2012 Meetings

Meetings are held at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., normally on the third Monday of the month at 7:00pm.  Various speakers present topics of interest to Master Naturalists, general Chapter business is conducted and social time scheduled, giving you the opportunity to get to know your fellow Master Naturalists. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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January 23, 2012

Nature in the Cross Timbers
Troy Mullens, Troy Mullens Outdoor Photographer and member of CTMN

Where we are, What the Cross Timbers is not, What the Cross Timbers is, Micro-ecosystems Exploring the Cross Timbers, Future of the Cross Timbers, Some Jewels of the Cross Timbers
February 20, 2012 CTMN AWARDS CEREMONY
Rob Denkhaus & Suzanne Tuttle - Masters of Ceremony

Master Naturalist this is your day! Those that have graduated, earned first year certification, re-certification and milestone pins this is for you.
March 19, 2012 Birds in Texas: Unique Challenges in the City
Jessica Alderson -Urban Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Urban areas provide food, water and shelter for a variety of wildlife including birds. Texas is a major flyway for many migratory birds and is home to over 600 bird species. This presentation will provide information about the unique challenges citizens, city staff and wildlife biologists may face when dealing with bird populations in the city.
April 16, 2012 Comanche Peak Prairie Clover, Sam's Favorite Plant
Sam Kieschnick - Assistant Collections Manager
at Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Did you know that the rare plant named Comanche Peak Prairie Clover is only found in three North Texas counties and no other place on this planet. Julien Reverchon first collected this member of the pea family in 1882.
May 21, 2012 Alligators at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Joe Lewis - Graduate Student at Texas A&M University-Commerce
Department of Biology and Environmental Science

Joe will share with us information about the population status and habitat selection of an inland alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) population at the FWNCR.
June 18, 2012 Disease Vectors: Insects and the diseases they transmit to people
Terry Gratton - Emeritus Professor with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Ph.D. in Public Health and Molly Hollar Wildscape Volunteer

Terry will help us understand how to safely deal with being out in nature and dealing with some of these potential hazards. We'll learn how big of a threat these vectors might be, and in some cases, clear up some misinformation.
July 16, 2012 Constructed Wetlands, Water Reuse, & Water Supply
Teresa Moss - Environmental educator at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

Teresa will explain how a 1,840 acre man-made wetland in Kaufman County is enabling the North Texas Municipal Water District to meet water demands for the rapidly increasing population in North Texas. This is the largest project in Texas using reclaimed water to augment surface water supply sources and is one of the largest constructed wetlands in the country.
August 20, 2012 Plants used by Native Americans
Curtis Carter - Avid Replicator, Experimental Archeologist

As an experimental archeologist, he has a high degree of insight into the daily lives of Plains Indian people from this time period. An important part of Plains Indian life was the use of plants in their environment.
September 17, 2012 Threatened and Endangered Species of North Texas
Omar Bocanegra - Endangered Species Coordinator
for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Arlington, Texas Field Office

Omar will discuss what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does in North Central Texas. He will explain the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and talk about the endangered species of animals in Texas.
October 15, 2012 Spiders: Our Friends in Nature and the Garden
Troy Mullens: Outdoor Photographer and member of CTMN

Troy says: "Spiders are found everywhere, on or near water, in or on the ground, and from deep underground in caves to mountaintops. Some spiders resemble their surroundings or other animals and mimic their shape or behavior".
November 19, 2012 Converting Grass and Invasives to Texas Native Plants
Josephine Keeney - Native Plant Propagator at the Greenhouse, Volunteer at the Molly Hollar Wildscape and member of CTMN & NPSOP

How to preserve the native flora, make your yard beautiful and provide habitat for birds, bees and butterflies. A method that conserves water, fossil fuel, labor and reverses air pollution.
December 17, 2012 ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

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