Know your 2017 Newbies Phase 2

by Kris Kirkwood on June 4, 2017

All 16 members of the class of 2017 completed their initial training Saturday June 3 at Coleto Creek Park with a plant walk and presentation on the importance of native plants in all the habitats of our eight-county area. The class included Donna Bailey, who certified in another Chapter but wanted our training when she transferred to MCTMN. 

Left to right: Scott Guilbeaux, Bob Cunningham, Phil Stapleton, Ron Mildenstein, Rebecca Stapleton, Bill Burge (Class Rep), Marti Sterne, Neill Amsler, Glenda Walker, Robyn Savage, Lisa DeVries, and Neli Spurrell. Not present for the photo: Donna Bailey, Mary Jane Dence, Jynatha Kleypas, and Dora Ann Ortego. 

This is an outstanding class—Eight of the members-in-training also certified as Texas Master Naturalists: Bob Cunningham, Dora Ann Ortego, Ron Mildenstein, Robyn Savage, Phil and Rebecca Stapleton, Marti Sterne, and Glenda Walker.

Following the training, old and new members celebrated with one of the famous MCTMN Potlucks.


Know your Newbies-Class of 2017

by Kris Kirkwood on February 6, 2017

The class of 2017 began their TMN training Saturday, February 5th. Welcome, Mid-Coast Members-in-Training!

Left to right: Dora Ann Ortego, Robyn Savage, Jynatha Kleypas, Bob Cunningham, Neli Spurrell (kneeling), Bill Burge, Donna Bailey, Ron Mildenstein, Lisa DeVries, Neil Amsler, Marti Sterne, Mary Jane Dence, Glenda Walker, and Scott Guilbeaux. Not present: Phil and Rebecca Stapleton.

Know all your Mid-Coast Chapter members—Class photos

Castro Butterflies

by Kris Kirkwood on November 14, 2016

Members and friends have been taking photos of the butterfly explosion resulting from Ellen Reisinger’s design and implementation of the Monarch Waystation at the Linda S. Castro Nature Sanctuary, and the Castro landscape in general. If you would like to help with Castro or with the Connie Hagar Cottages Aransas Pathways project that is just getting started as an excuse to enjoy the butterflies in person, check your roster and contact Ellen!

White-tipped Black Moth (Melanchroia chephise)

White-tipped Black Moth (Melanchroia chephise)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila-phyleus)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

White-striped longtail (Chioides albofasciatus)

White-striped longtail (Chioides albofasciatus)

Castro Pollinators

by Kris Kirkwood on August 29, 2016

By Steve Reisinger, Certified Texas Master Naturalist

I hope you will enjoy these pictures I took at the Linda S. Castro Nature Sanctuary in Rockport recently. 

The first is a Tarantula Hawk Wasp. Looks to me like it’s feasting on the little yellow aphids. The second is a tiny little butterfly: a Western Pygmy-Blue. Notice its size compared to the frog fruit.

Trantula Hawk on Zizotes milkweed

Trantula Hawk on Zizotes milkweed

Western Pygmy-blue on Frogruit

Western Pygmy-blue on Frogruit

Thanks to Dick Klopshinske, who helped with the IDs.

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