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.

New Calendar Items

by Kris Kirkwood on August 23, 2016

Hummer/Bird Celebration

September 16-18, 2016 Please sign up to help with one or more activities!  

  • MCTMN Plant Sale
  • MCTMN Outreach booth
  • Butterfly Tent
  • Welder Outreach booth

Welder Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Training

Interested in volunteering with Welder public tours, wildlife research, or education? Sign up for Welder Volunteer Training Day on September 27, 2016. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Batey for details.

ANWR Refuge Day

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and FAMI are in the initial stage of planning for “Refuge Day,” which will be October 15, 2016. The new interpretive pollinator garden will be a big part of the celebration. Contact Linda Lanoue for more information or to volunteer to help with activities.

17th Annual State TMN Meeting

Registration is open for the meeting on Lake Conroe October 21-23 2016. Lots of interesting advanced training sessions. Information about the annual gathering weekend, annual awards and contests, the advanced training sessions agenda, and registration details can be found on the State website at Registration is NOW open! Direct link to registration

Texas Colonial Waterbird Society

The meeting will be held in Victoria on November 9, 2016 and will likely begin at 10 am. Please save the date. This year does not include a symposium but will include reports from the compilers regarding this year’s count and some additional discussions. Contact Brent Ortego for details as they develop.

Nueces Delta Preserve Opportunities

Looking for a place to volunteer on the south end of our Chapter area? See the NDP fall schedule. 

Come See the Great Kiskadee Show!

by Kris Kirkwood on April 2, 2016


By Janet Price, Certified Texas Master Naturalist

A pair of Great Kiskadees is building a nest at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center. They are putting on quite a show, feeding around the ponds in the Lower Wetlands area of the nature center, defending their nest site, and making their distinctive” kis-ka-dee” ruckus. Kiskadees are in the Tyrant Flycatcher family, but are omnivorous, and according to the Audubon Field Guide have a diet that includes large insects, lizards, tadpoles, small fish, baby birds, mice, seeds, and berries. I watched one swoop down and come back up with a frog, beat it into submission on a tree branch, and proceed to eat it. Of course, I did not have a camera to record that scene.

Some other rare visitors are showing up at the nature center; Green Kingfishers have been seen regularly in recent weeks. Go to the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center Facebook page to see some video of a Green Kingfisher that the park host posted on March 29.

And come and visit the nature center to see these birds for yourself!

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