Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 638.7'
4/23/14 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Landscape Watering
Last Digit of Address Watering Day
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No Watering on Weekends

Stage 2:
Water On Your Day

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day as determined by your address.

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Conservation

Conservation Outreach Calendar

Explore our online calendar and find out more about SAWS Conservation events scheduled in the San Antonio area. Events include workshops, seminars, lectures and other functions promoting conservation.

Birdathon 2014

April 25, 2014 (Fri) 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
Birdathon 2014 - April 25 - 27. Get out and enjoy the spring migration while helping support the bird habitat and educational programming at Mitchell Lake. For more information, see our website www.mitchelllake.audubon.org.

New Gardens for Newcomers

April 26, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
New to San Antonio? Learn how to plant a garden that will thrive in our climate. Instructor Janet Peppers will provide information about planning, native plant selection, soil, mulching, watering, rebates, and much more. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

Native Plant Walk

May 2, 2014 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist!

Herbs 101 for the Garden and More

May 3, 2014 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Savor the joys of an edible and useful landscape! Herbalist, horticulturalist, and designer Diane Lewis will present a Power Point with great herb pictures and discuss the herbs best suited to our area and how to blend them into everyday life. Learn how to cultivate, harvest and store herbs and save money. Have fun learning how to make a relaxing tea blend and bath salts with samples to take home. Enjoy lunch (recipes provided) and a guided tour of the herb gardens at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Fee: $50 ($45 members).

SAWS Garden Jazz Party and Plant Sale

May 4, 2014 (Sun) 10:00 AM - 2:45 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Enjoy free admission at the SAWS Garden Jazz Party. Information stations will cover topics such as garden planning and design, mulch, plant selection, turf, soil, wildscape, irrigation, hardscape, landscape maintenance and much more. Learn water-saving tips and shop for great plants at the Botanical Society's Plant Sale. And, of course, enjoy smooth, live jazz. For information, call 210-207-3255 or visit www.sabot.org.

Words for Birds

May 4, 2014 (Sun) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
To celebrate National Poetry Month and our feathered friends, join us for some great readings from local poets! We'll have poetry readings, both originals from local poets and classics by famous writers, followed by a lovely bird walk. Attendees are welcome to bring their own poetry to share. Free!

Surviving the South Texas Summer

May 10, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Enduring the summer can be a challenge for your landscape in South Texas. It’s not too late to get your landscape prepared to thrive in an arid climate. Our instructors will guide you through the heat and present water-saving tips and rebates. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

International Migratory Bird Day

May 10, 2014 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
As part of a city-wide party celebrating the return of migratory birds, we are having a FREE family-fun event! There will be a live bird banding demonstration in the morning, photo opportunities, bird walks, games, crafts and more! Hope to see you there.

Wildscape

May 10, 2014 (Sat) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Do you enjoy watching butterflies, birds and other animals? If the answer is "Yes", come to our session on wildscaping and learn how to wildscape your yard. You will learn which plants are beneficial to native wildlife and how to emulate nature. Sponsored by SAWS. Fee: $10 ($9 members).

E-Bird and More!

May 15, 2014 (Thu) 6:30 PM - 8:20 PM
TRiPoint - corner of 281 and N. St. Mary's
E-Bird & More! by Jason St. Sauver, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Acting Director and Education Manager. Birding with many of the apps and citizen science websites is not just a new fad, it is a great way to learn, contribute to science and enhance your enjoyment of birds. We'll hear about some great tools such as Merlin for bird I.D., eBird for entering bird sightings, Hummingbirds@home, BirdJam and more! For more information, contact Patty Leslie Pazstor at agarita@me.com or 210-837-0577

Bird Walk

May 17, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Enjoy birds in native habitats, and bask in the relaxing atmosphere found in the Garden during a morning bird walk led by an experienced guide every third Saturday of the month. Featured birds include hummingbirds, Long-billed Thrashers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Green Heron, and the Common Moorhen. For a list of other birds spotted in the garden visit our "birding list". Please bring binoculars if you have them. Ages 10 . Third Saturday of each month. 9am - meet at Carriage House. Free for Botanical Society members.

Starry, Starry Night Astronomy

May 17, 2014 (Sat) 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
With the San Antonio Astronomical Association. Free to the public. For more information, call 628-1639 or visit www.mitchelllake.audubon.org

Introduction to Birding for Adults

May 24, 2014 (Sat) 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
Learn basic skills or improve your technique. $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call 628-1639 or visit www.mitchelllake.audubon.org

Flower Power

May 24, 2014 (Sat) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Come join us and relish the aesthetic power of flowers. Take a tour into the garden and learn about flower anatomy and function. Then craft during flower-pressed art time and leave with great ideas, cards, soaps, candles, art and much more. Fee: $35 ($31.50 members).

Native Plant Walk

May 31, 2014 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist!

Native Landscape Certification Program - Level 1

June 14, 2014 (Sat) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
San Antonio River Authority - 100 Guenther Street
Learn the value of using and preserving plants in landscapes in and around Bexar County. Understand the difference between sustainable and conventional development. Learn about our region's vegetation and soil types. Be a better steward of the land in your yard, on the jobsite and in a wildlife habitat. Learn 40 native Texas plants recommended for your landscape and some invasive plants to avoid. To register, go to http://npsot.org/wp/nlcp/san-antonio-classes. For more information e-mail Joan Miller at npsot.sanantonio@gmail.com or call (210)732-7138

Native Landscape Certification Program - Level 2

June 21, 2014 (Sat) 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Phil Hardberger Park - 8400 NW Military Hwy (Urban Ecology Center)
Level 2 is available to those who have completed level 1 and will help you to learn to create landscape designs incorporating native plants, understand important considerations for creating landscape design, learn how to preserve native plants and learn 40 additional native Texas plants recommended for your landscape and more invasive plants to avoid. To register go to http://npsot.org/wp/nlcp/san-antonio-classes. For more information, email Joan Miller at npsot.sanantonio@gmail.com or call (210)732-7138