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Botanist Presents Marble Falls Program on Endangered Texas Wildflowers

During the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society meeting May 3, noted botanist and plant conservationist Minnette Marr will discuss the importance of native plant species and their health as well as cataloging and documenting them. Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — As the Highland Lakes erupts into blooms in spring and early summer, you might not believe some native flowers are rare.

The Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society is hosting a botanist who knows the issues facing these species during its regular meeting Thursday, May 3, at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main St.

Minnette Marr, a plant conservationist with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, will present “Conservation Ranks for People in a Hurry.” The title is a play off Neil deGrasse Tyson’s bestseller “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.” During the presentation, Marr will discuss Texas’s rare and endangered wildflowers, such as the basin bellflower and the creeping bellflower.

Marr has participated in projects supported by the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Forest Foundation, and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, United Kingdom.

A current project of hers, which ties into the May 3 program, is reviewing the conservation ranks of Species of Greatest Conservation Need for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

During her presentation, Marr will share the role of this ranking system and how it’s used in conservation.

Of course, she’ll also discuss our state’s amazing native wildflowers.

“If you have an interest in Texas native plants, you’ll want to be at this presentation to hear Ms. Marr speak about the rare plant beauties in our midst,” stated the society’s Mary Butler in a media release.

The Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society meeting starts with a meet-and-greet at 9:30 a.m. followed by the general meeting at 10 a.m. and the program at approximately 10:30 a.m.

The meeting is free to attend, and the public is welcome.

If you’re an early bird, or a bird-watcher, check out the society’s bird walk, which starts at 8:30 a.m. prior to the meeting. An experience birder will lead the walk, which starts in the parking lot across from the library.

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