2016 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 25, 2016

Non-Flowering Plants
Jim Varnum- Renowned local botanist

Jim explores some hidden wonders at our feet.

February 15, 2016 CTMN AWARDS CEREMONY 
Rob Denkhaus - Master 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 21, 2016 Arachnids of the Cross Timbers Ecosystem
Troy Mullens- Cross Timbers member, Fort Worth Nature Center & Preserve nature guide and photographer.

Troy brings his stunning photographs and a tutorial on local spiders.

April 18, 2016 Interpretation for the Master Naturalist
Clark Hancock, retired Exhibition Head of Austin Nature & Science Museum,
Certified National Association of Interpreters regional instructor

Clark explains the history and importance of systematic interpretation of natural resources.

May 16, 2016 Study of Wind Farm Effects on Bat Populations
Dr. Amanda Hale, Associate professor and director of graduate studies at Texas Christian University, biology department.

A presentation of the results of a five year study on wind farms and bat mortality.

June 20, 2016 Native American Marker Trees
Wes Culwell, Master Arborist/owner of Horticare and chairman of the Tarrant County Historical Commission

Wes reports on facts and lore of Indian marker trees.

July 18, 2016 Nature’s Edge: a Rehabilitation Facility for Prey Birds and Herps
Brandi & Mario Nickerson’s non-profit rehabilitation organization

They will bring some of their denizens and talk about the specialized skills needed to run a successful rehabbing facility.

August 15, 2016 Update on Team with Wildlife
Rachel Richter, Urban Biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Rachel presents an overview of the new Team with Wildlife program with funding and legislative updates.

September 19, 2016 Saving the Dark
Gary Carter, Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas

Helping establish night sky preservation programs at our Texas State parks.

October 17, 2016 Bird-friendly Communities for Texas Migrants
Tania Homayoun, Urban Conservation Program Manager with Audubon Texas

Presenting strategies to make our North Texas communities more bird-friendly

November 21, 2016 Using the iNaturalists Community Statistics to Enhance Conservation Efforts
Dr. Bruce Benz, Texas Wesleyan Biology Department Chairman, prairie conservationist and head Tandy Hills project scientist

Community impact of the TPWD sponsored Tandy Hills large scale bioblitz this past spring

December 19, 2016 ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

Cross Timbers Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist, Inc.
PO Box 1540 • Fort Worth, Texas 76101-1540

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