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Barton Creek 360 Trail Access
An invasive species is described as a species that is not native to a specific location (an introduced species), and that has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health. In the case of the Barton Creek greenbelt, there are several occurring and pesky invasive species. For this event, we will be concentrating on two species that are predominant in this particular area. These being privet (Ligustrum lucidum) and heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica). Both are commonly occurring escaped landscaping plants. Invasive species along the greenbelt can disturb the natural diversity and discourage the growth of native plants. Help us to control these invasive plants and restore biodiversity to the greenbelt! As Adopt-a-Creek partners, SBCA looks after the stretch of the Barton Creek greenbelt beginning at the 360 trailhead. This is the area we'll focus on, covering as much area as we can in the time allotted. Please bring your own water bottle, and dress in long sleeves and pants, as we will be walking through areas with poison ivy. Also if you have a favorite pair of work gloves bring those as well! SBCA is co-sponsoring this event with our friends at Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) and will have plenty of tools and equipment. There will also be staff from KAB on site to help educate us as to the correct methods to effectively remove these invasive species. Hope you can join us as land stewards of this beautiful area!
Turkey Creek Trail at Emma Long Park is a beautiful 2.5 mile trail adjacent to one of the city’s largest and most picturesque parks. The trail runs near Lake Austin and is a fun hike with several creek crossings (which are currently dry) and lovely limestone cliffs. Hike will be moderate and rocky, with some uneven terrain, and will last ~ 2.5 hours. The focus of the hike will be remarkable trees and shrubs of Turkey Creek and will even feature a small madrone tree! Madrones are a fantastic native Texas tree and although drought tolerant and relatively fast growing, are currently declining throughout most of their range. Come enjoy this hike with us and learn about the remarkable trees and shrubs of Turkey Creek! Wear appropriate hiking clothing and bring your own water bottle. No restrooms at trailhead. ***UPDATE**** Rescheduling due to forecasted rain. Hope that you all can make it on Jan 31! Please RSVP below as this event filled up fast! See you in a few weeks!
Barton Creek 360 Trail Access
Linda Ruiz McCall is the Bureau Information Geologist and Resource Center Manger at the University of Texas. Linda is a geologist, educator, and business woman with experience in government service, private industry, and public education. She has extensive speaking experience and is committed to helping to build understanding about natural resources. Her special interest is the use of new media in science communication. Join us as we take a moderate hike with Linda R McCall and learn about our local geology while enjoying a beautiful Texas day. The trip will also visit one of Austin's famous caves, Airman's Cave! The cave was discovered in 1971 by two airmen (hence the name) from Bergstrom Air Force Base, who excavated a draughting crack under a crag. It was explored and surveyed over the next three years by members of the University of Texas Grotto of the National Speleological Society, who had to dig their way through several blockages. The cave was the subject of a major rescue effort in October 2007 when three students became lost. They emerged unharmed after being underground for 30 hours! In 2012 a security gate was installed in response to a sharp increase in traffic, which was considered to pose a serious safety risk to untrained individuals exploring the cave, as well as being a threat to the cave and its fauna. Round trip hike is ~2.5 miles with some uneven rocky terrain. Please bring your own water. Restroom at trailhead of 360. Hope to see you there!
Introducing the Explorer's Guide! The Explorer's Guide to the Hill Country Oasis is here, come celebrate with us and pick up your very own copy! Continued thanks to all of our sponsors and contributors, who allow us to provide this resource to the public for FREE! This print and online (https://explorersguide.org/) resource will help you become the explorer you want to be. It highlights sites that tell the story of our eco-region, a beautiful oasis of land and water! We hope that you will use and share it! Beer, wine, and food for purchase on site. Food menu consists of thin crust pizza and other delicious Italian fare. Plus, Oddwood Ales has generously agreed to donate $1 from every beer sold to help SBCA fundraise for our efforts and for help in publication of the guide. Yay! Don't miss out on this fun event with our friends at Oddwood Ales and the Texas Brewshed Alliance (Wimberley Valley Watershed Association)! Come join us! Agenda to be posted soon. **If the parking lot is full, feel free to park across the street on Theo, in the neighborhood behind Oddwood Ales on Manorwood Rd. Be careful when crossing Manor on foot!