Welcome – Indian Trail Master Naturalist – Ellis and Navarro Counties

 


Monthly Meetings and Programs

Monday – March 27, 2017

“OUR NATIVE BEES”

 

Location: First United Methodist Church

505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX

Family Life Center – Gathering Room

  • 6:00 PM – Business Meeting
  • 7:00 PM – Program by Carolyn Gritzmaker, certified Texas Master Naturalist and Charter Member of the Indian Trail Chapter

Carolyn Gritzmaker is a charter member of the Indian Trail Chapter and a certified Texas Master Naturalist.  She has been interested in insects all her life and has recently turned her interest to the study of our native bees. Impressed by the variety of native bees attracted to the Butterfly Garden at Mockingbird Nature Park, in the fall of 2015 Carolyn Gritzmaker decided to turn her vegetable garden into a native wildflower garden.  The following spring brought to the yard a riot of wildflowers (yes, really) and an almost unbelievable number and variety of native bees.

Carolyn will present an overview of the native bees found in our area, featuring photographs taken in her garden and elsewhere in Ellis County over the past two years, and will share information on the different species.


Monday – April 24, 2017

“Forest Types of North Central Texas ”

Location: First United Methodist Church

505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX

Family Life Center – Gathering Room

Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist

  • 6:00 PM – Business Meeting
  • 7:00 PM – Program by Suzanne Tuttle – Plant Ecologist at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (retired)

Suzanne Tuttle is a plant ecologist who recently retired after a 23 year career at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UT Arlington and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Horticulture from Tarrant County Junior College (now TCC). She is currently serving on the Boards of Directors for the Native Plant Society of Texas, the Fort Worth Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute located in Fort Davis, TX.

Suzanne’s presentation, “Forest Types of North Central Texas”, will cover the Eastern and Western Cross Timbers, forested riparian areas of the Blackland and Fort Worth Prairies and Urban Forests.


Nature Treasures in Ellis County

Mockingbird Nature Park and Kachina Prairie