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Mushroom Species List for June 25, 2016

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 10:11pm 0 Comments

Gulf States Mycological Society mushroom walk

Watson Rare Plant Preserve

June 25, 2016


Abortiporus biennis (Bull.:Fr.) Singer

Amanita bisporigera Atkinson

Boletellus ananus (Curt.) Murr.

Callistosporium luteo-olivaceum (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Singer

Cantharellus species

Cantharellus tabernensis Feibelman & Cibula

Cantharellus tenuithrix Buyck & V.…


Dr. Jyotsna Sharma, who is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, is leading conservation research projects at Watson Native Plant Preserve since 2012. The focus of her lab’s…

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

Dr. Jyotsna Sharma, who is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, is leading conservation research projects at Watson Native Plant Preserve since 2012. The focus of her lab’s work is on one of the rare and superbly showy orchids of Texas. Platanthera chapmanii (Chapman’s orchid) is known from only a few locations in southeastern Texas, and Watson Native Plant Preserve hosts the largest population in Texas. Her work has included:

1)   augmenting the…


We're Losing our Redbay Trees

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

I have some very bad news.   It  concerns two of our most common but easily-overlooked shrubs/small trees:  the redbay (Persea borbonia) and sassafras (Sassafras albidum).  They don’t directly affect people’s lives, except that sassafras is the source of the flavoring for root beer and gumbo file, and redbay is occasionally used in cooking.  They do play a role in the ecosystems of east Texas, and we may be about to receive an unpleasant lesson in the interconnectedness…


No Campaign Posters on the Preserve, Please

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 7:54pm 0 Comments

Without the knowledge or consent of the Board of Directors of Watson Preserve, someone put some campaign posters for one of the presidential candidates on trees on Watson Preserve.

We are a 501c3 tax-exempt corporation, and therefore do not support specific candidates for office. Any political material that we find on the preserve will be removed. So please, save yourself some time and energy, and post such materials somewhere else. Please don't take it personally, but a…


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At 4:55pm on December 19, 2014, Mike and Jane said…
At 4:55pm on December 19, 2014, Mike and Jane said…

Thanks for all the great information.
To answer you question on wild flowers in our San Antonio area. The best drive in the spring seems to be going west up towards Kerrville and Fredericksburg. However the Drive South towards the coast is always nice too.
Hope that answers your questions and thanks again for all your info

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Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve is a 501c3 charitable corporation, and donations, while never a requirement for a visit, are always welcome and are tax-deductible.

If you would like to make a donation to support the preserve, and would like for your donation to be tax deductible, pay by check, with the check made out to Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, and send to Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve, PO Box 533, Warren, TX 77664.

If you wish to confirm our status with the IRS, our EIN is 80-0316780.

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Workdays: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, there will be a workday.  The goal will be to prepare for the prescribed burn which we hope to carry out in January.  Starting time ~9:00 am (there will be someone there by 8:00 am and you can arrive later if you need to.  There will be a need for people with gas-powered weed-eaters and lopers.


Birding Walk:  1st Saturday of every month, from 8:00 to ??.  Leader:  Kathleen Appelbaum.

Mushroom  Walk.  Nov. 18, 2017  Starts at 10:00 am.  Leaders: David and Patricia Lewis.  Any interested person is welcome.  Good opportunity to learn more about mushrooms.

Wildflower Walk to find Chapman's Orchid, July 29, 2017.  Starts at 9:30 am.  Leader: Joe Liggio.  All interested people are welcome to attend.

Birding Walk & Wildflower Tour: Saturday, May 6, 2017 starts at 8:00 am. If you can't make it that early, feel free to join us later in the morning. Everyone is welcome.

Mushroom Walk:  Saturday June 24, 2017.CANCELED due to weather related problems. 


Watch this space in the 48 hours preceding the event. If anything should happen (such as illness, or a hurricane, God forbid) to cause cancellation, we will notify you HERE. 

For more information about events, call 281-421-2469 or email


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