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Dawson Neighborhood Should Adopt East Bouldin Creek

Calling For Volunteers!

East Bouldin Creek runs the full length of Dawson Neighborhood from Ben White Blvd to Oltorf, and beyond. While it creates obstacles for commuting and development, having this long band of greenspace is a blessing of wildlife habitat and tranquil, private spaces. Unfortunately, storm drains all along the way empty directly into it. Bouldin Creek needs constant care to keep it free of trash and blockage. Dawson Neighborhood is very proud of it’s lengthy portion of East Bouldin Creek, joining an annual Clean Sweep effort in selected sections of it.

Austin’s Keep Austin Beautiful organization, in partnership with the City of Austin Watershed Protection department, promotes healthy waterways by engaging citizens in the care of area creeks. They organize the annual Clean Sweep, and also promote a more comprehensive plan through the Adopt-a-Creek program.

Looking at Adopt-a-Creek’s map of adopted waterways, there is seen an enormous opportunity to step up our game and make a difference. About 10% of the length of E.Bouldin Creek which is within the ‘hood has been claimed – by nearby Bouldin Creek Neighborhood and the Colorado River Alliance. At this time, there appears to be no sponsorship by our own community!

Let’s stand together as a community and make a commitment NOW! By working together we can all make Dawson Neighborhood a better place to live.

We’ll form a team or teams to identify the most needed areas, and sign up to become their neighborhood custodians. KAB/Adopt-a-Creek will provide guidance, supplies, monitoring kits, and citywide recognition for our good deeds! See their website for full details.

Interested? Send your contact info to AdoptTheCreek@nullDawsonNeighborhood.Org, or comment on the neighborhood FB page:


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Grey Fox And Two Kits on Wadford

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July 11, 2016

Dawson Neighborhood may be sandwiched between 4 major streets, but it has a long creek, pond and a lot of green space to spare. This provides for a lot of wildlife like hawks, opossum, raccoons, and more.

This week, we’ve seen our gray fox momma bringing her kits out for sun and fun every afternoon. They’re out at night too, with their shining eyes reflecting light in the dark. We sometimes see a second adult, but he wasn’t around today.

Click the picture to see a gallery of the momma and one of the two kits (the other was out of sight behind the compost pile) scampering around just feet away from our door!

Please share this link to a Google Photos gallery with more pics, the fox lurking beside the compost pile, catching a rat, running along branches in our live oak tree and onto our roof, and the momma and her 2 kits trigger our motion light out back.

December Update: We first saw the two adults running together in early spring 2016. They would come out as early at 4:00 PM, and were up as late as 4:00 AM (per our security system) The male left at some point, and they were not to be seen for a few weeks. One adult, probably the mother, was then seen for a number of days, and then she brought her pups out. The pups feasted on snails and rats until they were almost as big as momma. They were seen running as a pair together without her sometimes.

Toward the end of summer, we stopped seeing the pups, and the momma was around a lot less. After the first cold snap in November, the momma vanished for over a week. Since then, A fox has been seen about twice a week, we don’t know which one, but our impression is that it is just passing through. We know of 2-3 places the foxes had been bedding down before, but those places are undisturbed now.

Keep Your Pets Indoors At Night!

There’s been a lot of sightings of “coyotes” lately, and cats are going missing. Nature favors the survival of the fittest, and our pampered pussycats (and small dogs) aren’t prepared to face the test. Bring them indoors before dusk, and if you have pet doors, bolt or block them off from inside. Wildlife can get indoors through them, as you know.

Wild animals thrive in the ‘hood because they’re finding plenty of food. They DO NOT need our help, so don’t leave pet food outside where they can get at it, and especially don’t deliberately feed them! They can easily become dependent on handouts, and they will be vulnerable to starvation if they get cut off. They will have lost the hunting skills they need to survive on their own!

Click here for the hawk gallery. Another wonderful wildlife sighting right in our backyard!

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Bouldin Creek Clean-Up 2016

Article Updated With Location Change!

March 30 Update: The link to the volunteer form is now at the bottom of this page!

AKA Clean Sweep 2016

“Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a city-wide service day spanning 130+ sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and resulting in over 29 tons of trash removed by 4,000 plus volunteer who contribute 8,700 combined service hours.”

Join Keep Austin Beautiful and your Dawson Neighbors for Clean Sweep – Austin’s annual city-wide service day on April 9th where over 4,000 volunteers join together on an ordinary Saturday morning to make an extraordinary difference.  Dawson neighbors will clean East Bouldin Creek from 9AM-11AM beginning at Alpine Pond (meet on Alpine St.).  Meet your neighbors while having fun and making a noticeable impact. Volunteer and when you sign-up, give us your T-shirt size! For questions contact Site Leader Marisa at

Trash bags and litter-grabbers are provided. Please wear light boots (there will be muddy banks and wet rocks). Wear long-legged pants and long-sleeved shirts with gloves to protect you from poison ivy. Some folks like to wear a small backpack to carry water and energy snacks.

“The network of cleanups is followed by a not-to-be-missed volunteer party featuring free t-shirts, lunch, live music, children’s environmental activities, recycled art, a unique object contest, door prizes, and more!”

After the cleanups, volunteers are invited to a FREE volunteer party, 11AM-1:30PM featuring live music, free lunch (vegetarian food available), door prizes, and performance by Animal Facts Club showcasing the Biodiversity of Texas.

This is a HUGE party for the volunteers held at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia Street. You’ll get a ticket at the door, so your ticket number may be called for a door prize throughout the afternoon – stay late! The prizes range from little things to expense-paid vacations!

Sign Up Online

Click “sign up” in the section below for “Bouldin Creek Cleanup”. If that section isn’t appearing in the box, click this link and scroll down to it (it’s not fully in alphabetical order). (more…)

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It’s My Park Day 2016 at Alpine Pond

Join Marisa Fushille and other neighbors between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM as we beautify Dawson Neighborhood at the Alpine Retention Pond. Parking is across from The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery and Crux Climbing Center at 121 Pickle Road, or on the 100 block of West Alpine Road.

Let’s take another step toward fulfilling the 20-year-old Dawson Neighborhood Plan to landscape the area with native plants. We have water, and we have ducks, and we hope to attract more native animals to call Dawson home. We will be picking up trash and pulling up weeds and other invasive species, so bring your gloves and tools!

Sign up at, or email


If you can’t make it to this event, keep Saturday, April 9 open between 9:00 and 11:00, when we return to Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood St. for Operation Clean Sweep to clean up Dawson’s section of East Bouldin Creek! Volunteers get a t-shirt and admission to the ginormous free BBQ party at Festival Beach in Town Lake Park!

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