The Lost Pines chapter serves primarily Bastrop and Caldwell counties of Central Texas (click here to find a statewide list of chapters). These counties are predominantly in the Post Oak Savannah and Blackland Prairie Ecoregions. In addition, our area includes the unique “island forest” of the Lost Pines, the westernmost extent of the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), separated by about 100 miles from the pine forests of East Texas. Species in the Lost Pines are particularly adapted to the drier conditions here, and provide unique habitat for varied flora and fauna that can be seen in Bastrop and Buescher state parks and other nearby natural areas. You can learn more about what makes these parks so special and see pictures of them by visiting our “State Parks & Natural Areas” page; you can also find many links to information about the native plants, animals and ecology of the Lost Pines region on our resources page.
- Back Roads Nature–Lake Whitney State ParkNature doesn’t need people; people need nature. A winter outing can be just as refreshing as a fair-weather escape. We arrived at the Horseshoe Camping Loop as a bright December afternoon slowly faded to dusk. The sun was spreading out long across the water and the birds had just begun to make their way home… Read More →
- Register Now for 2022 Basic TrainingRegistration for our 2022 Basic Training class opens on November 1st! More information is available on our training page. Applications are due by December 15, 2021. We can’t wait to meet you!
- Haunted Houses & Other Dark PlacesHalloween gives rise to strange happenings. Take, for example, a building that grows its own fur. October in Alaska gets pretty chilly but who would’ve expected a structure to grow its own winter coat? Shortly before Halloween in 2018, an administrative building in Glacier Bay National Park began to cultivate a beard. That’s right, long… Read More →
- Moonbeams in a JarNostalgia is an ever more important part of my life these days. I get all fuzzy inside remembering warm summer evenings with fireflies as a child. Watching the dark blue velvet dusk turn all sparkly—like silent fireworks in the grass, or glittering clouds of fairy dust. Memory is a warpy sort of reservoir, an imperfect… Read More →
- Back Roads Nature–Stephen F. Austin State ParkIt’s a chance discovery, totally unintended. We’re about 50 miles outside Houston on the road to Stephen F. Austin State Park. Up there on the left are a couple buildings and a statue. We pull in to get a closer look. The sign says “San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site.” Turns out, this is… Read More →
- Your Distant Cousin Was a Honeybee!Among the sciences, genetics has rocketed to the top of the leader board. Monumental breakthroughs are changing our existence. With a simple swab we can now produce incontrovertible evidence freeing wrongly convicted inmates from death row and solve crimes that have been cold for decades. Through knowledge of our own genome, we now create new… Read More →