This summer, I trained as a citizen scientist with the City of Austin and the Wildflower Center to learn how to hunt the top 24 invasive plants in Austin, and I also joined other volunteers to map the locations of invasive species around Slaughter Creek.
Here are some pictures from our volunteer expedition:
Help identify and map Austin Invasive Species
If you haven’t had a chance to join with other Austin citizen scientists, August 15, 2013, is the last day to help the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department collect data about the invasive species in the parks and lands around Austin.
- Sign up to volunteer as an Austin citizen scientist for invasive plant monitoring
- Learn more about the Austin Invasive Plants Management Plan
- Download the Austin Invasive Plant Volunteer Field Guide
This is a great PDF to learn about the top 24 invasive plants around Austin. Each plant has pictures to help you identify the species along with tips on how to remove it. You’ll definitely want to put this document on your smartphone or tablet so you’ll have it available whenever you’re enjoying the Central Texas outdoors.
P.S. Ms. Jessica Strickland recently moved to California. She was the Invasive Species Program Manager with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. You did a great job helping to educate citizen scientists across Texas about invasive species, and I’ll miss you! Best wishes with your next adventures! 🙂