Urban Wildlife Conference – Aug. 15, 8:30a – 3p

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Urban Wildlife Conference
Importance and Management of Wildlife in Public Parks

Join us at the Richardson Civic Center for educational presentations on turtles, coyotes, bobcats, snakes, rats, and land management with Citizen Science.

When: Thursday, August 15, 2019: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT

Where: Richardson Civic Center 411 W Arapaho Rd Suite 102, Richardson, TX 75080


8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration and light breakfast

9 – 9:10 am: Welcome and Introduction to Speakers

9:10 – 10:10 am: Turtles in the parks: Paul Crump, Texas Parks and Wildlife Herpetologist

10:10 – 11:10 am: Rats: How to detect and manage: Brett Johnson, Dallas Parks and Recreation Urban Biologist

11:10 – noon: Hazing urban coyotes and bobcats: Rachel Richter, Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologist

Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch (provided on site)

1 – 2:00 pm: Snakes: ID, importance, and management: Nathan Rains, Texas Parks and Wildlife Regional Wildlife Biologist

2 – 3:00 pm: Land Management with Citizen Science: Sam Kieschnick, Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologist

Coordinator: Sam Kieschnick, Urban Wildlife Biologist, DFW Texas Parks and Wildlife

Cost: $75 (or $85 after August 14) including light breakfast, lunch, and snacks

Tickets and more details available on Eventbrite:

CEUs are available (2 General Pest Management)

Questions? Please contact Jo Lynne Merrill at vicepresident@ntmn.org

August 7 Monthly Meeting: Progression of the Wildlife Industry, from Survival to Sport and Profit

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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.

Our August NTMN Program discusses the early use of wildlife as a food source. After the Great Depression and WWII, sport hunting became popular and through the decades it has evolved into a commercial business.  Also, we will have a discussion on hunting leases and how Texas became “leased up” over a 40 year period.  Alternatives to hunting leases to bring in income for landowners will be discussed.

About the speaker:

Ricky Linex is a wildlife biologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service which covers 51 counties in north central Texas.  He is the author of “Range Plants of North Central Texas, A Land User’s Guide to Their Identification, Value and Management” – a plant identification book for Texas detailing various regional grasses, forbs, and woody plants – which was honored as an “Outstanding Publication” by the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Native Plant Society of Texas, and the Texas Section of the Society of Range Management.

The August 2019 Chapter meeting:

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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

The meeting place for August 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 #77 June 2019

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A Message from our President

Bruce Stewart, NTMN President, shares the latest on the 2019 Annual Meeting being held in Rockwall October 18-20 and how you can help. Read news on all sorts of upcoming opportunities to get involved. Read Bruce’s article for more!

SAVE THE DATE! Summer Social is July 10th 6:00-8:30 pm at Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park. Enjoy this picnic with games, food, socializing, and a display of the projects done by the 2019 class. The TDG gift shop and butterfly house will be open until 6:45 p.m.

School’s Out for our 2019 Spring Class Members!

The scheduled class work and field trips have concluded for the amazing 2019 class. Forty-six Master Naturalists in training continue to volunteer and attend advanced training, to make-up classes and field trip sessions, and to complete their class projects. Learn. Volunteer. Repeat. Read more about our new class here.

Citizen Science in action: City Nature Challenge

Citizen Scientists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area competed with over 150 cities/urban areas around the world on April 26-29, 2019. And we did a great job this year! 1,016 participants made 36,513 observations of 2,625 species during these four days.

Learn more about the competition and read about our results here.

Spring 2019 Big Chapter Project and Open House at Rogers Wildlife

50+ Master Naturalists descended on Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for the Spring Big Chapter Project: de-winterizing the facilities.  The team worked hard for 3 hours, removing plastic from the flight cages, power washing, re-graveling, planting, and doing general clean-up. What a transformation and just in time for the Open House we hosted there in June. Read more about these two events here. Check out the photos from the Big Chapter Project here and the Open House here.

White Rock Prairie Restoration

The White Rock Prairie Restoration Project was 20 years in the making. Read about its fascinating history and how NTMN has been involved in making this immense and important project happen here.


The State has changed the rules on how hours are entered. Learn more about it and check out a great opportunity to volunteer from the comfort of your own home.

Volunteer Award presented to Gary Barton
Congratulations to Gary who has earned the First Quarterly Volunteer Award of 2019. Read more about Gary and the hard work he has put in for our chapter.

Brett Johnson wins TOMA Award
Read about how Brett’s presentation on how to plan and implement a bioblitz and how to use the data collected for resource management earned this prestigious award.

Jim Folger recognized by the Native Prairies Association of Texas
Jim received recognition for his work and leadership on Native Plants and Prairies Days, and White Rock Lake Prairie Restoration Project.

Company-matched Donations
Does your employer match donations like Stalin SM’s and Henry Ashner’s? Check with your HR department about matching gifts.

In Memoriam
We’ve lost two NTMN Members this year: Alex Fraser and Helen Bush. They will be dearly missed.

Member Spotlight: Aaryaman Singhal
Learn more about our enthusiastic New Class Representative, Aaryaman Singhal and what he loves about NTMN.

The Media Room

Take a look at these photo albums submitted by NTMN photo committee and project leaders:
2019 Spring Class

Irish Fest
Buckeye Trail Walk

And visit our Flickr photostream to see albums from other big events!

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
Event Calendar

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.

Birdwatching Guide for the Whole Family

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Birdwatching Guide for the Whole Family

Check this out for lots of great information. Treemusketeers