UPDATED! North Texas Master Naturalist COVID Safety and Response Guidelines

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North Texas Master Naturalist COVID Safety and Response Guidelines

April 7, 2021

Until further notice, the North Texas Master Naturalist Program will operate under the following guidelines for NTMN community and youth education, training, outreach and service projects. The board will continue to monitor conditions and update the guidelines as needed. By participating in any in-person activity with NTMN, you agree to abide by these COVID Safety and Response Guidelines.

Volunteers are encouraged to evaluate their own comfort, risk, health, and safety when considering meetings and volunteer service opportunities. If you are in a vulnerable or ‘high risk’ category or are uncomfortable participating in group events, please continue to consider remote service opportunities where possible.

Virtual meeting platforms should be used whenever possible. For all in-person events, meetings or service projects, volunteers must comply with applicable requirements. Individual service projects may have additional safety considerations. If project sites or local requirements are more restrictive, NTMN volunteers are to follow the more restrictive guidelines.

All In-Person INDOOR Activities:

  • Limited to 10 people – Please use your best judgment to achieve a small group.
  • Sign-in at the location is required.
  • Volunteers and all public participants are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.
  • All are encouraged to maintain 10 feet of social distance for indoor activities.
  • The occupancy limit should not exceed 1 person per 100 square feet of indoor public space.

All In-Person OUTDOOR activities:

  • Limited to 10 people – Please use your best judgment to achieve a small group.
  • Sign-in at the location is required.
  • Volunteers and all public participants are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.
  • All are encouraged to maintain 6 feet of social distance for outdoor activities.

General Health and Safety Guidance:

  • Remain at home if you’re not feeling well or have a fever.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you travel to certain high-risk areas, please self-quarantine for the recommended time.
  • Any surfaces that are touched often should be disinfected regularly.
  • Tools and equipment should be sanitized regularly and not be shared between households.
  • Educational trunks are not available for in-person group activities.
  • If you are diagnosed with or exposed to a person with COVID-19, please self-quarantine for at least 10 days. Please notify the project leader if you have recently volunteered.
  • By participating in any in-person activity with NTMN, you agree to abide by these COVID Safety and Response Guidelines.

For further information please email activities@ntmn.org

Chasing with Chelsea: Surviving Severe Weather in North Texas

Wednesday, April 7 at 7 pm

Chelsea Burnett, Texas Storm Chasers

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Photo by Chris Emory of Sundog Art Photography: https://www.facebook.com/SundogArtPhotography

Texas Storm Chasers covers four basic weather elements that are faced in North Texas: lightning, tornadoes, hail and flooding. The interactive presentation highlights statistics and facts surrounding these elements, focuses on the safety precautions before, during and after severe weather events, and provides tips on how to become involved in the weather knowledge efforts to create a safer, more educated community. The content is illustrated through simple graphics and photos, plus fun video clips of the team’s past chase experiences. Find out more on how the team has continued to provide content and coverage in light of the ongoing global pandemic

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Chelsea Burnett is a public speaker/photographer/storm-chaser with Texas Storm Chasers. She is an Oklahoma native with lifelong severe weather experiences ranging from toddlerhood window-watching to chasing across the US every season.

Her formal education consists of several semesters in the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology program, polished with a Bachelor’s in Business from the University of North Texas.

Chelsea chasing a storm while a German film crew observes.

Chelsea’s chase career began in 2011, shortly after meeting other members of Texas Storm Chasers. She has witnessed 27 tornadoes (and counting!), from 5-second EF0s to 90- minute EF4s. Chase states include TX, OK, CO, NM, KS, NE, WY, ND, SD, & MT.

On-screen appearances include “Texas Madness” episodes featured on Germany’s TAFF network, and web-based storm-chasing series “Season of the Storm”.

Published article appearances include Dallas Voyage’s “Dallas City Guide”, “Shoutout DFW”, and “Partner Spotlight”, Camel.com “The Hump” Offbeat Occupations Lifestyle, and Moods Reflective Weather Phobias.

Chelsea spends her personal time with her fellow storm-chaser boyfriend Adam Lucio of Illinois Storm Chasers, and her school-age son Marshall, traveling the US visiting state & national parks, hiking, camping, and of course storm chasing at every opportunity!

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Zoom link will be available about a week prior to meeting. You will need to sign in with both first and last names for your AT to be counted.

The Camera Roll starts at 6:30pm when the meeting room opens. Announcements begin at 7 pm, followed by an affinity group poll. Speaker begins at approximately 7:30 pm.

If you’re not familiar with Zoom, arrive 6:45 pm to set your audio levels and learn the system.

NTMN Survivor 2021

Dragonflyer Newsletter – February 2021, Volume 84

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snowy river bank at Goat Island Preserve

Photo by Daniel Koglin, A Snowy Day at Goat Island Preserve

A Message from our President

Scott Hudson is pondering what it means to be a NTMN during this particular time in history. In this quarter’s article, he writes about how fortunate we are to live in a part of the country with such natural diversity and ecological significance. We’ve all heard plenty of comparisons between features – forests, prairies, streams, ecological communities – we find here and what’s found in other parts of the country. Read about some of his aha moments in nature, at a micro and macro scale, and learn about how our chapter is moving forward to increase diversity while bringing us closer together despite our large membership and broad geography.

March Chapter Meeting next Wednesday, March 3rd

On Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm, Texas Master Naturalist Carol Clark will present a program on Native Bees. During this presentation, we will learn about current challenges all bee species are facing, and the tricks they use to survive natural challenges in Texas’ extremes. Click here to register and learn more.

Welcome Class of 2021!

On March 2nd, 35 people will embark on their Texas Master Naturalist training. Along with their coursework, they’ll be working on some very important class projects for the Post Oak Preserve and Kiest Park Prairie Preserve, as well as creating new materials to bring the Nature Trunks to life online. As always, the new class brings a wealth of talent and we can’t wait to get to know them. Read more about the class of 2021 here!

City Nature Challenge

From April 30th through May 3rd, join over 300 cities worldwide in a competition to record the most observations of the most species by the most observers! Last year the DFW area recorded over 33,000 observations. Let’s beat it this year! Learn about how easy it is to participate (and earn volunteer hours) here.

photo of a mockingbird

Introducing Affinity Groups

Facing challenges like large chapter size and a wide geographic range, we want to facilitate deeper connections among our members. The Affinity Work Group team will be conducting a poll during the March chapter meeting to gauge interest in creating small groups of members with similar interests, like birding, hiking, or native plants. Read more about the concept here.
small group of NTMN members

Member Spotlight: Sue Matkin

Fresh from the class of 2020, meet Sue and learn why she loves being a NTMN and the joy she finds outdoors! Sue will be working with Nancy Wilson this year to train for her new role as 2022 New Class Director!


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General NTMN Information

Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm and are always open to the public. Check ntmn.org for speaker announcements and location.

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Our Mission

To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural wild areas within their communities within the state of Texas.

Documents For March Chapter Meeting

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