Wild Basin Featured in NY Times Article

Check out this post.  Our own Amy Belaire is quoted in the article.  Kudos to Wild Basin!


Earth Week Film Screening: Dr. Merlin Tuttle and Living Springs Short Films

Join us on Wednesday evening for an evening of engaging short videos and discussion with renowned bat ecologist, Dr. Merlin Tuttle and documentary film producer, Karen Kocher.

The event is hosted by Wild Basin Creative Research Center and will take place in Carter Auditorium (Room 186) in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center-South Building.

Dr. Merlin Tuttle has over 50 years of in-depth knowledge and experience as a renowned bat expert, educator, and wildlife photographer. Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation is the most recent contribution by Dr. Tuttle to the world of bats. He will be presenting a short documentary that follows a group of citizen scientists searching for bats in the rain forests of Trinidad.

Karen Kocher is a documentary media producer and a senior lecturer in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the recipient of the 2015 SXSW Interactive Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for her work as the creator and producer of Living Springs, a multi-platform, immersive, interactive exploration of Austin’s beloved Barton Springs. Living Springs explores the historical, social, spiritual, and scientific value of the Springs. The project is available online, in an installation at the Barton Springs Education Center, and for broadcast.

LOCATION: John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center-South Building, Room 186, Carter Auditorium, St. Edward’s University
3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704

TIME: Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Learn Trail Building Skills for Your Future and Our Parks!

Wild Basin is hosting the Central Texas Trail Tamers in teaching a FREE class on building and maintaining the trail systems that public lands, like Wild Basin, offer to the public.  The CTTT will offer two “Introduction to Trail Maintenance” classes before they move on to advance trail techniques.  The three courses currently scheduled (see schedules below) use a curriculum developed by the Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service Trails Specialist John Schubert.  In them you will learn “how trails work”, basic design concepts, safety protocols, and how to gain “trail eyes”.  If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity where you can gain a new skill to add to your resume and are interested in the fields of land management or public land conservation and stewardship then you will find these workshops beneficial to your career.  Please, RSVP and tell me what you like in your breakfast taco!

To attend these workshops or if you have any questions please contact Aaron Haynes at ahaynes1@stedwards.edu.

Schedule of Workshops at Wild Basin:

Workshop Date
Intro to trail maintenance 1 February 11, 8:30a.m.
Intro to trail maintenance 2 March 18, 8:30a.m.
Advanced skills in trail maintenance April 15, 8:30a.m.

 Schedule of CTTT workshops:

If these workshops aren’t enough for you and you need to fast track your trail skills while gaining some volunteer experience, then the CTTT offers other workshops that you are invited to attend. To get more information about these opportunities contact Kevin at KEVIN@kdeiters.com or go to www.trailtamers.org for a list of scheduled events by CTTT.

SEU Portal Extended through November 13

Consider finding 20 minutes to spend with someone halfway across the world.  It may change your life, or their’s!  Check out the Shared Studios Portal project website.  Make your reservation today.  Currently facilitating visits with Rwanda, Honduras, Gaza, and Mexico City!

This experience is open to all:  students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

Take on your world!

Stargazing at Wild Basin on Sept. 30, 7 – 9 pm

Austin Astronomical Society members conduct special astronomy tours at Wild Basin, weather permitting. Telescopes for viewing are set up in the parking lot. It is recommended that you bring drinking water, a small flashlight, and good walking shoes. There will be 1/4 mile walk in the dark.  A presentation will begin on the deck of the Wild Basin Visitor Center promptly at 7pm. 

Suggested donation of $5 per adult and $3 for seniors, students and children.

RSVP required:  sign up by email with the total number of people in your group at: kimj@stedwards.edu.

Wild Basin Meet & Greet

Wild Basin Meet & Greet Social: Sept. 28

6-8 p.m., Wild Basin Creative Research Center, 805 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. Austin, TX 78748
It’s the beginning of the semester and we have a lot to celebrate and introduce to our Wild Basin supporters! Come join us on Wednesday September 28th from 6pm-8pm for pizza, beverages, and socializing. This is a fun opportunity to meet Wild Basin’s new director, Dr. Barbara Dugelby. We will also be showcasing our new welcome center exhibits and student research projects. This event is family friendly and welcome to SEU faculty, staff and students, Wild Basin volunteers, and prospective volunteers and students.

Registration preferred but not required: http://wildbasinmeetandgreet.eventbrite.com

Cost: free