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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.
|January 25, 2010||Urban Wildlife: The Truth
Is Stranger Than Fiction
Bonnie Bradshaw - Texas Master Naturalist, Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator, certified Project Wild facilitator and co-founder of the DFW Wildlife Coalition.
Find out why coyotes, raccoons, foxes, bobcats, armadillos and opossums are thriving in residential neighborhoods. Discover amazing, little-known facts about our wild neighbors. Learn the do's and don'ts of sharing your habitat with wildlife.
|February 15, 2010||CTMN AWARDS CEREMONY
Rob and George are always entertaining.
If you miss this one, you miss all the FUN, FOOD, and the RECOGNITION of those who make the Master Naturalist Program what it is.
|March 15, 2010||Tandy Hills Natural Area - Saving our
Parks and Prairies
Don & Debora Young founders of "Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area" (FOTHNA) and Prairie Fest.
FOTHNA was originally formed in 2006 in opposition to potential gas drilling in the public park. The organization lives on as a separate, non-political organization that works closely with the City of Fort Worth Parks department to maintain the park and support its conservation and restoration.
The first festival was held in their front yard that borders the park. The festival has since grown to become the premier green festival in our region. The year 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Tandy Hills and the 5th annual Prairie Fest. Debora Young illustrated and published, The Wildflowers of Tandy Hills Natural Area in 2008.
|April 19, 2010||Arlington Archosaur Site - Unearthing
fossil remains of ancient creatures
Derek Main Paleontologist, UTA Instructor in Earth Systems & Earth History
Derek and other paleontologists have made the most important discovery to date at the Arlington Archosaur Site, a prolific fossil site in North Arlington, Texas. The disassembled skull of a crocodile with two and a half inch long teeth that lived nearly 100 million years ago has been unearthed.
To date, more dinosaur fossils have been recovered from the Arlington Archosaur Site, where excavation began little more than a year ago, than from any other site in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The site lies within Cretaceous rocks, formed 95 million years ago when Arlington was the beachhead for a giant sea that divided the continent.
|May 17, 2010||
Hummingbirds-The beautiful little mammals of North Texas
George McBride, CTMN member and President, active Nature Center Docent.
He has fed and observed these little creatures since 1986. He will tell us about the nestlings, incubation and nestlings. Be prepared for some super pictures and he has created a movie that captures of these little creatures in action.
|June 21, 2010||Urban Wildlife
Jessica Alderson, Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife
Jessica received a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Master of Science degree at Texas A&M University. Her research included human dimensions of urban wildlife management.
Her presentation will cover common wildlife species you may encounter in your city. From coyotes and bobcats to rabbits and opossums, this presentation will provide facts about common urban wildlife species, teach you how to live amongst them and prove ways to change the future of traditional nuisance wildlife management.
|July 19, 2010||
River Legacy Foundation: Trendsetter in Environmental Education
Alma Pohler, Volunteer Coordinator, River Legacy Living Science Center
River Legacy Foundation has been presenting programs in the Metroplex for more than 20 years. Alma will inform our audience about new events and programs that continue to connect children, families and adults to the natural world.
|August 16, 2010||Texas Master Naturalist: A Biologist's
Attempt to Value the Invaluable
John Davis, Conservation Outreach Program Coordinator
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Recorded at the 2010 Conference John tell the whole Master Naturalist Story and what the Mission accomplishes. John Davis began his career in 1990 as a field researcher with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He worked for a number of years as an Urban Biologist with TPWD.
John served as a Statewide Steering Committee Member of the Texas Master Naturalist Program. He is also the co-founder of the Texas Master Naturalist Program for the Cross Timbers Chapter and North Texas Chapters.
|September 20, 2010||
Texas Turtles: Current Status
and Future Outlook
|October 18, 2010||
The Molly Hollar Wildscape:
|November 15, 2010||Using Camouflage, Imitation
and Mimicry for Defense or Predation
Troy Mullens, Retired scientist and engineer
Martha Mullens, Retired Educator (Sciences)
Both Troy and Martha are lifelong Naturalists. They will show us how all this is accomplished by skin or hair coloration or by special resemblance such as mimicry. A by-product of coloration may be warning or signaling such as a coral snake's color or a rattlesnakes rattle. We'll also see, for example, how some flies use their resemblance to bees or wasp as a defense.
|December 20, 2010||ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY|