Blackland Prairie Chapter

  “Education, Restoration, Preservation”

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Prairie Partner 2020 Winter edition 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.


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)


2020 Monthly Meeting Topics

January 14: “Blackland Prairie Chapter Open House and 2020 Kickoff for Members”


February 11: “Deep Dive Class: How to Identify Key Birds Visually” –  Charles Meister.

Prior to the regularly scheduled February 11 meeting, from 6:30pm-7pm, Charles Meister (Birding enthusiast and fellow BPTMN member) will conduct a class on how to identify key birds via their distinctive visual characteristics. This class will be in the SRC building, and attendees will earn an additional 30 min AT.


February 11: “A Day in the Life of the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center” – Erich Neupert

7:00pm – Erich Neupert – “A Day in the Life of the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center” Erich has been interested in birds since he was eight years old. He studied birds with his grandmother, an experienced birder with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. Erich has been the Executive Director at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center since 2006. As Executive Director and the permitted rehabilitator, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the center from rehabilitation and education to fundraising and expanding the presence of BPRC to the public. The center receives an average 600 patients each year and is equipped to handle more than 1,000 per year in the future, making it one of the largest raptor rehabilitation centers in the country. In addition, with a dedicated group of more than 60 volunteers, BPRC presents more than 250 outreach and on-site raptor programs each year throughout Texas and Oklahoma.


Our Partner BPRC chapter page with additional information and links. 


Past Meeting Topics