Jim’s This & That: March 2019

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JIM’S THIS & THAT: March 2019

The nature of a community is harmony, and harmony can be realized by following the Six Concords: sharing one space, sharing the essentials of daily life, observing the same precepts, speaking only words of solidarity, sharing insights and understanding, and respecting each other’s perspectives.   Buddha


Take a look inside for…
1. Links to community calendar… and including …

2. News You Can Use: articles, activities, and resources

3. Area organizations & locations for eco-recreation & education


1. Links to Community Calendars:


(A calendar of events across the Metroplex, compiled by the North Texas Master Naturalists)


(The GreenSource DFW Environmental News & Community Resource)      

Jim’s This & That – March 2019

March 6, Monthly General Meeting – Surviving & Thriving: Reproductive Strategies that Assure Plants’ Success

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The meeting will be held at Brookhaven College, in the Miles Building H-125,  See below for more information on the location and time.


Evidence shows that plants have existed on Earth for the last 200 million years (and Homo sapiens for about 200,000 years). At the March meeting our speaker Dana Wilson will teach us some of the many reproductive strategies that plants have used to survive and thrive.

About the Speaker

Dana Wilson describes herself as native Texan, born in Baylor Hospital; I did my undergraduate at TCU and a Masters at UNT. I was a reference librarian – first at the Carrollton Public Library – then I taught English as a Second Language in community college; was the volunteer coordinator for Metrocrest Services; and worked for the National Audubon Society for the openings of Trinity River Audubon (Dallas) and Dogwood Canyon Audubon (Cedar Hill). My long-time love of plants has led me to my current job at North Haven Gardens, and I’m a member of the North Texas Master Naturalists, the Native Plant Society of Texas, and am on the board of the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest and Texas Discovery Gardens.

The March 2019 Chapter meeting:

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for March is:
Brookhaven College
Miles Building Room H-125
3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75244

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

Dragonflyer #76 February 2019

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A Message from our President

Bruce Stewart, NTMN President, provides a 2018 wrap up and tells us what’s ahead for 2019 including huge events like the Annual Meeting and the Urban Wildlife Conference. Read Bruce’s article for more!

Welcome 2019 Spring Class Members!

On February 5, 2019 we welcomed 50 new trainees into our program. These trainees bring their own knowledge, skills and talents and will receive 13 weeks of classroom training and go on three field trips. If you are in the class, welcome! And if you are already a member of the chapter, make it your personal mission to meet some of these new trainees! Learn. Volunteer. Repeat. Read more about our new class here.

Save the Date! City Nature Challenge – April 26-29

Let’s win the City Nature Challenge

The Dallas/Fort Worth area (the 9 counties around Dallas/Fort Worth) will be competing with over 130 cities/urban areas around the world on April 26-29, 2019.

Let’s document as much biodiversity as possible to show the rest of the world that we have wild spots throughout the DFW metroplex, and we have loads of naturalists who actively care about these wild areas!

Spring 2019 Big Chapter Project Coming Up May 4th

Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has been chosen as the venue for the Big Chapter Project this spring. Join us from 9am-noon to get the property and the flight cages ready for summer. More details to follow.

Volunteer Projects At a Glance

Passionate about Plants and Pollinators? Volunteer at Texas Discovery Gardens
Located in Fair Park, and with 7 ½ acres and many gardens, including the Master Gardener‘s Garden,The Benny Simpson Native Plant Garden, the Native Butterfly Habitat, and the Hummingbird Garden dedicated to Jim Varnum, Texas Discovery Gardens has something for everyone. Volunteer opportunities abound including butterfly house and snake house docents, maintaining gardens, and working in the greenhouse. Join us in the first certified organic garden in the state of Texas.

Community education and outreach have been identified as areas for improvement and growth. We have a wide range of opportunities available including Walk Leaders, Youth Development, Community Education, and Speakers Bureau. We need YOU to help us achieve our goals.

Historian Needed
Are you into history? How about Scrapbooking? We are seeking someone to record all the amazing work NTMN does and create displays for events and conferences.

Seeking Videographers
Do you want to volunteer behind the video camera? In 2019, we’re looking to boost our video committee. Email us at videos@ntmn.org and let us know how you want to get involved!

The Media Room

Take a look at these photo albums submitted by NTMN photo committee and project leaders:
Awards Banquet 2018
Coppell Junior Master Naturalists

And visit our Flickr photostream!

Helping the Honey Bees

Jane Duke attended the American Beekeeping Federation conference in January. Read her report and learn why it’s important for beekeepers to treat for Varroa mites.


2019 Goals
31 members met in January to discuss goals for 2019. They determined four focus areas for this year: Financial Situation, Community Impact, New and Old Member Retention, and Chapter Size. Learn more about these and read highlights from the session.

Survey Results
Thank you to the 101 members who completed the Member Survey in November. Check out the results and their implications for chapter finances, meetings and volunteering.

2018 Member Milestones
One member achieved 5,000 hours, five members reached 2,500 hours, and many more met 1,000 hours, 500 hours, and 250 hours milestones. Congratulations!

2018 Goals and Accomplishments
Three focus areas were identified in 2018: Partnerships, Outreach, and a Fall Class. Review the accomplishments associated with these and what the chapter will do moving forward.

Member Spotlight: Russ Olivier
Learn more about our latest New Class Representative, Russ Olivier and what he loves about NTMN.

Meet our 2018 Honorary Member, John Snowden
John is recognized as a great friend of NTMN, offering Grass Education for our new classes, and allowing us to collect seeds from his property for our projects. He has been restoring nature in the East Cross Timbers soils of Arlington as Bluestem Nursery on his parents’ land since the 1980s.

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.

Officers and Committee Listing

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.

Get Outside this Weekend!

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26th Annual Trout Lily Walk at Spring Creek Forest

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019     10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Spring Creek Forest Preserve, 1770 Holford Road, Garland, TX 75040, the circular parking lot on the east side of Holford

Visit Spring Creek Forest Preserve and go through several stations, staffed by Master Naturalists and other volunteers, to learn about trout lilies and other unique aspects of the forest and prairie ecosystems in the park. 

Come on Saturday, February 23, any time between 10:00 a.m. and noon. When you arrive, volunteers at the pavilion will welcome you and give you introductory information. Then, we will send you along the clearly marked trail to the Trout lily field.

Tom Frey, a regionally acclaimed naturalist, will be with us again for the 26th year. Tom always has new information about our Preserve and its ecology as you stroll through fabulous trees to find the Trout lilies, one of the first plants to flower in the spring. The tiny flowers are only in bloom from about mid-February through the middle of March. Then, they disappear until next year. When you arrive, volunteers at the pavilion will welcome you and give you introductory information. Then, we will send you along the clearly marked concrete trail to the trout lilies. Tom Frey, our advisor, mentor, and friend will be there to describe these remarkable plants. Volunteers will also be on the trail to describe forest, aquatic, and prairie ecosystems within the park, and to discuss why invasive species are a problem in our open spaces.

This format helps solve the problem of so many folks in line on the walk that they can’t hear the forest information.  It also allows folks to go at their own pace rather than having to follow a group; no one gets impatient waiting for others to catch up and each can spend as much time at a station as they want. Some like to spend a lot of time taking photos and discussing the forest. Others like to hear just a little bit and then move on. With this walk format, it is your choice. We hope to see you there! 

Contact: Maureen Bly  mbly08@gmail.com
Website: http://www.springcreekforest.org

Trout Lily Walk at Spring Creek Forest Preserve with Bill Holston

When: Sunday, February 24 from 2:00 – 4:oo pm

Location: Spring Creek Forest Preserve, 1770 Holford Road, Garland, TX 75040, the circular parking lot on the east side of Holford

Trout Lilies (or Dog Tooth Violets) are the earliest Wildflowers to bloom. Please join Bill for an informative, but short hike to view and learn about these wonderful wildflowers and about the special old growth Oak Forest where they bloom.