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Think Science: Repopulating Native Areas

Mar 3, 2020
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

For decades, American cities paved the way for population growth with more … pavement. But in recent years, planners have recognized the importance of native species in the ecosystem, leading to the restoration of rivers, creeks, and other areas toward a more natural state. The reintroduction of a species is the latest step in the effort to preserve plants, animals, birds, and insects that are endangered. 

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Though it still feels like summer in Texas, believe it or not, it's time to plant your winter garden. What do you need to know to get started or keep your existing garden flourishing throughout the winter months? 


Guadalupe “Lupito” Acuña

From spring blooms to classical music to a squeezebox competition, your weekend is here.

 

 


U.S. Department of Agriculture

The state’s expanding population, coupled with more extreme flooding events and drought cycles, is creating short-term management challenges and long-term planning uncertainty. We rely on prevailing climate patterns to plan for development, agriculture, and ranching, but those patterns are changing.

Courtesy Cibolo Nature Center & Farm

From Selena to Native Plants to Scottish Highland Games,  there's a lot going on this weekend. Tonight, Angela Martinez says you should head downtown.

"Yes, we're screening Selena in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the movie release. We're screening it at the Arneson River Theatre at La Villita."

And it's not just the Selena movie.

David Martin Davies

It’s the most misunderstood cactus in Texas – Peyote. For thousands of years before the arrival of the European it was a sacred plant for the original peoples of North America. But today it remains an illegal controlled substance and the future of peyote is in doubt.

In American popular culture, peyote is a substance that is linked to the mystical – metaphysical and the bizarre. In the most recent edition of the video game Grand Theft Auto the player seeks out peyote plants and gets the virtual experience of grand hallucinations and animal vision quests.

San Antonio River Foundation

There’s lots of buzz about plans for a new park overlooking the Mission Reach.  The $10 million plan for Confluence Park, to be situated at the confluence of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, will focus on teaching responsible water use and landscaping practices.

Stuart Allen is the project manager.

“Well, it’s a 3-1/2 acre outdoor learning classroom. The intent of the project is to create a destination on the Riverwalk where students and river visitors alike can learn about native plant species and witness a large-scale water catchment system,” Allen said.