Kids Day Out
by Phil Wyde
The 2018 Kids Day Out Event was held inside, in the Burnet YMCA Gym because of the rain. We had 255 kids and adults visit our “Plant a Tree” station and there were many happy faces seen there. We only had a few trees left at the end of the event. The photos only show the morning crew, however, it should be noted that the afternoon contingent was equally adept.
Pat (Campbell) deserves lots of applause for her organizing our station and presentation. Back Bone Nursery also deserves much recognition. They supplied the trees (Mexican Buckeye, Mexican Plum and Lacy Oak) and soil. We did not realize until hours into the event that we were giving the Mexican Buckeye trees out as Soap Wood Trees. Some people are going to be surprised, some day, when their Buckeye tree blooms and then produce their “fruit.”
There were very many fun things for the kids to do there today (e.g., rock climbing, archery, catfish fishing, kayaking, bounce houses). To my surprise, with all this going on, we were still very popular and in demand.
Morning Crew – Alice, Mark, Terry, Jean, Pat and Nadine
September Meeting at Lakeside Pavilion – Pins and Awards
Photo by Martelle Luedecke
Blanco State Park Wildlife Viewing Station
Awards and Pins – June 2018
Bill, Samm, and Martelle Luedecke – Master Naturalists
Recertification for 2018
Congratulations Class of 2018
The new class trainees graduated on May 17, 2018 at Bamberger Ranch Preserve. Melissa Duckworth started the ceremony and Kelly Tarla of AgriLife followed up by welcoming the guests. The keynote speaker was Jared Holmes of Bamberger Ranch Preserve, biololgist/educator.
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Photos by Susan Downey
Class of 2018 Field Trip
The new class trainees being transported to the San Gabriel River for a session on Riparian areas at the Duckworth Ranch.
Photo by Roy Duckworth
Congratulations 2018 Officers, Directors, and Appointees!
Martelle Luedecke, President, Susan Montgomery, Vice President, Lori Greco, Secretary, Kim and Stennis Shotts, Co Treasurers.
Friends of Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery and Friends of Inks Lake State Park collect trash along Park Road 4.
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Photos courtesy of Phil Wyde
Christmas Party and Awards
Marvin receives the honor
Outgoing and Incoming President
Awards and Certification
Photos courtesy of Martelle, Samm, Briezie, and maybe JP Luedecke.
Field Trip to Old Tunnel Bat Cave
Click to enlarge. Photos by Phil Wyde
Article in Texas Coop
This article tells how 10,000 volunteers in 48 chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program, which is largest and oldest statewide program of its type, is helping to make a difference for the future of natural resources.
Highland Lakes Master Naturalists awarded pins and certificates to members who had qualifying volunteers hours at the last Chapter Meeting.
Certifications and Recertifications
Click on photos to enlarge. Photos by Martelle Luedecke
Great Outdoor Project (G.O.P.) at Inks Lake State Park 2017
Photos by Sue Kersey
Congratulations Class of 2017
Graduation Ceremony at Bamberger Ranch
Photos by Susan Downey
Grand Opening of the Granite Shoals Wildlife Viewing Station
The City of Granite Shoals and Highland Lakes Master Naturalists joined together to create a community paradise and Sunday, April 30th was the grand opening of that effort.The two entities entered into a partnership Granite Shoals Wildlife Viewing Station Road which on 132 secluded acres at 2221 Phillips Ranch Road. The City of Granite Shoals provided the land as a park and Highland Lakes Master Naturalists (HLMN) provided the equipment, supplies, and manpower for the wildlife viewing station. At the opening day ceremony, Mayor Carl Brugger welcomed everyone, Fredi Franki of HLMN thanked all the volunteers, and Seth Smith, Chair of the Parks Advisory Committee invited us to return to enjoy the City’s numerous parks. And in the background, Goldfinches and Hummingbirds were entertaining at their feeders.
Members of the HLMN Board, Marvin Bloomquist, George Brugnoli, Melissa Duckworth, Fredi Franki, Ed Myatt, Linda O’Nan, and Allan Wolfe, approved funding for the Wildlife Viewing Station in December 2016 and the Membership approved the funding in the Fall of 2016. Work began in February 2017 and was mostly complete by the end of March. There were thirty-three volunteers logging in 839.5 hours to date. By Texas Parks and Wildlife standards, that is a value of $19,038.50 in labor. There were also hours recorded in the planning phase, but those have not been tabulated. Materials and equipment cost have been around $8,000.
Don’t Mess with Texas Great Trash Off 2017
Don’t Mess with Texas Great Trash Off is an event that is held once a year in partnership with Adopt-A-Highway program. It is the largest clean up event in Texas. Friends of Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery and Friends of Inks Lake State Park have adopted the two mile section along Park Road 4 in front of the Hatchery and to the entrance of the State Park under the Adopt-A-Highway program. These are photos are of the two groups at this year’s Don’t Mess with Texas Great Trash Off along Park Rd. 4.
2017 Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show
Volunteers Ray Buchanan, Eva, Hobbs, Pam Walt, Marry Musselman, Phil Wyde and Alice Rheaume
Photos by Sue Kersey
New Officers for 2017
Photo by Sue Kersey and Martelle Luedecke
President – Cathy Hill
Vice – President – Martelle Luedecke
Secretary – Karen Lundquist
Treasurer – Susan Downey
Past President and HLMN State Representative – Melissa Duckworth
Training Class Coordinators – Marcy Westcott and Ann Cook
Membership Chairman and VMS Coordinator – Marilyn McClain
Advanced Training and Volunteer Service Director – Terry Bartoli
Electronic Communications Coordinator – Marvin Bloomquist
Member-at-Large – Eva Hobbs and Morgan Beck
Bring your “washed” glass containers and other items for recycling to the Chapter Meeting.