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.
- Time FliesAmerican playwright David Ives penned a play (Time Flies) about the brevity of life, using mayflies as his allegory. We join the action as two lonely mayflies meet at a pond and really hit it off. As their romance develops, they watch a David Attenborough nature show on TV, and realize they only have a… Read More →
- Back Roads Nature–Goliad State ParkDid you ever celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Austin? May 5th each year honors Mexican people, history, culture and heritage. The event is also celebrated in Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and other cities of Hispanic presence throughout the United States. The Texas state legislature proclaimed Goliad the official site for Cinco de Mayo… Read More →
- Bird Blind at Bob Bryant Park in BastropThe Bridge Maniacs team recently completed installation of a new bird blind in Bob Bryant park in Bastrop. The Texas Master Naturalist – Lost Pines Chapter partnered with the City of Bastrop, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Bastrop County Audubon Society, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) on this project. The posts… Read More →
- Leaping (Flying) LizardsAs heat waves shimmer in the air, a truck barrels down a dirty desert road in southern Utah’s vast Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Inside, two men—a paleontologist and his graduate assistant—speed through canyons and along cliffs toward a plateau up ahead. In a swirling cloud of dust, the truck bounces to a stop on a… Read More →
- The Cutest Mammal You’ve Never SeenPersonal sightings of animals rarely seen in the wild have a way of making permanent impressions. Rare is not the same as rarely seen. Ocelots are rare; bobcats are rarely seen. But glimpsing a rarely seen animal can be especially astonishing when the animal is both secretive and gorgeous. Imagine you work for Texas Fish… Read More →
- Back Roads Nature–Huntsville State ParkA young American grew up among the Cherokee in Tennessee and later married a Cherokee woman. Imposing by character and courage, he was respected by all who knew him—the Cherokee gave him the name “Coleneh,” which means “raven”. An ambitious Sam Houston would later move to Texas and father a new republic. In his storied… Read More →