Open House for Academy of Lifelong Learning, August 16

by Scott Guilbeaux on August 14, 2018

Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) Open House

There will be an open house for Chapter Members and the Public to register for the Fall events at the Academy of Lifelong Learning in Victoria, Texas on Thursday, August 16, 1 pm-3 p.m.

An ALL Open House is hosted in August and January of each year. At that time, the schedule for the upcoming semester is unveiled, current members renew their membership, and new members may join. Information is available on each of the activities planned for the semester, and some study leaders are present to answer questions.

For a list of the fall offerings, follow this link

Many of our Chapter members are study leaders at these events. Support your fellow members by attending the ALL classes offered by them. If you sign up this Thursday, you can attend any ALL class for $50 for the entire year. It’s a real bargain!

If you are unable to attend the ALL Open House, you may register in person in the Academy of Lifelong Learning Office: Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex Conference & Education Center, Room 309 7403 Lone Tree Road Victoria, TX 77905

Driving Directions From Victoria College Main Campus To Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex 1. Start by going north on N. Ben Jordan Street 2. Turn right onto E. Airline Road 3. Turn right onto N.E. Zac Lentz Parkway/TX-463 Loop E. 4. Turn right onto Lone Tree Road 5. Emerging Technology Complex will be on the left.

AT: Hurricane Harvey Symposium, Aug. 23

by Scott Guilbeaux on August 11, 2018

Texas Hurricane Harvey Symposium
This is filling up fast – only 40 spaces left as of Aug. 9.

This symposium will bring together scientists, students, coastal managers, and elected officials to share research with oral presentations and posters on how the hurricane has affected the coastal environments and communities of the Gulf of Mexico.

Harvey Research Symposium
Thursday, August 23, 2018
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Port Aransas Civic Center
710 W. Avenue A, Port Aransas, TX 78373

The symposium is FREE thanks to generous support from our partners, including the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and Texas Sea Grant. The agenda and program will be sent to registered participants.

AT: Single Presentation

AT Activities Approved for Hummer/Bird Celebration

by Scott Guilbeaux on August 7, 2018

Hummer/Bird Celebration

The Hummer/Bird Celebration will be September 13 – 16, 2018, at Rockport-Fulton High and Middle Schools. Online registration is recommended. The link is

The following are approved as Advanced Training:

  • Harvey, Hummingbirds, and Hope – Martha Mcleod
  • Lasagna Gardening for Birds – Glenn Olsen
  • Raptors Revealed – Sky King Raptors
  • Hurricane Harvey Impacts to Birding Habitats – Katie Swanson
  • Homecoming Big Year: A Look at Birdwatching in Aransas County – Jason Loghry
  • Wintering Whooping Cranes: Post-Harvey Recovery – Liz Smith
  • Birds of the Big Bend – Greg Lasley
  • How to Use and Make the Most of eBird – Kathi Borgmann
  • Native Habitat for Hummingbirds – Ernie Schertz
  • Living, Loving, and Laughing with Hummingbirds – Sid Rucker
  • Hummingbird Courtship: Flash! Zoom! Done! – Bill Lindermann
  • The Hummingbirds of Texas – Brent Ortego
  • Twenty Hummingbirds to See Before You Die – James Currie
  • Hawk Talk – Sky King Raptors
  • Photography classes
  • All guided bus and boat tours and guided field trips
  • Banding demonstrations

Hours should be reported as AT: Lecture Series

Butterfly Tour of Gardens and Workshop, Oct 6

by Scott Guilbeaux on August 5, 2018

Butterfly Tour of Gardens and Workshop
Benefiting the Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalists
October 6, 2018
All Ages Event!

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Garden Tours (Map and Locations will be sent to all registrants.)

Self-guided tour of private and public butterfly/pollinator gardens in Rockport, including a native plant sale at one of the locations. Texas Master Naturalists will be on hand to answer questions and conduct tours.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Butterfly Workshop, Agrilife Extension Office, 895 Airport Blvd. Rockport, TX 78382

Workshop on the anatomy and life cycle of a butterfly, native plants for butterflies and pollinators, and types of butterflies in Aransas County. Speakers will be certified Texas Master Naturalists.

Sponsors for the T-shirt and the event include:

  • Neli Spurrell, Realtor Spears & Co.
  • Attitudes and Lattitudes
  • Farmer’s Insurance
  • Winery on the Bay
  • Bloomers Nursery and Landscape
  • The Reserve
  • Rockport Graphics
  • 4 The Birds
  • Rockport Cultural Arts District
  • Bella Rue/Bella Brew
  • Cheasapeake 495
  • Keep Aransas County Beautiful

Advance tickets:

A T-shirt has been designed by our member and renown artist, Rebecca Stapleton, for the event. It features butterflies swirling across the front and will have the following text: Butterfly Tour of Gardens and Workshop 2018, Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalists, Rockport, Texas. The T-shirt will be in a natural color with our sponsors’ logos on the back.

For a $25 dollar donation to the Mid-Coast Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, you will receive the T-shirt and a guaranteed reservation to the workshop which will provide you all the tools to create your own butterfly/pollinator haven. Tour locations and a full information packet will be emailed once your donation and RSVP is confirmed.

Send your $25 donation made out to MCTMN to:

Ms. Jynatha Kleypas
Treasurer, MCTMN
P.O. Box 2247
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Then, fill out the RSVP form found on the following link, indicating your T-shirt size:

Butterfly Tour Signup Form

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