William L. “Bill” Lindemann will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, February 21 at the San Saba Bird & Nature Club meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at the San Saba Civic Center. Bill was born on October 12, 1937, in Gonzales County, Texas. He graduated Gonzales High School in 1955 before leaving for the University of Texas where he graduated (BS-60, MA-63) in geology. Bill has been married for 50 years and has two children and three grandchildren.Bill worked for 32 years with Exxon as an Exploration Geologist. He explored for Oil and Gas, Uranium, Coal, Synthetic Fuels, and Copper while living in Australia for three years and working extensively in Indonesia, Thailand, China and other Far East countries. He retired in 1994 to Fredericksburg, Texas.Bill has written a weekly birding column in the Fredericks-burg Standard Radio-Post and the Kerrville Daily Times since 1997. He currently is only writing for the Kerrville Daily Times. He is the Former President of the Native Plant Society of Texas (2001 and 2006). He was awarded the Nancy Benedict Memorial Award by the Native Plant Society of Texas (10/03) for an act of Conservation/Public Service for establishing the Fredericksburg Nature Center and the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center organization.Bill was awarded the Benny J. Simpson Fellows Award by the Native Plant Society of Texas (10/06) for service by a member for the enrichment of the society. He served as President of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center (FFNC currently operating nature trails in Lady Bird Johnson City Park, Fredericksburg). He was also President of the Hill Country Land Trust.Bill also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hill Country Historical Foundation. He received a “Star of Texas” award by the Gillespie County Historical Society in 2006 for his work in creating the Fredericksburg Nature Center and for the preservation of the natural and historical heritage of the Texas Hill Country.Bill is co-chair of the “Wings Over the Hills” nature festival committee. He is a frequent speaker in the Hill Country on natural history subjects to schools, garden clubs, professional and service organizations, along with teaching classes on birding and nature at nature centers and adult education schools.Bill’s current passion is promoting historical and natural preservation in the Texas Hill Country through education, outreach and example. His topic for Tuesday night’s talk will be “The Nature of the Texas Hill Country”. This presentation will explore the evolution of the Texas Hill Country region beginning over a billion and one-half years ago to the present. What is so special about this region? In addition to the geological history, the talk will cover the past and present inhabitants, the changes that have occurred since settlement, and what the future might hold. The Edwards Plateau, which includes the Hill Country, is one of the most diverse biological regions on the planet. Although it covers only 17 per cent of the state, more than 40 per cent of the flora and 60 per cent of the birds are found here. Over 100 million bats call the Hill Country home during the summer months. Very colorful insects, including butterflies and dragonflies also call this region home. The presentation will conclude with a brief discussion regarding stewardship of our land and natural resources.Bill is a man of myriad interests and a fun speaker. Hope to see you Tuesday evening at the San Saba Civic Center!