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General Meetings

Tuesday, March 17th: Winter Prairie Bird Research

The prairie of the American Southeast, unlike the vast Great Plains, is an abused and often-ignored habitat, yet it is critically important to many species of plants and animals. Citizen Scientists at the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, in Boerne, Texas, have surveyed the wintering birds on a 30 acre patch of native tall-grass prairie for over 15 years, to document the species using the prairie and the long-term changes in numbers and species composition. Dave Bolster, a research biologist and education staff member at the CNC&F, will describe the work being done on the Cibolo prairie, and give an overview of the many other projects being conducted, mostly by Citizen Scientists, to catalog and examine the wildlife there, and monitor how it is changing. This program is approved for Advanced Training by Alamo Area Master Naturalists.

Tuesday, April 21st: A Sustainability Plan for San Antonio

Students in the graduate Urban and Regional Sustainability class at UTSA will eagerly present a draft of their sustainability plan for San Antonio. The class is part of the Urban and Regional Planning Program within the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning. The graduate students have spent the semester reviewing sustainability issues as well as sustainability plans and climate action plans from various cities. Based on their research and their knowledge of San Antonio, they have developed a preliminary plan for San Antonio that is ready for review. The students look forward to getting feedback on their work.

UTSA Adjunct Associate Professor Bill Barker, AICP, is the instructor guiding the students. Bill is a Sierra Club member, and he retired last year from the City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability. Bill joined the City after serving as the Executive Director of Solar San Antonio. He came to San Antonio in 1997 to be the Director of Planning for VIA Metropolitan Transit.

As a consultant, Bill has helped public and private clients in seven states, Canada and Mexico. His federal clients have included the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Agency for International Development. He has also consulted to the Houston Advanced Research Center, Environmental Defense Fund, the Center for Urban Transportation Research, and the Gas Research Institute.

EcoCentro is New Location for General Meetings

Because of a fee increase, we will no longer meet at the Witte Museum. Our new location is EcoCentro, located at San Antonio College, 1802 North Main Avenue at the northeast corner with Locust Street (map below). There is a parking lot adjacent/east of EcoCentro; enter from Locust St. We can also use SAC parking lots 14, 15 and 17 (map showing SAC parking lots) to the north, west and south of the STIC building across/west of North Main St. from EcoCentro. Parking is also allowed on the residential streets to the east, north and south of EcoCentro.

Our general meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month. They are free and open to everyone. Socializing and snacks begin at 6:00 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m.. Presentations last about an hour.

Throwaway batteries

Bring Your Used Batteries to the Meeting

Don’t throw those small batteries in the trash bin where they will end up in our landfills. Bring them to the monthly general meetings where we will have a container for you to place them in. Thanks to Gay Wright for coordinating this recycling effort.