Thank you Master Naturalists!

Thank you Master Naturalists! West Texas Science Center would like to thank the Big Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists for donating $300 to help fund the ongoing projects at Lake Kirby. It is very gratifying when area organizations and individuals recognize and contribute to the work that many are doing to improve Lake Kirby! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Leafless Western Soapberry

First image is a winter view of a leafless Western Soapberry tree along the Kirby Boardwalk, with its remaining summer fruits at the tips of the uppermost branches. The second image takes you back to a fall photo of a grove of Soapberry trees along the Kirby Dam Road, showing off their soft, yellow fall color. #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Cedar tree on the Kirby North Trail


Cedar tree on the Kirby North Trail. This species is actually a redberry juniper (Juniperus pinchotii), but is commonly referred to as cedar. The tree pictured here is a male and the clusters of yellow color on the branch tips are male pollen cones, which release their pollen into the wind. If you suffer (like I do!) from seasonal allergies in the winter, this is your culprit! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Children from Day Nursery of Abilene

Kirby hosted about 50 children yesterday from Day Nursery of Abilene for an afternoon program of guided nature exploration, including some free time to dig for Mosasaur bones in the sand pit, climb on the play equipment, and walk across the climbing logs. A major theme was learning about the resident deer at Kirby. We even spread out samples of a deer's favorite Kirby foods on the picnic tables. And the groups later went looking for deer tracks and found them! Lots of learning and fun was had by all! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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The last few days of 2019 at Lake Kirby!

Good Morning and welcome to the last few days of 2019 at Lake Kirby! I thought I would challenge you with a quiz this morning. What plant is shown in the image? A few hints are: 1) the image is an extreme close up of a part of a branch on the plant, 2) this is a very common evergreen shrub and can also be a tree, and 3) it does not have flowers but does have orange-colored berries that contain a seed. What is the name of this plant? #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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