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 tabernensis Feibelman & Cibula
Cantharellus tenuithrix Buyck & V.…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on October 12, 2017 at 10:11pm — No 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…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on November 17, 2016 at 10:09pm — No 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…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on August 21, 2016 at 9:30pm — No 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…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on April 18, 2016 at 7:54pm — No Comments
Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve
June 27, 2015
Agaricus silvaticus Schaeff
Amanita bisporigera Atkinson
Amanita flavoconia Atkinson
Amanita peckiana complex
Amanita vaginata complex
Boletus oliveisporus (Murr) Murr
Cantarellus tabernensis Feibelman & Cibula
Coltricia cinnamomea (Jacq.:Pers.)…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on September 19, 2015 at 2:22pm — No Comments
Hello everyone! Please visit The Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve facebook page and join the group! It's an open forum so please post pictures, comments, questions, or educational links to the page! We will try and keep it as updated as possible with walks and workdays that are coming up so that you will be notified through facebook. Spread the word as this is a great way to get people involved and exploring new areas! Thanks!…Continue
Added by Meredith Wilson on September 1, 2015 at 10:45am — No Comments
Added by Pauline Singleton on September 3, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
I can't believe the summer of 2013 is history. It was an eventful summer. In addition to events mentioned earlier, a youth group from Triumphant Lutheran Church in San Antonio under the supervision of Youth Pastor Chris St. Clair came out on July 26 and spent several hours helping us out. We are very grateful to them for their assistance. We are also very grateful to the staff of the National Park Service for putting them in touch with us.
Joe Liggio again led a wildflower walk to…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on November 3, 2013 at 6:34pm — No Comments
GSMS species list, Watson Rare Plant Preserve, Lake Hyatt, TX
Mushroom walk, June 1, 2013
Added by Pauline Singleton on October 7, 2013 at 8:47pm — No Comments
Twenty-something people gathered at Watson Preserve on June 1 to brave the heat and search for mushrooms. All levels of skill were represented, from beginners to experienced mycologists. David and Pat Lewis did a great job of leading the activities. We hope they will do it again There is no better way to learn more about fungi than to go into the field with an expert. I have posted a few photos and will try to add a few more as I get time. If David gives me a list of species found, I…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on June 4, 2013 at 10:26pm — No Comments
Our thanks to DeAndra Ramsey from the Houston Zoo for bringing a group of college students to Watson Preserve on May 23. Eleven young people pitched in and helped us for about 3 1/2 hours that Thursday. They demolished and removed the old privy; they loaded up a pine tree that had earlier been cut down (it leaned over the cabin) and hauled it off site; they cut down and removed a number of Chinese tallow trees. We were really amazed at what they got done in such a short time. It is…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on May 27, 2013 at 10:10pm — No Comments
We had a wonderful turnout for our wildflower walk on April 27. Our thanks to Joe Liggio who led the tour, and to Jim Willis, who had cold water waiting at the end of our hike.
We are always glad to see old friends, of course, but we were especially pleased that there were several people visiting for the first time. We hope they'll return many times.
The only disappointment was the paucity of orchids. There were a few rose pogonias (very few), one grass-pink orchid about to…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on April 29, 2013 at 10:36pm — No Comments
Before I get a call from someone telling me that there has been a terrible act of vandalism and some of the yellow irises have been removed from the pond near the cabin, let me explain.
The yellow flags are Iris pseudacorus, an exotic species from Eurasia and northern Africa. In addition to being non-natives, they are terribly aggressive. Those of you who have been visiting the preserve for several years may have noticed that the original clump has grown huge, and they have…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on April 21, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments
We want to thank volunteers Bill and Mary Keller and Kathleen and Lisa Appelbaum for leading the birding tour on Saturday, April 13. They enjoyed very nice weather and identified 29 species of birds, including a great crested flycatcher, a summer tanager, a catbird, a yellow-throated vireo, kingbirds, wood ducks (with babies!) and our resident redheaded wookpeckers.
Added by Pauline Singleton on April 15, 2013 at 8:39pm — No Comments
Thanks for a wonderful tour, Pauline. What a treat this was! Thanks for sharing knowledge and enthusiasm. We will certainly be back.
Added by Grace Megnet on March 16, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
The weatherman predicted an 80% chance of rain. So we canceled our wildflower walk, right? Wrong! It was a small group this time, and that is really understandable. It rained on me the whole way as I drove to the preserve. Light rain continued off and on all day.
We simply carried umbrellas and pressed on. What was blooming? Goldenrod of several species, swamp sunflowers (they will probably put on a more dramatic show in a few more days), cowbane (Oxypolis sp.), Lobilia,…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on September 30, 2012 at 9:18pm — No Comments
I've created a web site(s) called “A place apart - Watson Rare Native Plants Preserve” to share pictures of this very special place. I'd like you to be a member of the site. Come check it out at http://watsonpreservephotos.shutterfly.com/.
Added by David F. Henderson on August 11, 2012 at 7:20pm — No Comments
I put all the Watson Preserves photos I have taken into one set in my flickr. Here is the URL. I don't know where it would work best to place it. You decide. I am adding it here:
Added by sonnia hill on August 4, 2012 at 10:34am — No Comments
We had a wonderful group turn out for the orchid walk on July 28. About three dozen people, from Dallas-Ft Worth area to Louisiana to Houston, braved the southeast Texas heat and humidity to search for the rare Chapman’s orchid, Platanthera chapmanii. We were not disappointed.
Our thanks and our sympathy go to Joe Liggio, who led the walk that day. A few days earlier, Joe’s mother passed away. We certainly would have understood if he had canceled. However, he…Continue
Added by Pauline Singleton on July 29, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments
This first time I saw the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve was in August. Although it was a typical upper Gulf Coast summer day, I was extremely happy to brave the heat and humidity, for a field of Liatris pycnostachya was in bloom and the breath-takingly beautiful flowers were swarming with butterflies: many of them showy swallowtails such as the black swallow tail, the palemedes, giant swallowtail, tiger swallowtail.... My second summer visit came in July, when the rare Chapman Orchid…Continue
Added by Lan Shen on July 6, 2012 at 2:15am — No Comments