Author Archives: Mark Kennedy

May 2018 Meeting – Waltz Across Texas – a dance across space and time

Meeting will be: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm     The May Meeting program will be a whirlwind tour of the surface geology of Texas, that is, the rocks exposed in each region and the land forms that result.  From touring the varied regions of Texas, we will piece together the 1.2 billion years of earth’s history exposed in Texas.   Photo of Guadalupe Peak, with the cliff El Capitan on the right.  The scarp shows layers sloping to the right, which connect shallow reef limestones at… Read More →

April 2018 Meeting – Save the Night: Life on Earth Depends on Natural Darkness

Meeting will be: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm   Almost every living thing on our planet uses the cycle of light and dark to trigger life processes. Humans have come to depend on artificial light for nighttime activities. So, how does artificial light at night affect fauna, flora, and even humans? This presentation is a peek into our natural world after dark and the effect that artificial light has on it. Come learn about how artificial lighting affects life, and outdoor lighting practices that let us have… Read More →

March 2018 Meeting – Photography: A Naturalist’s Tool

Meeting will be: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm     Nature observation is a fundamental practice that we, as Naturalists, engage in every day. Each of us is drawn towards something different in nature, be it a silent flock of migrating waxwings, a lonely primrose by the creek, the sight of an approaching thunderstorm or a sudden crop of mushrooms on a favorite trail. It is this simple act of acquiring information from the primary source using our senses that connects us with our environment and defines… Read More →

February 2018 Meeting – Indian Marker Trees: Living witnesses to the history of a past civilization.

 Meeting will be: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm     American Indians used trees not only to mark a trail, but also to signal the presence of important features, some of which were critical for survival. Indian marker trees are living witnesses and a significant part of this nation’s cultural heritage. Volunteers for the Texas Historic Tree Coalition (TxHTC) are working hard to find, research, verify, recognize and celebrate these priceless cultural treasures. TxHTC is passionate in its purpose to increase awareness and understanding of Indian… Read More →