Celebrating our volunteer spirit!

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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. 

Welcome to the Class of 2019

What a busy night it was at Blinn College AG complex where the training class met for their last hour of study (Laws, Rules, and Ethics), enjoyed dinner with chapter members, and received their graduation certificates. The 19 new Texas Master Naturalists include: (L to R) Steve Thompson, Gerri Hanten, Ken English, Barbara Boucher, Eric Herbst, Peggy Cadenhead, Ellen Morris, Denise Keller, Susan Vanderworth, Katelin Holliday, Marty Schoenemann, Mike Schumann, Ellis Giles, David Hessel, Lori Hessel, Betty Scardino, Mary-Helen Giles, Lorna Mangus, John Elick. Congratulations!

TMN-GLC youth education in the press spotlight

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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. 

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Photograph courtesy of the Sealy News.

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, students played scavenger hunt bingo, learned about animal scat and tracks, and listened to “Bite Me or Leave Me Bee.”

Click here for more coverage in the online edition of the Sealy News. 

 

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 min.)
11:10      Invaders of Texas Program
11:45      The Sentinel Pest Network & REPORT IT!
12:30      Lunch (45 min.)
  1:15      Introduction to Plant Identification

  1:30      Regional Invasive Plant Identification (may include outside “field” trip)
  2:45      Break (10 min.)
  2:55      Invaders of Texas Program Logistics:

  General Considerations:

        • Field Preparation
        • Data collection & entry
        • Digital imaging & data validation

  Creating user accounts

  3:30       Invaders Data Collection and Reporting:

  TX Invaders Mobile Application

  4:00       Outside “field” trip: Practice plant ID
  4:20        Closing & Evaluations
  4:30        Adjourn

For more information about invasive species and the Invaders of Texas program, click here for the program website.

The Journey Begins for Master Naturalists in Training

 

2019 Training Class – Speaker Mary Pearl Meuth

On Monday January 28, the Gideon Lincecum Chapter welcomed 20 students into the 2019 Training Class. Helping to orient them to the world of Texas Master Naturalists was Mary Pearl Meuth, Assistant State Coordinator for the TMN program. The Master Naturalists in Training will get 40+ hours of coursework and field trips over the next 2 months with Graduation in April. Training Director Deb Hinze will guide them along their journey.  When you see some new faces at meetings or as volunteers at projects, welcome them to the chapter.

 

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 calendar for more details and the link to register. 

TMN-GLC members celebrate with Volunteer Recognition Event

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Chapter President Betsy Palkowsky (right) with Chapter Membership Director Chris Morrison. Photgraph courtesy of Lori Buffum.

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 projects (CoCoRas, Texas Stream Team, Mill Creek Watershed), and many others. The highlight of the afternoon was a white elephant exchange, with everyone coming home with a nature-themed gift.

Members in the kitchen preparing the meal.

The Hospitality Committee, aka the “kitchen elves,” preparing the meal. Photograph courtesy of DZM Photography.

Chapter members enjoying the festivities. Photographs courtesy of DZM Photography.

 

Getting ready for the white elephant exchange. Photograph courtesy of DZM Photography.

Two women smiling and holding a holiday wreath.

Still friends even after the stealing is done. Photograph courtesy of DZM Photography.

Become a Texas Master Naturalist! Training Class Begins in January

Our chapter is accepting applications NOW for the Texas Master Naturalist Training Class  that begins January 28, 2019.

Join us to begin your journey to becoming a Certified Texas Master Naturalist.

For all the details and a link to the online application, click on “Training and Membership” (menu above).

Training Class of 2018 Graduation

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

TMN GLC members at the Annual Meeting

TMN GLC members at the Annual MeetingThirty-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 two volunteers for 20,000 hours of service, the equivalent of working ten years at a full-time job. Dedication like that is inspiring. 

Last, but not least, were the classes. There were opportunities for everyone to learn more about a favorite topic or explore something entirely new. With over 150 sessions, members chose from specialty sessions like Texas Waters and prescribed burning to learning new ways to record their experiences through photography and iNaturalist to building their knowledge of birds and reptiles and grasses. Our own Lori Buffum presented a session on how to engage groups indoors through variations on her popular TMN bingo. 

If you were not able to attend this year’s meeting, the 21st annual meeting will be held October 18-20, 2019 in Rockwall, Texas.

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

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TMN-GLC presents Dave Redden with a TMN backpack. Photograph courtesy of Lori Buffum.

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.