FRIENDS OF LICK CREEK PARK

 


Friends of Lick Creek Park (FOLCP) is a non-profit corporation registered with the State of Texas. Its mission is to promote public awareness of Lick Creek Park and provide resources and facilities enhancing educational and recreational uses of the park. FOLCP works with the City of College Station to help maintain the park and to increase its value for the widest spectrum of uses and users, compatible with its continued existence as a viable nature preserve.

We are in the summer lull as far as organized programming goes, but we hope to have Dave Schmitz from the City back soon to talk to us again about the Nature Center.


New species recorded for the park: Arrowhead Rattlebox, Crotalaria sagittalis, a legume with bright yellow flowers and pointed, hairy leaves, was observed on the Raccoon Run Trail in May 10. Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, was recorded for the first time as well.  In June, we added Turk's Cap,  Malvaviscus arboreus;  Gulf Vervain, Verbena xutha;  and Illinois Bundleflower, Desmanthus illinoensis to the list. The spring flush of wildflowers may be over, but the summer species are loving the recent moisture, and there is still a lot to see in the park!  Recent rains mean everything is very lush, and the air is full of frog songs.

April's BioBlitz was a lot of fun, although there weren't many visitors to the activities on Saturday of the Blitz.  If you have good ideas about what FOLCP should do for Earth Day and BioBlitz next year, you can send them to folcspark@gmail.com.

Our March activity, the cleanup of brush and invasive species from the Park, was a big success!  Thanks to all the students, FOLCP members, and Master Naturalists who came out to chop, clip, dig, pull, unwind, and otherwise wreak havoc on Japanese honeysuckle and unwanted saplings.  There is still more to do.  Contact monique@bio.tamu.edu if you'd like to unleash some havoc on invasives.

  



While you are here today, you may enjoy:
Slideshow on Wildflower Photography
  Part IPart II (open with presenter view to see notes.)
Caterpillar food plants for Central Texas
Central Texas Butterfly Gardening, General
Central Texas Butterfly Gardening--plants useful for the larvae
Nectar Sources and Butterfly Attractants
Butterfly Gardening and Central Texas
Native Plant Society of Texas
Suppliers of Native Plants and Seeds
An Interesting Art Installation that Appeared at the Park