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Date Published  Title Subjects/Key Words
     
     
     
     
12/31/2016 A Year in the Life of a Tree Leaves, roots
12/24/2016 Observing Little Wonders of Nature Spiders, lizards, squirrels
12/17/2016 Books for Christmas Gifts and Winter Reading About Nature and Texas Nature Books
12/10/2016 Some Interesting Facts About Coyotes Coyotes, urban
12/3/2016
What Exclosures Can Tell Us About Our Native Habitats
Exclosures
11/26/2016 Is Our Land Healthy? Biodiverse, sustainable
11/19/2016 Well-Timed Rains Have Made for a Bumper Crop of Native Vegetation Indian grass
11/12/2016 A Glimpse of the Hill Country in 1846 Ferdinand Roemer
11/5/2016
The Littlest Creatures Can be Truly Amazing
Spiders, butterflies, insects
10/29/2016 Some of the More Common Hill Country Shrubs Agarita, Texas persimmon, Texas mountain laurel, possumhaw
10/22/2016 Will Our Parks Become Obsolescent? National Parks
10/15/2016 Our Most Common Hill Country Trees Oaks, cedar elm, hackberry, escarpment black cherry
10/8/2016 Learning the Names of Our Native Plants Common Names, scientific names
10/1/2016
Our Late Summer Rains Were Great for Our Fall Bloomers
Gay-feather, Maximilian sunflower, common sunflower, zexmenia
9/24/2016 Screwworm Fly Eradication.  Local Lab Played a Major Role in Eradicting This Pest from Texas Sterile Flies, Deer population
9/17/2016 In Defense of Cows Cattle, 4-H
9/10/2016 The Ogallala Aquifer.  Lessons for Us All Ogallala, Edwards, Trinity
9/3/2016
Three Native Hill Country Small Mammals. Two Big Rats and a Pseudo Cat
Porcupine, Beaver, Ringtail
8/27/2016 Rain:  First Too LIttle, Then Too Much
Rainfall amounts
8/20/2016 The Teachings and Philosophy of Aldo Leopold Leopold, Land Ethic
8/13/2016 Want to be Healthier?  Spend More Time with Nature
Healing Power of Nature
8/6/2016
Rain Makes Us Happy
Wilting, Soil moisture
7/30/2016 Native Woody Plants with Long Bloom Periods Desert Willow, Texas lantana
7/23/2016 Beauty, and Nature, in the Eye of the Beholder Native habitat, understory
7/16/2016 Grasses, Soil, Erosion, Water Catchment--All Connected Grass, soil, erosion, water catchment
7/9/2016 Watching Nature in the Backyard Swallows, armadillos
7/2/2016
Cedar: More Complex Than We Think

Cedar, Ashe Juniper
6/25/2016 Watching Barn Swallows Raise a Family Barn Swallows
6/18/2016 The Most Common Grasses of the Hill Country Big Four grasses, native bunch grasses
6/11/2016 RAIN: It Changes Everything Rain, Vegetation
6/4/2016
How to Become More Involved with Nature-Realted Activities
Master Naturalist, NPSOT
5/28/2016 How Can We Protect the Hill Country? State Parks, Conservation
5/21/2016 A Spring Walk Around the House Spring flowers, blooming shrubs
5/14/2016 There is Still Very Well-Managed Land in the Hill Country Land Stewardship, Habitat versus Profit
5/7/2016
The Texas Hill Country.  How We Got Here
Ideal Place
4/30/2016 A Weekend Learning About Cedar, Soil and Water Cedar clearing, land restoration
4/23/2016 Diversity: A Key Concept in Biology, Ecology and Ecosystems Diversity, native habitat
4/16/2016 Mr. Texas Bluebonnet, Carroll Abbott, A Previous Kerrville Resident Carroll Abbott, NPSOT
4/9/2016 Cotton Tails and Jack Rabbits: It Wouldn't be Texas Without Them Cotton tails, Jack Rabbits
4/2/2016
The Backyard Cedar Tree
Cedar, squirrels, birds
3/26'2016 Its Great to be in the Hill Country on  a Day Like This Bumblebees, barn swallows, blooms
3/19/16 Exotic Animals  and the Problems They Cause Feral ungulates, hogs, cats
3/12/2016
Hill Country Wild Turkeys
Rio Grande Wild Turkeys, Gobblers

3/5/2016
Land Fragmentation
Land fragmentation
2/27/2016
Hill Country Squirrels
Mexican ground squirrel, rock squirrel, Eastern fox squirrel
2/20/2016 Winter Butterflies Red Admiral, painted lady, orange sulphur, variegated fritillary
2/13/2016 A Visit with Laura Broyles of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Conservation Service, NRCS
2/6/2016 What Do We Want to Happen to Rainwater and What Does Cedar Have to do With It? Should Water Soak In or Run Off?
1/30/2016
We Should Listen to Teddy Roosevelt
Conservation of Natural resources
1/23/2016 A Visit with Rufus Stephens of Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Wildlife management, habitat management
1/16/2016 Two Hill Country Residents that are as Smart as Foxes Gray fox, red fox
1/9/2016 Grass and Trees and God A Fable
1/2/2016               

Life in Early Texas.  Books to Read About Early Texans

Books,
12/262015 The Underground World of Roots Tap, lateral and fibrous roots, micorrhizae, rhizobium
12/19/2015  A Visit With County Extension Agent Roy Walston 4-H, stock shows, farmers, ranchers
12/12/2015  Some Truly Amazing Things About Mother Nature insects, monarchs, butterflies, seeds
12/05/2015  Listening to the Experts  AgriLife Extension, TPWD, TFS, USDA/NRCS
11/28/2015 An Example of Good Land Management Bamberger Ranch Preserve
11/21/2015 Two Common but Strange Hill Country Critters Opossum, armadillo
11/13/2015 Observations on a Year of Extremes Wet spring, dry sumjmer, wet fall
11/6/2015 Plants Less Likely to be Eaten by Deer Cenizo, evergreen sumac, Texas mountain laurel, agarita, Mexican silktassel
10/30/2015 What Can You Plant that Won't be Eaten by Deer? Deer food choices
10/23/2015 Does it Matter How Rural Land is Managed? Land Stewardship
10/14/2015 Two or Our Most Common Mammals Raccoons, skunks
10/9/2015 The Basics of Oak Wilt Live oaks, red oaks
10/2/2015 Lightning Hits a Favorite Tree Vascular system destroyed, bark blown off
9/25/2015 Habitat--It's Where We All Live Food, water & shelter
9/18/2015 Nature's Recovery After the Bastrop Fire Old seeds respond to fire
9/11/2015 Soil for Water?? Healthy soil, soil organic matter
8/21/2015 Saving Water and Plants in the Hot Dry Summer Evaporation, mowing
8/14/2015 Seed Dispersal:  Observing Mother Nature at Work Root sprouts, seeds
8/7/2015 Watching Nature Adapt to Changing Conditions Texas wintergrass, variations in rainfall
7/31/2015 The Most Common Shrubs and Vines of the Hill Country Agarita, Texas persimmon, greenbriar
7/24/2015 Watching Our Backyard Wildlife Birds, Squirrels, feeders, "creek"
7/17/2015 Where Did Our Native Plants and Animals Come From?  And How Can We Keep Them? Native Species, evolved together, biodiversity
7/10/2015 The Water--Cedar Connection.  Its more Complicated Than You Think Rainwater capture by vegetation, erosion
7/03/2015 Leaves--Common, complex, Essential to Live as We Know It Photosynthesis, evapotranspiration
6/26/2015 Some of the Most Common Wildflowers of the Hill Country Mexican hat, mealy blue sage, prairie verbena, frostweed, cowpen daisy
6/19/2015 The Universal Beneficence of Grass John James Ingalls
6/12/2015 Storm Damage Along Your Creek?  Don't Rush to Clean Up too Much Riparian Areas
6/5/2015 Yes We Still Have to Conserve Water Drought Monitor
5/29/2015 Eighty Years After the Dust Bowl: Have We Learned Enough? Erosion, sand storms, drought
5/22/2015 Which Native Animals Could Cause You the Most Harm? Rattlesnakes, spiders, hogs, mountain lions, deer
5/15/2015 Some Native Hill Country Trees Other than Oaks Cypress, cedar elm, escarpment black cherry, hackberry, pecan, sycamore, walnut
5/8/2015 A Lifetime Involved with Nature David Attenborough
4/24/2015 The Do's and Don'ts for an Inviting Backyard Wildlife Habitat Food, water, shelter, cover
4/17/2015 Choose a Tree for the Site, Not a Site for the Tree Growth characteristics, requirements
4/10/2015 Why Native Plants and Not Exotics? Native Habitat
4/3/2015 Other Less-Than-Favorite Native Plants Cedar, hackberry, buffalo bur, ball moss
3/27/2015 In Defense of Prickly Pear Diversity, pollinators, cover, nursery
3/20/2015 Surviving the Winter When You Only Weigh Half an Ounce Finches, food as fuel
3/13/2015 What is the Most Valuable Part of Your Land? Soil, minerals, organic, microorganisms, water, air
3/6/2015 Where Can We Get More Water? Reservoirs, desalinization, reuse, conservation
2/27/2015 Stop, Look and Listen:  One Year of Visits to the Nature Trail Sit still to really see nature
2/20/2015 Oak Trees: They Make the Hill Country Special Red oaks, white oaks
2/13/2015 Bird nests Show the Ingenuity of Our Little Feathered Friends Wrens, titmice, chickadees, fly catchers
2/6/2015 Winter Along the Nature Trail Feral hogs, dead limbs, need to cage young trees
1/30/2015 The Backyard Creek Bird baths, recirculating creek
1/23/2015 The Big Four Native Perennial Forbs of Texas Bush sunflower, Engelmann daisy, Illinois bundleflower, Maximilian sunflower
1/16/2015 Living With Native Wildlife Humans vs. Native Habitat
1/9/2015 It Ain't What We Don't Know, That Pains Us So Riparian Areas, misconceptions
1/2/2015  "Society has an Indoor Kid Issue"  Nature-Deficit Disorder, LANDS Program
12/26/2014 Aldo Leopold's Five Tools of Land Management Axe, plow, cow, fire, gun
12/19/2014 Good Books about Nature and Texas for Winter Reading Aldo Leopold, John Graves, David Langford, Ricky Linex
12/12/2014 More Views from Stops Along the Nature Trail Mealy blue sage, exotic animals, feral hogs
12/5/2014 It Has Been a Good Year for Grass Native grasses, Nature's sponge
11/28/14 Nature's Calendar Photoperiod, phytochrome
11/21/14 What Makes the Leaves Change Color? Chlorophyll, nighttime hours
11/14/14 How Fast are We Losing Our Trees? No replacement hardwoods
11/7/2014 Watching Deer and Grass on the Nature Trail Texas wintergrass, KR bluestem, Deer
10/31/2014 The View from the Back Porch on a Beautiful October Morning Fall wildflowers, Gregg's mistflower, butterflies, monarch
10/24/2014 The Big Four Grasses of the Tall Grass Prairie Little bluestem, big bluestem, yellow indiangrass, switchgrass
10/17/2014 Understanding Aquifers Porosity, permeability, recharge
10/10/2014 How Much Rain Did You Keep? Impervious surfaces, rainwater infiltration
10/3/2014 More Time Spent on the Nature Trail. Plant Sale Rocks, Plant Sale
9/26/2014 We Have Nice Wildflowers in the Fall Too Tall Goldenrod, gayfeather, maximilian sunflower
9/19/2014 How Much Brush is Too Much Brush? Diversity, moderation
9/12/2014 What Happened to Our Horney Toads? Horned lizards, box turtles, quail
9/5/2014 How to Make Your Garden Look Natural Plant randomly
8/29/2014 Just-In-Time Rain Wilting, dropping leaves
8/22/2014 What Our Common Native Critters Eat Herbivores, omnivores, carnivores
8/15/2014 What a Difference a Fence Makes Volunteer plants
8/8/2014 Dead Plant Material is Valuable.  Don't Throw it Away Nutrient recycling, erosion prevention
8/1/2014 Sitting Around the Nature Trail in Mid-July Feral cats, dung beetles
7/25/2014 When is a Bug Not an Insect? Daddy-long-legs, spiders, scorpions
7/18/2014 What Should We Do When There is Not Enough Water? Allocation of Water Resources
7/11/2014 Is It a Weed or a Wildflower? Bluebonnet, mexican hat
7/4/2014 Invasive Exotic Grasses are Reducing the Diversity of our Native Habitat Invasive, exotic grasses
6/27/2014 If You Love Nature, You Should Become a Master Naturalist Texas Master Naturalist
6/20/2014 Rainwater Harvesting: The Basics of Why and How Tanks, pumps, gallons/rain
6/13/2014 A Fun Morning Sitting and Watching Nature Jackrabbits, squirrels
6/6/2014 Our Oak Population is Declining Blackjack oaks, no young sprouts
5/30/2014 Can the World Continue to Feed Everyone? Agriculture, population increase, food demand.
5/23/2014 Coyotes: Rural and Urban Urban habitat
5/16/2014 The Chemistry of Photosynthesis and The Carbon Cycle chlorophyll, renewable and non-renewable energy
5/9/2014 Have You Ever Seen a Biological Soil Crust? soil crust, cyanobacteria
5/2/2014 March and April Walks along the Nature Trail agarita, turkeys, birds nesting
4/25/2014 Of Bees and Butterflies and Other Sad Tales bee colony collapse, loss of larval plants
4/18/2014 Humans Make Life Tough for Wildlife habitat destruction, pollution
4/11/2014 Random Observations on a Sunny Early Spring Day jays, leaf exchange
4/4/2014 World Water Day--It Should be Everyday Severe drought, landscape watering, native lawns and shrubs
3/28/2014 Oh! The Joys of Early Spring Plums, redbuds, wrnes, chickadees, hummingbirds
3/21/2014 New Public Land for the Hill Country New State Natural Area, ABK
3/14/2014 First Observations Along the Nature Walk Blackbuck, hypoxylon, dead trees
3/7/2014 Bees, Butterflies and Blooms in Winter? elbowbush, honeybees, overwintering insects
2/21/2014 Animal Society is Varied, Complex and Mysterious Flocks, herds, packs, pairs, families
2/18/2014 A Nature Walk to Observe Changes Around Us Nature walk
2/14/2014 Where to Find Our Most Common Native Trees Growing Hillsides, alluvial soil
2/7/2014 Nature is Not Neat Mother Nature, non-native landscapes
1/31/2014 Native Hill Country Plants That Need Our Help Spanish Oak, Blackjack oak, Blanco crabapple, Big red sage
1/24/2014 Where Do Our Wildlife Find Their Food? browse, forbs, grass, acorns, berries, beans
1/17/2014 Non-Native Plants and Animals: A Real Problem Invasive grasses, KR bluestem, Guinea grass, buffelgrass
1/10/2014 Bacteria and Fungi: Essential to Life as we Know it Nitrogen, nitrates, proteins, root hairs
1/3/2014 Watching Whooping Cranes in Texas Endangered species, environmental flows, bluecrabs
12/27/2013 The Organization of All Life on Earth Monera, Protista, Plantae, Fungi, Anamalia
12/20/2013 Water: Conserve it, Capture it, Keep it Clean Water culture, conserve, capture, pollutants
12/13/2013 It's Not Winter Yet December butterflies, blooming shrubs, different leaf colors
12/6/2013 Holiday Gifts to Spread the Love of Nature Nature Books
11/29/2013 Some Less-Common Trees and Shrubs of the Texas Hill Country Part II Bigtooth maple, Eve's necklace, silktassel, buckeyes, toothache, spicebush, barberry
11/22/2013 Deer Hunting in the Hill Country Deer overpopulation, hunting
11/15/2013 Some Less-Common Trees and Shrubs of the Texas Hill Country Basswood, maple, crabapple, madrone, goldenball leadtree, buckeye
11/8/2013 Nature's Response to Rain and a Change of Seasons Bare ground, litter dams, erosion, changes
11/1/2013 Lessons from the Old Timers Cedar, Erosion, springs
10/25/2013 My Favorite Fall Flowers Maximilian sunflower, goldenrod, Gregg's mistflower, cowpen daisy
10/18/2013 Landscapes Like Mother Nature Grows species diversity, random growth, monocultures
10/11/2013 Americans Before Columbus hunter-gatherers, European livestock and foods
10/4/2013 And Then The Rains Came! Grass greening up, new leaves, gray grass, brown grass
9/27/2013 The Lightning Tree Fell Down Lightning, post oak, blackjack oak
9/20/2013 Watching Nature from my Window Titmice, hummingbirds, raccoon
9/13/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub Identification: Part IX Twice pinnately compound, bipinnate, trifoleate
9/6/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub Identification: Part VIII Compound alternate leaves
8/30/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub Identification: Part VII Simple, opposite, entire and toothed
8/23/2013 Are Our Trees Dying? What Can We Do? Drought, stress, watering
8/16/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub Identification: Part VI Simple, alternate, lobed, oaks
8/9/2013 Surviving Another Hot, Dry Summer Save water, water wisely, mulch, drip irrigation
8/2/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub Identification: Part V Simple, alternate toothed margins
7/26/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub Identification: part IV Simple, alternate, entire margins
7/19/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub identification: Part III Vines, grape, greenbrier, Virginia creeper, trumpet creeper
7/12/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub Identification: Part II Leaf type, arrangement, margin, shape size
7/5/2013 Guide to Tree and Shrub Identification: Part I Tree Key, leaf characteristics
6/28/2013 Are We Polluting our Water? Pollution, point source and non-point source pollution
6/21/2013 The Carbon Cycle: Another way Mother Nature Recycles Everything Photosynthesis, burning
6/14/2013 Natures Clean-Up Crew: Vultures Help Mother Nature Recycle Nutrient recycling, bald & turkey vultures, caracara
6/7/2013 The Nitrogen Cycle: Essential, Complicated and Altered by Man Nitrogen Cycle, Legumes, Fertilizer
5/31/2013 Where to go to Enjoy and Learn about Nature Hill Country State Parks, Master Naturalists
5/24/2013 Woody Plants in the Rose and Elm Families Crabapple, plum, cherry, hackberries, elms
5/17/2013 Are We Smart Enough to "Improve" Mother Nature? Unintended consequences, invasive exotics
5/10/2013 Changes Observed as Winter Turns into Spring New leaves and blooms
5/3/2013 The Most Detrimental Invasive Exotic Plants Chinaberry, ligustrum, giant reed
4/26/2013 "Saving the Water and the Soil Must Start Where the First Raindrop Falls" Erosion, rainwater capture
4/19/2013 Why the Condition of Hill Country Rangeland Matters to All of Us Healthy habitat, rainwater capture
4/12/2013 How to Best Manage Hill Country Rangeland Overgrazing, overbrowsing, cedar encroachment
4/5/2013 How do Trees Make New Leaves in the Spring? Photosynthesis, carbohydrates, sugars
3/29/2013 The Big Three Problems in Managing for Better Habitat Overgrazing, overbrowsing, cedar encroachment
3/22/2013 The Amazing Monarch Butterfly Monarchs, migration, milkweeds
3/14/2013 What is the Ideal Hill Country Habitat? Habitat functions
3/7/2013 Some Hill Country Trees and Shrubs of the Legume Family Pea pods, mesquite
2/28/2013 Legumes: An Interesting, Important, Diverse Family of Plants Pea family, "fixing" nitrogen, legumes
2/21/2013 Habitat Changes in the Hill Country European settlers, habitat change
2/14/2013 The Sumac Family of Native Shrubs Aromatic, Prairie Flameleaf, Evergreen, Littleleaf sumacs
2/7/2013 A Glimpse of the Hill Country in 1846 Ferdinand Roemer, Lindheimer, prairie fires
1/31/2013 Some Thoughts on Our Water Future Drought, Conservation
1/24/2013 Wildlife Have to Survive Year Round Animals need year-round food, shelter
1/17/2013 Plants with Prickles are Not All Bad Prickly pear, Agarita, nurse plants
1/10/2013 Books for Winter Reading about Nature and Texas Aldo Leopold, Roy Bedichek, John Graves
1/3/2013 Hill Country Winters are Semi-Green Tx. mountain laurel, Cenizo, Evergreen sumac
12/27/2012 The Other Common Oaks in the Hill Country Red, White, Spanish, Post, Blackjack, Shin, Lacey, Chinquapin
12/20/2012 Lessons Learned from the Dust Bowl Overgrazing, overplowing, wind erosion, how not to treat the land
12/13/2012 Cochineal Bugs Cochineal, cactus bugs
12/6/2012 Leaves: Don't Throw Away Nature's Resources mulch, compost, soil insulation
11/22/2012 Native Yellow Flowers in Fall Maximilian sunflower, Engelmann daisy, cowpen daisy
11/15/2012 Fall Leaf Drop Evergreen, deciduous, chlorophyll, DNA
11/8/2012 The Joy of Watching Nature ants, dragonflies, lizards
11/1/2012 Aldo Leopold Aldo Leopold, Land Ethic, A
Sand County Almanac
10/25/2012 Life Around the Backyard Creek water feature, frogs, toads
10/18/2012 Fall in the Hill Country Fall color, natural areas
10/04/2012 Feral Hogs: A Growing Problem in Texas Feral hogs, diseases
9/20/2012 Red Harvester Ants: A Lesson About Man and Nature Red harvester ants, fire ants, horned toads
9/13/2012 Cedar: A Bad Thing or Too Much of a Good Thing? Managing cedar, juniper
9/6/2012 Mowing: Time to Rethink Old Habits? Mowing, stolons, non-native lawn grasses
8/30/2012 The Ubiquitous Live Oak Live oak, Quercus fusiformis
8/23/2012 Galls: Strange Growths on Trees and Other Plants Galls
8/16/2012 Fears of Nature Greatly Exaggerated Nature safer than home, snakes uncommon
8/9/2012 Browselines Browers, woody plant leaves, habitat destruction
8/2/2012 Drip Irrigation Conserving water, soaker hoses, inline emitter tubing
7/26/2012 Tips for Growing Native Plants Keep native volunteers, dappled shade, no pesticides
7/19/2012 Tree Families of the Hill Country Plant families, gymnosperm, angiosperm
7/12/2012 Life and Changes on a One Acre Piece of The Hill Country Part II Root sprouts, saplings, replacement hardwoods
7/5/2012 Life and Changes on a One Acre Piece of The Hill Country Part I Exclosures, root sprouts, hypoxylon
6/28/2012 Energy and the Natural World Food Chain, photosynthesis, herbivores
6/21/2012 How Does a Tree Work? Xylem, phloem, evapotranspiration, sugar
6/14/2012 The Joy of Watching Nature Nature in you backyard, watching nature
6/7/2012 Why Native Plants? Natives evolved here, Exotics, invasives
5/31/2012 Animals and Their Food Choices Favorite foods, deer resistant
5/24/2012 What Has Happened to Our Land? Development, impervious surfaces, loss of agricultural land
5/17/2012 What Happened to All the Critters I Used to See? Horned toads, box turtles, quail, mourning dove
5/10/2012 How to Learn to Identify Native Plants Grasses, forbs, trees & shrubs,
5/3/2012 Seeds: The Most Important Part of the Plant Germination, pollination
4/26/2012 FREE: Advice and Help for Landowners From the Experts AgriLife Extension, Tx Parks and Wildlife, USDA/NRCS, Tx Forest Service
4/19/2012 Small Changes in the Environment Can Have Large, Unexpected Consequences Chaos theory, tinkering with nature unintended consequences
4/12/2012 Bugs: We Couldn't Live Without Them Insects, pollinators, food for animals, insecticides
4/5/2012 This is a Good year For Weeds--Or Wildflowers Forbs, early succession plants
3/29/2012 It's Not how Much Rain You Get, But How Much You Keep Runoff, erosion, bare dirt
3/22/2012 Hypoxylon: The OTHER Tree Disease Oak wilt, drought stress
3/15/2012 Lichens and Other Things That Grow on Trees Fungi, algae, ball moss, mistletoe, epiphyte
3/8/2012 Water, Our Most Precious Resource. What We Have is All We Will Ever Have Aquifer, precious resource, conservation
3/01/2012 Bare Dirt: What You Don't Want on Your Land Raindrops, erosion, bare ground
2/23/2012 Do We Really Have Any "Natural Areas" Anymore? Wilderness, diverse, sustainability, healthy
2/16/2012 Predators and Prey Coyotes, predators, prey, healthy sustainable ecosystems
2/9/2012 Bamberger Ranch Preserve Examples of Good Land Stewardship
2/2/2012 Nature is Interesting Even in Winter Texas wintergrass, goldfinches, robins, roadrunners, bats
1/26/2012 What Landowners can do to Help Save our Native Texas Create an Oasis, Do no Harm, Share Your Space
1/19/2012 Parks, Natural Areas and Wildlife Refuges National Wildlife refuges, parks, natural areas
1/12/2012 Demonstration of the Properties of Native Grasses Soil organisms, soil porosity, rainwater infiltration
1/5/2012 Native Animals are Tougher Than We Are Native animals, shelter
12/29/2011 Deer are Picky Eaters Deer food preferences
12/22/2011 We are Lucky to Live in the Hill Country Hill Country, Edwards Plateau
12/15/2011 Which is More Important, Plants or Animals? Native plants, native animals, native habitat
12/8/2011 Helping Native Plants Through the Winter Drought Water, Mimic Mother Nature, Don't rake leaves
12/1/2011 Nurse Plants. How Young Plants Survive the Deer Prickly pear, Agarita, Nurse plant
11/29/2011 Animal Behavior Studies instinct, innate behavior, triggers, learned behavior
11/24/2011 What Makes the Leave Change Color Chlorophyll, Fall color
11/17/2011 What You Can do to Help Conserve Our Native Texas Volunteer activities, Nature education
11/10/2011 What is so Important About Native Plants Native plnts, invasives, exotics
11/3/2011 Prickly Weeds of the Hill Country Buffalo bur, Western horse-nettle, Silver-leaf nightshade, White prickly poppy
10/27/2011 A Plea to Hunters: Take More Does Overpopulation of Deer
10/20/2011 A Naturalist's Walk Around the Yard Flora and Fauna inside a fence
10/13/2011 More Drought Talk Drought, Reduce Stocking Rates
10/6/2011 The Natural Food Web Food web, diversity
9/29/2011 Nature Festival at Riverside Native Plant Sale
9/22/2011 Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow Red oaks, white oaks
9/15/2011 The Odyssey of Atom X Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
9/8/2011 Native Succulents of the Hill Country Succulents, yucca, sotol, nolina
9/1/2011 What it the Drought Doing to Our Native Trees and Grasses Drought, Native Trees, Grasses, soaker hose
8/25/2011 The Earth Is Full Carrying capacity, population
8/18/2011 Erosion Soil, sheet erosion, bare ground, grasses prevent erosion
8/11/2011 How the Drought is Affecting Our Native Wildlife Effects of drought on insects, birds and other animals
8/4/2011 Three More Native Hill Country Small Mammals Porcupine, Beaver, Ringtail
7/28/2011 Where You Can Go For Help and To Learn More About the Natural World AgriLife Extension, TPWD, TFS, NRCS, TMN, NPSOT
7/21/2011 Some Nature and Texas Natural History Books Recommended Aldo Leopold, Roy Bedichek, Elmer Kelton, John Graves
7/14/2011 The Water Cycle Evaporation, evapotranspiration, hydrologic cycle
7/7/2011 The Myths and Reality of Hill Country Cedar Cedar, Juniper, rainwater interception, cedar encroachment, cedar management
6/30/2011 Native Hill Country Vines Grape, Virginia creeper, greenbrier, dewberry
6/23/2011 Riparian Areas Riparian, reduce erosion, hold soil, stabilizer
6/16/2011 Exotic Ungulates of The Hill Country Axis, Fallow, Sika, Blackbuck, Aoudad
6/9/2011 How to Conserve Water AND Save Your Plants Drought, Conserve water, drip irrigation, mulch
6/2/2011 Plants are Pretty Amazing Too Energy and Chemicals stored in seeds
5/26/2011 The Blackjack Oak and the Squirrel Family Blackjack Oak, Hollow Tree, Hypoxylon, Squirrels
5/19/2011 How Fast Are We Losing Hardwoods in the Hill Country? Losing Hardwoods, no replacement trees
5/12/2011 Is it a Drought Yet? Part 2 Drought, Native plants, expect drought
5/5/2011 How to Protect your home from a Wildfire Wildfire preparedness, fire ladder, Ready Set Go
4/28/2011 Is it a Drought Yet? Drought, water conservation, mulch, drip
4/21/2011 Native Grasses, Most important Thing in the Landscape Little bluestem, big bluestem, indiangrass, switchgrass, sideoats grama, KR bluestem
4/14/2011 Native Plants You Can Grow in Your Garden big red sage, Maximilian Sunflower, mealy blue sage, Englemann daisy Damianita
4/7/2011 Invasive Plants in the Hill Country Exotic plants, Chinaberry, Chinese tallow
3/31/2011 Cottontails and Jackrabbits cottontails, jackrabbits
3/24/2011 Still More Native Hill Country Shrubs and Small Trees Native shrubs, native trees
3/17/2011 Water, Water Everywhere rainwater, rainwater harvesting
3/10/2011 Fire in the Hill Country wildfire, prescribed burn, burn ban
3/3/2011 Common Hill Country Cacti Cactus, succulents, Tobusch
2/24/2011 Common Hill country Forbs Seldom Eaten by
Deer
Forb, Forbs not eaten
2/17/2011 Native Hill Country Squirrels Rock Squirrel, Eastern fox squirrel
2/10/11 Land Fragmentation:  What we are Doing to the Hill Country Breaking up ranches, carrying capacity, land stewardship inexperienced owners
2/3/2011 Harmless Hill Country Snakes garter snake, coachwhip, Texas rat snake, rough green, water snakes, hognose
1/27/2011 More Common Hill Country Shrubs Sumac, possumhaw, desert willow, dogwood,redbuds,kidneywood
1/20/2011 Animal Behavior Ethology, instinct, animal behavior
1/13/2011 Local State Parks Are Great Places To Go State Parks, Wildlife Management Areas
1/6/2011 Hill Country Foxes Foxes
12/30/2010 Soil: It's More than Dirt and More Valuable Than You Think Sand, silt, clay, soil
12/23/2010 Native Shrubs That Grow in Wet, Shady Areas False Indigo, buckeye, Carolina buckthorn, creek plum, buttonbush, American beautyberry, wafer ash, spicebush
12/16/2010 Hill Country Venomous Snakes venomous snakes, rattlesnakes, copperhead, coral snake, water moccasin, snake bites
12/9/2010 Winter is Coming Winter gardening like Mother Nature, bird feeding, water sources
12/2/2010 Two Common, But Unusual Hill Country Mammals Armadillo, opossum
11/25/2010 Native Evergreen Shrubs of the Hill Country Mountain laurel, cenizo, sumac, agrita, madrone, cedar, persimmon, poverty weed
11/18/2010 Understanding Our Furry Friends and Neighbors Raccoon, skunks
11/11/2010 Nature up Close--Observing Little Things of Wonder Nature up close, Aldo Leopold, nature-deficit disorder
11/4/2010 Common Hill Country Trees Other Than Oaks Cypress, elm, cherry, hackberry, pecan, sycamore, walnut, mesquite
10/28/2010 Effects of Modern Man on the Hill Country Effects of modern man on HC, Native Americans, settlers, continuous grazing, livestock
10/21/2010 What the Hill Country Was Like Before We Got Here Hill Country before Europeans, grasslands, bison, prairie fires
10/14/2010 Ahhh..Fall Fall, acorns, color changes
10/7/2010 How to Tend Our Gardens More Like Mother Nature Would Garden like Mother Nature, mowing, fertilizer, leaf raking
9/30/2010 How to Plant a Tree--There's More to it Than You Think How to plant a tree
9/23/2010 The Why, What, When and Where of Tree Planting why, what , when, where of tree planting
9/16/2010 Screwworm Fly Eradication: Local Lab Played Major Role in Eliminating the Pest from Texas Screwworm fly eradication
9/9/2010 What Are Those Critters Eating Out There What animals eat, browse, forbs, grass
9/2/2010 Saving Water and Work at the Same Time Saving water, mowing, mulch, drip irrigation
8/26/2010 Raindrops--Why Their Fate Matters to Us ALL Raindrops, seeps, springs, aquifer
8/19/2010 Oak Wilt--the Basics Oak Wilt
8/12/2010 Watching Grass Grow--It's More Interesting than You think Native grass characteristics, bunch grass
8/5/2010 Hill Country Oaks--More than Just Live Oaks Hill Country oaks, oaks
7/29/2010 Habitats. It's Where We All Live Habitat, diversity
7/22/2010 Some Plants That Might Not Be Eaten by Deer less-favored deer foods,
7/15/2010 What Can I Plant that the Deer Won't eat? Deer food preference, deer proof
7/8/2010 Plant Succession: How Mother Nature Rearranges Her Landscape and How We Are Involved Plant succession, prescribed burning
7/1/2010 The Experts that Can Help You Gov't experts, AgriLife, TPWD, NRCS, TFS
6/24/2010 Where Are All the Little Trees? Browse damage, hardwoods
6/17/2010 Native Plants Instead of Common Exotics Native plants, exotics, invasive
6/10/2010 It Ain't Like It Used To Be Myths
6/3/2010 What is a Naturalist Anyway naturalist
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