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Unusual Opportunities

by Kris Kirkwood on February 11, 2018

During the potluck lunch for the new training class, Paul Meredith briefly described two citizen-science projects Mid-Coast TMN’ers can participate in.  Here are some details, including where to find them on the web and how to report participation activity.

Bees and Wasps of Texas

Bees and Wasps of Texas is an effort of the Texas Native Bee Co-op and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The purpose of this project is to enhance our understanding of the distribution of bees and wasps in Texas. Our highest priority is to collect information on Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). However, we hope this project will lead to a better understanding of the distribution of all bee and wasp species in Texas and we encourage others to use this data for research, education, and conservation purposes.

B&WofTX volunteer hours including travel to a site, photographing observations, recording observational data in your journal, processing images, identification of observed subjects, and reporting of observations in the project on iNaturalist.org’s website. Report your volunteer time in VMS as FR: Insect Life.

CoCoRaHS

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). Find it at CoCoRaHS.

By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive website, the aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education, and research applications. Few citizen scientists are reporting in our Chapter area. You can make a difference.

Web-based training on CoCoRaHS research protocols and methods is approved as advanced training for Mid-Coast TMN members.  Report your training as AT: Specific-Project. Volunteer service hours on the project can be reported monthly as FR: Other Partners.

Know Your Newbies 2018

by Kris Kirkwood on February 6, 2018

The Mid-Coast TMN Class of 2018 began their training February 3, 2018. When you see our new Members-in-Training, say hello!

Left to right: Adrian Rios, Gloria Rios, Jeanne Crocker, Rusty Crane, Denise Crane, Phoebe Wilson, Marilyn Stewart, Julie Hejducek, Debbi Roskey, Lee Keene, Debbie Kucera, Sharon Snider, Rob Snider, Debbie Dahms-Nelson, Greg Nelson, Vickie Wilson. Not present: Jane Moore.

In Memoriam

by Kris Kirkwood on December 17, 2017

We lost three beloved Mid-Coast Chapter Texas Master Naturalists in 2017: Mary Meredith, Robert Angerstein, and Gay Hejtmancik.

Mary Meredith

Mary joined our Mid-Coast Chapter in 2005. She was a member of the Matagorda Island Turtle Patrol team, and she and husband Paul found the first nest of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle on Matagorda Island. Mary was very proud of her work for the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network—she and her husband collected the first specimens of neurotoxin-carrying Pseudo-nitzschia pungens ever found in the Gulf of Mexico. Mary and Paul wrote articles about the natural world for the Victoria Advocate from the summer of 2006 to the spring of 2017. Mary’s wide variety of service encompassed more than 4,000 hours and earned her the ruby-on-gold dragonfly milestone pin and the Presidential Call to Service Award from President Barack Obama. Mary Meredith Obituary

Robert Angerstein

Robert was a charter member of our chapter, in the first class in 2000. He was a member of the Matagorda Island Turtle Patrol team and was one of the few patrollers who found one of the elusive Kemp’s Ridley turtles. As an employee of Formosa Plastics, he was one of the people responsible for the creation of Formosa Tejano Wetlands as environmental mitigation for Formosa Plastics plant operations. Robert served as president of the Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalist chapter in 2008 and 2009 and  performed almost 1500 hours of volunteer service. Robert Angerstein Obituary

Gay Hejtmancik

Gay joined our chapter in 2006. Her favorite volunteer effort was serving as a docent at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. Over the years, she shared seashells and her knowledge and love of them with hundreds of children at the aquarium. Gay gave over 1,000 hours of volunteer service to our Texas Master Naturalist mission and earned her gold dragonfly milestone pin, in spite of her years-long battle with cancer. Gay Hejtmancik Obituary

2018 Slate of Officers

by Kris Kirkwood on October 24, 2017

The nominating committee has released the slate of officer candidates for the coming year:

  • President: Larry Henneke
  • Vice-President: Rick Workman
  • Secretary: Melanie Konarik
  • Treasurer: Glenn Gomez

Election will be held at our November 4 general membership meeting at Welder Wildlife Foundation, along with advanced training, a volunteer service opportunity, and THE POTLUCK. This is our official annual meeting–hope to see you there! Festivities begin at 10:00 am.

Sign up to bring your favorite dish for the Potluck – If you have trouble with the link, email Mollie Huber and she will get you signed up.

Directions to WelderFrom the intersection of Texas highways 188, 181, and 89 east of Sinton, turn onto TX 89 and travel 2.0 miles to US 77. Turn right to enter the ramp onto US Hwy 77 north. Go 6.1 miles on 77 to the white Spanish-style gatehouse entrance to Welder. From Refugio, go south on US 77 17.1 miles from the intersection of 77 and Alt 77/183.

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