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Bayou Land Conservancy holds Earth Day event

story by Beverly Moseley

Earth Day was celebrated at the Bayou Land Conservancys BioBlitz For Beginners event held recently at Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center outside of Houston.

"Baseline inventories let us know about our ecologies," said Jennifer Lorenz, Executive Director of Bayou Land Conservancy, as she explained to the more than 40 attendees about inventorying species in a given area.

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) also provided information and educational materials to the attendees who came from surrounding urban areas. Visitors to the NRCS table were able to find information ranging from composting and mulching to gleaning knowledge about the current farm bill.

Lorenz split the crowd up into groups which toured the nature center with expert naturalists and biologists as guides, who provided information on identifying different plants, trees and insects. The guides also explained about the different ecosystems attendees were walking through. Birds such as a Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren and Pine Warbler were identified from their sound and appearance along the trails.

An aquatic science stop at the center's pond gave attendees an opportunity to use a hand net to scoop up aquatic species for identification. Small freshwater shrimp and fingerling catfish were just some of the species identified at the pond's bank.

For many, the event wrapped up with a relaxing kayak trip around the pond which provided a different perspective of the diverse ecosystems that make up Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center.

For more information on Bayou Land Conservancy visit www.bayoulandconservancy.org and for information on NRCS, its partners and activities visit www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov or follow NRCS at http://twitter.com/NRCSTexas.

The Bayou Land Conservancy celebrated Earth Day at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center outside Houston. The Bayou Land Conservancy celebrated Earth Day at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center outside Houston.
The Bayou Land Conservancy celebrated Earth Day at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center outside Houston. The Bayou Land Conservancy celebrated Earth Day at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center outside Houston.
The Bayou Land Conservancy celebrated Earth Day at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center outside Houston.

The Bayou Land Conservancy celebrated Earth Day at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center outside Houston. During walking tours, expert naturalists and biologists were guides and provided attendees with information on identifying different plants, trees and insects. The guides also explained about the center's different ecosystems.