NEWSLETTER

 

 


 

        Right here at home – in the Hill Country!

 

 

 

 

October, 2005

 


 

 

HAYS MASTER NATURALISTS

 

President            Randy Moss

Vice President    Tom Watson

Secretary         Nancy Turner

Treasurer      Winifred Simon

Training Committee

                            Joe Piazza

Records Committee    

                         Judy Telford

State Advisory Board 

                        Walt Krudop

Editor           Richard Barnett                        Richb6986@aol.com

Webmaster       Dave Schwarz

Extension Agent   Bryan Davis         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALENDARR

                                                                                     

 

      October 1, Annual Pet Fair & St. Francis Blessing of Animals, St Mary’s Catholic

     Church,14711 RR 12, Wimberley. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. For information, please contact

     Karen Bartell at 512-894-0105 or email hulene1@austin.rr.com.

October 5 – 8: Springs and Things: Importance of Groundwater, Riparian Areas and Wetlands in a Changing Watershed. Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetlands Scientists, Texas State University campus, San Marcos.

 

     October 11, 2005 Class Meeting: Livestock on Small Acreage, Dr. Rick Machem,

                           Chapter 8; Agricultural and Wildlife Tax Valuation, KayBeth Williams

 

     October 12, BRIT Lecture Series at LBJ Wildflower Centre: King Cotton: The

    Revolutionary Fibre; Speaker:  Frank Wilson, Dallas Historical Soc. Reception at 6:30

     pm; lecture at 7:00 pm. For more information about the BRIT lectures, visit

     http://www.wildflower.org/?nd=3Dbrit

    October 16: Annual picnic at Vetter Park. More information about arrangements below.

 

October 21 to 23: Statewide Annual Meeting and Advanced Training at MO Ranch in Hunt, Texas. Information below.

      

     November 1, 2005 Class Meeting: Land Fragmentation, Dr. Neal Wilkins, Chapter 7;

     Land Stewardship & Sharing Your Knowledge Effectively, Sonny Arnold

 

     November 2, BRIT Lecture Series at LBJ Wildflower Centre: The Evil Influence of the

     Lazy Root: Social History Through the Potato's Eye; Speaker:  Larry Zuckerman,

      Ph.D., Historian and Author. Reception at 6:30 pm; lecture at 7:00 pm. For more

      Information about the BRIT lectures, visit http://www.wildflower.org/?nd=3Dbrit

 

     November 8, 2005 Class Graduation: Bryan Davis

    

     November 17-19, Statewide Conference on Non-native Invasive Species. LBJ Wildflower                    

     Center

 

     November 17. HCMN Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers. Location:

     Wimberley. Watch for more information about date, arrangements, and possible speaker.

 

     December. Annual party and presentation of awards.

     Watch for more information about date and arrangements.

     A second Christmas party for regional Master Naturalist Chapters is in the planning stage.       

     The organizers have proposed the Cibolo Nature Centre in Boerne as the location.

      Please watch for more information about date and arrangements.

 

 

 

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Annual Picnic at Vetter Park

 

 

 

Time for the third annual fall MN picnic at Vetter Park on the beautiful Blanco River just below Five Mile Dam.  Circle Sunday, Oct. 16th on your calendar right now. 

We will gather at the tables near the parking lot about 1:00pm for lunch, so bring a dish to share.  Plates, cups, flatware and iced tea will be provided.

The river is great for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, grass ID, or beachcombing, so plan on some play time before or after lunch.

Directions - Vetter Park is just down river from Five Mile Dam.

From San Marcos:  Go north on Post Road (140). Cross the river and take a left onto S. Old Stage Coach Road (136), going under the railroad tracks.  Vetter Park is the first parking lot on the left.

From IH35:  Take the Yarrington Road exit, and turn right on Yarrington Road.  Go left on Post Road (140) and right on S. Old Stage Coach Road (136).  Vetter Park is the first parking lot on the left.

From FM 150 (Wimberley, Driftwood, and points northwest):  Follow FM 150 toward Kyle.  At the 4 way stop of 150 and Jack C Hays Trl (2770) turn south onto N. Old Stage Coach Road (136).  When you pass the entrance to Dudley Park (Five Mile Dam) take the next right into the parking lot at Vetter Park.

 

 

 

 

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Advanced Training

 

 

 

 

 

Statewide Annual Meeting & Advanced Training

 

 

October 21 to 23 at MO Ranch in Hunt, Texas.

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Tentative Agenda

Friday, October 21, 2005

Lunch on your own

Tentative State Committee Meeting 10:30-12:30

12:30 Ann. Mtg. Volunteers orientation for Friday volunteers (MO Ranch Registration Lobby)

1:00 Arrival & Check-in begins (MO Ranch Registration Lobby)

1:00 Set up of chapter displays, scrapbooks, photo and art contest entries, Master Naturalist Store open

1:30-5:00 Advanced Training Session 1: Intro to Geo-Spatial Technologies

2:00 – 4:30 Other Concurrent Advanced Training Sessions

Session 2: Marketing & Identity for Master Naturalist Chapters

Session 3: Dealing with Difficult Situations & Customer Service in the Volunteer World

Session 4: Intro to Sounds of the Night (continues after supper)

Session 5: Overview of Developing a Chapter Non-profit Organization

4:30-5:00 Set up for social, chapter displays, photo, art and scrapbook contest entries

5:00 Social —with Chapter displays, annual slide show, photo, art, displays and scrapbook contests voting open

6:00-7:00 SUPPER

7:30- ? Continuation of Sounds of the Night—on-site field trip.

7:30 to 8:30 Concurrent Roundtable Discussions

RT 1: For Chapter Advisors

RT 2: Questions and Issues of New Chapters

RT 3: Organizing and Managing Training Classes

RT 4: Managing and Reconciling Chapter Treasuries

9:00 Voting ends for popular vote contests

9:00- ? Campfire sponsored by Galveston Bay Area Chapter

Saturday, October 22, 2005

7:30 – 8:30 BREAKFAST

8:00 Ann. Mtg. Volunteers orientation for Saturday volunteers (MO Ranch Registration Lobby)

8:00 – 9:00 Arrival & Check-in Desk open (MO Ranch Registration Lobby)

8:30 – 9:00 Load vans for off-site field trips, migrate to AT sessions

9:00 – 12:00 Concurrent Advanced Training Sessions

Session 1: Aquatic Ecosystems Crash Course (All Day)

Session 2: Los Rincones Natural Area Volunteer Service Project in Kerrville (All Day)

Session 3: Recreational Learning: Planning & Developing Interpretive Trail Projects (All Day)

Session 4: Oak Wilt ID, Biology and Control (All Day)

Session 5: Applications of GIS (All Day)

Session 6: Watershed Delineation & Management (Half Day)

Session 7: Is this a Wildscape?—Certifying Wildscape Properties (Half Day)

Session 8: Conserving Chimney Swifts: A Habitat Workshop for a Disappearing Species (Half Day)

Session 9: Because you never know…First Aid & CPR Training (Half Day, offered in AM only)

Session 10: Intro to the Texas Master Naturalist Database (Half Day, offered in PM only)

12:00 -1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 4:00 Half Day AT Sessions repeat or start and All Day AT sessions continue

4:00 – 5:00 Arrive back from AT sessions, set up Project Fair displays, free time, Master Naturalist store open

5:00- 6:00 Project Fair (Main Auditorium)

6:00- 7:00 SUPPER

7:30-8:30 Concurrent Roundtable Discussions

RT 1: Revisiting the TMN Bylaws Template

RT 2: Recruiting and Developing Chapter Leaders

RT 3: Vol. Service Guidelines & Chapters’ service approval processes

RT 4: Cultivating and Keeping Engaged Chapter Partners

9:00 Campfire sponsored by a chapter, free time, etc.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

7:00 AM Optional Birding

7:00 AM Optional Devotional/Reflection Time Sponsored by the Galveston Bay Area Chapter

7:30-8:30 President’s, Past President’s and Founders Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 BREAKFAST

8:00 Ann. Mtg. Volunteers orientation for Sunday volunteers (Main Auditorium)

8:30 – 8:45 Annual Slide Show (Main Auditorium)

8:45 – 9:45 Volunteer Awards and Annual Meeting Contest Awards Presentations

10:00-12:00 Concurrent Advanced Training Sessions

Session 1: Quail Monitoring with Morning Covey Call Counts

Session 2: Tree ID with a ‘KISS’

Session 3: WILD about Texas!

Session 4: Artistic Interpretation: Panel and Brochure Development

Session 5: Conducting Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Surveys

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 Pack up, head home

 

For registration forms and complete Annual Meeting information, please go to the TMN state website at http://masternaturalist.tamu.edu.

Early registration at a reduced rate is available until September 24, 2005, by fax, mail, or online. Late registration at a higher rate will be available online only from September 25 to October 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springs and Things

 

 

Springs and Things: Importance of Groundwater, Riparian Areas and Wetlands in a Changing Watershed: Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Society of Wetlands Scientists

 

Texas State University campus, San Marcos, Texas; October 5 - 8, 2005

Thursday, October 6: One day Wetland and Riparian Plant ID class. 20 person limit. This course will focus on the identification of vascular plant species (including grasses) with an emphasis on wetlands, riparian areas, and transition areas. David E. Lemke, PhD, Professor of Biology, Texas State University.

October 5 and 6: Two day Wetland Delineation, Ordinary High Water Marks, and GPS Mapping 101. 20 person limit. Introduction to wetland and waters delineation and GPS mapping. This is geared toward students and those unfamiliar with the delineation process. This workshop is designed to tie all the pieces together for a successful delineation. A course designed to provide basic information about identification and delineation of wetlands and other waters, and using GPS equipment to delineate boundaries. Scott W. Jecker CWB, PWS and Western Data Systems.

Thursday, October 6: Chapter Meeting
7:00 PM - Kickoff Social and Dinner: A good old fashion porch sitting and cookout at the house of the South Central Chapter Past President Scott Jecker. All drinks and food included with registration. Directions and map provided. RSVP required.

Friday, October 7
8:00 - 11:00 am” Plenary Session on Texas water issues.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Student Paper Competition and/or Technical Paper Sessions. 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own.
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Student Paper Competition and/or Technical Paper Sessions.  
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Tubing 101. The San Marcos River provides the perfect setting for a tube outing. This "class" gives participants a hands on experience on the in and outs of tubing. The weather should still be great and the take out spot will be at our social and dinner location.  Expect to pay a small fee for tube rental and a shuttle.
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Social and Dinner at the River Pub overlooking the San Marcos River. Dinner and Non-Alcohol beverages provided with registration.
Saturday, October 8
8:00 am - 11:00 pm: Student Paper Competition and/or Technical Paper Sessions. 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: South Central Chapter Business Meeting and Lunch: Student Paper Awards. Light lunch provided.

 Call for Abstracts for Technical Session
The South Central Chapter invites all wetland and water professionals to submit papers to be presented at the Fall Chapter meeting. In addition to papers that fit our Theme, we will accept papers on all aspects of wetland science. Please prepare a short abstract on your presentation and email your abstract in MSWord format to Jeff Raasch at jeff.raasch@tpwd.state.tx.us.  Abstract Deadline is September 9th! 

 

South Central Chapter Workshop & Meeting Registration
October 5-8, 2005, San Marcos, Texas

All non-members of the Society of Wetland Scientist who register for a workshop or the Chapter meeting receive an annual membership to the Society of Wetland Scientists, which includes the Society's Journal,Wetlands.  All non-members who register for a workshop and would also like to attend the Chapter meeting are eligible to attend the Chapter meeting at the member price.

REGISTRATION: Contact Sonny Arnold at mr-arnold@tamu.edu.
SWS Member: $85. Non-members: $185, Student members: $35
Student non-members: $70. Guest Ticket: $30 (includes Thursday and Friday Social/Dinner). 


 

First Statewide Conference on Invasive Plants

 

 

On November 17th and 18th, 2005, the Pulling Together Initiative will host the first statewide conference in Texas on non-native invasive plants. The conference will be held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

The first two days of the conference will be a professional level meeting including plenary, concurrent sessions, posters, and panels. The Professional Meeting is designed to serve scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies, local governments, and other professionals interested in invasive plant research and policy in Texas.

The third day of the conference, November 19, is devoted to Public Awareness and educational outreach and will be open to the general public.


Texas Master Naturalists are invited to participate in this Public Awareness session.  This should provide an excellent chance to learn the latest information regarding invasive species and the opportunities for organizations like ours to be involved. Members should check with Judy Telford for approval of advanced training hours for this activity.

Complete details are available at www.texasinvasives.org. 

 Conference Goals
Facilitate communication among the state's stakeholders who have a vested interest in non-native invasive plants;
Help develop a coordinated response to address non-native invasive plants on a statewide level;
Provide a venue for sharing information about prevention, early detection, control & management, restoration, and research; and
Raise public awareness of the problems posed by non-native invasive plants in the state of Texas.

Who Should Attend?
Land management specialists from local, state, and federal agencies, including municipal, regional, state and federal parks*
Environmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Native Plant Society, Audubon, Land Conservancies, Land Trusts, etc*
Restoration consulting firms both large and small*
Military establishments *
Researchers and students from State University systems and private colleges*
Companies servicing restoration and weed removal projects including equipment manufacturers, G.P.S. providers, herbicide producers, and landscape architects

 

 

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Chapter News

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work Day at Onion Creek

 

Once it was clear that Hurricane Rita would not approach the Hill Country, thirteen hale and hearty Master Naturalists gathered at the entrance on Highway 150 to the old Rutherford Ranch at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 24th, where we were met by Dr. Kevin Thuessen and Gail McGlamery of the Wildlands Conservation Division of Austin Utilities.  The Rutherford Ranch and other adjacent properties, located about one mile East of Hays City, were purchased by the City of Austin following a supporting bond election for the protection of water quality entering the Barton Creek zone of the Edwards Aquifer.

The objective for the day was to remove as much Ashe Juniper from the riparian area along Onion Creek, which flows through the Rutherford property. With this small number of eager Master Naturalists starting work with hand tools at 9 am and finishing at noon, approximately 2 acres along the Western flood plain were cleared of the invasive species.  Seedlings and trees less than 4 inches in diameter at 4 feet of trunk height were cut.  The felled trees were dragged to the slope just above the flood plain to prevent them from being swept away by minor flooding.  The day was cool until near noon and, while the work was tiring, all enjoyed a good workout (who needs a gym with events like this available?) and great camaraderie.  Both the WCD hosts and Master Naturalists were impressed with the amount of Juniper removed in this short span of time. 

Following the cedar felling, a few members departed to be with visiting evacuees from the hurricane.  The remaining group adjourned to the ranchhouse for a brown bag lunch and lengthy conversation with Dr. Thuessen and Miss McGalmery about their work with their work with the Balcones Canyonland Preservation and Water Quality Protection Lands programs.  Following lunch, Dr. Thuessen spoke to the group with a slide presentation on the topic of “Basics of Ecological Restoration”.    A tired but happy crew left for home shortly thereafter.

-- Tom Watson

 

 

 

Hays County Bird Checklist now available

 


Part of our chapter’s "Snapshot of Hays County" project, the Hays County Bird Checklist has been printed and is now available. 


The checklist is a must for anyone interested in the birds of our area and gives expected occurrence by season, nesting status, and a list of accidental sightings.  The list was compiled from previous lists for Wimberley, San Marcos, San Marcos Springs, and the banding records of the Driftwood Wildlife Association.  Nicely printed on card stock for
in-the-field use, the list will sell for 50¢ or $1.00 by mail (order from: Winifred Simon, P.O. Box 398, Wimberley, TX 78676).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 

 

Fall Vegetation Survey at LBJ

HCMN Project #406

It's that wonderful time of year again -- Fall Vegetation Survey at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center!  As always, VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED because the success of these surveys depends on YOU.  Our training sessions and surveys are an excellent way to learn local plants or, in case you already know your plants, these surveys hone ID skills. 

For those who have never participated, we offer training sessions that will provide plant ID tips, help you understand methodology, and give you a review of the research project for which these surveys are needed.   The 4-hour training sessions this fall are scheduled for September 29 thru October 2.  You only have to attend one session. 

The actual survey begins October 12 and will probably continue for 3 weeks.  The work schedule is Wednesday through Sunday.  There are no paid positions for participation in these surveys.  

We request an RSVP for the training session so we will know how many to plan for.  Sign up for work sessions will be done at the training session.  However, if you do not need to go through the training, please call or e-mail and let us know what sessions you would like to work.  Be sure we have your phone number so we will have a way to contact you about last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail me.
Jeannine Tinsley
Landscape Restoration Program, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX  78739-1702
(512) 292-4200   ext. 262, jtinsley@wildflower.org

 

 

 

 

Wildscape Garden, San Marcos Nature Center

HCMN Project # 405

 

The passion vines continue to support Gulf Fritillary butterflies, and Mexican milkweed and blue mistflower attract Queens, but Monarchs have not arrived. The variety of butterflies visiting our garden has increased somewhat, though it falls far short of 2004. You might as well blame the hot, dry weather. We have observed, however, an unusual number of white-phase female Orange Sulphurs, in addition to the normally-colored females.

If you have seeds, bulbs, hardy seedlings, or extra specimens of native annuals and perennials that need a home, we invite you to share them with the Wildscape Garden. Native plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds are doubly welcome. Gayfeathers, Indian paintbrush, standing cypress, Texas verbena, plains agalinis, zexmenia, blackfoot daisy, scarlet pea, palafoxia, dalea, slender vervain, phlox, blue-eyed grass, Herbertia, celestials, rain lily, copper lily, skeleton flower, Barbara buttons, prairie larkspur, skullcap, penstemon, ageratum, mistflower, or tansy, for example, please test them in the Wildscape Garden. If they can grow Texas bluebells at the old fish hatchery, we might as well try too.

The soil is a mixture of black clay and assorted stony scrapings from road shoulders, leavened with bits of modern and Indian artifacts. Much of it sits on a layer of asphalt paving or is leavened with lumps of asphalt paving. It’s not what you would choose for a rose garden, but bluebonnets don’t mind and other attractive native plants may flourish too and add colour throughout the year.

A prickly poppy or two would not be out of place, but we will have to think twice about bull nettles. We have enough trees, shrubs and sage, and more than enough lantana, ruellia, and pink evening primrose. Frogfruit and straggler daisies are also doing very nicely without encouragement.

 

 

 

 

 

Wimberley Visitor Center Flower Beds

HCMN Project 529

 

The Wimberley Visitor Center provides information about Wimberley and the Hill Country to visitors. The Center occupies an attractive modern building in Hill Country-style at 14100 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley, TX 78676, in front of the new Civic Center and The Refuge, Wimberley’s first bird sanctuary. Next door to the south stands the Wimberley-Winters House, the restored home of Wimberley pioneer families.

The Civic Center has gardens in front and behind that need regular watering, trimming and maintenance. HCMN Project Contact Linda Hoppes (l_hoppes@yahoo.com) plans to provide deer-resistant native plants that support beneficial wildlife. Linda also wants to install more birdhouses and butterfly houses. The grounds of the Civic Center, The Refuge, and the Wimberley-Winters House together offer several acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife. Much still needs cleanup and restoration elsewhere, but most of the dirty work lies in the past at the Civic Center grounds. 

The HCMN Executive Board approved this new project on August 4, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

CCC Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens

                 HCMN Project 527

 

The Campus Christian Community at 604 N Guadalupe provides services to students, faculty, and staff at Texas State University and is the meeting site for the San Marcos Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship. The building has some landscaping in the front, but it is not well maintained. In the gaps between existing plantings, we will fill the area with plants that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The back area is covered with St. Augustine grass.

 

Proposal:

Design and construct a butterfly & hummingbird garden with a meandering path.

Plant materials will be low-maintenance, natives.

Gather as much free compost, mulch, rocks, and plants as possible.

Maintain the garden.

Improve and enlarge as time and money are available.

 

The executive board of Hays County Master Naturalists has approved this new project. The HCMN contacts are Anne Allen, Barbara Jacobson, and Judy Telford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seed Collecting at Onion Creek

Welcome in the month of October with us by helping collect seed along picturesque Onion Creek in Hays County.  I am hoping to have 10 people join our staff in gathering seed for a grant project to propagate local stock for future restoration projects.
            If you have any questions or would like to sign up contact me and I will send those that sign up a map with directions to the property gate where we will meet.

Gail McGlamery - Environmental Conservation Information Specialist
Austin Water Utility - Wildland Conservation Division
(512) 263-6437 Pager: 802-8711 Fax: (512) 263-1276; gail.mcglamery@ci.austin.tx.us

Supporting the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and the Water Quality Protection Lands through education,volunteer and grant program coordination.

 

 

 

 

 

        Time to get ready for TPWD EXPO! 
              
 -- an easy way to get in those service hours!

Several Master Naturalist volunteers are needed to man the Master Naturalist display and Wildscapes tent at Wildlife EXPO this year.  Expo will be held October 1st and 2nd on the grounds of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Headquarters in Austin.  Volunteers are needed to help man the Master Naturalist display and surround the Wildscape and Wildlife Diversity tents. 

The actual event occurs Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to 5 PM each day.  Volunteers would answer questions about the Master Naturalist program and assist with other activities being conducted at the display.  The questions most often received are easy and range from:  What would I do as a Master Naturalist?  What does the training involve?  Where do I obtain Training?  How do I find a chapter near me? You already know the answers to all the questions.  What you don't know (the phone number or email to a particular chapter, for example) will be provided for you in hard copy format on-site along with Texas Master Naturalist Brochures.   You will also have time to walk around and see the event for yourself.

Available Shifts are as follows:
Saturday: Morning Shift:  7:30 AM to 12:30 Noon
               Afternoon Shift:  12:30 noon to 5:30 PM
Sunday:   Morning Shift:  7:30 AM to 12:30 Noon:
               Afternoon Shift: 12:30 noon to 5:30 PM

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Michelle Haggerty, mhaggerty@wfscgate.tamu.edu.  Working 8 hours at Expo gets you a free T-shirt

 

 

Volunteers Needed for TMN Annual Meeting

    Several volunteers are still needed to assist with the Statewide Meeting and Advanced Training coming up October 21 to 23.  Thank you to the dozens of you that already responded.  However, more volunteers as still needed.  This year's annual event will be held at MO Ranch in Hunt, TX.  Volunteer help needed includes:

Prior to and during the meeting:
*    Project Fair Coordinator(s)
*    Coordinator(s) of vendors for the Naturalists Store
*    Photo and Art Contest Coordinator(s)
*    Soliciting Door Prizes
*    Door Prize Coordinator(s)
*    Collecting Pictures/slides for the slide show
*    Welcome Packet/Goody Bag Coordinator (only before the meeting)
During the meeting:
*    Equipment Unload and set up Friday morning
*    Check-in and Registration Table
*    AV check in/out table
*    Room Hosts/Field Trip Hosts (If you want to absolutely guarantee your attendance at a particular Annual Meeting training/session then sign up to be a room host/field trip host!!!)
*    Social and Project Fair set-up
*    Coordinate Training Binders
*    Tear down and load up on Sunday afternoon

All Annual Meeting volunteers will receive a special gift and recognition at the Annual Meeting.  Please contact Michelle Hagerty at the State Office of the Texas Master Naturalist Program
mhaggerty@wfscgate.tamu.edu to sign up or to obtain more details as they become available. 

 

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State News

 

 

Texas Monarch Watch

 

Monarch Butterfly Migration Update September 23, 2005
The monarch migration picked up in the East last week. Butterflies passed at 296/hour in Cape May, NJ.

 

Monarch Watch Update, September 29, 2005

Last month I was excited about the coming migration. It looked to be a good one and all indications were that monarchs had recovered successfully from the low numbers seen since the end of the winter of 2004. To quote from the August Update "Last month [July] I predicted that the migration would result in an overwintering population in Mexico of 5-7 hectares (all monarch colonies combined). It now looks like the population could be even larger and may even exceed the long term average of 9 hectares - let's hope this is the case." Curiously, although we received numerous reports of large numbers of monarchs seen in August and many accounts of good numbers of eggs and larvae into September, the number of reports of substantial numbers (hundreds or thousands) of monarchs seen on the move or clustered in trees during the evenings have been relatively few. I'm not sure if the low number of sightings is significant or not. Perhaps the monarchs have been widely dispersed due to the relatively warm weather experienced in the Midwest for the first two weeks of September. ...


Read the full text of this article at http://www.MonarchWatch.org/update/2005/0929.html#1  
-- by Chip Taylor, edited by Jim Lovett and Sarah Schmidt, and published by Jim Lovett in Monarch Watch Update, August 30, 2005. http://www.MonarchWatch.org.

 

 

 

 NEXT YEAR’S (2006) TMN ANNUAL MEETING

Next year's annual meeting has the possibility of being held in a different area of the state with your help in locating a suitable facility to meet all of our needs! 

If an individual or a local chapter is aware of a facility where we could hold the 2006 (or any following years) Annual Meeting and you are willing to help with the local arrangements please contact the state office.  Please keep in mind that the best facilities include a meals and lodging plan and adequate meeting space for all of our meeting events at a reasonable cost. 

Our Annual Meetings on average have an attendance of about 200 people.  Many of our training sessions have a need for quick and easy access to outdoor learning areas and/or natural areas. Hotels are not ruled out, but they typically are costly and/or don't have the outdoor learning areas our group needs.  We will need to hold the annual meeting on one of the last two weekends in October as usual.  If our searches end up futile for a new location in 2006, then we will plan on meeting again at MO Ranch, where we currently have a standing contract.

Please contact Michelle Haggerty at the State Office of the Texas Master Naturalist Program, mhaggerty@wfscgate.tamu.edu.  


 

 

HERE WE GROW AGAIN!
The Brazos Valley Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program--serving the greater Bryan-College Station areas-- held their first training as a new chapter on September 15th. 

The Tierra Grande Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program held their first training as a new chapter in August.

Please welcome these new chapters and volunteers to our program!


 

 

 

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Resources

 

 

Master Watershed Stewards Advanced Training

and Volunteer Projects Coming!

 

The Watershed Stewards Program is in the process of developing a pilot program for the Wharton-Victoria areas next year, with plans to extend this program statewide.  This new program would be an excellent Advanced Training opportunity for Texas Master Naturalists to earn Advanced Training credit.  Likewise, any associated volunteer projects would also be eligible for Texas Master Naturalist volunteer service credit as long as the project is pre-approved by the local chapter. 

For more information on the new Watershed Stewards program contact Michelle Haggerty, mhaggerty@wfscgate.tamu.edu, or John O'Connell,  joconnell@tamu.edu. 

AQUAPLANT web site reconstructed at
http://aquaplant.tamu.edu. 
This site includes new plants and new herbicides, revised descriptions, and lots of photos.
 

 

 

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Links to Chapter Sponsors and Partners

 

 

Sponsors

Texas Master Naturalist - State Website - masternaturalist.tamu.edu
Texas Cooperative Extension – agextension.tamu.edu/
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

Partners

Bamberger Ranch --  http://www.bambergerranch.org/workshops.htm                    

LBJ Wildflower Center  -- www.wildflower.org                                                                 

Native Plant Society of Texas – www.npsot.org/
Texas Cooperative Extension – Sea Grant Program – texas-sea-grant.tamu.edu/
Texas Forest Service – txforestservice.tamu.edu/
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – www.usace.army.mil/
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – www.fws.gov/
U.S.D.A. Natural Resource Conservation Service – .nrcs.usda.gov/

 

 

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