Warblers: With love in the air, some city trails close
Trails primarily in the northwest sections of Spring Lake Natural Area (SLNA) and Purgatory Creek Natural Area (PCNA) are closed until May 31 to protect golden cheeked warblers during their nesting season.
Trails are closed during the endangered bird’s nesting season from March 1 through May 31. The rare Golden Cheeked Warbler lives in a few areas of Central Texas.
In the Spring Lake Natural Area, all trails west of the junction of Blue Stem and Buckeye Trails will be closed during the mating season with the exception of trails that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
At PCNA, Paraiso Trail will be closed between the places it intersects with Dante's Trail.
The golden-cheeked warbler breeds only in Central Texas and nests in the Ashe juniper and oak woodlands that are found at Purgatory Creek Natural Area and Spring Lake Natural Area.
Golden-cheeked warblers are endangered because much of the tall juniper and oak woodlands that they prefer for nesting and breeding have been cleared to build roads, neighborhoods, farms, and even lakes.
The city is asking residents to help protect the birds by not using these trails during their nesting season.
For more information, contact Watershed Protection Program Manager Melani Howard at 393-8448 or visit online www.sanmarcostx.gov/natural.