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(AT) Blackland Prairie Chapter Meeting

May 11, 2021 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

The BPTMN May 2021 Chapter meeting will be held online this month using the ZOOM Application.  Our guest speaker will be Laurie Sheppard, BPTMN member Class of 2017. Through her volunteer work at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, she has developed a deep understanding and appreciation for the migration stories of birds that pass-through Collin and Grayson Counties in North Texas.


NOTE:  The Zoom call will begin at 6:45 PM with an optional “happy hour” to allow members to chat.   The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.




Program:  Blackland Prairie Chapter May 2021 Monthly Meeting


Date:  Tuesday, May 11, 2021


Time:  6:45pm-9:00pm


Happy Hour 6:45-7:00 (optional social time for member chat)

Business Meeting 7:00-8:00 (normally lasts 30 minutes)

Naturalist Talk 8:00-9:00 (begins immediately after business meeting)


Naturalist Talk Speaker | Topic:  Laurie Sheppard | “Migrating Birds of Collin and Grayson County”




At least 615 bird species have been documented in Texas and more than half of those are migratory. Many of them migrate to or through Grayson and Collin Counties. This presentation will provide some insights into why birds migrate, what strategies they use, and when we might see them in our area. Each individual species’ migration story is different. Based on eBird data, we will explore examples of what that looks like for species seen every year at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and other Grayson County sites. These same species can also be found at locations in and around Collin County.


Laurie Sheppard is a member of the Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter (class of 2017) and is a long-time member of and volunteer with the Friends of Hagerman NWR. From the time she was a Girl Scout in her native Massachusetts, she has had a love for the natural world and the amazing creatures within it, especially birds and butterflies. She also enjoys research, writing, and photography, which she uses to share information about the refuge’s inhabitants with the general public by creating visitor handouts and articles for the Friends’ monthly publication, The Featherless Flyer.


Meeting Platform:  Zoom Application


Join Meeting Instructions:   


  1. Meeting ID and password will be sent to all BPTMN members via email on Monday, May 10.
  2. The Zoom meeting “waiting room” will open at 6:40 pm. NEW! We have increased the maximum number of attendees allowed for Zoom meetings to 500!  So, feel free to invite your friends!
  3. If you do not have the ZOOM application on your computer or mobile device, you will need to download it prior to the June meeting. (I recommend doing this at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting!)  See ‘Other Information’ below a link to instructions for downloading ZOOM.


BPTMN Meeting Co-Hosts:  Linda Nixon – lindan@bptmn.org & Susan Abernethy – susanabernethy@yahoo.com.


Logging AT:  The monthly meeting speaker 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: Migratory Birds-Laurie Sheppard.  


Other Information: 


Get steps to download ZOOM on your computer:



May 11, 2021
6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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1 Nature Place
McKinney, 75069


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