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2015 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 26, 2015

Tandy Hills Natural Area
Don & Debora Young Founders of "Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area" (FOTHNA) and Prairie Fest

This new presentation takes a look; past, present and future of Tandy Hills through the eyes of two working artists. Besides the visual feast, all can gain insight into building their own successful projects for conservation and environmental awareness.

February 16, 2015 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 16, 2015 Native Bees
Carol Clark, Texas Master Naturalist, Member of the Texas Bluebird Society and president of the Collin County NPSOT

Less well known than European Honeybees, Texas' native bees are nevertheless vital components of a healthy environment, and can provide a new dimension of enjoyment in your home garden.

April 20, 2015

Utilization of Urban Spaces for Bumblebee Habitat
Jessica Beckham, PhD candidate University of North Texas

Hear about a study which follows these north central Texas pollinators in the face of urbanization.


May 18, 2015 Tarrant Regional Water District
Linda Christie, Tarrant Regional Water District

Learn how TRWD supplies our growing water needs and focus on critical conservation issues

June 15, 2015 Project Bluebird: Urban Settings
Jim Marshall, 2011 Bluebirder of the Year, Project Bluebird instructor TCU

Bluebird population rebuilding, participation in Cornell's nestwatch.org program, bluebird habitats, nesting and reproduction.

July 20, 2015 Living with the Trinity:  A River's Story
A documentary on the environmental and cultural history of the Trinity River.


August 17, 2015 Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases
Dr. Michael Allen, Director, Center of Tick-Borne Disease Research Laboratory, University of North Texas, Health & Science.

What are the myths behind Lyme disease and other tick-born diseases in Texas? Why did the Texas Medical Board and CDC take so long to recognize Texas ticks could be pathogen carriers? Dr. Allen, foremost tick expert, reviews the eleven years of findings from the only dedicated tick research laboratory in the state.

September 21, 2015 iNaturalist: Technology for the Master Naturalist
Sam Kieschnick, Nature Education Specialist, Oliver Nature Park

iNaturalist has emerged as the top reporting electronic tool for tracking, identifying and sharing wildlife sightings. As one of the leading participants of the program, Sam has put together a tutorial for fellow Master Naturalists to join this Citizen Science project. For educators, iNaturalists is also a away to help get young people interested in exploring the outdoors. Your smart phone is welcomed too.

October 19, 2015 Fishes and Aquatic Communities North Central Texas
Collin Funkhouser, PhD. candidate, Quantitative Biology, University of Texas-Arlington Biology Department.

Colin is a specialist in endangered freshwater snails, invasive snails, and alligator snapping turtles.

November 16, 2015 Mycology for the Naturalist
Denis Benjamin, Doctor, Pathologist, Fungi Expert and Mushroom Hunter

Information about mushrooms and fungi for those of us who venture into the woods, or who collect and eat wild foods.

December 21, 2015 ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY



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