Trusted Resources

Chapter Resource People

To get help with identification, contact a Chapter resource person. To volunteer as a resource person or presenter on any topic, contact the webmaster to be listed on this page.


Bird ID – Brent Ortego, Bob Friedrichs
Reptile ID –
Amphibian ID –
Insect ID –
Plant ID – Ernie Schertz or Kris Kirkwood
Trees: ID, diseases, pruning, selection for landscapes – Ron Smudy
Grasses of the Coastal Bend – Ray Kirkwood

Member Publications

Know Mid-Coast Members – Class photos
Read Chapter Newsletters
Karen Benson’s Nature Blog
MCTMN photos on Flickr
MCTMN Facebook group
Chapter Archives
Your nature-related blog


Chapter members can speak to groups on these topics:

Aldo Leopold & the Leopold Foundation – Brigid Berger
Alligators – Norm Hirsch
Bats –
Birds of the Coastal Bend: Backyard Birds of the Mid-Texas Coast – Brigid Berger
Birding: Birding 101, Bird Behavior, or Migration – Brigid Berger
Butterfly Anatomy & Life Cycle – Brigid Berger
Coastal Wetlands – Brigid Berger
Cranes of the World – Brigid Berger
Drift Seeds/Sea Beans – Sam Burnett
Grasses of the Coastal Bend – Ray Kirkwood
Indians of the Coastal Bend –
Insects –
Invasive Plants – Kris Kirkwood
Mammals of the Coastal Bend –
Mollusks/Seashells – Brigid Berger
Native Plants – Ernie Schertz or Kris Kirkwood
Plastic Pollution in Marine Environments – Phil Wildfang
Pollinators –
Reptiles –
Sea Turtles – Brigid Berger, Ray Kirkwood
Trees – Ron Smudy
Whooping Cranes – Ray Kirkwood

Internet Links


All about Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Audubon Society

Local Plant Lists


Apps for Naturalists
Cornell University Macaulay Library:
Wildlife Audio & Video Recordings

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