City Nature Challenge 2022
April 29th thru May 2nd 2022
Fellow Chapter members and Master Naturalists, we are hosting the City Nature Challenge for our area in East Texas next year. This is a big project with opportunities for everyone to participate and acquire volunteer service hours in 2022. Stay informed by visiting our iNaturalist site for up-to-date information.
CONGRATULATIONS to all those who have recertified, initially certified, double certified and reached milestone levels of service in 2021!!! You deserve a hand!
Thanks to our outgoing Membership Director, Vickie Hoppis for compiling this list.
Class of 2017—Ilene Getzone who also earned double certification
Class of 2020—Allison Utley who also earned double certification, Holly Boyd, Nelson Jones, Polly Jones, Cynthia Siegel, & Kellie Phea
Class of 2021—Mim Hershey, Mark Edmund who also earned double certification, Terri Gerber, Dan Gerber, Donna Smith and Shanna Wilbanks
Annual Recertification for 2021:
Amy Cumbie, Wanda Rauscher, Karen Rueb-Hall, Paul Wick, Beverly Guthrie, Phil Guthrie, Quita Russell, Carl Strange, Dawn Bahr, Patty Gray, Vickie Hoppis, Ann Reynolds, Ray Rottman, Lindsey Smith, Dale Wade, Bobbie Williams, Pat Spradlin, Jamie Upson, Nan Bateman, Paul Bateman, Sara Emry-Arthur, Lance Homeniuk, Bob Lumpkins, Kari Steph, Sally Shroyer, Jason Pike ,Crystal Mann, Judi Braman, Caryn Vorsas, Jan Barth, & Becky Whisenant
Milestone Awards in 2021:
250 Hours—Patty Gray, Pat Spradlin, Bobbie Williams, Dale Wade and Bob Lumpkins
500 Hours—Vickie Hoppis, Karen Rueb-Hall, Paul Wick, Wanda Rauscher, Crystal Mann, & Ann Reynolds
Our Chapter has been hard at work despite the pandemic. State recognized that fact with the “Against All Odds” pins for 2020 and will again recognize those who have earned at least 1 VSH and attended 8 AT during the 2021 year. Most of our active members will receive that pin.
Meeting by the Numbers
• 695 total participants (480 virtual; 215 in person
• 106 speakers
• 128 sessions
• 15 field sessions
• 44 of 48 chapters represented
East Texas Chapter Attendance: 2 in person; 7 virtual
- 17 new members who have achieved initial certification.
- 7 double certifications
- 22 re-certifications
2020 Great Texas Birding Classic Final Results
Dispersed Flock – Adult Regional Big Day Tournament Prairies and Pineywoods East
1. A Deck of Cardinals Karen Rueb-Hall, Amy Cumbie, Patty Gray, Jason Pike, Kari Steph; Date: Oct. 25; Number of species: 48
2. Original Hooters Lindsey Smith, Dawn Bahr, Pat Loyd, Jamie Upson, Bobbie Williams; Date: Oct. 23; Number of species: 29
3. East Texas Wingers Judi Braman, Jeff Crocker, Cynthia Siegel; Date: Oct. 16; Number of species: 28
Time to Pay Your 2021 Dues
The dues for 2021 are unchanged at $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple.
Your dues support all Chapter activities, meetings and volunteer projects. Our dues are below those of almost all Texas chapters.
Because of the virus restraints on meetings early in 2021, please mail your dues to: ETCMN, P. O. Box 131184, Tyler, TX 75713-1184 – Attn: Treasurer