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Now Recruiting for MCTMN Class of 2019

by Scott Guilbeaux on November 4, 2018

Help Us Recruit for our Upcoming Initial Training Class, Beginning February 2, 2019

We know that word of mouth is the top source of information new members mention for how they found out about
Texas Master Naturalists. We have recruited 5 members so far, with at least 2 more likely to join. However, we can have up to 16 people in our class and one or two more if spouses want to join together and the class is filled.

We need to be recruiting now in order to get our new class filled and keep our organization fresh with new volunteers and new ideas. We have new business cards that will be available at our November 10 Chapter Meeting. Please take at least 20 cards and give 10 out between now and the holidays to your friends, relatives, and acquaintances who may be interested in joining. Thank you!

Whooping Crane Monitoring at Blackjack Peninsula by Game Cameras

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) & International Crane Foundation (ICF) will place game cameras on 9 ponds on Blackjack Peninsula. The cameras will be set to take 1 image per minute from 0900 to 1300 hours every day from early January through March 2019. MCTMN volunteers will service the cameras weekly & search the images to detect Whooping crane (WHCR) & other wildlife use of the ponds. The results will be used to determine the need for fresh water ponds adjacent to the salt marsh habitat of WHCR. ANWR will provide access to the peninsula & analyze the data developed. ICF will provide cameras/ SD cards & other support if required.

Skills required are the ability to identify and interpret WHCR use of ponds from digital photos. Equipment required is a PC with good image-processing capability and MS Excel. May require a special use permit from ANWR. This project requires low physical effort.

The project results will assist in the management of WHCR habitat by USFWS personnel. If interested, contact Ray Kirkwood.

Code FR: Bird populations and include ICF in the description of your activity.

Adopt a Beach Fall Clean-up, 10/06/18

by Scott Guilbeaux on September 3, 2018

Join us for a coast wide fall beach cleanup on the Texas coast!
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cleanup begins at 9 a.m.
Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water. Adopt-A-Beach will provide all necessary materials.

View all Texas cleanup sites here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y0y0ipxeRjgLMM4UV5S4N2f50CA1V-ew&usp=sharing

About the Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program:
Since our first cleanup in 1986, more than 523,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 9,590 tons of trash from Texas beaches, some of it originating from as far away as South America.
Due to tide patterns in the Gulf of Mexico, trash dumped anywhere in the gulf is likely to end up on a Texas beach. Volunteers record information such as the source and type of debris collected on data cards. This data has been instrumental in the passage of international treaties and laws aimed at reducing the amount of offshore dumping.
Keeping Texas beaches clean and safe is an economic as well as environmental priority. Coastal tourism, a $7 billion industry, and commercial fishing, a $1.9 billion business, demand clean beaches and a healthy gulf to thrive.

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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