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(AT) Blackland Prairie Chapter Meeting

April 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hi Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists!

As you know, the next BPTMN Chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Our speaker Carol Clark has provided three (3) handouts for both those attending the meeting in-person as well as those participating online via Zoom.

The following documents are attached to this POST.  CLICK HERE

  • Glossary of Leaf Shapes
  • Leaf Configurations & Shapes
  • Botanical Online Resources 2020

In addition, Carol has a special request for all those attending in-person:

I’d like people to bring a small branch of something that isn’t Poison Ivy with them, with a few leaves attached. 

Here is the rest of the original email message in case you need it:

This will be a HYBRID meeting.

Members will be able to attend the April 12th chapter meeting in one of two ways:

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

Meeting Reminders:

  • Be sure to wear your name tag! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other!
  • Coffee and tea will be available. Please bring your own cup!  Let’s do our part to reduce waste!
  • Texas Master Naturalist volunteers are encouraged to evaluate their own comfort, risk, health, and safety when considering meetings and volunteer service opportunities. If you are in a vulnerable or ‘high risk’ category, you can participate in our online meeting via Zoom. For in-person attendees masks are optional.  Hand sanitizer will be provided.

Program:  Blackland Prairie Chapter Meeting – April 2022

Date:  Tuesday, April 12, 2022


  • SRC Doors will open at 6:30 PM
  • Zoom meeting waiting room will open at 6:45 PM
  • Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM

Naturalist Talk Speaker:  Carol Clark, Skilled Amateur Botanist, BPTMN Class of 2010

Topic:   Botany Skills for Naturalists: Learning to Really See the Plants Around You

Description:  Do you visit the woods or a prairie and just see undifferentiated blobs of green? Maybe it all looks pleasant, but you don’t really see individual plants. You aren’t alone! Lots of people experience plants that way. Maybe you already have observation skills and can even see the differences between different birds, or lizards, or model years of cars, but everything leafy looks the same to you. Knowing which plants are present can influence purchases, management plans, restoration plans, and biological survey efforts. Because the plants present influence the insects present and every other part of the food web, it’s really helpful for a naturalist to start seeing plants as individuals with their own needs and stories.

Carol is an amateur botany enthusiast, a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas and a member of the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists. Carol grew up with a nature photographer father and wildlife artist brother and has spent much of her life looking around in the great outdoors. Her favorite things to do are leading discovery walks in local natural areas and finding and photographing interesting plants.

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 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 Host: 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: “Carol Clark-Botany Skills for Naturalists.”

Other Information:

Get steps to download ZOOM on your computer:


Linda Nixon
BPTMN Communications Director


April 12, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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