The Indian Trail Chapter, serving Ellis and Navarro Counties was the 41st Master Naturalist Chapter in Texas to be established.
In November 2010, 23 members completed the first training program. The trainees were full of enthusiasm and fervor for nature. The members couldn’t wait to get out there, to share their excitement and to positively impact our environment.
We started by writing weekly articles for the local newspaper and by offering a free monthly program for the public on such diverse topics as Wildlife Tax Exemptions, Urban Wildscapes, Wildflowers, Invasive Plants and the Loss of Pollinators. Each and every program has been incredibly informative but we were mostly just sitting through them. We needed to get up and out there in nature, to get our hands dirty and we found plenty of opportunities to do just that.
Monthly Meetings and Programs
Monday – June 27, 2016
Backyard Birding & Apps
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 Katie Christman & Sharon Lane – Birding Enthusiasts and Texas Master Naturalists
Turn on your phone and explore the wonderful world of birds! Advanced technology has introduced us to apps and resources to support our bird watching habits. Katie and Sharon will help us explore and examine the technology (both cellular and not) within the birding community.
Katie Christman, a native of upstate NY, is an education specialist with Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill. Katie holds a B.A in Environmental Studies, Native American Studies and Biology, and a M.S. in Environmental Education, and is a certified Master Birder as well as Master Naturalist.
Sharon Lane, a native Texan and a retired web/computer trainer and designer, is a Master Naturalist and Master Birder, and practices her birding passions on her ranch in Navarro County, where the ranch’s main goal is habitat restoration for quail, native grassland birds as well as other native flora and fauna.