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2011 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 24, 2011 Raptors of Tarrant County and their adaptation to an Urban Environment
Chris Davis, Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Audubon Society and Falconer

Chris has been observing and documenting nesting raptors in Tarrant County for 38 years. He has been a falconer for 41 years and he has worked with raptors in zoos for 24 years. Since he has been following the raptors in our area over such a long period of time, it will be interesting to find how urbanization has forced them to adapt.
February 21, 2011 CTMN AWARDS CEREMONY
Ken Seleske & 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.
        --George McBride, your President
March 21, 2011 Teaming with Wildlife: A Natural Investment
Bonnie Bradshaw - Texas Master Naturalist, Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator, certified Project Wild facilitator and co-founder of the DFW Wildlife Coalition.

Discover the beneficial economic impact of urban wildlife. Find out how birds, squirrels and other "city critters" increase sales tax revenues and values of residential and commercial properties.
April 18, 2011 "Urban Forest Effects" know as ďUFORE"
Matt Churches, City Forester - City of Arlington,
Certified Arborist/Utility Specialist/Municipal Specialist


UFORE evolved from a recent study and refers to a computer model that calculates the structure, environmental effects and values of urban forests. The UFORE model was developed in the late 1990s by researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station in Syracuse, NY.
May 16, 2011 BRITís New Home: Green from the Ground Up
Michelle Schneider, Head of Education Operations Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Michelle will describe the sustainable features of BRITís new building and campus as well as provide a preview of BRITís grand opening event, upcoming programs, and volunteer opportunities.
June 20, 2011 TRINITY RIVER: A Legacy Of Life
Chad Etheridge, Fort Worth Nature Center staff member, CTMN member and avid outdoorsman

A program about the natural and cultural history of the river that runs through the heart of what we all call home.
July 18, 2011 Common Butterflies of North Texas and the Native Plants they Utilize
Dale Clark, Dallas County Lepidopterist' co-founder and owner of Butterflies Unlimited

In 1995 Steve quit his job and began raising butterflies for a living, supplying them to live butterfly exhibits throughout the country. That same year he also co-founded the Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society (www.dallasbutterflies.com), a free organization open to all in the North Texas area interested in butterflies and moths.
August 15, 2011 The Plight of our Native Pollinators: The Importance of Pollinators in Today's Society
Troy and Martha Mullens, Members of CTMN, NPSOT, Audubon Society, Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation

Much of what we eat, requires the services of these "Nature's Helpers". Some of these helpers are threatened by the very humans who need them to do their job.
September 19, 2011 Water issues in North Texas: How we can Prepare for a Sustainable Future
David Marquis, Master Naturalist, Teacher, Environmental and Social Justice Activist

Mr. Marquis is the founder of the 118 acre Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, which saved virgin urban forest from being bulldozed. How we use our land and water does make a difference.
October 17, 2011 Texas Water: The next Texas Oil
Dotty Woodson, Extension Program Specialist Water Resources Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Dotty is a water resource program specialist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center - Dallas. Woodson's programs cover landscape water conservation practices, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, irrigation efficiency and drip irrigation. She works with county Extension agents, water utilities and districts, elected officials, nurserymen, landscapers, irrigation and rainwater harvesting professionals, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalist and homeowners.
November 21, 2011 Discover a Better Backyard Bird-Feeding Experience
Steve Woodward, Backyard Birder & Owner of Wild Bird Center of Fort Worth

Steve has been a backyard birder for nearly 20 years. For the past five years he has been the owner of the Wild Bird Center in Fort Worth, TX.
December 19, 2011 ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY



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