FT 8 - Action Ecology for All: Discovering the Oak Springs and Other Urban Socioecological Projects In Austin while Planting Ecological Knowledge with Poder

Saturday, August 6, 2011: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Trinity Street Lobby Field Trip Pick Up, Austin Convention Center
Organizers: Ana Elisa Pérez-Quintero , Lourdes Lastra-Díaz , Beatriz Otero and Lorna M. Moreno
As part of the ESA Annual meeting hundreds of ecologists come from different parts of the United States to share their scientific findings. When visiting a new city the interactions with local communities sometimes seem limited; local problems and needs are often unnoticed by the visiting ecologist, and our knowledge isn’t applied on-site. This field trip will be a collaboration and mutual learning experience at the Oaks Springs Project with an Austin organization involved in environmental justice (EJ), PODER - People Organized in The Defense of Earth and her Resources http://www.poder-texas.org/projects.html. Participants will experience the goals of equity (either social or environmental) while having a direct action-ecology experience. As part of the EJ Section outreach, this field trip will explore a community initiative to restore, protect or enhance the natural resources of an urban area. Additionally, the initiative presents a local justice problem that is social, environmental or economic. The field trip also promotes the involvement of ecologists in regional and global issues by implementing action ecology. We’ll feature the exemplary efforts of the organization PODER - People Organized in The Defense of Earth and her Resources, in the Oaks Springs Project. The project occurs in a unique space located in the middle of an urban part of Austin that was destined to be a retail strip mall before PODER intervened. In this area, PODER now regularly does clean-ups and plantings, creating a space in which the community can now benefit. During the field trip we will learn more about the organization and their projects. In turn, we will serve the community by exchanging ecological information and providing some hands-on maintenance and plantings on the site. In this way we can promote the idea of being active ecologists, not only in nature preserves, but also in community urban spaces. Also, through this initiative, ecologists will gain a hands-on understanding of the important role of ecology in community initiatives.

Registration Fee: $57

Equipment and Attire: Each participant will need to bring the following: Comfortable shoes and clothing, if possible long pants. Also bring sun screen, bug repellent, hat and a bottle of water. If possible bring binoculars, a hand lens, and a photo/film camera. This field trip will include reforestation activities, therefore planting and soil preparation. The coordinators of the Field Trip will be providing the different tools needed for the development of the activities. Equipment like shovels and picks as well as the trees needed for the planting will be incorporated as part of different proposals to the city of Austin. The idea is to incorporate native trees of the area to promote the natural environment of the state of Texas, and also educate about the different species while reforesting a urbanized area.

Itinerary: Starting at 8:30 am and ending at 4:30pm Saturday August 6, 2010 8:30am Depart to Oak Springs (bus ride) 9:00am to 10:00am Arrive at Oak Springs: Presentation of project and Brief history and Oak Springs Project Tour by PODER 10:00am to 11:30am Divide group into working teams to prepare the soil and planting sites 11:30am to 12:30pm Reforestation and clean-up 12:30pm to 1:30pm Lunch Break 1:30pm to 3:30pm Brief Floristic/Bird Inventory 3:30pm to 4:00pm Trip Back

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