Articles in Category: Ask a Park Naturalist
Our park naturalists have the answers. We encourage friends of Hardberger Park to ask questions about plants, trails, restoration or wildlife in PHP.
You may have noticed plastic tarps on the ground in the West side of the park in the grassy drainage channel near the parking lots. These have been put down as part of a project that aims to control invasive grass species in and around the park’s native grasslands.
Kidneywood trees (Eysenhardtia texana) are small trees species that prefer to grow in full sun to light shade. Due to their palatability, this makes them highly susceptible to being over-broused by deer, and…
The unfortunate truth is sometimes even when you build it, they don’t come. We witnessed this at Eisenhower Park, where there have been blue bird boxes for years but still no blue birds...
Snout Butterflies migrated through San Antonio recently.
Both sides of Hardberger Park (on NW Military and Blanco) have plenty of live oak, juniper, hackberry, mesquite, and cedar elms. However, the Texas red oaks (Quercus buckleyi) are confined to the Salado Creek area (on the Blanco side). This is due primarily to soil type.
Have you ever noticed these blue-purple berries on cedar trees (also known as Ashe junipers) around the park? Although small, they play a huge role in the park’s ecosystem and greater surrounding area.
There are not burrowing owls within Hardberger Park, because the park lacks the right habitat. Burrowing owls like more open land with short grasses…
You were lucky to see Frostweed (Verbesina Virginica) in its “frosty” state.
The round reflective objects in the park are part of Golden Age, an art installation commissioned for Phil Hardberger Park's savanna. Read more about Golden Age.
What is that black gooey stuff all over the ground at the park (NW Military side)? It looks like tar.
The black stuff all over the ground and sidewalks on the NW Military side of the park is the fruit from the Texas persimmon.