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  • Bordered by rapidly expanding suburban development, the Conservancy’s Barton Creek Habitat Preserve acts as a critical buffer for water quality in Barton Creek and Barton Springs.
  • This bright male Painted Bunting, one of the Texas’ most colorful birds, can be spotted in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.
  • A dip in Barton Creek is the perfect way to cool off from the Texas heat.
  • The headwaters of the San Marcos Springs, an outflow from the Edwards Aquifer, provide water for the San Marcos River and protect critical habitat for five endangered species.
  • Golden-cheeked warblers can reach a length of 4.5 inches.
  • About 30 minutes west of Austin, Hamilton Pool and the surrounding area has lured visitors with its 230+ acres of natural beauty since the 1960s.
  • This cave-dwelling Texas blind salamander is found only in the Edwards Aquifer around the San Marcos Pool.
  • The Barton Creek Habitat Preserve protects prime habitat for the black-capped vireo.
  • Zilker Park’s popular Barton Springs Pool is a true Austin institution.
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