april, 2017

06apr12:00 pm1:00 pmAustin - Seeing Stars: The Importance of Dark Skies

Event Details

Seeing Stars: The Importance of Dark Skies

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Karen McGraw
A meeting of Friends of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve

Bring a bag lunch and hear about the importance of preserving dark skies!

Thursday, April 6, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Travis County Administration Building
700 Lavaca, 1st Floor, Multi-function Room C, Austin, TX

Almost every living thing on our planet uses the cycle of light and dark to trigger life processes. Humans have come to depend on artificial light for nighttime activities. But, do we understand how artificial light at night affects fauna, flora, and even our own health? This presentation is a peek into our natural world after dark and the effect that artificial light has on it. Come learn about how artificial lighting affects life, and outdoor lighting practices that let us have the light we need while saving energy, reducing glare, and limiting negative consequences on the environment. Participants will receive a handout with drawings of recommended light fixtures.

Dr. Karen McGraw is a Texas Master Naturalist, a member of the International Dark Skies Association, and a native gardener and herbalist. Her parents report that her first 2-syllable word was “outside,” and that is still where she prefers being today. Professionally, she is the president of Silver Bear Group, a business and consulting firm in Bee Cave. Karen facilitates workshops on topics ranging from organizational improvement and change management, to naturalist topics such as Texas’ dark skies initiatives and creating Monarch waystations.


(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm