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CAMN Monthly Chapter Meetings

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Monthly Meeting

CAMN Chapter Meeting
Saturday, June 1 | 10am – 1pm
Forest Restoration Workshop & Potluck!

Hosted by CAMN
at the Snowden House, BCP
13043 FM Rd 2769, Cedar Park

VMS: Advanced Training

Mark your calendars for this in-person CAMN event on June 1st! This will take the place of our May Chapter Meeting – so there will be no virtual meeting in May. This event is free and open to the public.

We are very excited to host this workshop with our local Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) partners!  The day will include a guided hike, potluck lunch, and various speakers from both City of Austin and Travis County’s BCP teams. Our presenters will share about forest restoration work and research currently being done on these beautiful protected properties, as well as the history of the BCP and available volunteer opportunities. 

Guided Hike: 10 – 11am

Come early if you wish to explore this beautiful BCP property with the staff before lunch and speakers.

Lunch & Speakers: 11am – 1pm

Speakers include:

  • Jim O’Donnell, City of Austin, Forest Ecosystem Biologist
  • Lisa O’Donnell, City of Austin, Senior Biologist
  • Nico Hauwert, Ph.D. Texas Professional Geoscientist, long-term Austin Hydrogeologist
  • Jeremy Hull, BCP Visitor Center Manager: Outreach, Education, Volunteering
  • Dave Morgan, Environmental Project Manager: Climate/Habitat Resilience
  • and more!

Directions & Site Info:

  • The workshop will be held at the Snowden House, 13043 FM Rd 2769, in Cedar Park.
  • Once you arrive, there will be a sign at the road to help you see the driveway. There is plenty of parking
    • Please park along the side of the road first. Once that is full continue down the road and pass the house for additional parking.
  • There is a kitchen area for the potluck, bathrooms and water on site, and lots of beautiful nature all around.
  • We encourage you to arrive early if you want to join on the guided hike. Or come any time after 10am to hang out, enjoy snacks and lunch, then our slate of speakers beginning around 11am!

Below you will see the restoration project at JJT in December 2022 and just 6 months later in June 2023.

Field Experiences

Field Trip to Bracken Cave Preserve!
Wednesday July 10 | 6 – 8:30 PM 
7515 Bracken Cave Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266
Fee: $15 per person ($17.85 with fees on EventBrite)
VMS:  AT: General Advanced Training (travel time excluded)

Join CAMN and Bat Conservation International at Bracken Cave Preserve in July to witness and enjoy the extraordinary bat emergence this summer. Situated just north of San Antonio, the cave is home to over 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis), making it the largest bat colony and one of the largest concentrations of mammals on Earth! During the summer months, guests can expect to experience a tornado of bats emerging from the beautiful Texas hill country setting.  

RESERVE your ticket for the Bracken Cave trip HERE – space is limited. 

Previous Chapter Meeting Recordings/Presentations

Note: Recordings of previous chapter meetings do not count for Advanced Training (AT). Only attending live meetings allows for Q&A and discussion, which is required by the state for all AT.

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