Owls of North Texas & the Impact of Rodenticides 

Owls of North Texas & the Impact of Rodenticides

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Social time starts at 6:30 pm. Meeting at 7 pm. Speaker begins at approximately 7:30 pm.

LOCATION:

  • Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas County Extension Satellite Office
  • 715 Rowlett Road Garland TX 75040

Learn about the owls of North Texas, their eating and nesting habits, with Erich Neupert, executive director of the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. Enjoy this chance to view some of the center’s educational owls up close. Hear their stories and the threats they face from humans, including rodenticides. Rodents make up a large part of owls’ diet. Hear veterinary technician Tracy Cassidy discuss studies in California on how these chemical baits, including first and second generation, have become the top choice for rat and mice control — with tragic implications for wildlife and domestic animals. Predators and omnivores eat the sickened or dead rodents and the toxin accumulates in their bodies, leading to a painful death. Learn how to educate others on alternatives to rodenticides.

Bio: Erich Neupert has been interested in birds since he was eight years old and studied birds with his grandmother, an experienced birder with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. After moving to Texas, Erich has held education and rehabilitation bird permits with Texas Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife with a focus on raptors. As executive director and the permitted rehabilitator for Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the center from rehabilitation and education to fundraising and public outreach. The center receives more than 600 patients each year, making it one of the largest raptor rehabilitation centers in the country.

Bio: Tracy Cassidy has been a veterinary technician for 12 years, currently working in emergency medicine. She is certified in small-animal nursing and has cared for companion animals with a focus on cats, pocket pets, and exotics. While at the SPCA of Texas, she created a TNR/Feral Cat Wellness Program. She was a volunteer wildlife caretaker at River Legacy Science Center in Arlington and now volunteers for Texas Native Cats.

Meeting Speakers for 2020

NTMN meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

  • Social time starts at 6:30 pm.
  • Meeting at 7 pm.
  • Speaker begins at approximately 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, January 1

Mick Tune, author of Wildering: Anyone’s Guide to Enjoying the American Wilderness

Day Hikes & Backpacking

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Cedar Hill 

Wednesday, February 5

Kevin Sloan, landscape architect CANCELLED (illness/weather) Rescheduled for October.

Rewilding Urban Areas     

Brookhaven College,Miles Bldg Farmers Branch

Wednesday, March 4

Erich Neupert, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center & Tracy Cassidy, veterinary specialist

Owls & Rodenticide

Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas County Extension Satellite Office, South Garland

Wednesday, April 1

Dr. Manuela Dal Forno, research botanist, Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Lichen systematics and genomics

Brookhaven College,Miles Bldg, Farmers Branch

Wednesday, May 6

Sam Kieschnick, Citizen scientists and 2020 BioBlitz

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Water University Bldg, Far North Dallas

Wednesday, June 3

Fouad H. Jaber, Associate Professor and Water Resources Specialist, Texas A&M University

Fluvial Geomorphology and Stream Restoration

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Water University Bldg, Far North Dallas

Wednesday, July 1

Summer Social  (NTMN members and their guests only)

Texas Discovery Gardens, Fair Park

Wednesday, August 5

Adrienne Paquette, Texas Wildlife Association

A Guide to Guiding

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Water University Bldg. Far North Dallas

Wednesday, September 2

Steve Smith, Trinity Coalition board chair

Trinity Nature Park & Elm Fork Paddling Trail 

Brookhaven College,Miles Bldg, Farmers Branch

Wednesday, October 7

Kevin Sloan, landscape architect

Rewilding Urban Areas     

Brookhaven College, Miles Bldg Farmers Branch

Wednesday, November 4

speaker TBA

Brookhaven College,Miles Bldg, Farmers Branch

Wednesday, December 9

Awards Dinner (NTMN members and their guests only)

location TBA

Please see our website category Next Speaker or Events at our Facebook page for more details on speaker and locations.

EVENT CANCELLED — Rewilding Dallas with Kevin Sloan

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Speaker is ill and winter travel caution is advised for Wednesday. Our apologies for the inconvenience. It will be rescheduled.

Our speaker for the February meeting of North Texas Master Naturalists is noted landscape architect Kevin Sloan.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Social time starts at 6:30 pm. Meeting at 7 pm. Speaker begins at approximately 7:30 pm.

  • Brookhaven College
  • Miles Building, room H-135
  • campus map
  • 3939 Valley View Ln, Farmer’s Branch, TX 75244

Rewilding proponent Kevin Sloan has a vision: rewild the Trinity River basin between the levees near downtown, part of a greater movement he calls DFW Branch Waters Network. He’s soon to guide the Friends of Northaven Trail into rewilding that North Dallas corridor, And he’d like you to rewild your local greenspace, easement, median, and even your yard.

Learn how and why with Kevin Sloan at the next NTMN meeting in what promises to be a challenging and inspiring presentation. For an advance teaser, check out his recent Dallas Morning News op-ed on the rewilding of Chicago’s river. 

To learn more about Kevin Sloan, visit his website.

Articles by Sloan:

Articles & podcasts about Sloan:

New Year’s Day meeting of NTMN

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Start the New Year off on the right foot!

General meeting + A variety of hikes 

January 1 Wednesday

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

Meeting and program12 to 2 pm — Trout Lily Room

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Speaker: Mick Tune, author of Wildering: Anyone’s Guide to Enjoying the American Wilderness 

~ Hiking preparations: Before you go ~ Weather wise and health wise ~ Be equipped ~ Wild around wildlife ~

Bring blackeyed peas and cornbread — or whatever means good luck in the New Year to you — for the potluck.

Morning Hikes

  • 10 am — 1.5 hour hike + yoga guided by Bob Richie.
  • 10 am — A 1.5 hour Winter Tree Identification hike guided by Dana Wilson.
    11 am — 30 min mindfulness hike guided by Amy Martin.

Afternoon Hikes

  • 2:30 pm — 30 min hike guided by led by Dogwood Canyon staff.
  • 2:30 pm — 1.5 hour hike guided by Dogwood Canyon staff.

Maximum of 20 people per long hike, 30 people per short hike. Reserve your spot here.