Lisa Travis, 2018
For January, instead of one speaker, we have four! For our final class in 2022, Members-in-training had the opportunity to present a five-to-ten-minute “Ted Talk” on any topic from the Texas Master Naturalist curriculum. Sixteen members presented on a wide variety of topics, and each did an excellent job. Everyone in attendance agreed that it was a huge success. Four members have agreed to reprise their presentations for the chapter.
Jenny Perez: “Ecopsychology”
Jennifer has lived in Allen since 2014. She is a wife and a mother to four young men. She is an educator who is currently teaching 8th grade science at Willow Springs Middle School in the Lovejoy school district. In addition to teaching, she leads the garden club where she maintains four pollinator beds and 6 raised garden beds. She loves being outdoors, learning new things, exercising, reading and cooking.
Sam Crowe: “Birding Potpourri”
Sam is a native North Texan. He grew up in Irving and as a kid roamed the Trinity River bottoms fishing, shooting and exploring. He has a BS in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. His botany professor is responsible for Sam’s interest in birds. His early business career provided the opportunity for extensive international travel, binoculars always in the bag.
Sam previously worked at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. More recently he published the Birdzilla.com Photographic Guide to the Birds of North America. He is currently working for a start-ip company involved in water conservation.
Chris Ulch: “Native Tribes of North Central Texas”
Chris is a 5th generation Collin County resident, happily married to his best friend, and proud father of three. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in History and has spent the last 25 years in the insurance industry. He is passionate about nature and the outdoors, and spends his free time hiking, camping, and mountain biking. He recently became a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation and hopes to one day transition from the corporate world and become an interpretive guide.
Steve Franks: “Prisms, Pigments, and Butterfly Wings”
Steve is a retired geologist living in McKinney. He has a Ph.D. in Geology from Case Western Reserve University and is a TMN graduate of the class of 2022. He enjoys volunteering at the Heard Paleontology Lab, pinning butterflies at the Heard, and almost any kind of outdoor volunteering activities.