Nalle Bunny Run Virtual Tour with Bill Carr 2021-03-20

On March 20, we were privileged to have botanist Bill Carr visit Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run with us. He helped us create a new virtual tour with a focus on plants.

The most exciting observation of the morning was a northeastern plant called Green Dragon on the edge of its range, in a hidden canyon on the western edge of the preserve:

Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium) - 1 - 5

Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium) - 1 - 3

See the attached iNaturalist observation below.

I'll update this entry when the video is posted by Hill Country Conservancy.

Here's our eBird checklist.

And here's Bill Carr's plant list for the preserve, from just two visits.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, April 02, 2021 18:27

Observations

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mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 09:25 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

Common name Cucumber Weed. Tastes like cucumber!

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Red Buckeye Aesculus pavia

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mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 09:31 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Cedar Sedge Carex planostachys

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mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 09:38 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

This is an important ground cover in dark, dense oak-juniper woods with shallow, rocky soil. It's one of the only things that can help stop erosion in these areas. It is grass-like, but it is a sedge.

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Splitleaf Gilia Giliastrum incisum

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mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 09:49 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Sweet Everlasting Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 09:52 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Plains Fleabane Erigeron modestus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 10:06 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Zizotes Milkweed Asclepias oenotheroides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 11:09 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

This was a new milkweed for me, growing in the sandy prairie habitat area.

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Shortspike Noseburn Tragia brevispica

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 11:52 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Plateau Silverbush Ditaxis simulans

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 12:07 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Heartleaf Nettle Urtica chamaedryoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 12:10 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Mexican Buckeye Ungnadia speciosa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 12:14 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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What

Green Dragon Arisaema dracontium

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 12:22 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

The best plant of the day was found by Bill Carr in a little canyon in the soutwest corner of the preserve. Green Dragon is a remnant species from when central Texas was a wetter place. It is an eastern species that is rare in Travis County. It likes sheltered limestone canyons that hold more moisture.

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Hairy Least-Daisy Chaetopappa bellidifolia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 12:35 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

Endemic to Edward’s Plateau.

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Meadow Dropseed Sporobolus compositus var. drummondii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 12:47 PM CDT

Description

Very good for recovering overgrazed shallow clay rocky soil

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Bristly Greenbrier Smilax tamnoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 09:33 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

This is a less common species of Green Briar.

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Texas Spiny Lizard Sceloporus olivaceus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 10:01 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Green Anole Anolis carolinensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 10:03 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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What

Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 10:12 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

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Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 10:12 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

On the left is a front foot track, on the right is a rear foot track.

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Carolina Ponysfoot Dichondra carolinensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

March 20, 2021 10:30 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We were recording a virtual hike with Bill Carr and Bill Dodd, focusing on plants. HCC staff members Carolyn Stephens and Sarah Dean were recording most of the video.

In the Nalle family cemetary we found several plants with tiny flowers, which can live in mowed areas. This one is Carolina Ponysfoot (Dichondra carolinensis).

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