanced Training trip to the Canyon Lake Gorge Saturday 1 24 We were hosted by the Gorge Preservation Society Great hike and lecture on the canyon and its geology Thanks to Jaynellen Ladd at the Society for helping set this up And a special shout out to our excellent volunteer docents Pete Bryant Cathy Downs Gracie Waggener

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