Waterwise Wildlife Garden

Planting natives in the Water Wise Wildlife Garden at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Waterwise Wildlife Garden

Ellen Reisinger and Laura Clark have been instrumental in bringing to life a demonstration garden for the Mission-Aransas Estuarine Research Reserve and UTMSI in Port Aransas. The area will consist of trails, signs about native plants, and tips for conserving water. It will be a great addition to the existing Wetlands Education Center trail system, and is free to the public to come enjoy and learn about our local habitats. The native garden replaces a quarter-acre invasive Bermuda grass lawn on campus, and will result in saving on watering, fertilizing, and mowing costs while enticing birds and butterflies to the area.

Katie Swanson, the Stewardship Coordinator for the Mission-Aransas NERR, has figures for past costs for maintaining the area and will be comparing them with costs for the new native wildlife garden. This is an approved volunteer opportunity, and if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Adriana Reza, the Mission-Aransas Volunteer Coordinator. Report as NPA: Other locations and specify Waterwise Wildlife Garden.

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