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rundo donax, also known as giant reed or Carrizo cane, does not belong in Texas. But it’s here, and now a partnership of private and public conservation groups and individuals is greatly expanding efforts to stall this invasive plant that threatens to take over scenic Hill Country rivers. The Texas Legislature earmarked $6.3 million for 2016 and 2017 to control invasive aquatic species, an increase from $1.1 million in the previous two-year cycle. You can put Arundo in the same category as fire ants, feral hogs, and Africanized bees -- this isn’t their native habitat. Arundo’s giant canes are threatening to take over by altering the shape and flow of streams and rivers, causing erosion and flooding problems, and increasing wildfire risk. The giant reed is native to the Mediterranean area, but was introduced to the American Southwest in the 1800s as an ornamental plant. Arundo’s dense, 30-foot tall reed thickets might look lush and green, but they choke out deep-rooted native vegeta-

tion that naturally anchors river banks. In a healthy river or stream, natural vegetation along the water’s edge absorbs water, dissipates stormwater energy, and reduces erosion. Arundo-infested areas are prone to bank undercutting and erosion, leading to reduced water quality. Arundo is also a “big drinker,” using up much more water than the diverse, native plant community it displaces. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and its partners are working with riverside landowners on the Blanco and Pedernales rivers to target Arundo infestations, and have already identified and treated more than 30 acres of Arundo. The partnership, called Healthy Creeks Initiative, includes work by TPWD, 67 landowners along the Blanco River, 65 landowners along the Pedernales River, Hill Country Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, City of Fredericksburg, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership. Biological monitoring by TPWD is

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“My blue eyed brother,” a winning photo at Texas State Youth Parks Art Contest. Photo courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. also underway to study how Arundo management in the Hill Country impacts the shape of streams, streamside plant communities, aquatic life, and water quality and quantity. Hill Country riverside landowners or others who want more details on Arundo control options, including upcoming events or programs, may contact healthy.creeks@tpwd.texas.gov or call Ryan McGillicuddy (Blanco River) at 512552-3713 or Monica McGarrity (Pedernales River and tributaries) at 512-552-3465. Blanco State Park featured in Youth Arts Contest winners Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Arts in the Parks program has announced the winners of the Texas State Parks Youth Arts Contest, and a 13-yearold from San Antonio is a winner in her age category, with her photo titled “My blue-eyed brother.” The photo shows a blue-eyed boy sitting above the waterfalls at Blanco State Park. TPWD will showcase the kids’ winning art pieces in a 2017 calendar and on the Arts in the Parks webpage, and the Blanco State Park photo will be the featured image in the calendar for the month of May. The Arts in the Parks program, which started in 2013, provides a creative outlet for kids to showcase the beauty of Texas State Parks through art, photography, writing, videography and music. The program has grown steadily over the last four years and more parks statewide are hosting art workshops year-round. You can’t make this stuff up TPWD’s Game Warden Field Notes had some pretty rich stuff in it this month, kind of a “News of the Weird,” but with a hunting twist. None of these offenses happened in the Hill Country, but still. Less Bragging, More Tagging

It’s just not smart when you have to mention to a game warden that the untagged deer he just found in the back of your truck is your second deer of the day. Oh, and the guy had fraudulently gotten a free active-duty military hunting license. Citations and warnings for two untagged deer, no hunter education certification, taking an illegal buck – and a trespassing investigation continues. Playing Possum A game warden stopped to help when he saw a parked vehicle and a man wearing hunter orange laying face down in the woods. When the man sat up, he told the game warden he was hiding so people wouldn’t know where he was hunting. Uh-oh, this guy was busted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. On the Road Hunting When game wardens responded to a call about two men hunting from a vehicle on a county road, they found a couple of guys who confessed to renting a car in Tennessee and driving to Texas to hunt quail. And since they didn’t have a hunting lease – and of course no license -- they just drove around and shot quail from the road. A suitcase in the backseat of their rental car had 13 quail in it, and back at the motel game wardens found 100 quail packed in an ice chest. Lots of charges, lots of restitution. But I Left a Deposit for the Deer When a landowner found a bloody, hairy bank deposit slip on a dirt road on their property, it didn’t take a game warden long to find the deposit slip’s owner – or the truck parked out front with blood on the tailgate. Or the bag of guts and eightpoint mule deer buck head in the bed of the truck. One of his charges was not having completed hunter education. I’ll say.

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more creative. Singing with other people amplifies those effects, researchers say. Brenda agrees. Her training in music therapy and a lifetime of experience has shown her that singing (especially in groups) has benefits that range from clearing the sinuses to engendering states of pure joy. “Singing is the most uplifting and therapeutic thing we can do for ourselves,” she claims, noting that it improves posture, relaxes and balances the body, increases self-confidence and selfesteem, relieves feelings of loneliness and bonds a group together. “Singing together builds a communal feeling – the singers’ heartbeats all synchronize.,” she says with awe. “That’s such a high!” And you don’t have to be particularly good at singing to reap the benefits, she adds. While her students’ singing abilities definitely improve, for Brenda it’s the non-musical benefits that bring the most satisfaction. In her years of experience as a musical therapist, she’s seen miracles happen from the touch of music – from seeing a withdrawn teenager straighten her shoulders and walk with an air of self-confidence, to watching a small child wake from a coma to hear the Kermit puppet Brenda was animating with song. When they first joined, each member

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studio in Blanco. Through her Effortless Music Instruction web site, Brenda sells CDs of vocal instruction courses, to bring the joy of playing music and singing to people beyond her Blanco teaching studio. FYI • Women Sing meets Tuesday evenings (Septem-

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he land is cool now. Summer reluctantly relinquished its hold, leaving in its wake dry leaves. Following late frosts, and for a time all too fleeting, fall colors warmed the remaining foliage As I write, it’s December and plants have gone dormant with the latest cold snap. With most trees and shrubs barren, the woods grow dark. A large eight-point buck, his head held high, steps purposefully just within the tree line as he tracks a doe. He’s well fed, for the acorns were plentiful this year. Elsewhere, four nervous turkey hens slip into view and briefly feed on seeds before disappearing into the brush. Meanwhile, squirrels attack bird feeders, bold in their pursuit. Wintering birds were slow to make their presence known with only a few sighted in late October. Now, having plucked all of the beautyberries, Whitethroated Sparrows scratch for dropped seeds among the leaves beneath the feeders. A flock of Dark-eyed Juncos flies in to jockey for positions on platform feeders and ground. Among the branches of a white pine, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet flits, searching for insects and spiders, while a Red-breasted Nuthatch dives in to snatch a seed before returning to an ironwood tree. Red-breasted Nuthatches (for there are two) are fun birds to watch, especially over a half hour or so period as they

vary their routes to feeders. It’s their broad, short wings that contribute to the impression, but rather than fly, they appear to zoom into a feeder like a rocket fired at a target—in this case, one of several feeders. One plucks a seed and sails to a tree notch, there to hammer the sunflower shell with his long, sharp bill till he reaches the nut inside. Next he scurries quickly across the trunk, sometimes in a downward position, then disappears behind the tree, maybe searching out small insects

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Feeding, counting and watching for arrival of birds in the new year hidden in the furrows of bark. After a brief absence, he’s back in launch position, his head a striking pattern of black cap and eye stripe with a white band between. Small at three and one-half inches, his blue-gray back contrasts nicely with his rich rusty breast. He fires back to the platform feeder, but this time zooms in beneath, then lands atop it. Having found a seed, he zips forward to an oak tree. After a while he’s back, this time to the birdbath and then a quick flit up to a suet feeder where he scarfs up a few mouthfuls before vanishing among the beautyberry bushes. A smart and very busy bird. In fall the nuthatches’ long string of yank-yank calls were often heard as they busily flitted through the trees, but now they, along with most of the bird population, have grown quiet save for the sounds of soft chip notes. Red-breasted Nuthatches live year round in northern coniferous woods and western mountains. However, in winter some but not all expand their territory south. In years when cone production in northern forests are poor, they are irruptive, traveling south in greater than usual numbers— sometimes well into south Texas. While observing the nuthatch, a tiny Winter Wren gifts me with a surprise visit. Its tail erect, making it appear all the smaller, it scurries across the deck, stopping almost imperceptibly to snap up an insect before descending to the birdbath. Though the winter population of birds grows, no Hermit Thrush has yet been seen or heard as of early December— another indication that the weather’s slow transition into fall may have delayed migration. Not only birds but many monarch butterflies lingered in northern climes where temperatures remained warmer than normal and nectaring plants still blossomed. Some butterflies were observed as far north as Canada in the latter part of November. (Typically, most monarchs reach their wintering grounds in Mexico in time for Dìa de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is observed throughout Latin America on November 1.) While butterflies sighted in Texas in November likely survived their migration to Mexico, those lingering in Canada by all indications did not. The catastrophic winter storm that struck the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico last March 8th froze trees; its winds ripped many from the forest floor. The unusual storm killed millions of monarch butterflies. With forest already damaged by ille-

gal logging, the storm further thinned the monarch sanctuaries of trees. Weather also played a significant part in last year’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Just as birders now gear up for the 2016 count, the results of last year’s CBC have been made public. As storms bashed the Pacific Northwest Coast last year, they prevented CBC participants from affectively conducting their counts. Meanwhile, the opposite was true in most of the rest of the country. There, spring-like weather made finding birds difficult because they were dispersed rather than concentrated in areas where birders expected to find them. The mild weather also made migrating species late to arrive in the southern regions, especially those typically found in wetlands. They remained north as did winter finches. Despite a record-setting number of observers participating in the 2015 CBC, the birds counted—just under 59 million—were about 10 million fewer birds than in an average season. This count included 2,607 species, about one-quarter of the world’s known avifauna. Topping the list for Canada and the United States, Matagorda County— Mad Island Marsh, Texas—tallied 239 species. Yanayacu, Ecuador in the neotropics topped the entire list with 509 species. Although the low total count number might be of concern, the report considers the mild weather the significant factor because birds were dispersed and absent from the prescribed Christmas Bird Count circles. But also of note during the 2015 year, the Northeast enjoyed a record warm spell in March then suffered a hard freeze in April which affected production of wild food crops, possibly impacting the birds’ breeding season and perhaps count numbers. With consideration for the impact climate change is having on bird populations (not to mention monarch butterflies and other vulnerable species), Audubon has launched a new citizen science program that will test whether species are changing their range over time. It has evolved from Audubon’s 2014 Birds and Climate Change study. Known as January Climate Watch, this program will soon enter its second winter season. Both the CBC and Climate Watch will be critical in tracking the future of birds in the Americas. As we feed, count and watch for birds to arrive this new year, the words of Emily Dickinson come to mind: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops—at all.”

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(Interdenominational). Tuesdays through May 9. 6:30 pm to 8 pm. “Red Sea to the Jordan River.” Classes for men, women and couples. First Christian Church, 3105 Ranch Road 12. 512-808-9156. FIRST TUESDAYS BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Opry. Silver Sage Senior Center. 830-796-4969. WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Community Band Rehearsal. Chapel in the Hills. 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 512-517-3111. SECOND TUESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Art Society of Wimberley (ASW). 6:30 pm. Art Room, 100 Melody Way, Suite H. Email msalaun@austin.rr.com for information. THIRD TUESDAYS NEW BRAUNFELS: Country Music. Knights of Columbus. 830-629-4547. LEANDER: Low Cost Pet Spay, Neuter, Vaccination. For more information, call 512260-3602, extension 101. EVERY WEDNESDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Farmers Market. 3 pm to 7 pm at Highway 290, Ranch Road 12. cityofdrippingsprings.com. NEW BRAUNFELS: Veteran Music Group at VFW Post 7110. 5 pm to 8 pm. Open to all veterans, all skill levels. Song writing, guitar, keyboard and more. VFW Post 7110, 600 Peace Avenue. Gary Walter at 512-4609919. WIMBERLEY: Farmers’ Market. Senior Citizen’s Activity Center on Ranch Road 12. 512-264-1637. WIMBERLEY: AARP Tax Preparation (February 1-April 12). Free tax prep by trained volunteers. Sign up for dates and times in person at the Wimberley Library. wimberleylibrary.org.

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Hill country calendar SECOND WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Wimberley Garden Club meets at Lutheran Church of Resurrection. 101 West Spoke Hill. Meets September through May. Refreshments at 9:30 am; meetings and programs at 10 am. WimberleyGardenClub.org. THIRD WEDNESDAYS DRIPPING SPRINGS: Cook Off Club. 6:30 pm. VFW Hall. Email ryoncrew@yahoo. com for more information. WIMBERLEY: The Herb Society of America Hill Country Unit Meeting (August through May). 9:45 am to noon at Wimberley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 956 Ranch Road 2325. HillCountryHerbs.org. WIMBERLEY: Heart of Texas Genealogy Society meets at Wimberley Village Library. 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. wimberleylibrary.org. FOURTH WEDNESDAYS WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Neighbors. 10:30 am. Community Center. 512-847-2849. EVERY WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY WIMBERLEY: Live music at Cypress Creek Cafe. Check the schedule at cypresscreekcafe.com. EVERY THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Coffee House with Light Dinners, Desserts, Open Mic. 6 pm to 9 pm. Thyme and Dough. 512-894-0001. thymeanddough.com. WIMBERLEY: Cafe’ Susanna. Serving lunch 11 am to 1 pm. $9 for entree, two sides and decadent desserts. Wimberley United Methodist Church, wimberleyumc.org. FIRST THURSDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: First Thursday. Participating businesses offer events, food and music plus special sale items. 5 pm to 9 pm. drippingspringstx.org.

FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY CANYON LAKE: Noon Lions Meeting. Canyon Lake Golf Club. 830-899-4406. SECOND THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Hill Country Bead Society. Wimberley Community Center. 1 pm. Marilyn Pierce, mp@smpierce.net. SECOND AND FOURTH THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Toastmaster Club. Learn public speaking, leadership. 7:10 pm at “old” Baptist Church, 501 Old Kyle Road. 512847-6822. THIRD THURSDAY WIMBERLEY: Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse presents some of best in Hill Country music. wimberleyumc.org. WIMBERLEY: Third Thursdays. Shops stay open until 8 pm. WimberleyMerchants.com. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY WIMBERLEY: Live Music at Linda’s Fine Foods. 500 Farm Market 2325. 512-847-5464. facebook.com/LindasFineFoods. EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company. 23455 West Ranch Road 12. TexMexBeer.com. EVERY FRIDAY BLANCO: Tasting Room Open and Brewery Tours at Real Ale Brewing Company. realalebrewing.com. GRUENE: Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall. Broadcast live KNBT-92.1 FM Radio. 4 pm to 7 pm. 830-629-5077. WIMBERLEY: Bingo. VFW Hall on Jacobs Well Road. 512-847-6441. FIRST FRIDAY FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk. Tour fine art galleries offering special

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DRIPPING SPRINGS: Texas Music and Wine. solaroestate.com. FISCHER: Jackson Open Air Market. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm. 6341 Farm Market 32. 830935-2781. NEW BRAUNFELS: Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show. 830-626-8200. WIMBERLEY: Tour Jacob’s Well. Hear stories about floods, divers, and experience beauty of the spring that started the town of Wimberley. 10 am. jacobswellspring.org. WIMBERLEY: Arnosky Family Farms Market. Find flowers, veggies, transplants, cheeses, much more. Ranch Road 2325 and Highway 165. 830-833-5428 WIMBERLEY: Saturday Evening Dinners. blairhouseinn.com. UTOPIA: Lunch and Dinner Served at Laurel Tree. utopiagourmet.com. FIRST SATURDAY BANDERA: Market Days. Courthouse Square. 830-796-4447. BANDERA: First Saturday Book Sale. Public Library. 830-796-4213. DRIFTWOOD: Driftwood Community Club. Group meets to enhance community spirit. Dinner at 7 pm. driftwoodtx.org. WIMBERLEY: Market Days. (First Saturday March through December). Shop more than 475-plus booths, enjoy free admission. 7 am to 4 pm. shopmarketdays.com. SECOND SATURDAY AUSTIN: Gain Peace, NOW: A Study in ‘Divine Love Consciousness’ with Vrinda Devi. 9 am to 11:30 am. $20 (first class free). radhamadhavdham.org, 858-722-5474 or Laura@RadhaMadhavDham.org. CASTROVILLE: Market Trail Days. Houston Square. 830-539-2316. WIMBERLEY: Second Saturday Gallery Trail. 15 galleries around Square open late offering art, wine, appetizers. Facebook. com/SecondSaturdayGalleryTrail. THIRD SATURDAY MARBLE FALLS: Bluegrass, Country and Western, and Gospel. 6 pm to 10 pm. Boys and Girls Club. 830-898-1784. EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DRIPPING SPRINGS: Craft Beer Tasting and Free Tour at Twisted X Brewing Company, live music and food. 23455 West Ranch Road 12. TexMexBeer.com. ROUND MOUNTAIN: Tours at Westcave Preserve. westcave.org. SECOND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AUSTIN: Tours of Bright Leaf Natural Area. brightleaf.org. FOURTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JOHNSON CITY: Market Days. Food, artisans, more. Information at JohnsonCityTexasChamber.com. JANUARY 1 BANDERA: Cowgirl Round-up and “Show-Deo.” Cowgirls celebrate their history with showmanship, dressage and speed events, storytellers, singer/ songwriters. Hill Country State Natural Area, banderacowboycapital.com. JANUARY 3 BANDERA: Cowboy Capital Opry. Grand Old Opry-style entertainment hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne at Silver Sage Community Center. silversagecorral.org. JANUARY 6 FREDERICKSBURG: First Friday Art Walk. Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments and extended viewing hours. Participating fine art galleries in Fredericksburg. ffawf.com. JANUARY 7 AUSTIN: “Symphonic Evolutions.” A full

orchestra performs new arrangements, visuals from recent and classic Pokemon video games. thelongcenter.org. KERRVILLE:“The Very Best of Broadway.” Symphony of the Hills performs music from “Phantom of the Opera,” “A Chorus Line,” “My Fair Lady,” more. Cailloux Theater. www.symphonyofthehills.org JANUARY 7-8 BANDERA: Bandera 100K, 50K and 25K. Hill Country State Natural Area. banderacowboycapital.com. JANUARY 8 BANDERA: Second Sunday Music Fest. Pickers Circle with guest Lee Haile. Bring your lawn chairs. Frontier Times Museum. 1 pm to 4 pm. frontiertimesmuseum.org. JANUARY 12-14 BANDERA: Bandera County Junior Livestock Show Mansfield Park, 2886 Texas 16 North. bcjlsa.com. JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 5 KERRVILLE: Starving Artist Sale. Local original art at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. 830-895-2911, www.kacckerrville.com JANUARY 13-14 BOERNE: Kendall County Jr. Livestock Show and Sale. Kendall County Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center. visitboerne.org, 830-249-9343. JANUARY 13-15 NEW BRAUNFELS: New Braunfels Antique Show. Antiques, vintage items, primitives, jewelry, art, furniture, pottery, architectural/garden items and more. New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center. heritageeventcompany.com, 830-221-4011. JANUARY 14 JOHNSON CITY: 290 Texas - A Concert Series presents Donovan Keith & The Funky Feat. $30 admission. RSVP to 290Texas@

gmail.com. KERRVILLE: The New Buddy Holly Band: Winter Sock-Hop. Cailloux Theater. www. caillouxtheater.com JANUARY 14-15 BOERNE: Market Days. Main Plaza. visitboerne.org, 210-844-8193. JANUARY 15 AUSTIN: “Odd Squad LIVE!” Live, interactive spy adventure based on PBS KIDS program, “Odd Squad.” The Long Center. thelongcenter.org. FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg Music Club. “Miro Quartet” Concert features a violin/cello performance by the Miro Quartet. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano. fredericksburgmusicclub.com. JANUARY 19 WIMBERLEY: Ray Wylie Hubbard in Concert. Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse at Wimberley United Methodist Church. wimberleyumc.org. JANUARY 20-22 FREDERICKSBURG: Fredericksburg Trade Days. Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, and enjoy the Biergarten, live music and more. fbgtradedays.com. NEW BRAUNFELS: Liberty Gun Show. Everything from firearms to ammo to hunting gear. Guests welcome to bring unloaded firearms to be appraised or fitted for accessories. Convention Center. libertygunshow.com. JANUARY 21 KERRVILLE: Harpeth Rising. Ensemble features three-part harmonies, bluegrass, blues, folk music. 830-896-9393, ext. 303. LUCKENBACH: Luckenbach Blues Festival. Features local, regional and Texas

blues artists. luckenbachtexas.com. JANUARY 21-22 FREDERICKSBURG: Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show. The Fredericksburg Rockhounds bring artifacts, exhibits, demonstrations, jewelry, minerals, fossils and more. Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. fredericksburgrockhounds.org. JANUARY 28 BULVERDE: Chamber Rodeo The Diamond Cross Rodeo Company provides bulls, steers and broncos. Tejas Rodeo Company, 401 Obst Road. bulverdespringbranchchamber.com.

FREDERICKSBURG: Hill Country Indian Artifact Show. This show features a wide variety of Native American artifacts from Texas and the U.S., including arrowheads, pottery, beads and books. Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. hillcountryartifacts.com. JANUARY 28-29 AUSTIN: City-Wide Garage Sale. Fun, vintage, collectible and antique market. Palmer Events Center. cwgs.com. JANUARY 29 AUSTIN: Anton Nel in Concert. Classical pianist in first solo recital in Dell Hall since 2013. thelongcenter.org.

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