News Category: biodiversity

Spring Insects to Spot on Neighborhood Walks

April 16, 2020

Take time to look for local insects while taking walks.

Backyard Biodiversity: Green Anoles

April 15, 2020

From the Biodiversity Center: a piece on a common resident of many yards, the green anole.

Northern Mockingbirds

April 1, 2020

The Northern Mockingbird is probably one of the easiest birds to identify, if not by their bold maneuvers to protect their territory, then certainly by their characteristic song. Learn more in this blog from The Biodiversity Center.

In the News: The Problems for Texan Bats

Nov. 22, 2019

Bats are one of Austin’s most iconic nonhuman residents, but their populations have been declining because of natural and man-made threats across Texas and the United States. 

Celebrating Texas Arbor Day by Planting Waller Creek

Nov. 7, 2019

UT Austin's Landscape Services hosted the university's observance of Texas Arbor Day on November 1, with a planting event at the UT Orchard by Waller Creek (west side of 24th Street and San Jacinto). The event was part of ongoing stewardship efforts by UT Landscape Services to transform stretches of Waller Creek that run through campus, improving the safety, sustainability and health of this riparian ecosystem by removing invasive, overcrowded vegetation and replanting with native plant species.

The Ghostly, Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Oct. 31, 2019


The Biodiversity Center has gone batty with a seasonal, fun miniseries penned by Nicole Elmer and colleagues on animals that, well, go bump in the night. 

Discovery Takes Flight in Campus Butterfly and Bee Habitats

Oct. 9, 2019

Texas Connect profiles research by Dr. Lawrence Gilbert and Eli Powell on butterflies and bees.

In the News: Eels Over-fished and Affect Natural Ecosystem

Sept. 26, 2019

Eels--slimy and nocturnal--have smaller populations in Texas rivers than they did in the past.

The Sugarberry at Brackenridge Field Laboratory

Sept. 13, 2019

The sugar hackberry or sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), a very common tree species at Brackenridge Field Lab, has a place in the local ecosystem.

Campus Biodiversity: Gulf Coast Toad

Sept. 1, 2019

While it might be easy to assume we don’t have toads on campus, the Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps) is one species that does live here. Waller Creek is a one place to see them, in addition to planters where they hide, or on sidewalks at twilight to consume the insects that are attracted to streetlights.