Discovering Westcave: The Natural and Human History of a Hill Country Nature Preserve

Discovering Westcave: The Natural and Human History of a Hill Country Nature Preserve

by S. Christopher Caran, Elaine Davenport


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623494599
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,255,708
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

S. CHRISTOPHER CARAN is a research and consulting geologist, currently working for the Texas Water Development Board. ELAINE DAVENPORT is a writer and journalist who is a Westcave Preserve docent and Texas Master Naturalist.

Table of Contents

Foreword Andrew Sansom ix

Preface Molly Stevens xi

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Guidebook xviii

Introduction: Westcave Preserve, the Crown Jewel of Central Texas xx

Part 1 Visitor's Guide 1

1 A Walk through the Preserve 3

2 Visitor Center and Indoor Exhibits 14

3 Trails and Outdoor Features 30

4 Educational Programs and Activities 38

Part 2 The Place 45

5 Environmental Setting 47

6 Westcave Preserve through Four Seasons 51

7 Geology: Topography and Ancient Bedrock 75

8 Evolution of Westcave Preserve: 250,000 Years Ago to the Present 83

9 Surface Water and Groundwater 95

10 Climate and Weather 101

Part 3 The People 107

11 Archeology and Human History 109

12 Westcave, 1850-1974 116

13 The John Ahrns Era, 1974-2010 138

14 Growing Up at Westcave Preserve Amber Ahrns Gosselin 156

Conclusion: Preserving the Future of Westcave 161

Appendixes: Species Lists 163

A Plant Communities 165

B Plants 171

C Common Mosses 187

D Invertebrates other than Butterflies 190

E Butterflies 195

F Fishes 198

G Amphibians and Reptiles 201

H Birds 204

I Mammals 212

Selected References 215

Index 219


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