Johnson Grass is no match for the invasive hunter moves of Austin citizen scientists
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:
Some ducks waddled up to join our Austin citizen scientist team
We used ropes to divide the area into quadrants to report the invasive species that we found and the City of Austin team leaders recorded the locations on their iPad
A Chinaberry, an invasive plant, apprehensively eyes our mapping of Austin invasive species
We gave a thumbs down to the invasive species, Johnson Grass
We had a great time as Austin citizen scientist volunteers to help identify invasive species
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.
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! 🙂
Commander Ben and Ms. Jessica Strickland ready to hunt invasive species during SXSW Eco
I had a great adventure on Thursday when I joined Ms. Jessica Strickland, Invasive Species Program Manager at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, to help map the location of invasive plants along Waller Creek.
The special SXSW Eco “Green Army” event began at the Congress Avenue Kayaks building located at the end of Trinity Street in downtown Austin. The building is on Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) and Waller Creek. All the participants for the event gathered here before we headed out on our adventures. Mr. Justin Murrill, Global Sustainability Manager for AMD and coordinator of the event, welcomed us all and explained the importance of volunteer efforts like this to help keep Austin beautiful.
Commander Ben and Mr. Justin Murrill, Global Sustainability Manager for AMD at SXSW Eco Green Army Event
Some people were going to clean up the trash in the creek, others were going to make seed balls (which were going to be donated to Bastrop State Park to help replant their area after last years wildfires), and others—including me—were going to identify invasive species for future removal or containment projects.
Ms. Strickland and I found many invasive plants along Waller Creek including: