Author Archives: Sheri Wilcox

Celebrating our volunteer spirit!

New to the TMN GLC website is our GLC Milestones page. We all know the dedication of our chapter members who serve as chapter officers, project leaders, and hand’s-on volunteers in our many projects. Those hours really add up. On our new page, we celebrate our new members as they reach their initial certification, continuing members who re-certify each year, and our dedicated volunteers who achieve milestone awards of 250 hours and more. You can find the new page under the Members Section. 

TMN-GLC youth education in the press spotlight

TMN-GLC youth education is in full swing in the upcoming months. Local newspapers featured two recent youth education programs presented by TMN-GLC members.  Third graders from Brenham Elementary enjoyed a presentation on eastern bluebirds by our own Carol Paulson and Jon Watkins. Coverage of the event was featured in the Brenham Banner Press online edition.  Another TMN-GLC team, led by Tom Shaughnessy, took 6th graders from Sealy I.S.D. for a “walk in the park” at Stephen F. Austin State Park. In addition to the Old 300 Survival Hike,… Read More →

TMN-GLC to host Invaders of Texas advanced training on March 16, 2019

TMN-GLC will host an Invaders of Texas advanced training following the March 16, 2019 chapter meeting at Camp Kubena in Ledbetter, Texas. Join the network of citizen scientists locating, identifying, reporting, and removing invasive species. This program is open to other TMN chapters and members of the public. Persons who plan to attend the full-day workshop are asked to RSVP to Judy Deaton. Training agenda   9:30      Welcome and Introductions   9:40      Invasive Species: General Concepts 10:30      Prevention & Management 11:00      Break (10… Read More →

National Wildlife Federation to sponsor Monarch Train the Trainer workshop

The National Wildlife Federation is sponsoring a one-day workshop on January 25, 2019 in Spring, Texas designed to train TMNs and others in monarch ecology. Class topics include:  Monarch anatomy, biology, life cycle and migration. Monarch threats: parasites, disease, land use, and pesticides, among others. Milkweed ecology, nectar plants, and monarch waystations. Outreach tools and materials, agencies and conservation groups involved in monarch conservation activities. Citizen Science, communication skills, interpretation, and role play. How to recruit for and structure a successful workshop/presentation. See the entry on the website… Read More →

TMN-GLC members celebrate with Volunteer Recognition Event

  More than 70 TMN-GLC members enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship and celebration on Sunday, December 9th. In the first 11 months of the year, chapter members donated over 5,900 hours of service in support of conservation. We supported youth education (AgAwareness Days, Brenham ISD programs, LANDS, Family Science Nights), beautified our parks and public spaces with native pollinator gardens,  nature trails, and prairie plantings (Winedale, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Schubert House, Indian Creek, Monument Hill, Stephen F. Austin, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR), and participated in a variety of citizen science… Read More →

The TMN 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting was a weekend filled with learning and fellowship

Thirty-three members of TMN GLC were in attendance at the 20th Anniversary TMN Annual Meeting. Hats off to the crew who manned the general store! More than $14,000 in merchandise was sold  during the three-day event. Many of us came home with some new TMN gear, including the 20th anniversary T-shirt.  More congratulations to our TMN members who were recognized for reaching volunteer milestones from 250 to 1,000 volunteer hours. TMN volunteers from all chapters were recognized for their outstanding service. For the first time ever, TMN recognized… Read More →

TMN-GLC bids bittersweet farewell to long-time member Dave Redden

At the TMN-GLC board meeting on August 30, 2018, we bid Dave Redden a bittersweet farewell. Bitter because we will miss his wise counsel, his participation in every project, and his friendship to all. Sweet because we are so happy for his new place in South Carolina and all the adventures that await him and Jan there. Thanks, Dave, for all your years of devotion to TXMN and go with little bits of all of our hearts tucked into that dragonfly backpack.     

Does this class qualify as Advanced Training?

Fall is the season for Advanced Training! There are numerous opportunities for advanced training in the upcoming months. Never been to the TMN Annual Meeting? It will be held in Georgetown during the last weekend of October. Wildscapes, sponsored by the Houston Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, will be back this year better than ever on September 22, 2018. The Native Plant Society of Texas has several native plant landscaping classes scheduled for this fall.  These and other AT opportunities can be found on your… Read More →

Youth Education in the Spotlight

BISD Outdoor Learning, LANDS, Ag-Safety Days, School Science Nights – TMN-GLC volunteers are there! What can be more rewarding than working with tomorrow’s leaders to help them understand the natural world?  Youth Education Director Donna Mueller is leading an initiative to assess our chapter’s efforts in youth education. A meeting will be held in the future, but all interested members are asked to respond to the survey below.  Make sure your voice is heard by answering three questions and sending your answers to Donna Mueller: What should we… Read More →

A Drone’s-Eye View of TMN-GLC’s Winedale Project

Dave Redden and his new drone captured the action at the TMN-GLC Winedale Project. What a wonderful overview of the project, which is a work-in-progress. We hope this inspires you to visit the project or join the workdays.