New Goose Island Opportunities

by Kris Kirkwood on February 25, 2018

Mid-Coast Master Naturalists cleared trails at Goose Island State Park on Friday, February 23:
Joe and Pat Garland, Bill Burge, Debbi Roskey, Phil Stapleton, Kris Kirkwood, Marilyn Stewart,
and Rebecca Stapleton. Still out on the trail: Neill Amsler and KarenLee Rystad

This from Kendal Keyes, TPWD: 

Thanks to the entire group for all the great work done yesterday at Goose Island. The trails look terrific. I walked the entire length yesterday and the entire trail is open and looks perfect. The group of ten worked for 3 to 4.5 hours and cleared five large areas where trees blocked the trail. Attached is the group photo, minus Neill and KarenLee who were still hard at work! I am cc’ing our Adminstrative Assistant, Zane, so she can include this info in our next newsletter.

Next Opportunity: Want a chance to help with the new Big Tree Natural Area at Goose Island? A Big Tree Workday for Mid-Coast Master Naturalists is scheduled for this Wednesday, Feb 28th beginning at 8:30. Check your email for details.

Coming soon: The new bird-watching area needs some carpentry and fencing work.

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’s website. Report your volunteer time in VMS as FR: Insect Life.


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.

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.

Tarantula Hunter

by Kris Kirkwood on August 6, 2017

By Paul Meredith, certified Texas Master Naturalist

This “spider wasp” is Tachypompilus ferrugineus nigrescens.  It is obviously a spider hunter, but not a member of the Genus Pepsini, which contains the two commonly named Tarantula Hunter  species.  She does not seem to be concerned about that. 

We observed her drag the paralyzed Tarantula more than 50 feet down a gravel road and across deep leaf litter to stuff it under the edge of one of the cabin walls where we are doing our family get together on the Guadalupe this week: Latitude: 30: 04: 2.076 Longitude: -99: 17: 43.866 near Hunt, TX.

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