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  • Community Highlight: Deep Roots Garden
    There's lots going on at the Whole Foods Market Deep Roots Garden on Shoal Creek trail. The Garden Gnomes have transformed a formally vacant lot along the creek into a thriving community garden located just south of the 9th Street bridge at…
  • July 3rd Friday Workday Rescheduled
    July 3rd Friday Workday Rescheduled
    Due to the rain, flooding and swift water in the creek, we have rescheduled the July 18 volunteer workday for next Friday, July 25, at the same time and place: 2 pm at the West 6th Street bridge. We'll be…
  • Artist in Residence: Erika Huddleston
    Artist in Residence: Erika Huddleston
    This summer, Shoal Creek Conservancy welcomes its very own artist in residence, Erika Huddleston. Erika is an artist with a background in landscape architecture and is currently working on a series of large oil paintings along Shoal Creek. While Erika was…
  • The Untold Stories of Shoal Creek – Wood Street Property
    The Untold Stories of Shoal Creek – Wood Street Property
    Shoal Creek Conservancy recently nominated the 702 Wood Street property, located along the Shoal Creek trail just north of the West 6th Street Bridge, for the Untold Marker Program of the Texas Historical Commission. This property is the site of once…


Field Notes


  • The Predator and the Prey
    The Predator and the Prey
      Shoal Creek cuts deeply through white rocks and cedar trees. Without the Colorado River dams and Lady Bird Lake, there would be no pools or puddles. Rainwater speeds into the creek, and even quicker downstream to the river. One of…
  • The Decline of America’s Pollinators (and what we can do about it)
    The Decline of America’s Pollinators (and what we can do about it)
    Bees are in trouble. According to the USDA, “total losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide were 31.1 percent from all causes for the 2012/2013 winter, according to the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors…
  • Fail succeeds (with notes from the northwest)
    Fail succeeds (with notes from the northwest)
      You will not find Lake Fail on a Visit Austin list of places not to miss when touring our town. In fact, I feel certain that Visit Austin has never heard of Lake Fail. Maybe most of you have…
  • Thorny and Prickled – the State Plant of Texas
    Thorny and Prickled – the State Plant of Texas
      Prickly pear is the official state plant of Texas. I didn't know until now, even though the state designated the plant in 1995. Prickly pear? The cactus with spines that rake your shins, and the prickles that find their…