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AT – Blackland Prairie Chapter Meeting

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

BPTMN Chapter Meeting   January 10   HYBRID MEETING (In-person + Online)

Hi Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists!

The next BPTMN Chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, JANUARY 10, 2023.  At this meeting, instead of one speaker, we have four! At the final Class of 2022 meeting, 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. Four members have agreed to reprise their presentations at our January chapter meeting.

This will be a HYBRID meeting.

Members will be able to attend this chapter meeting in one of two ways:

  • In-person at the Heard Museum Science Resource Center (SRC) or
  • Online via Zoom (Register below)

Meeting Reminders 

  • Be sure to wear your name tag!
  • Coffee and tea will be available.  Please bring your own cup!  Let’s do our part to reduce waste!
  • Masks are optional for in-person attendees.  Hand sanitizer will be provided.

Program:  Blackland Prairie Chapter Meeting – January 2023

Date:  Tuesday, January 10, 2023


  • SRC Doors will open at 6:00
  • Zoom meeting waiting room will open at 6:45 PM
  • Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM

Naturalist Talk Speakers/Topics:   

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.

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.

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.

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.

Physical Meeting Location:  Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX 75069, Science Resource Center (SRC) building

Directions to SRC:  Drive through Heard gates; go past parking lot and museum building; continue until the road ends at the large white SRC building.   

Online Zoom Meeting Registration:

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This meeting will be recorded and posted on the BPTMN Vimeo page – https://vimeo.com/bptmn

Online Meeting Hosts: Linda Nixon – lindan@bptmn.org 

Logging AT:  The monthly meeting presentation will offer members the opportunity to earn 1-hour of AT. Log as AT: BPTMN Chapter Monthly Meeting Only (1 hour) with presentation description: “Class of 2022 Presentations.”

Other Information: 

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January 10
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Rick Travis