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.

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.

Wanted: MCTMN Scrapbooker

by Kris Kirkwood on July 26, 2017

Are you interested in Mid-Coast Chapter history? Do you like to cut and paste? The job of maintaining our Chapter scrapbook is open. If you are interested, contact the Chapter Historian.

Linda Lanoue totes Whooping Crane Decoys

TJ Fox on Rat Patrol: “Back to the woods, good buddy!”

Diana Rushing's MCTMN badge gets her into helping with a rehabbed turtle release.

Diana Rushing’s MCTMN badge gets her into helping with a rehabbed turtle release.

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