Thursday, August 30, 2012

CER September Lunchtime Lecture
The Natural History of an Urban Creek

Please note NEW Location for these first Tuesday Lectures for the rest of 2012 – Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas, 78704

Sept 4 Tuesday – NOON to 1pm
Lecture repeated -
Sept 18 Tuesday – NOON to 1pm AT CITY HALL Boards and Commissions Room 1101

The Natural History of an Urban Creek: Waller Creek

Urban creeks are common places for nature encounter in the city. Trail systems draw people to and along creeks as “greenways” through the urban landscape. These riparian corridors are potentially rich habitats for urban wildlife, and also for the practice of natural history. Austin’s Waller Creek is one of the most studied urban creeks in America and, currently, the focus of an international design competition for the lower reach of the creek. In this lecture, I will discuss the role of urban creeks in urban natural history, and, specifically, the natural history of Waller Creek as it flows through residential areas, the University, and down to the Colorado River.

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