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Hummingbird talk

I received this notice for a talk, which sounds like it will be amazing. Great to get back into your garden!

Here Come the Hummingbirds!

Sun, 03/30/2014 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Texans enjoy a wealth of hummingbirds and Austin is no exception. With a little care, people in Austin can provide a safe, welcoming home for these avian wonders that will result in a natural spectacle that can be enjoyed year round. Come and learn how to attract and support these beautiful creatures with native landscaping and habitat protection.

Mark Klym is coordinator of the Texas Hummingbird Roundup and Texas Wildscapes programs at Texas Parks and Wildlife. He grew up just across the international border in Canada where he developed a love for the outdoors – spending time fishing, birding and hiking. His special interest in hummingbirds developed early, when he found a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird exploring the plants in his grandfather’s greenhouse.

Mark received baccalaureate degrees in Biological Science and in Fisheries &Wildlife Management from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste Marie, MI. He followed the hummingbirds to Texas in 1999 to work with Texas Parks and Wildlife. He is coauthor “Hummingbirds of Texas” by Texas A&M Press, editor of the Eye on Nature and Texas Hummer Newsletters and author or editor of several booklets and publications from TPWD.


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Pubic Affairs Forum, Green Sanctuary Committee

Contact Information

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin

4700 Grover

Austin, TX 78756

Learn & Volunteer with Green Corn Project

Want to get your hands dirty but don’t have a garden? Want to help others start a vegetable garden? Like volunteering and helping our broader community? You can get do all that with the Green Corn Project here in Austin, TX. Who are they?

Green Corn Project (GCP) is a grassroots, volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping Central Texans in need grow their own organic vegetables. Our Mission: To educate and assist Central Texans in growing organic food gardens.

They use a bio-intensive method to help make growing a vegetable garden more successful and more natural. I volunteered for one of their dig-ins about a year or so ago. We helped dig a garden at a AISD school. I learned how to “double-dig” which is a special way to aerate the soil so the plants can grow deeply. I thought it was really cool and wasn’t that difficult with the many volunteers we had. I also learned it so that I could use the method in my own garden.

Guess what? Their March dig-ins are now ready for volunteering – they are occurring on 3 weekends in March on both Saturday and Sunday. Please consider volunteering! They have built a lot of gardens in Austin:

Map of Green corn Project Gardens

Green Corn Project Gardens

If you really get into this, you can also volunteer to be trained as a Dig-In Leader. There are two spring dates – this Saturday, Feb 26th or March 5th. There is no experience necessary – they will train you. Once you are a leader, you are the key to supporting at least a few more gardens to be built in the city.

Here’s hoping that some of our Zilker residents volunteer for GCP!

GoNativeU: Informal Classes at UT

Want to learn more about a gardening topic?

The University of Texas at Austin and Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center have just announced their new classes at Go Native U!

Go Native U is an informal education program designed to teach adults about the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. In our spring and fall series of native plant gardening classes, students learn about the benefits of native plants in a fun and interactive environment. Classes with NPG prefix are part of the Native Plant Gardening Certificate Program. Classes with EL prefix are Electives. All classes are held at the Wildflower Center’s beautiful campus in south Austin.

Classes start as early as March 26th and may last through early June. They cost at least $45. There are lots of good topics, such as landscape design, plants, pests, gardening for wildlife etc.

They have some nice classes pre-packaged as a Native Plant Gardening Certificate. There is a certificate 1 and certificate 2. Each set of classes cost $243.

Let us know if you plan to take any of these – perhaps there will be a big Zilker contingent.

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