Monthly Meetings and Programs:
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6:00 PM – Brief Business Meeting followed by Program
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Invertebrates of Texas
Tim Brys will present a talk on the numerous and sometimes odd Invertebrates of Texas, including many of the cool things that he has worked with or has photos of from his years working with insects and other invertebrates.
Tim Brys is from the northwestern part of Pennsylvania in the western portion of the area known as the Pennsylvania Wilds. He grew up learning about nature (especially insects) from most of his relatives and about museum techniques passed down from a great uncle who worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He went to school in northern Wisconsin at Northland College for environmental studies, biology focus. After moving to Texas he soon worked for the Dallas Zoo education department in their Nature Exchange and handling animals for visitors. He later helped start a small native invertebrate house called Bug U. He helped build the collection there of both pinned and live insects/invertebrates and worked with 200+ species while there. He also helped with reptiles, creating animal exhibits and making props for special events. After almost 14 years at the zoo he moved to work for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science as their Teaching Collection Coordinator and helping with education programs like the Jr. Master Naturalist program. Six years in and he is now also helping with the unpacking and identification of the items in the main collection for future storage and scientific research. He started in the Indian Trail Master Naturalist chapter (who he loves) and is currently helping with the bird strike surveys in downtown Dallas as part of the Lights Out Texas project. He has two boys that keep him busy and loves exploring nature and finding all kinds of amazing things there.
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Future Water Planning in Texas
Lucas Gregory, TWRI
Texas’ rapid population growth equates to ever increasing demand on our finite water resources. Texas is blessed with abundant water, but it isn’t always where you want it and the quality may limit our ability to use it. Every five years, Texas completes a comprehensive state water plan titled “Water for Texas.” This presentation will overview the process used to develop this water plan, highlight its major components, and provide an outlook on the future of water resources management in Texas.
Dr. Lucas Gregory currently serves as an assistant director and quality assurance officer for the Texas Water Resources Institute. He joined the Institute in 2006 and focuses his work on understanding the drivers of changing surface water quality, working with local groups to restore impaired waters, and better understanding the connections between water quality and human health.
Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
This program is part of a series of no cost, open to the public Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or contact us.