Guided Wildflower Hike

Join us for a wildflower hike with our expert plant guide, Sabina Ibarrola on Sunday, Apr. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Mueller Lake Park! She led us on our March native plant hike and is well-trained in herbal medicine and earth-spirit wisdom. Furthermore, click on the link to learn about Ibarrola’s practice and training:

April is the height of wildflower season here in central Texas, so we will find plenty of beautiful blooms! Wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water bottle.  This should be a pretty leisurely walk.

**Please remember to update your RSVP if your plans have changed and you can no longer attend this event — this opens up spots for anyone on the waitlist!**

Happy Hour! Climate Impacts to Edwards Aquifer Wildlife and Water

Hang out with us for happy hour on Monday, Mar. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Baker Street Pub! This month, we’ll learn about fish and wildlife in the southern Great Plains and the Edwards Aquifer, as well as Texas climate and water.

Recently, the federal government released the Fourth National Climate Assessment report. In detail, the report discusses the vulnerability of the Edwards Aquifer, the growing water demands, and endangered species. Furthermore, it states that solutions required to address climate impacts on the aquifer will include ways to increase water supply, decrease demand, and reduce the impact of urbanization.

Our speakers will be two of the authors who worked on this report, Cindy Loeffler and Jay Banner.

Guided Hike on Native Plants in Central Texas

Meet us for a guided hike led by Sabina Ibarrola on Sunday, Mar. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls Parking Access! She has extensive training in botany and plant identification, as well as considerable experience in herbal medicine. This hike will focus on the identification of plants found right here in the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Learn more about our guide here:

Please bring water and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Also, please remember to update your RSVP if your plans have changed to accommodate anyone placed on the wait list.

Please RSVP here:

Lastly, don’t forget to “spring forward” with the time change this weekend.

Guided Hike: Greenbelt Geology!

Join us as Geologist Linda McCall leads us on a Barton Creek Greenbelt hike on Friday, Mar. 22, at 2 p.m.! McCall currently serves as the Public Information Geologist at the Bureau of Economic Geology and is a member of both the Texas Groundwater Protection and Texas Environmental Education Advisory committees. In addition, McCall dedicates her time towards building a better understanding about natural resources.  Hope we see you there!

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Invasive Species Removal Workday

Join us in removing invasive Nandina plants from the greenbelt between Spyglass and 360 trail entrances on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. This is the last month until October  when we are permitted to do invasive management, so let’s try to get as much done as possible! This work is restricted to adults and/or high school students, as it is a bit labor intensive.

All work supplies will be supplied by the SBCA(gloves, shovels, wheel barrels, etc.), but please do not forget your water bottles, bug spray, close-toed shoes, long sleeves, pants and sunscreen as it is possible to come in contact with poison ivy. See you there!

Happy Hour! Atlas 14 Rainfall Study

Join us at our monthly happy hour on Monday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the federal rainfall study called Atlas 14 and its implications related to flood risk in Austin. In response to these risks, the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department proposes amendments to the Land Development Code.

Our speaker will be Kevin Shunk, the floodplain administrator for the City of Austin.

Austin City Council Watershed Protection Meeting

Come with us on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Austin City Hall as Council members vote on MOU with the TxDOT regarding watershed protection! Additionally, the meeting provides a chance to speak out about the Oak Hill Parkway project that would add 71 acres of new impervious cover in the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zones. Parking is provided below in Austin City Hall’s garage on 163 Lavaca St.

Spread the word.

Trail Project with Austin Ridge Riders

Come with us to the Country Club Creek Greenbelt to help clear a new path with the Austin Ridge Riders on Saturday, January 19 from 11 AM – 2 PM. We will focus on removing invasive Ligustrum (Japanese privet) and cleaning up litter in the area. SBCA will provide trash grabbers, weed wrenches, and loppers. Wear pants and bring your own work gloves if you have them. This work-in-progress trail is located on S. Pleasant Valley Rd. at the cul-de-sac/dead end south of the Oltorf Intersection.

Birding Hike with Travis Audubon

Come join us at St. Edwards Park located at 7301 Spicewoods Springs Rd. on Monday, January 14 for a birding hike! This hike will be led by Chris Murray, the land manager for Travis Audubon’s Baker and Blair Woods Sanctuaries. St. Edwards Park has great hiking trails, with a mix of prairie grasses and juniper trees, and scenic overlooks of Bull Creek. Please leave pets at home, bring your binoculars, and RSVP here so we know you’re coming!

Happy Hour! Watershed Protection 2018 Bond Purchases and Atlas 14 Rainfall Study

Join us on Monday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. for our monthly happy hour at Baker Street Pub located at 3003 S. Lamar Blvd.

Our speakers will be David Johns, a geologist working for the City of Austin since 1989 and involved with the Water Quality Protection Lands program since 1998, helping to protect lands that contribute to water supply, wildlife habitat, and flood risk reduction. We will also hear from Kevin Shunk, the floodplain administrator for the City of Austin, who is responsible for the City’s flood risk reduction projects, floodplain management program, and flood early warning system.

Mr. Shunk will cover the federal rainfall study called Atlas 14 and its implications related to flood risk in Austin. In response to these risks, the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department proposes amendments to the Land Development Code to reduce flooding impacts on residents. Additionally, Mr. Johns will talk about purchasing Water Quality Protection Lands with the 2018 bond and the significance of this program for the future of the city and downstream aquatic resources like the Barton Creek greenbelt.