FT 13 - Canoe Trip:  Ecology and Restoration of the Upper San Marcos River

Sunday, August 7, 2011: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Trinity Street Lobby Field Trip Pick Up, Austin Convention Center
Organizers: Christopher F. Best and Weston H. Nowlin
The San Marcos River, in Hays County, arises from the largest spring in Texas; three federally-endangered species are endemic in the upper few kilometers of the river's length. During the morning we will visit the San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center and the River Systems Institute at Aquarena Springs. Following a box lunch on the shaded river bank at City Park, we will tour the upper San Marcos by rented canoe - a relatively easy, 2-mile float. Throughout the day, seven guest lecturers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas State University-San Marcos, and San Marcos River Foundation (among others) will present informal talks on the ecology, hydrology, threats, and recovery of the riparian ecosystem and its endangered species. The subtropical heat of the August afternoon may be ameliorated through periodic immersion in the crystalline spring-fed stream, at the participant's discretion and/or by accident. No children under 7 years of age will be allowed on this trip.

Registration Fee: $76

Equipment and Attire: Wear clothing such as shorts and tee-shirt, plastic sandals, etc. that can get wet, and dry clothing to change in to. Bring a large ziplock or drybag to store cell phones, wallets, or other personal items that connot get wet. Use sun hats, sunscreen, and insect repellent according to preferences. The trip will not generally be strenuous, however, we will have to portage canoes about 150 feet at one location.

Itinerary: 8:00 am Austin Convention Center. 9:00 am San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center. 10:30 am River Systems Institute, Aquarena Springs. 12:00 noon City Park for lunch. 1:00 pm 2-mile canoe trip down San Marcos River by rented canoe. 3:00 pm Canoe renter will pick us up at Stokes Park and return to City Park. 3:30 pm Return in vehicles north to Austin Convention Center. 4:00 pm Arrive at ACC.

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