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Texas wild rice (Zizania texana) is the only grass listed as endangered in Texas.
Please Note: This field trip is now booked to capacity. Any new RSVP requests will be added to a waiting list in case there are any cancellations.
When: July 21st, 2012; 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Meeting Location: Intersection of FM 1431 and 1 St. (Lohman Ford Rd.); We will meet in the parking lot of the convenience store on the southeast corner of the intersection and carpool to the tour locations
This field trip focus will on the identification of grasses that are found throughout the Central Texas region. Brian Loflin, coauthor of “Grasses of the Texas Hill Country” will guide the group through two locations on the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge showcasing two distinct types of grassland vegetation communities. The first location will be a native Oak-Juniper floristic association where more than 30 species of grasses have been recorded. The relationship of grasses, forbs, and shrubs along with the oak-juniper cover can be easily visualized at this location. At the next location for the tour, we will take a walk through a prairie and along ponds where we will encounter a different habitat and a dissimilar variety of mixed short grasses.
This will be an easy walking field trip. Good walking/hiking shoes and long pants are suggested for everyone, as well as precautions for sun, including long sleeves and a suitable hat. NPAT will provide bottled water but attendees are also encouraged to bring beverages and snacks as needed. Participants should also bring field guides, cameras, a pair of binoculars, and a hand lens to look at smaller plant structures.