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Friday March 4th 10-2pm Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration Festival at the San Antonio Zoo. Join Mayor Ivy Taylor to open the butterfly house for the season and to celebrate San Antonio's participation in the conservation of the Monarch butterfly. San Antonio is the nation's FIRST and ONLY Monarch Champion City!
Mar. 10 6:30pm San Antonio Herb Society will present a demonstration of Kokedama, the Japanese Moss Ball Garden or String Garden by Betty Riggs, a member of the Windcrest Garden Club. Learn to grow herbs and other plants in confined spaces. This will be held at the San Antonio Garden Center, on 3310 N. New Braunfels from 6:30PM to 8:30 PM. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Check out the Herb Society website at www.sanantonioherbs.org.
Sat. Mar. 12 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.The Art of Nature: Capturing the South Texas Landscape 2nd Saturday program co-sponsored by Bexar Audubon. Friedrich Wilderness Park classroom. Artistic expression expands, sharpens, and deepens our perception and appreciation of nature. Participants will spend time observing and sketching from nature along the trails of Friedrich Wilderness Park while learning about artists who have long been inspired by the Texas landscape. Bring your own sketchpad or drawing paper; camp stools and art materials provided. Instructor will assist with techniques and ideas to help create a composition. All levels welcome. RSVP required. A donation of $3.00 per person is suggested. Call Nicole McLeod 210-207-3782 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues. Mar. 15 6:30pm Alamo Sierra Club: Climate Change, Water Related Weather Extremes, and the City's Drought Preparation and Managemen. State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon will present science updates on Climate Change, with specific attention to Texas climate issues, especially drought, flooding, and the current El Niño. (For weekly updates on drought, weather, and climate change, check this website of the Office of the State Climatologist.) After Dr. Nielson-Gammon's talk, we'll have a brief presentation by Mike Mecke and Meredith McGuire on what San Antonio needs to do to increase our community's drought preparedness and drought management, especially in light of climate change. Mike Mecke is a water planning expert (see below). Dr. McGuire, Co-Chair of the Alamo Group's Conservation Committee, will present his prerecorded or written message, and add her own information and brief commentary on specific drought-preparedness challenges in San Antonio. General discussion will follow. Mike Mecke worked for the Texas Water Resources Institute as Water Resources Specialist covering Texas west of Kerrville; and prior to that for SAWS as Water Resources Planner and Agricultural Conservation Program Coordinator. He is a member of many conservation associations and has served on the boards of several including the Native Plant Society of Texas. He grew up in San Antonio and now lives in Kerrville. William R. Sinkin EcoCentro, 1802 North Main, at the northeast corner with Locust Street, 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Bus Route #90.
Saturday, March 19th, 2016 9am - 4pm 10th Annual Fest of Tails with the San Antonio Parks Foundation! Fest of Tails Kite Festival & Dog Fair is a FREE event for families, kite and dog enthusiasts. McAllister Park, near the Wurzbach Parkway entrance.
Tuesday, March 22 6:30pm Native Plant Society: Gardening with Native Shrubs, South Central Texas Style! Join Linda Higby and fellow native plant enthusiasts for a lively and informative presentation on regional gardening with native shrubs and perennials. After years of digging in the Texas dirt, New England transplant and Texas Master Gardener Linda Higby fully realizes that successful gardening in the Southwest presents unique challenges. Continental climate influences such as drought and flooding, a semi-arid environment with an annual rainfall of only 27" and extreme heat and varying soil conditions constantly test zone 8 gardeners. Linda came to love gardening "Texas-style" by incorporating into her landscape the native flowers and shrubs of our region which are naturally resistant to disease, pests, foraging deer and are drought-tolerant to boot! Through beautiful photos and humorous tales of "guerilla gardening", Linda will introduce us to a cast of bullet-proof native plants which are ideal (and often over-looked) backyard candidates and explain some of the unique features of these native plant species and why their use in the urban landscape is becoming more popular. Please join us as Linda looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experiences with you! 6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & social time 7:00 pm – Program Lions Field Adult Center 2809 Broadway (at Mulberry, by Brackenridge Park) Map to Lions Field Adult Center: https://goo.gl/maps/s9U7g4jS2NN2
April 9 9am-noon Bexar Roots Native Plant Sale Phil Hardberger Park (East) 13203 Blanco Road Sale and information tables will be at the north end of the parking lot in front of the restroom and office facilities. Texas native perennial and annual plants, grasses, shrubs and trees, many not readily available innurseries. See a list of plants at http://npsot.org/wp/sanantonio/native-plant-sales/ Affordable prices. One-gallon pots $8 or less; 4” pots $2-$3; Credit & debit cards accepted. Balcones Chapter of Texas Invaders will provide information on non-native, invasive plants and the harm they cause
Sat. April 16 9am-5pm Viva Botanica Fiesta® Celebration and Plant Sale at the San Antonio Botanical Garden This official Fiesta® event celebrates the beautiful world of plants on April 16th. The entire Garden is yours to explore, with 38 acres, five Storybook Houses and a special Viva Lotería hunt from 9am – 5pm and special children’s activities from 10am – 2pm. Children’s activities will bring nature to life with a fun focus on plants, insects and birds. As a special Fiesta®- inspired activity, children can create their own tissue paper flowers and then use them as vessels for confetti-like flower petals in the Showers of Flowers area. A festive event for the entire family, Viva Botanica is open to all with admission to the Garden. Stop by and visit the Bexar Audubon Society booth & go for a bird walk.
Tues, April 19, 6:30 PM Dr. Fred Loxsom on Climate Change and Its Implications for the "Water /Energy Nexus" The "Water/Energy Nexus" refers to the fact that, until very recently, producing energy required a huge amount of water and, at the same time, providing water and dealing with waste water requires using a lot of electricity. Facing the dual threats of Climate Change and heightened scarcity of water needed for people and the environment, cities need to make major changes, not only to be both energy- and water efficient, but to invest in newer technologies that also make possible producing energy using little or no water, as well as parallel processes for water that use minimal energy. Our speaker, Dr. Fred Loxsom earned his PhD in Physics from Dartmouth College, and taught at Trinity University for many years, where he also engaged in research on solar energy and atmospheric physics. After retiring from Trinity, Professor Loxsom served for eight years as the Endowed Chair in Sustainable Energy Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University, and he continues to teach an online course on Sustainable Energy for that university. WILLIAM R. SINKIN ECOCENTRO 1802 North Main Free and Open to the Public Bus Route #90
Apr. 22 3:15-5pm Director Al Reinert screens his documentary Rara Avis: John James Audubon and The Birds of America, at the San Antonio Book Festival Location: Rogers Hall, Santikos Building, Southwest School of Art (1st Floor) Moderator: Alex Schenker Moderator Alex Schenker is a board member for the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. He is an award-winning screenwriter with an MFA from The American Film Institute. With three films currently in production he has been named on The Bloodlist, Young and Hungry and The Hitlist as one of Hollywood's best emerging writers. He and his wife Denae split their time between San Antonio and Los Angeles. Al Reinert is a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker with Academy Award nominations in both categories.
Apr. 23 8 am.Bexar Audubon Field trip Hike to look & listen for Golden-cheeked Warblers in the Natural Areas. Call 210-837-0577 or email email@example.com for details!
April 26 7pm: Master Planning with Native Plants Join other NPSOT-SA members and fellow native plant enthusiasts to hear design advice from Alex Gonzalez, NPSOT member and landscape designer at TBG Parners, a landscape architecture and planning firm in San Antonio. Please come learn from Alex as he helps us think about how to use native plants to make appealing landscapes. 6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & social time 7:00 pm – Program Lions Field Adult Center 2809 Broadway (at Mulberry, by Brackenridge Park) Click here for Map to Lions Field Adult Center
Apr. 29- May 1 Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival, Fredericksburg. Information on their website: wingsoverthehills.org
May 5-8 Texas Ornithological Society Spring meeting. Uvalde. Field trips & programs. Information on their website: texasbirds.org.
No reservation necessary!
Weekly Birding Birding tours are $8 per person for non-members, free for MLAC members. No reservation necessary (*NOTE: Tour start times are back to 8am starting in September!)
Every 2nd Tuesday morning of the month at 8 am
1st four Sunday mornings of the month at 8 am
MLAC is located at 10750 Pleasanton Road. Take the Moursund Road exit from Loop 410. Head South approx. one mile and the gate is on your left (east).
SAAS Beginners’ Bird Walk every 2nd Saturday. Meet leader Georgina Schwartz in the parking lot near the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool at 246 Viesca Street in San Antonio. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them (she will have some if you do not). Wear a hat and sunscreen, closed toe shoes and long pants. To get there: From the 5900 block of Broadway, turn west on Ogden Street and drive to the stop sign at Greeley Street. You’ll see the sign to the Nature Trails. Turn left, go one block and turn right on Viesca, then into the parking lot on the left. THIS IS A FREE EVENT. For more information contact Georgina (210/342-2073).
San Antonio Audubon Society--lots of birding field trips, and the best list of birding locations in our area! Download their latest newsletter to get upcoming field trip information: saaudubon.org
Government Canyon State Natural Area Please click here to visit the GCSNA Calendar! Map & Directions click here! Friends of Govt. Canyon Events Calendar Click Here!
Guadalupe River State Park (click for website)
Cibolo Nature Center - Boerne. www.cibolo.org
Check this page often. First Saturday Walks and Second Saturday programs of the San Antonio Natural Areas are subject to change. Call (210) 207-3111 for Hardberger Park and Medina River Natural Area programs, and (210) 207-5320 for all other programs. Watch for flyers posted in the parks, in various media and newsletters. Reservations are recommended.
First Saturday Walks and Second Saturday Programs are sponsored by San Antonio Natural Area Parks &Bexar Audubon Society.
For even MORE outdoors and environmentally related activities:
San Antonio Audubon Society--lots of birding field trips, download their latest newsletter to get a complete listing: saaudubon.org
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center: mitchelllakeaudubon.org
Government Canyon State Natural Area: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/#act
San Antonio Natural Areas: sanaturalareas.org
Cibolo Nature Center--in Boerne: cibolo.org
Sierra Club, Alamo Chapter: outings page here: http://texas.sierraclub.org/alamo/Outings.htm
Consider becoming a Master Naturalist! Alamo Master Naturalist Chapter