803, Art C, DMcB, Jim Mille's Rain Gauge, John Kuth's Rain Gauge, Tom
HCMNs Tom Watson and Joseph Rogers (2015 class) collecting seeds on the Water Quality Lands.
Volunteers on the Mary Kay Maxwell property on W. Slaughter in Austin after seed collection.
Discovery Center Work
The picture from the Discovery Center is of Margaret Collins and Patty Duhon from this year’s Fox class weeding and mulching the rose bed.
All warm blooded animal have E.coli in their guts.
This is the CoCoRaHS login screen, after you open the APP.
This is the screen you see if you have more than one approved location.
This is the Data Entry screen you will use most days. This is for a single day observation. There is also a different screen for entering a multi-day observation (entered the first day you return from being out of town)
This is a screen showing your Daily Logging history. There is a separate screen that shows the history of multi-day observations.
Jim Miller’s Rain Gauge
John Kluth’s Rain Gauge - Hays Co.
John Kuth’s Rain Gauge in Houston
Dick McBride’s Rain Guage
Tom Jones’ Rain Gauge-Wimberley
Sarah Carlisle Rain Gauge-Wimberley
Winter Woodies Walk
In January, Hays County Master Naturalist Tom Watson lead several Winter Woodies Walks along the Slaughter Creek Trail on the Water Quality Protection Land’s Mary Gay Maxwell Management Unit including the one on January 7th pictured above. If conditions are favorable, the trail at 9909 1/2 FM 1826 is open to the public. Great place to stop for a hike if your trip into Austin takes you that way. Check if the trail is open by going to https://www.facebook.com/slaughtercreektrail/. Photo by Christine Middleton.
May Cover Photo by Tom Hausler
I learned that I could design and write a newsletter. Before I asked Anne to consider me for the newsletter position, I designed a draft newsletter to confirm to myself I could actually do it. It included many of the key sections in use today. I researched MN newsletters from Texas and across the USA. This proved to be incredibly useful after I accepted the Newsletter position. It gave me the ability to publish the first Newsletter in only 5 days to meet the February deadline.
June Cover Photo by Betsy Cross
I learned that the Newsletter would have never evolved into what it is today without a 2-person collaborative team. Last January when Anne Child called for volunteers to take over the Chapter Newsletter, Betsy and I responded. We both cautioned Anne that we were not sure if we could fit this project into our busy schedules. After meeting with Hope Shimek, I decided to accept the lead and Betsy agreed to support. From the start, Betsy did much more than support, she became a Co-editor. A 2-person team benefits from different viewpoints, interests and perspectives, making a better Newsletter.
July Cover Photo by Betsy Cross
I learned that getting HCMN Board approval for an online newsletter was harder than I expected. Betsy and I discussed a web-based newsletter in April 2018 less than 3 months following our first edition. Within days we started communicating with individual Board members. A month later I created a draft online newsletter and demonstrated it to the Board. It would still take over 4 months before we gained approval and our first online version was published in October. The Board assigned us some difficult challenges. I was asked to build a new Chapter website and set up a new email provider while continuing to publish the Newsletter. These tasks were completed prior to publishing our first online edition in October..
August Cover Photo by Betsy Crosss
I learned that the Meet You Master Naturalist Bio’s are the Chapter’s most popular section. It is mine also. I am always amazed at the Member’s interests and things they have done. I look back and remember the Bio’s for the October 2018 Newsletter with Roxana Donegan and Eva Frost. Roxana identified her favorite bird as chicken and right below was Eva Frost’s bio photo with her holding a rooster. I know that Betsy and I both had a laugh about it. What a unique and wonderful Chapter we have in Hays County.
September Cover Photo by Betsy Cross
I learned that Betsy’s idea to add a cover page with an interesting photograph was a game changer. We considered going to a new cover page design in the May 2018 edition to be a bold step and were worried if the Board would approve. We knew that using Tom Hausler’s Golden-cheeked warbler image was perfect for our initial cover page. Both of us were grateful when Tom Hausler gave his approval and the Board loved the idea. And so, did the Chapter.
Art Crowe Rain Gauge-West Hays Co.
Mary Egan Rain Gauge-Niederwald, TX
Brad Janowski rain gauge - Located ~3 miles east of downtown Dripping Springs
Eva Frost Rain Gauge - Henley
THE HAYS HUMM
HCMN NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019
TOM JONES & BETSY CROSS
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Larry Calvert Rain Gauge - 4.5 miles east of Wimberley.