Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 2013. 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
PLANT SURVEY 3 of 12 at Berry Springs Park & Preserve – Georgetown
Join us for a full day of Native Plants! Attend Taxonomy in the morning, 10am-12noon… Head to Dos Salsas Mexican Restaurant on Hwy 29 in Georgetown for lunch from 1:00pm to 2:00pm… then over to Berry Springs Park from 2:30pm-4:30pm for the 3rd Plant Survey of 2013. NOTE: Remember the field of twistleaf yucca (Yucca rupicola) at the turn-around in the Nature Trail? If anyone spots them blooming, please let us know! Bloom time is April to June.
Plant List, to date: http://npsotwilco.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/berry-springs-plant-list-2013-03.pdf
Photo Gallery, to date: http://npsotwilco.wordpress.com/photo-gallery/berry-springs-park-plant-survey/
We will park on the gravel spur off of the northbound feeder road of IH 35, right after it crosses Berry Creek; look for the NPSOT bandit signs. If you would like to park in the parking lots by the park restrooms and walk (approx one mile) to meet us, we will begin our survey at UNDER the freeway overpasses at the beginning of the NATURE TRAIL.
Please take note of our May Weather! Wear sunscreen and closed-toe shoes. Bring water bottle, wear a hat. You may also bring your field guides, camera, and a snack if desired. There are restroom facilities on the Berry Springs Park property, but they are located a good “one mile walk” down the concrete trail to the parking areas near the Tonkawa Pavilion. No reservation is required, but you can contact Vicky Husband (firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 512/497-3126) if you have any questions.
Driving Directions from Georgetown to the Feeder Road Spur near the Nature Trail Kiosk:
From IH-35 in Georgetown: Take IH 35 North to Exit 265 towards Hwy 130 toll. Stay on frontage road and proceed STRAIGHT ahead for two stop signs. After the second stop sign, proceed straight 0.6 miles. Look for a short road just past the bridge as it passes over Berry Creek. (If you get to Market Street, you have gone too far.) Turn RIGHT onto the road, then RIGHT again onto the gravel road and proceed all the way down to the gate adjacent to the concrete trail: Park under the bridge. We will meet under the bridge -or- Walk along the concrete trail to the west, under the bridge overpass, and you will see the KIOSK.
Driving Directions from Georgetown to the Park Entrance on CR 152:
From IH-35 in Georgetown: Take IH 35 North to Exit 265 towards Hwy 130 toll. Stay on frontage road for .8 mile as it turns to the right and dead ends. Turn left onto CR 152 for .9 mile. Park entrance is on the left.
From Georgetown Library: Turn left onto Austin Ave. Turn right onto FM 971. Turn left onto CR 152. Road bends to the right. Park entrance is on the left.
Park near the Restroom Building / Tonkawa Pavilion. Walk west through the open meadows until you see a wide concrete trail. Follow the concrete due west for a mile towards the freeway overpasses. Meet us under the bridge!