Lady Bird Lake; Little-Known Facts Tour

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from 9:00am to 10:30am (CT)


Lady Bird Lake and the surrounding Butler Trail are hugely popular destinations in Austin.  Thousands of people are out there every day of the year.
People are fascinated to find out about the myriad of issues, history, and diverse plants and wildlife.
This tour will include info about river floodgate operations, Longhorn Dam, native plants, birds and more.

The tour will be co-led by Susan Rankin and Matt Turner.

Matt is the author of Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives (UT Press 2009), and is a naturalist, teacher, and free-lance writer.  He will share little-known facts about the  Trail's plants— be they archaeological, historical, material, medicinal, culinary, or cultural. You'll learn how people have used  the local trees, shrubs, and flowers  for food, shelter, medicine, and economic subsistence as well as how plants have figured in the historical record and in Texas folklore. We'll also talk about how the Trail's plants nourish wildlife; and how some of these plants have unusual ecological or biological characteristics.  

Susan Plettman Rankin is the Executive Director of The Trail Foundation and is  a botanist, and former environmental attorney.  Susan will answer frequently asked questions about LCRA Colorado River operations and the history of Lady Bird Lake and the Trail.

Hope to see you there!

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