In and Around Austin

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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