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2024 City Nature Challenge – Bioblitz

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Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop – Arroyo Colorado Watershed

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Medicinal Applications of Native Plants by Native Americans – April 30

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May 4 – 8:00am-3:30pm – Native Landscape Certification Program, Level 4

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May Leadership Meeting

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Collin County Chapter – Controlling Invasive Plants

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Chapter Meeting at Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium

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2024 Ashe Juniper Symposium

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Executive Committee Meeting – May 8

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Archeology and Ethnobotany in Texas Botanical Gardens – Williamson County Chapter Meeting, May 9

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Denton County Master Gardener Garden Tour, Flower Mound and Double Oak

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Spring Social at Landa Park – with a bioblitz using iNaturalist

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Pines and Prairies NLCP Committee Meeting

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Welcoming Pollinators to Your Yard

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Chapter Leader Forum: H-E-B Initiative – May 16th

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Mushroom Walk

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Coastal Water CleanUp (Gayman Bridge)

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BioBlitz: Cabler Park (Brownsville)

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Beaumont Chapter Meeting

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Dallas Chapter May 20, 2024 meeting. Native Bee Landscapes, with Laurel Treviño-Murphy

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Container Gardening with Keystone Plants presented by Krista De Cooke, Homegrown National Park – May 21

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Native Riparian Vegetation Beneficial for Holding Together Creeks and Rivers in Texas – May 21 Austin Chapter Meeting

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May Trinity Forks Business Meeting & Program – Photographing Texas Prairies

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Fredericksburg Chapter Meeting: “Ecosystem Regeneration Starts with You”

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Creating Your Own Butterfly Garden at Brownsville Public Library (Southmost Branch)

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News Magazine Summer Submission Deadline

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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason