NPSOT Meeting with Lee Marlowe and Martin Reid

6:30 – 7:00 pm  Meet & Mingle
7:00 – 8:00 pm Guest speaker
8:00 – 9:00 pm  Chapter business


The Austin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas invites Travis Audubon to their February meeting to hear from experts in natural resources management and bird research. The talk will take place in the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church.


Lee Marlowe: Natural Resources Management Specialist, San Antonio River Authority;  Restoration Ecologist for SARA project to restore San Antonio river from concrete channel banks to natural setting using native plants, landscape maintenance and natural resource management for improved ecological functions including water quality benefits and wildlife habitat. Project extends along 13 miles of the San Antonio River from the formal plantings of the Museum Reach north of downtown to the native wildscapes of the Mission Reach south of downtown.
Martin Reid: Veteran Birder; Independent Environmental Consultant;  Hired by San Antonio River Authority to conduct long-term study after the restoration, to identify the bird species along the Mission Reach section of the SA river to help indicate the progress of the restoration efforts along he Mission Reach section.  Surveys are conducted twice a month and Reid has found extensive bird diversity including 14 sparrow species, 15 warbler species, and 17 flycatcher species.  The SA River Authority now has a checklist that birders can download and print when they visit the river.