I had a great time clearing invasives and rescuing native plants with a wonderful group of volunteers this weekend in the Long Canyon section of the Balcones Canyonland Preserve (BCP) in Travis County.
My thanks to Chris Warren, a biologist with the BCP, and for other volunteers for teaching us all about the native plants in our Central Texas area, as well as the nefarious invasives that are crowding them out. Chinese Privet, Ligustrum sinense, was our main villain, and there were many to be seen.
We cleared out a bunch and made room for native plants, including Ashe junipers, which provide essential habitat for the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. We saved many native plants, especially a small, but growing, tree as you saw in the video above.
Credit: Austin Water Wildland invasive removal group photo
Down with invasives!
This is Commander Ben, signing off.
This weekend I’m going to be battling invasives both on and off screen:
* I completed preproduction work and will be filming my next video. Hint: It stars Commander Ben and Phyllostachys aurea.
* Also, I’ll be battling invasive plants, working with the City of Austin to help to rid Long Canyon of these foul invaders. You’re welcome to join our volunteer army too!
Down with invasives!
Commander Ben signing off
When I first wanted to learn more about invasive species for my science fair project, I turned to the web and found a great site to learn all about invasive species in Texas. (Yes. I’m a native Texan! 🙂 )
Texas Invasives at http://www.texasinvasives.org is a wonderful web site that teaches you all about the invasive species that are causing harm, both economically and ecologically, to our great state. You can go into their invasives database to learn about each of the species, including the famous (or infamous!) Giant Reed–my favorite nemesis.
You can even sign up as a citizen scientist to report sightings of invasive species and have them added to a map that everyone can easily access. I’ve already added a few sightings of my own and learned a lot about invasive and native plants along the way.
If you’re new to learning about invasives, especially in Texas, or if you’re a seasoned invasive hunter, this site will be a great resource for you. Five green thumbs up for the Texas Invasives site!
Commander Ben signing off…