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November 2020

PEST EXCLUSION TECHNIQUES

November 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Hosted by:  Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management. Topic: Pest Exclusion Techniques -  learn how to seal your home to keep insects and other arthropods outside where they belong. Register in advance: Email ebrown@ag.tamu.edu When: Nov 6, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)          

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Pantry Pests

November 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

The webinar will teach individuals how to identify various stored product pests that may be invading you pantry. Also, we will discuss how to get rid of these pests. When: November 20, 2020 at 10:00am   Please register by emailing Wizzie Brown at ebrown@ag.tamu.edu.  

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December 2020

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar – Myriapods

December 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Join us this week as we take a look at Myriapods. This insect with it's elongated body with multiple segments, will be covered by, Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management   Next webinar is covering myriapods.   When: Dec 18, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.    

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January 2021

Backyard Bug Hunt: The Top 10 Occasional Invaders ID

January 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt webinar on the top 10 occasional invaders. Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will discuss pests that sometimes can come into homes...things like millipedes, scorpions, etc.. Register in advance to attend: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Top 10 Pantry Pest ID

January 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Webinar sign up- Top 10 pantry pests ID Join us as our own Wizzie Brown, takes you through the identification of the top 10 pantry pest you may encounter. When: Jan 22, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Cost: Free Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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February 2021

Restore. Reimagine. Reinvent. Prairie Landscapes for Austin

February 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Prairie Restoration and Backyard Pocket Prairie Landscape Designs Join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Travis County and John Hart, host of "Central Texas Gardener", to learn more about prairie landscapes. John designs fully functional landscapes that incorporate beauty and thread nature through urban areas, in addition to providing clean air and water and sequestering carbon. During the first half of the webinar, he will discuss his prairie restoration projects. After the short break, he will then provide guidance on how homeowners can…

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Top 10 Vegetable Pests

February 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Tomato Hornworm Join us for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Top 10 Vegetable Pests Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will tell you how to identify the top 10 vegetable pests. Meeting Information Date: Friday, February 12 Time: 10 AM Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information.…

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Homeowner Landscaping Plans: Site Documentation & Analysis

February 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Create Your Own Landscape Master Plan Creating a landscape master plan is an important step if you are installing or redoing your garden. Planning helps you identify the unique characteristics and requirements for your particular garden. Additionally, good planning has other benefits like cost and time savings. Join Travis County Master Gardener Sandy Stone who discusses how to document and analyze your site in this webinar. Sandy breaks the process into clear steps that you can follow and gives you…

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Homeowner Landscaping Plans: Design & Construction

February 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Design Your Own Landscape Master Plan Creating a landscape master plan is an important step if you are installing or redoing your garden. Join Travis County Master Gardener Sandy Stone who discusses design elements and construction how-tos. She also tells us that "You have to determine where you want to end up before you can figure out how to get there." Sandy breaks the process into clear steps on how to develop an overall theme and then how to select…

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Top 10 Fruit Tree Pests

February 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Asian citrus psyllid Join us for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Top 10 Fruit Tree Pests Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will tell you how to identify the top 10 fruit tree pests. Meeting Information Date: Friday, February 26th Time: 10 AM Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for…

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March 2021

Soil Nutrient Management for Travis County

March 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Soil and soil nutrient management are the basis for successful gardening during drought or deluge. Soil provides the structure to store water and nutrients for plants to root and grow. Join Dr. Jake Mowrer, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at Texas A&M University to learn soil basics. Dr. Mowrer will cover soil physical and chemical properties, nutrient uptake, testing, and fertilizers. He will also take questions for specific soil challenges found in Travis County, as time allows. Register Now, Live…

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Vegetable Pest IPM

March 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Vegetable Pest IPM Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a pest management strategy using economically and environmentally sustainable practices. Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will tell you how to practice IPM in the vegetable garden. Meeting Information Date: Friday, March 12 Time: 10 AM Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is…

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Fruit Tree Pest Management

March 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Fruit Tree Pest Management Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will share how to manage fruit tree pests. Meeting Information Date: Friday, March 26th Time: 10 AM Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Backyard Fruit and…

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April 2021

Practical Lawns with Dr. Chrissie Segars

April 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

  A patch of healthy green grass is the standard that many of our landscapes are held to, but can be challenging in the water-resource strapped Austin area. Join Dr. Chrissie Segars, Turfgrass Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for this webinar on having a practical lawn. Dr. Segars will share suggestions on what to plant and how to manage lawns to be more pest and disease resistant while maintaining water-efficiency. Click Here to Register Now, Live Program Has Limited…

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Termite ID

April 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Termite ID When: Apr 9, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This is a free event, you will not be asked for payment information.

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Termite Inspection and Management

April 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Termite Inspection and Management Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will share how to inspect and manage termites. Meeting Information Date: Friday, April 23rd, 2021 Time: 10 AM Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest…

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May 2021

What is gene drive and why should Texans care?

May 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Texas A&M University is conducting a webinar and focus group on Gene Drive. Time: May 7, 2021 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Central Time Topic: “What is gene drive and why should Texans care?” Presented by Micky Eubanks, PhD, Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology There is no pre-registration for this webinar. We invite you to take part in a focus group study after the webinar. For this focus group, we’re looking for adults (age 18 and over) to talk…

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Drought to Deluge: Water-Wise Ways with Kirk Walden

May 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us on May 25th to learn more about Water-Wise Ways. Central Texas weather swings wildly and general rules about when to start irrigating or how to water sometimes don't apply to Austin. Recurrent droughts and municipal water restrictions add to the challenge of designing water-wise landscapes that recognize water as a precious commodity. This program covers water-wise garden design principles and plant selection, as well as watering equipment and techniques that can keep a garden thriving despite hot, arid…

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June 2021

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Mosquitoes

June 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Join us for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Mosquitoes Meeting Information: When: Jun 4, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management

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Vegetable Gardening in Central Texas with Sheryl Williams

June 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free

Join us on June 15 to learn more about Vegetable Gardening in Central Texas. Photo courtesy Kerry Drake, Sunshine Community Gardens Growing your own food can be one of the most rewarding types of gardening activities you can do. It can be as equally frustrating when dealing with Central Texas soils, weather, water, and pest challenges. Join Travis County Master Gardener Sheryl Williams for this no-nonsense guide on how to succeed with your vegetable patch. Topics covered are How Much…

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Top 10 Summer Insects ID

June 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Lacebugs Join us for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Top 10 Summer Insects ID Meeting Information: When: Jun 25, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Garden Insects Field Guide Landscape IPM

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July 2021

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Beneficial Insects

July 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join Wizzie Brown for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Beneficial Insects Meeting Information: When: Jul 16, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Garden Insects Field Guide Landscape IPM

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August 2021

HOA Entrance Makeover with Jo Anne Hargraves

August 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Travis County Master Gardener Jo Anne Hargraves served as project manager for her RiverPlace HOA entrance makeover after a road improvement project destroyed the existing intersection. She coordinated the installation and development of the new entrance through cooperation between HOA, city services, state agencies and regulatory agencies for a project on private property. Jo Anne will share what she learned to help others who may be embarking on similar projects. You'll learn how she became involved, the scope of the…

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Flies: Identification & Management

August 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join Wizzie Brown for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Flies I've been getting many questions on various types of flies lately, so I figured a webinar on identification and management would be a good idea. Click on the link below to register for the webinar being held THIS FRIDAY. Meeting Information: When: Aug 6, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information…

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Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Common IPM Mistakes

August 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join Wizzie Brown for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Common IPM Mistakes Common IPM Mistakes Meeting Information: When: Aug 20, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Garden Insects Field Guide Landscape IPM

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September 2021

Epic Tomatoes from YOUR Garden with Craig LeHoullier

September 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$35.00
Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier

Craig LeHoullier invites you to buckle up and travel with him through his decades living amongst his passion, growing tomatoes, in his talk "Epic Tomatoes from YOUR Garden - some history, stories, and tips and tricks for success". Packed with photos from his various gardens, Craig will spend the first half talking about the tomatoes themselves, providing all you will need to plan your own successful tomato adventure. After a question break, Craig will return to share how to make…

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Home Fruit Production with Dr. Larry Stein

September 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free
Oriental Persimmons fruit cluster

Join us on September 14th from 10 am to noon to learn more about home fruit production. Dr. Larry Stein, Associate Department Head for Extension Horticulture from Texas A&M University will help you plan for and manage fruit in your landscape. Dr. Stein guides you to the types and varieties of fruit that grow successfully in Travis County, especially as it relates to the thin Edwards Plateau soils to the west and the heavy clay Blackland Prairies soils on the…

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November 2021

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar: Kissing bugs & their look-a-likes

November 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join Wizzie Brown for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Kissing bugs & their look-a-likes Kissing bugs & their look-a-likes Meeting Information: When: Nov 5, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Garden Insects Field Guide Landscape IPM

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December 2021

Backyard Bug Hunt: End of Year Q&A

December 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join Wizzie Brown for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt End of Year Q&A - You Ask, Wizzie Answers! Bring your insect/ arthropod questions! This webinar will rely on YOU asking Wizzie any insect questions that you have and Wizzie will do her best to answer them. Meeting Information: When: Dec 10, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The…

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January 2022

Backyard Bug Hunt: New Insects to Watch For

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join Wizzie Brown for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt: "New" Insects to Watch For Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys Stål Wizzie talks about insects that are considered invasive species. When: Jan 21, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management AgriLife Extension Entomology Texas Invasives

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February 2022

Backyard Bug Hunt: Insect Damage

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join Wizzie Brown for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt: Insect Damage Wizzie talks about types of insect damage. When: Feb 11, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management AgriLife Extension Entomology Texas Vegetable Garden Field Guide

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Backyard Bug Hunt: Pesticide Safety

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join Wizzie Brown for this week's Backyard Bug Hunt: Pesticide Safety When: Feb 25, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting Additional Resources Integrated Pest Management AgriLife Extension Entomology Texas Vegetable Garden Field Guide Pesticide Safety Education Resources

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April 2022

A Lawn for All Seasons with Dean Minchillo

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Lawn for All Seasons begins 2022 Program Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Travis County kicks off the 2022 educational series with A Lawn for All Seasons – Best Management Practices for a Healthy Happy Lawn. April 20th, 10 am to noon. Dean Minchillo, Extension Program Specialist with the Urban Water Team will provide tips on keeping a lawn healthy during drought or watering restrictions. The program will be presented utilizing a webinar format and interested parties are encouraged to register now. Dean…

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May 2022

Irrigation Smart Controllers with Charles Swanson

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Smart Controller Research by the Irrigation Technology Program Irrigation Smart Controllers Webinar May 11th As weather patterns can change from rainy to drought annually and seasonally in Texas, knowing when and how much to water your landscape can be a challenge. This webinar will breakdown the basics of irrigation scheduling and how technologies like smart controllers can be great tools for managing irrigation and conserving water. Charles L. Swanson, Extension Program Specialist II - Landscape Irrigation, is the webinar presenter.…

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