April @ Timberlake

Here are observations from this weekend:
--observation mode:

--identify mode:

The main Texas iNaturalist gathering for spring 2022 will be at Indian Creek Ranch in Edwards Co. So those with limited ability to travel should make that a priority.

But for those who can't be there on that date or have the ability to travel more frequently, I'm planning to be at Timberlake Field Station in early April to document the early spring diversity. This is not an "invitation only" event, so if you're reading this and wish to participate, you are welcome to join us.

I'm keeping track of some 2022 events here in my planning post.

*** April @ Timberlake will be April 8th (1 pm Friday) - 10th (2 pm Sunday) ***

The bunkhouse (with electricity and restrooms) is available and has 6 twin beds (respond to reserve a bed--first come first served). There's lots of room to pitch a tent, or car camp, near the restroom and shower facility. NOTE: the bunkhouse is currently full.

Tarleton State University’s Timberlake Field Station is an educational and research facility located on the Colorado River in the heart of Texas--midway between Austin and Abilene. The 790 acre property has over 2 miles of Colorado river frontage and includes bottomland and upland habitats.

Here's the link to detailed info about Timberlake and the bioblitz (including directions): https://docs.google.com/document/d/19D_D0b94QvtB72GR8e5cSH8XHXFSe9DS69zffjRrbtw/edit?usp=sharing

And here's the link to the Timberlake iNaturalist Project:

Notes to self:
Working list of flowers expected to be in bloom early April (assuming that it rains!) include:

  • Opuntia? Maybe some early bloomers (April-June)
  • Horse crippler cactus? Yes (April)
  • Miniature barrel cactus? No (May-Sept)
  • Lace hedgehog cactus? Maybe (mid April-early May)
  • Little nipple cactus? Yes (March-April)
  • Grooved nipple cactus? Probably not (mid April-July) - not yet documented at Timberlake
  • Christmas cholla? No (late May-July)
  • Missouri foxtail cactus? Yes (April-May) - not yet documented at Timberlake
  • Gaillardia
  • Straggler daisy
  • Texas thistle
  • Blackfoot daisy
  • Engleman daisy (not yet documented at Timberlake)
  • Stiff Greenthread
  • Texas yellowstar
  • False dandelion
  • Four-nerved daisy
  • Common yarrow
  • Carolina woollywhite
  • Camphorweed
  • Barbara's-buttons (not yet documented at Timberlake)
  • Prairie fleabane (not yet documented at Timberlake)
  • Texas ragwort (not yet documented at Timberlake)
  • Tickseed
  • Huisache daisy
  • Lazy daisy
  • Arkansas leastdaisy
  • ...

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Publicado por pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton, 12 de febrero de 2022


Hi all, For me the 9th is more distant from the CNC and Indian Creek dates so I prefer it. 16th probably gains some more diversity. @atlasmira @paige186

Publicado por mikef451 hace 7 meses (Marca)

I think I can make either date. Looking forward to it!

Publicado por jcochran706 hace 7 meses (Marca)

I am OK and excited about either date. Nothing on my calendar yet so will pencil in. I certainly do not want to miss it!

Publicado por connlindajo hace 7 meses (Marca)

Adding to my radar. Hoping to make both this and the Edwards county one, but I usually don't know for sure til a week or two before.

Publicado por rymcdaniel hace 7 meses (Marca)

Excited to get back to Timberlake again. It's on my calendar.

Publicado por annikaml hace 7 meses (Marca)

I plan on coming this time. What is the bunk situation like?

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace 6 meses (Marca)

@bosqueaaron--there's a bed with your name on it.

First come-first served, so feel free to put your name in for a bed. There are three rooms amongst which 6 or 7 beds can be dispersed. I added the link describing the facilities up at the top of the post.

Publicado por pfau_tarleton hace 6 meses (Marca)

I would like to reserve a bed, please and thank you!

Publicado por connlindajo hace 6 meses (Marca)

I'd definitely like one too.

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace 6 meses (Marca)

I'll be there. Camping. @kayakqueen

Publicado por amzapp hace 6 meses (Marca)

Car camp for me. See you Friday!

Publicado por mikef451 hace 6 meses (Marca)

way too far for me to make this time. make me regret missing it and find lots of neat critters!

Publicado por williampaulwhite17 hace 6 meses (Marca)

I'll be there. Car camping =)

Publicado por k8thegr8 hace 6 meses (Marca)

Really sorry to not be making this one. I've got 2 weeks of field work in west TX soon after and just can't make it work. I hope you find some really spring things!

Publicado por beschwar hace 6 meses (Marca)

Sadly, won't be able to make it that weekend.

Publicado por bacchusrock hace 6 meses (Marca)

I would love to make it but my travel is limited pending some vehicle repairs right now so I'm unlikely for this event. I'll certainly update if anything changes though.

Publicado por elytrid hace 6 meses (Marca)

Don't know how I missed putting this one on my calendar but I did and made plans for that weekend. So I won't make this one. Totally bummed about that. Y'all don't find any new odes without me.

Publicado por brentano hace 6 meses (Marca)

I'm in a walking boot until at least mid-april, so I'm out. Hoping to get it all settled before ICR. :(

Publicado por kimberlietx hace 6 meses (Marca)

Free piggyback rides to anyone in a walking boot.

Publicado por amzapp hace 6 meses (Marca)

It's probably right in front of my face, but what time does the BioBlitz start on Friday and what time does it end on Sunday?

Publicado por jcochran706 hace 6 meses (Marca)

@amzapp 🤣🤣🤣 Texas Sherpa Service

Publicado por kimberlietx hace 6 meses (Marca)

@jcochran706, I just added the times--thanks for reminding me!
April 8th (1 pm Friday) - 10th (2 pm Sunday)

Publicado por pfau_tarleton hace 6 meses (Marca)

FYI, I won't be cooking! But feel free to bring things to cook yourself. There's a gas grill.

Publicado por pfau_tarleton hace 6 meses (Marca)

I plan to be there- car camping

Publicado por pynklynx hace 6 meses (Marca)

I may be able to make it. Thanks for the head up..... Will know for sure next week . Would be car camping for me. Update: I plan on being there !!!

Publicado por butterflies4fun hace 6 meses (Marca)

My husband and I will be there. We will stay in our trailer in the town nearby. This will be our second year. We look forward to it. Sorry we can't make it to Indian Creek due to other trip plans.

Publicado por clairesorenson hace 6 meses (Marca)

Pack a sack lunch for Saturday and head over to the classroom building at high noon. I've asked Chuck (@gcwarbler) to provide entertainment (but please don't disturb the microscopes that are set up in the classroom).

There's been no significant rainfall at Timberlake in several months. It's dry. But life exists--and we shall find it everywhere we can! Just don't expect the lush conditions that we've experienced in previous springs.

Publicado por pfau_tarleton hace 6 meses (Marca)

I am going to try and make it for Saturday afternoon at least if I don't make it Friday, though I don't know if I will make it in time for the brown bag lunch. :)

Publicado por rymcdaniel hace 6 meses (Marca)

BTW, @pfau_tarleton, I am bringing the frozen Attwater Prairie Pocket Gopher.

Publicado por connlindajo hace 6 meses (Marca)

@connlindajo Sounds delicious!

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace 6 meses (Marca)

Three things in particular to look for this weekend: redbud trees, Terralonus salticids, and ichneumon wasps. We've yet to document a redbud tree at Timberlake. If you see one, please try to get the exact coordinates. And document all of them that you see, if any.

We've seen Terralonus salticids in the rocky area near the big tank. We're wanting to catch several of them alive (I have vials). They look like this: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/105935504

For ichneumon wasps, we're collecting them--I have vials. Here's some that we've seen in the past: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=31.293539160045018&nelng=-98.52483999673083&place_id=any&swlat=31.253191430822277&swlng=-98.68817579690173&taxon_id=47199

I'm super excited to get away for the weekend and spend time with friends!

Publicado por pfau_tarleton hace 6 meses (Marca)

When you say friends Russell, are you talking about us, or the wasps and spiders? Or all? See you soon. Thanks again for hosting!

Publicado por jcochran706 hace 6 meses (Marca)

I'll be on the lookout. In that same rocky area, there's a woodlouse https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25506092
that I would like to collect alive, as well as any queen ants, excluding Solenopsis.

Publicado por bosqueaaron hace 6 meses (Marca)

Thanks for hosting, Russell! I'll be there Saturday, probably car camp over night. :)

Publicado por lorimalloy hace 6 meses (Marca)

Had a great weekend with all kinds of friends: wasp, spider, ant, and even human!

I updated the post above to include links to the observation and identification modals for this weekend.

Publicado por pfau_tarleton hace 6 meses (Marca)

Something that is becoming obvious is that the dry conditions (and resulting absence of flowering plants to distract us) forced us to focus our attention elsewhere and we looked in places that we probably wouldn't have looked otherwise. The result? A few interesting species that we've not seen before. Next month, I'll start compiling and summarizing our findings and will share the results.

Publicado por pfau_tarleton hace 6 meses (Marca)

Enjoyed the weekend a lot even though things were dry. Thanks for all the great people to hang with especially!
Thanks Russell for having and hosting us there. Looking forward to those results.

Publicado por mikef451 hace 6 meses (Marca)

Ditto what Mike just said. Really enjoyed seeing the people again and the absolute peace and quiet of the location. Looking forward to next visit. I want to see how much Christmas cholla survives the dry spell.
Thanks Russell for providing this opportunity to explore a different environment.

Publicado por connlindajo hace 6 meses (Marca)

I'm echoing Mike and Linda Jo, thoroughly enjoyed the weekend at Timberlake. Although, I think we need to bring less food next time, y'all almost killed me with all the goodies you brought!! I still feel stuffed!

Thanks, Russell! So when is the next event? ;-)

Publicado por annikaml hace 6 meses (Marca)

Today, we surpassed 600 species that we documented at Timberlake April 8-10--at least 30 of them were first records for Timberlake. Several of them, if we've ID'd them correctly, are not often documented anywhere. Here in a few weeks, I'll try to run a more detailed report.

Publicado por pfau_tarleton hace 5 meses (Marca)

That's Awesome on new species . Can't wait to see that. I'm hoping the area has gotten rain now from the storms this week. Looks like it on radar, but not sure on the amount.

Publicado por butterflies4fun hace 5 meses (Marca)

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