3310 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas, 78209, United States

  • August 19, 2019
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A presentation and discussion of the Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary by Donald Schaezler, PhD., P.E. CIH, Director, will begin our afternoon at Garden Volunteers of South Texas Essentials Class this month. Don was born in San Antonio, majored in Chemical Engineering at Rice University and stayed for a Ph. D. in Environmental Engineering.

Don owns and manages the Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary at 19349 Old Wiederstein Road in Schertz Texas. Warbler Woods covers 124 acres of varied habitat covering Pecan Gap sediments with gently rolling topography. Near the convergence of three Ecological Regions: South Texas Plains, Blackland Prairie and Edwards Plateau, the property is also near the Post Oak Savannah region. We are about four miles down from the Balcones Escarpment, at the northwest corner of Guadalupe County. A wide variety of wildlife and plant life occupy this little piece of paradise, and Don will show us all about what has been developing and growing on this sanctuary since purchased by his father in 1950.

Guided birding walks at the sanctuary usually include any plant, bug, butterfly, rock or artifact that catches the attention of the group involved.

You too can have a water conservative nature preserve in your yard, by just planting Texas natives!

The second presentation is Bonsais – – What are They?  How Do You Care for Them?

Jim was born and grew up in Cotulla, TX (on IH 35 between SA and Laredo).  Attended the Air Force Academy after high school and then spent another thirty-one years in the Air Force.  He flew large aircraft and small helicopters and was stationed all over the US and traveled overseas, especially in the Pacific and throughout Asia.

He got involved with bonsais in the mid 80’s while stationed in Sacramento, CA.  He collected a few trees in the US while still in the AF but didn’t get serious until about ten years ago after he was back in TX.  His first major task was to build a pen to protect the trees from the deer.  He now has about a hundred trees of thirty-five different species.

Jim will be bringing several of his little trees to show at this presentation. Anyone can grow these little trees, from any woody plant, even Texas Natives!

Open to the Public

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