Blackland Prairie Chapter

  “Education, Restoration, Preservation”

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2019 Fall Newsletter Now Available!


KERA’s Miguel Perez report on the BPTMN class of 2019.
“North Texas Ecology Course Creates
A Team Of Master Naturalists”


The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist program is:

To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership between the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and other local partners.


Become a Texas Master Naturalist


The Blackland Prairie Chapter appreciates your interest in the Texas Master Naturalist Program. We are primarily focused on Collin and Hunt Counties.


Join our Chapter


Completion of our training program is required to become a Texas Master Naturalist.  Applications for the 2020 training class will be accepted later this Fall. Please check back on November 1st.


Please consider attending Chapter meetings as a guest. It’s a wonderful way to meet our members, learn about the projects they’re involved in, and to enjoy interesting presentations from knowledgeable speakers. We look forward to your continued interest.


Chapter Meetings

2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Heard Museum Science Center in McKinney
(Links to Directions & Map for the Heard Museum below)


The Heard Natural Science Museum
Science Resource Center Building (SRC)
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069
Directions to Museum

Directions from the Heard Entrance to the Science Resource Center (SRC):
Stay on the drive, go past the main parking area, the museum building and maintenance area, continue to follow the curve, once on top of the hill, there are multiple areas to park in the circle drive or to the right. The SRC Bldg is on the North Side of these parking areas.
Click to view the Heard Museum Guide Map to locate the  “SRC Bldg”
(The SRC Bldg is in the middle of pg 1 and top of pg 2 of the Heard Museum Guide)


2019 Monthly Meeting Topics

October 8: Deep Dive Class “Skills for Learning to ID Birds by Ear.”  –  Jean Suplick
Prior to the regularly scheduled October 8 meeting, from 6:30pm-7pm, Jean Suplick (BPTMN member and Chapter Education Director) will teach how to identify birds based on their vocalizations. Learning how to ID birds based on their songs and calls may seem daunting at first, but with a methodical approach and a set of skills for focusing your listening, you can start building your repertoire one bird species at a time. This class will be in the SRC building, and attendees will earn an additional 30 min AT (If you attend the Deep Dive session, be sure to enter the AT separately under “Other Approved Training”).

October 8: “How to Discover a New Planet” – Dr. David Baker
Dr. David Baker explores extreme stuff on Earth and other planets. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master’s and Ph.D. from UCLA in Geophysics and Space Physics. Dr. Baker later worked as a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center investigating extreme precipitation events on Earth. He currently serves as Chair and Professor of Physics at Austin College in Sherman, Texas and is the Director of the Adams Observatory, which houses the largest research telescope in north Texas.
Dr. Baker has been honored as Texas Professor of the Year by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, named a “Global Hero in Education” by Microsoft’s Partners in Learning, listed as one of the Best 300 Professors by Princeton Review, and awarded “Most Creative Teachers in the South” by Oxford American magazine.
His award-winning book The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System has been published in English, German, Korean, and Japanese.


November 12: “Frisco Wetlands Environmental Restoration Project: Signs of Success” – Lynde Dodd and Jim Frisinger
Lynde Dodd is a Research Biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center.  Her work includes researching invasion and restoration ecology, invasive species management, and aquatic ecosystem restoration with an emphasis in native aquatic and riparian species suitability and restoration implementation techniques.
Jim Frisinger was a longtime daily DFW newspaper journalist who recently retired as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public affairs specialist. He administers and contributes to iNaturalist Project sites that cover Army Corps ecosystem restoration sites in Frisco, Dallas and Laredo and volunteers at the Southwest Nature Preserve near his Arlington home.


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