Dragonflyer #74 – August 2018

A Message from our President

Bruce Stewart, NTMN President, provides a summary of the summer social and the celebration of our 20th year as a Texas Master Naturalist chapter. He also asks the question – what is the right size for us? Read the article here.

NTMN member Heather Lowe presents fellow NTMN member Connie Koval with a 20th anniversary patch for completing a winning game board at the Summer Social.

NTMNs Out and About

2018 Nature Leaders
Discover how Rosemont Elementary School 5th grade students are learning about the Blackland Prairie by becoming Nature Leaders at Twelve Hills Nature Center.

Lepidopterists’ Society June Field Trip
Several NTMNs attended the Dallas County Lepidopterists’ Society June field trip, and John Wilt outlines why his farm is a “Master Naturalist paradise.”

Hexalectris Orchid Survey
Read how NTMN Stephanie Varnum and volunteers team up with Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden to survey these unique plants at Cedar Ridge Preserve each summer.

Summer Social Success!!

As noted in the President’s Message above, the summer social was well attended with over 100 combined members and guests. We celebrated our 20th year with historical memorabilia and opportunities to chat with special guests throughout our NTMN history. There were also several activities during the evening: a homemade ice cream contest, the annual cherry spitting contest, and a photo booth.

View the Summer Social Photo Album

View the Summer Social Photo Booth Album

Photo by Alan R. Lusk

Volunteer Projects At a Glance

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill
The Audubon nature center is nestled at the mouth of the Dogwood Canyon, an uplift of the Balcones (White Rock) Escarpment. Volunteers are vital for support of Dogwood Canyon’s small staff, programs, and habitat.

Have you Discovered LLELA Yet?
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area offers hiking, fishing, paddling, camping, education, and research. For the Master Naturalist, LLELA offers a range of options for volunteering and advanced training.

Fall Class Happenings

Welcome the Fall Class of North Texas Master Naturalists
his class achieves our goal to increase and strengthen diversity in our chapter and volunteer base. Meet the fall class applicants in this article.


Friends of a Feather
One of the Spring 2018 class projects was to raise public awareness of some of the threats our urban environment brings to wild birds, and also to highlight the work of Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, in Hutchins.

Conservation’s Hemorrhaging Pocketbook
R3 coordinators nationwide are marketing to new audiences, leveraging new values, and tapping into new resources in order to make hunting, fishing and shooting sports as sexy as they once were. But what if that’s not enough?

The Media Room

The below photo albums are submitted by our phenomenal NTMN photo committee:

Dogwood Canyon Walks

Lepidopterist Meeting

LLELA 2018

NPAT Prairie Bus Tour

Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center


2018 Nominations
The Nominating Committee, led by our Immediate Past President, Judy Parsons, has begun its work to determine the next slate of nominees to fill open Officer and Director positions.

Register now for the TMN Annual Meeting in Georgetown, Texas

This year the Master Naturalist program is celebrating its 20th year (just like our chapter)! Registration is now open. Registration for the meeting and accommodation reservations are a little different this year, so make sure you register AND book your room to ensure you are both enrolled in the classes you want AND have a place to stay! To view the full agenda, visit the Annual Conference page on the TMN website.

In addition to knocking out hours and hours of AT in one weekend, you can also showcase your talents by participating in several contests: photo, art, and media; video; and the project fair. Visit the Annual Conference page for rules and deadlines.

Your 2018 Board of Directors

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.

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