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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

July 1, 2006

Nature Nights Are Back During July

EVENT: Nature Nights are fun, interactive explorations of animals, plants and ecology in Central Texas. $1 admission, free to EcoExplorer members. Nature Nights is presented in cooperation with Texas Parks & Wildlife and is generously sponsored by 107.1 KGSR and KVUE. WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening in July WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue

SCHEDULE: Symphonies of the Night: Finding a Frog Concerto in Your Backyard, July 6 Lee Ann Linam, Texas Amphibian Watch Coordinator at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will show us why frogs and toads are songsters of the night with live specimens. But, in some places, their songs are growing faint. Learn more about their importance as biological indicators of environmental health.

The Fascinating World of Texas Bats, July 13 Meg Goodman, bat biologist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, knows all about bats. It's a fascinating world when you understand their habits, habitats and ecology. Live bats on hand.

Slither and Slide: Get to Know the Snakes of Texas, July 20 Andy Price, State Herpetologist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will share his knowledge of some of the more beautiful and misunderstood natives. Meet a few slithery friends and identify kinds of snakes, where they live and the important role they play.

Creepy Crawlies: Insects Working the Night Shift, July 27 Mike Quinn, invertebrate biologist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will show us what crawls through the leaves, flies through the air and scurries over and under rocks in the evening. Discover nocturnal species and learn about the benefits they provide to the natural world. Visitors will also enjoy the grand opening of the DAVID ROGERS' BIG BUGS exhibit.

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