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Archive: 2016 and earlier here
Date Published  Title Subjects/Key Words
12/30/2017 The Effects of European Man on the Ecology of the Hill Country Overgrazing, Overbrowsing, Cedar Encroachment
12/23/2017 Local Environmental Groups to support in this "Season of Giving" Nature Centers, Hill Country Alliance
12/16/2017 Encouraging Signs in Hill Country Land Management Reduced stocking, Rotational grazing
12/9/2017 What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans Came Here? Grass, Trees, Predators
12/2/2017 Animal Migrations in the Hill Country Birds, Bats, and Monarchs
11/25/2017 Books Recommended for Winter Reading and Holiday Gifts "Hill Country Ecology"
11/18/2017 Common Hill Country Trees Other Than Oak cedar elm, hackberry
11/11/2017 How Man Can Alter Our Native Habitat -- For Good or Bad fencing animals in or out
11/4/2017 Some Friendly Snake Stories Texas rat snake, coachwhip
10/28/2017 How Many Deer Are Too Many? Habitat destruction, Malnourished deer
10/21/2017 Invasive Exotic Plants to Avoid Ligustrum, Chinaberry
10/14/2017 Random Thoughts About Rain Rainfall, Erosion
10/7/2017 What the Experts Are Saying About Taking Care of the Hill Country Loss of habitat, Land Fragmentation
9/30/2017 Nature Is Always Changing....Which Makes It Interesting Galls, Goldfinches Daises
9/23/2017 My Favorite Fall Flowers Maximilian Sunflower, Liatris
9/16/2017 Plants That Bloom After A Rain Cenizo, Retama, Zexmania
9/9/2017 What Is Ecology? Why Is It Important? Ecology, Ecosystem, Habitat
9/2/2017 What Can You Do To Help Take Care Of Our Hill Country Habitat? NPSOT, HCMN, RNC
8/26/2017 Screwworm Fly Eradication: Local Lab Played Major Role In Eliminating the Pest From Texas Screwworm Fly Eradication
8/19/2017 Plant Succession - How Mother Nature Rearranges Her Landscape, and How We are Involved Plant Succession
8/12/2017 Misconceptions We Have About Nature Goldenrod, Ragweed
8/5/2017 Some Common But Inconspicuous Small Native Plants Frog Fruit, Straggler Daisy
7/29/2017 How To Conserve Water AND Save Your Plants This Summer Drip Irrigation, Mulch
7/22/2017 Do Plants Have Calendars? What About Insects? Agaves, Circadas
7/15/2017 What Do Our White-tailed Deer Think About All These Exotics? Animal Behavior
7/8/2017 Rainwater Harvesting: The Basics of Why and How Rainwater Harvesting
7/1/2017 The Backyard Creek Recirculating Water
6/24/2017


Some Light, Airy Small Native Trees for Your Landscape


Desert Willow, Eve's Nacklace



6/17/2017


Aldo Leopold's Five Tools of Land Management


Axe, Plow, Cow, Fire and Gun


6/10/2107


Native Hill Country Vines: Sometimes Forgotten Parts of the Landscape

Grape, Greenbrier, Virginia Creeper


6/3/2107


The Evolution of Thinking about Cedar


Invasive Brush, rainwater, interception


5/27/2017


The Texas Hill Country: Are We Loving it to Death


Land Fragmentation


5/20/2017


The Importance of Mulch, Leaf Litter and Ground Cover

Soil Temperature


5/13/2017


Rainwater Catchment: It's More than Tanks and Rain-Barrels

Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens


5/6/2017


How the Condition of the Land Affects Runoff and Erosion

Erosion, Grass Cover


4/29/2017


Twenty Years in the Life of a Spanish Oak


Saplings, root sprouts


4/22/2017


Buckeyes... An Interesting Group of Plants


Three compartment seed pods


4/15/2017


Owls - Fascinating Creatures


Ownl, Special Anatomy


4/8/2017


Spring in the Hill Country


New Vegetation, Flowers


4/1/2017


Trees - Special Parts of Our Lives


Special Trees


3/25/17


Invasive Plants


Opportunistic plants


3/18/17


It is Leaf Exchange Time for Live Oaks


Catkins


3/11/17


Can We Really Live on Less Natural Resources?


Wind energy, rainwater harvesting


3/04/17


Wildlife Habitat In A Small Backyard


Attracting birds


2/25/17 Ecology 101 for Hill Country Landowners Diversity
2/18/17 Harbingers of Spring Forb Rosettes
2/11/17 Native Habitat in Our Backyard Attracting birds, Native Habitat
2/4/17 Going-Going-Gone Habitat Loss, Exotic Species
1/28/17 Our Native White-Tailed Deer are Resourceful Spineless prickly pear
1/21/17
There is Good Grass Cover This Year
Healthy Grass Plants
1/14/17
Balancing Fire Protection and Native Vegetation
Defensible space
1/7/2017 Land Fragmentation: Is There Enough Room for All of Us?
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