Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cibolo Nature Center

Patty Leslie Paszter, Paul Gates, Kip Kiphard and Delmar Cain (all photos by James)
Yesterday morning, we hiked with a group of volunteers at Cibolo Nature Center near Boerne. They were out surveying birds and butterflies. With sunny skies and warm temps, it was a perfect day to get outside. We also enjoyed our visits with everyone! Patty is a natural resource consultant, naturalist and author (Texas Trees: A Friendly Guide with Paul W. Cox). Delmar Cain is president of the Boerne Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Kip Kiphart is a retired heart surgeon and Paul Gates is a retired teacher. Volunteer Kimber Briggs also joined the group. 

Besides an extensive trail system, the nature center offers all kinds of educational programs. Founder and executive director Carolyn Chipman Evans has worked hard since 1988 to preserve the land and its four ecosystems–marshland, remnant tallgrass prairie, creekbed and woodlands. Years ago, I profiled her for the Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine. More recently, David Martin Davies interviewed Carolyn on the PBS program, "Conversations."
 
Me on the boardwalk....


James spotted this bird nest.
The tallgrass prairie

Cibilo Creek

3 comments:

John S. Mead said...

Looks like a fun day and a spot well worth visiting in the future! Thanks for sharing!

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Thanks, John! Yes, I'd definitely recommend a visit to this center if you're ever in the area.

Kip Kiphart said...

Thanks, Sheryl.
It was a great day for a leisurely nature walk.

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