Volunteers Needed for Hummerbird Celebration

by Scott Guilbeaux on July 26, 2018

HummerBird Celebration

The 30th Rockport-Fulton HummerBird Celebration will be Sept 13 – 16. There are many opportunities to get volunteer hours at this event. These include: 

  • Helping with the plant Sale (VMS Opportunity listing PO: MCTMN Plant sale)
  • Outreach booth (CB: Recruiting, or PO:H/BC if providing education to visitors)
  • Butterfly tent (PO:H/BC )

Sign up to volunteer for these on the attached sheet

For more information on volunteering at the plant sale, contact Janet Price (; the outreach booth, contact Pat Garland (; the butterfly tent, contact Rhoda Poenisch (

June Member Newsletter

by Scott Guilbeaux on July 2, 2018

The June Member Newsletter is currently available. Read more about these and other topics inside:

  • Why We Use the Dragonfly as our Symbol
  • Where Have All the Horny Toads Gone?
  • Getting to Know Some of the New Members From the Class of 2018
  • A Day at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge by Phil Stapleton


Pat Garland

June Member Newsletter


Congratulations to Graduates of Class of 2018

by Scott Guilbeaux on June 18, 2018

The Class of 2018 has completed their training for 2018, and many are already logging volunteer hours. According to Kris Kirkwood, this is one of the most active classes in the history of the Chapter. Congratulations to you all!

Graduates from left to right include Denise Crane, Gary Crane, Julie Hejducek, Debbie Kucera, Phoebe Wilson, Rob Snider, Sharon Snider, Vickie Wilson, Marilyn Stewart, Debbie Roskey and training co-chairs, Bob Cunningham and Bill Burge. Graduates not pictured include Adrian Rios, Gloria Rios, Debbie Dahms-Nelson, Jane Moore, and Greg Nelson.

Interpreting Nature

by Kris Kirkwood on March 5, 2018

By Phil Stapleton, certified Texas Master Naturalist

My wife, Rebecca, and I have always loved to visit the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.  It has been one of our favorite places to enjoy our beautiful south Texas coast.  Last year we started volunteering as interpretive guides on the Aransas Refuge.  As interpretive guides, we learned as much as possible about the refuge plants and wildlife so we could help visitors.  One of the most helpful books to learn about the refuge is The Guidebook to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge by Dr Wayne H McAlister & Martha McAlister. 

Our goal as interpretive guides is to help maximize the experience for as many visitors as we can.  With that in mind, we select areas of the refuge that will have the most possible visitors.  Heron Flats Trail, Jones Lake, and the Observation Tower are likely visitation spots.  Armed with spotting scope, binoculars, and nature journal, we settle down to let Mother Nature come to us.  Not surprising, if you spend several hours at the same locations every week, you really get to know the plants and animals of the seasons very intimately.  We learn where the green herons like to feed, where the whitetail hawks hunt, where the alligators spend their day, and other such interesting information.  Most visitors would briefly walk out to the observation platform without really seeing nature around them.  Without the encouragement to look and observe, the visiting public would miss a lot of the wildlife on the refuge. We feel we’ve accomplished our mission if guests leave with a new appreciation for the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

If you enjoy the outdoors and meeting people from all over the country and the world, maybe you would also enjoy being an interpretive guide.

Nurturing Future Master Naturalists

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