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The Green Team at work

It is well known that our Chapter has several on-going opportunities where volunteers pick up plastic waste on land and in water.  The Green Team is a GBAC committee who wanted to take plastic elimination a step further by investigating how we can reduce and eliminate single use plastics at our meetings. In a short time this committee has implemented several ideas. Eliminate as much plastic as possible from the 2019 class items.  Melamine plates are being replaced with Corelle which was seen as the safest alternative with… Read More →

Jim Duron reaches 20,000 volunteer service hours

Congratulations to our newest 20,000 volunteer service hour chapter member – Jim Duron. One of the greatest gifts we can give to our community and future stewards is sharing our passion and time. Jim’s love and dedication to the prairie and our VMS (Volunteer Management System) have made a difference.

December year-end celebration

The December year-end meeting on December 6th will be held at Walter Hall Park; social begins at 6:15 pm.  There will be fun, awards,  elections of next years officers, and of course food and fellowship! As a special treat, the entree (BBQ) will be provided, members are encouraged to bring their favorite side dish or dessert as well as their reusable plates, cups and utensils. Walter Hall park is located at 807 SH 3 N, League City, TX 77573  

2019 Training Class Information

The Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalist 2019 Training Class is scheduled to begin February 21, 2019 and end May 9, 2019. Classes are on Thursday from 9am-3pm.  If you are interested, contact Julie Massey at 281-309-5063 or email Julie.massey@ag.tamu.ed. Julie will add your name to the list to receive an application for the class. A meet & greet will be held at the AgriLife Extension Office (4102 B Main Street, FM 519) on November 15, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am.

Our Plastic Pollution Fight Continues – The Great Fishing Line Adventure

In August, our chapter launched a new project addressing plastic pollution.  The project is called The Great Fishing Line Adventures and has over 40 chapter members participating.  During the first 30 days, the team inventoried the Galveston area to locate any and all monofilament (used fishing line) tubes.  A current map of the known tubes only showed 14 in our area.  Our team’s investigation discovered over 94 tubes and has created a new map listing their locations. The team has divided into three groups focusing on: Assessment & Ownership… Read More →

Nesting Island by Kayak & So Much More Team (NICK) – 2018 Fall Launch & Texas A&M Recruits

The Nesting Island by Kayak (NICK) chapter team is gearing up for their fall season of transect work and clean-ups focusing on the Galveston area rookery islands.  This season we will have students from Dr. Steve Alexander’s class at Texas A&M Galveston join our efforts.   They are planning to join us on our expeditions to Mile Marker 52 and North Deer Island. Our partnership with Audubon TERN continues.  We kicked of the launch of the season with a training course with Audubon TERN to discuss our overall approach on gathering… Read More →

2017 Gulf Guardian Award – A Chance to Share Our Service With Others

It is a wrap, we have finished up our videotaping some of our multi-faceted efforts around confronting plastic debris in Galveston County.  In early November, we hosted videographers from the EPA office in Washington, DC to film some of award winning activities.    This video will be shared by the EPA on their worldwide YouTube channel and unveiled at the EPA award ceremony at the end of November in Point Clear, Alabama. Our efforts were also recognized as the 2016 Exemplary Project of the Year at the TXMN conference.  We were… Read More →

2017 Chapter TXMN Conference Award Winning Photos

Another year of recognition for photos submitted by our chapter members to the 2017 TXMN Conference.   Congrats to Deborah Repasz, (2nd place – Wildlife)  Larry Brasfield (2nd place – TXMN at work and play)  and Alan Wilde (3rd place – TXMN at work and play) .    Amazing pictures and a wonderful honor being recognized by the state of Texas.     . 

GBAC Awarded 1st Place Exemplary Project – TX Master Naturalist Conference

First place Exemplary Project Award team leaders Tim Long and Sandy Parker at their display board at the annual state meeting of Texas Master Naturalists. Thank you for all you’re doing to make this project an ongoing success story. This is the second year in a row that our chapter won this prestigious Texas wide award.  Thanks go out to Sara Snell and Stennie Meadours for your guidance and leadership.

Congrats to our 2017 Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 Chapter Photo Contest winners. Sirens of the Sea – Bill Breaux Spoonbill Selfie – Candice Annen Prairie Ponderings – Marlynn Miller Overall winner for the chapter &  2nd place winner at the Texas State Master Naturalist conference – The waiting game – Deborah Repasz