June 24, 2016
Woodland Faerie Trail closes
June 25, 2016
Austin Butterfly Forum
Annual Butterfly Count
Saturday, June 25, 2016 8:00 am
To participate, meet at Zilker Botanical Garden Center parking lot* (2220 Barton Springs Road).
Everyone is welcome, including all skill levels. We count within a 15 mile diameter circle centered at
Mount Bonnell. In addition to Zilker, we visit many of the best butterfly-friendly locales around town,
including the Barton Creek Greenbelt and St. Edward's Park. We work as a single group and although
our primary focus will be butterflies, we are also interested in moths and other insects.
This is the butterfly equivalent of the Audubon Christmas Bird count. The results are submitted to the
North American Butterfly Association (NABA).
Long pants, hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are recommended. Bring close focusing
binoculars if you have them. Be prepared to walk through wet areas and brush. The count typically
lasts until mid-afternoon, although you may leave at any time. We will break for lunch at a local
restaurant between stops.
If it rains Saturday, we may re-schedule to the following day. For more information contact Dan Hardy.
(512.656.5848). *There is a nominal fee to park at Zilker. www.austinbutterflies.org
June 27, 2016
Austin Butterfly Forum
How to Manage Mosquitoes in the Urban Environment
Monday, June 27, 2016 7:00 pm
Every year around this time a few citizens reach out to the Surface Water Team of the Watershed Protection Department because they believe that droves of mosquitoes are emerging from the neighborhood creek or pond. City environmental scientists have found that this has not yet been true and that the real story may be much more insidious.
Todd Jackson studied biology at University of North Texas where he investigated the use of insects as biological indicators to evaluate land management practices over time. Specifically, he examined the changes in grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) species assemblages on grazed versus non-grazed grasslands at Camp Bowie in central Texas. www.austinbutterflies.org
July 11, 2016
Austin Organic Gardeners July Meeting
Please join us for our meeting on Monday, July 11th with Edwin Marty, Austin's Food Policy Manager. Edwin will discuss his role in the Office of Sustainability as well as work being done to promote school gardens.
The Austin Organic Gardeners' Club meets at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, in Zilker Botanical Gardens. Doors open at 6:30 pm for the opportunity to meet, mingle, and ask questions with local gardeners; club business begins at 7 pm, followed by our guest speaker's presentation. For more information, please visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.
July 16, 2016
Easy Composting with Worms!
July 16, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Let these “little composters” save landfill space while turning your kitchen vegetable and fruit waste into black gold! Even if you live in an apartment you can host a small bin under the kitchen sink. Worm castings are useful in many ways: compost tea, potting soils, top dressing for house plants and seedlings, to name a few. Tommie Clayton, Master Gardener Compost Specialist, will show you how worm bins work, demonstrate how to construct your own worm bin, methods for harvesting castings plus brewing your own compost tea.Seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted. For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLifeExtension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600
August 6, 2016
August 6, 2016, 10:00 am-12:00
Growing Green in Austin
Barton Springs Road, Austin,
Grow Green is an education program that promotes sustainable
landscaping practices. It addresses water quality and conservation, recycling,
and an Integrated Pest Management philosophy, which encourages the least‐toxic
way to address pest issues. Attend this class to discover tips and all of the
FREE resources available to help you create and maintain a beautiful Central
Texas landscape that is good for your pocket book and the environment. Denise
Delaney coordinates the Grow Green program for the City of Austin’s Watershed
Seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors
(age 62 & over), $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted. For
more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County,
August 13-14, 2016
Texas Bamboo Festival
website info: http://bamboocentral.net/festival23.html
September 24, 2016
October 29, 2016
Douglas Blachly Butterfly Trail
November 12, 2016
Hello Invasive Species, Goodbye Texas Natives
November 12, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746
Invasive species have the potential to drastically change our Texas landscape. This presentation will cover the threats posed by invasive species, as well as responses to the threat. The Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program will be introduced, as one of several ways you can get involved in managing invasive species. As the Invasive Species Program Coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Dr. Hans Landel manages the Invaders of Texas citizen scientist program, manages the Texasinvasives.org website, and collaborates with other agencies and organizations in managing invasive species. He has performed conservation research both in the U.S. and internationally.
Seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted. For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600
November 19, 2016
Mabel Davis Rose Garden