Category Archives: Next Speaker

At each monthly chapter meeting, a talented speaker discusses a fascinating project.

Patrick Johnston, Falconer – Founder of Frontier Bird Control

Patrick Johnston is the owner/founder of Frontier Bird Control. He has trained falcons and hawks for over 8 years and obtained his Master Falconer license. He holds a special purpose abatement license and uses native captive bred hawks and falcons to disperse nuisance birds for safety, health and cleanliness. Patrick also holds an AA Degree from the University of Northern Virginia. In establishing Frontier Bird Control, Patrick has been able to provide a nonhazardous method to rid locations of nuisance birds. In turn, he offers an environmentally friendly solution by utilizing trained… Read More →

Why You Should Love Fungi – Their Role in Ecosystems

Denis R Benjamin grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospitals in Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA. He is a Research Associate at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth. He was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society and a past Chairman of the Toxicology… Read More →

Gilbert Martinez – Common Amphibians of North Texas

Please join us for Gilbert Martinez as he presents Common Amphibians of North Texas. Gilbert will discuss range, habitats and habits of these amazing creatures, including sounds!! Gilbert has a degree in Biology from the University of Texas Pan-American (now UT Rio Grande Valley), with emphasis in herpetology. He is a Native Texan and spends most of his time in the South Texas Thornscrub chasing after indigo snakes and western diamondbacks. He has worked for the USFWS as a park ranger, and as an environmental scientist working with oil and gas… Read More →

Monica Morrison – Native Texas Wild Cats

Monica is a native Texan who was raised in El Paso but considers Dallas home. She’s a Texas master naturalist and has been working with big cats as a volunteer for more than 15 years. She got her start with wildlife at the Dallas Zoo in the 1990s as a volunteer and tiger docent. Monica has volunteered in various capacities at two Dallas-area big cat sanctuaries, International Exotic Feline Sanctuary (IEFS), and is currently at In-Sync Exotics. She participated in the Dallas Zoo’s ocelot Wildlife Research Expedition in… Read More →