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The Barton Springs salamander. The gold-cheeked warbler. Austin is home to lots of unique and endangered species. That’s why we write stories about efforts to protect them (and the best ways to spot them in the wild).

Dodie
Austinites You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Net-Zero Hero: Dodie Stillman

Sponsored Post – from the City of Austin Office of Sustainability    Meet our newest Net-Zero Hero, Dodie Stillman. Dodie is a certified Master Beekeeper who is passionate about honey bees and sharing her beekeeping knowledge. Dodie currently serves as the President of the Austin Area Beekeepers Association, where

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World Rainforest Day
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Stories From The Front lines Of Conservation

Fanny Cornejo loves monkeys. Ten years ago, she actually spent five months living with yellow-tailed woolly monkeys in Peru.   No people. Just a tent, weekly supply drops, and steep mountains.   Which made following the fast-moving monkeys difficult. So difficult that in the beginning,

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Lucia Athens
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

2019 Earth Month Message From Lucia Athens

Sponsored Post – from the City of Austin Office of Sustainability  Written by Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Austin  Earth Month brings warmer weather, blooming plants, and birdsong in abundance. It’s a great time to immerse ourselves in nature, and to

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purple martins
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

The Purple Martins Are Back!

Ready to watch one of the coolest displays of nature right here in Austin, Texas? The purple martins are back in town and ready to show off. What are purple martins? Purple martins are migratory birds that stop in Austin each year before they continue on with their voyage to

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Golden-cheeked Warbler
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

The Golden-Cheeked Warbler Is Back

One of the Austin area’s most famous residents has returned home. The golden-cheeked warbler is now back in the Texas Hill Country after a winter spent in southern Mexico and Central America. What’s so special about this little bird?  Well for starters, it’s very rare. As Austin Water

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HoneyBees
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

“HoneyBot” Robotic Bees Take Historic Test Flight

Guest Post – from John Schmidt John “J.J.” Schmidt is a student studying biodiversity at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes regularly for the UT student newspaper and occasionally contribute to the Austin EcoNetwork.  This Easter Sunday, thousands of robotic drone bees will make

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purple martins
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

The Purple Martins Are Back

They’re back. The purple martins have returned to roost in Austin before they continue on with their migration to South America. This year, they’re roosting at the parking lot of Texas Land & Cattle at the junction of I-35/290. Every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm from July 7th to July 29th Travis Audubon will be

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Green Flag Eco School
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

How One Austin School Keeps It Green

Last month, Patton Elementary School became the first elementary school in Austin to win the prestigious Green Flag award from the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program. The award is given for exceptional achievement in sustainability and for integrating environmental education into the curriculum. “We’re honored

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Golden-cheeked Warbler
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

What Does 520 Acres Mean for the Hill Country?

Five hundred and twenty acres of idyllic Hill Country land was preserved last week. With help from the Trust for Public Land a 520-acre piece of land (known as Peaceful Springs) has just been added to the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, permanently protecting the land

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Austin Animal Shelter Puppies
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

It’s Time to Adopt a Pet

The Austin Animal Center is at capacity and needs your help. With more than 50 animals arriving at the center per day and 1,350 animals already in their care, the Austin Animal Shelter is asking the public to only bring in pets who are sick, injured,

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Texas Water Conservation Scorecard
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Austin Ranks First in Water Conservation

Austin Water has ranked first in a scorecard measuring the conservation efforts of water utilities across the state. The Texas Water Conservation Scorecard rates hundreds of water providers on their on-going efforts to lower water consumption, inform their customers about how to help out, cut water losses in

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Bees
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

It’s Bee Week!

It’s Bee Week at the Sustainable Food Center! In celebration of their newly installed Teaching Apiary they’ll be celebrating bees and the many benefits they provide, both to humans and the environment, from April 16th to April 23rd. Activities will include: Beekeeping with Two Hives Honey on

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