If you have visited Blair Woods the past week, you may have noticed a new addition to the trail. At the entrance to the trails, near the sign that directs you to the pond, stands a beautiful new sign-in box constructed by Travis Audubon member and volunteer Al Morgan.
Blair Woods, located in East Austin, is home base for our family outreach initiative in partnership with Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center and supported by Dell Medical School. Our goal is to create a welcoming green space for the community to enjoy while restoring and maintaining native wildlife habitat. The preserve was gifted to Travis Audubon in 1985 by the Last Will and Testament of Dr. Frank Blair, a highly-esteemed zoologist and UT professor. Blair often brought students to the property for research, and many of his studies there focused on the Texas Spiny Lizard. As you walk the trails of Blair Woods, you will find educational signage featuring Rusty the Lizard, the preserve’s mascot, which is modeled off of the species that Blair studied.
Next time you’re at Blair Woods, be sure to sign in at the box! We hope to use the number of sign-ins as a metric for tracking use of the preserve. If you have any questions about Blair Woods or want to share your thoughts about a recent experience there, feel free to call the Travis Audubon office and ask for Program and Education Coordinator Caley Zuzula.
Blair Woods is free to the public and open daily 10 am – 4 pm. If you’re looking for a natural oasis in East Austin, this is a place you must see for yourself! Learn more here.