Meeting Speakers for 2021

NTMN meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public. There is no charge to attend. Summer social and award dinner are for NTMN members and their guests only. NTMN members earn 1 hour AT for attendance at meetings with speakers; report time to NTX: Chapter Meeting.

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

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Rachel Ricter
Dynamics of Urban Ecosystems

Rachel Richter
Rachel Ricter, Wildlife Biologist

It’s not easy to be a wild animal living in the city. Human development creates many challenges for wildlife and they must find a way to adapt in order to persist. In spite of this, our communities are filled with amazing species and breathtaking natural areas that are worthy of celebration and protection. This presentation will discuss the unique dynamics of urban ecosystems, how the fascinating creatures that live in urban areas manage to survive, and why they are so important.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Ricky Linex
Survivor Plants in Urban Areas

Speaker Ricky Linex
Ricky Linex, Wildlife Biologist

This presentation will look at plants that have survived, thrived and adapted to now living in a North Texas urbanized area.  Much of the metroplex was  grazed by early settlers prior to being converted to farmland beginning in the late 1800’s.  As the population grew the farms and ranches were mostly pushed out and replaced with asphalt and concrete surrounding homes and businesses.  Plan to attend to learn how plant diversity, both native and introduced, has changed over the past 200 years.  What makes a plant a survivor?  Over time man has created great changes in the flora of the region.  We will discuss historical plant communities and how they have changed, and what it would take to slow and reverse the present trend.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Carol Clark
Native Bees in Your Landscape

Carol Clark in the Field

Less well known than European Honeybees, Texas’ native bees are nevertheless vital components of a healthy environment, and can provide a new dimension of enjoyment in your home garden. This program will cover basic information on the current challenges all bee species are facing, and the tricks they use to survive natural challenges in Texas’ extremes. Learn why they are important to all of us, facts about gentle solitary native bees and their lifestyles, and photo examples of the many beautiful forms and colors of native bees.  We will include tips on what to plant and provide to attract them to your home landscape and help them survive there, and basic identification hints.  We’ll discuss simple homemade native bee nest sites and find out how to participate in nationwide citizen science tracking efforts.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Chelsea Burnett
Surviving Severe Weather in North Texas

Texas Storm Chaser, Chelsea Burnett

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

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

David Buggs
Diversity and Inclusion

David Buggs, TP&W
David Buggs, TPWD Diversity and Inclusion Director

Wildlife conservation has been and is key to the enrichment of the people, environment and economy.

Texas Master Naturalist volunteers have done a great job providing education, outreach, and natural resource management services to communities across the state. The population of our states has drastically increased and become more diverse over the last 30 years.

Along with environmental changes, shifts in our recreational, commercial and consumptive habits have made the importance of varied perspectives important to our conservations efforts. Taking actions to promote Diversity and Inclusion has become increasingly important to the sustainability of natural resources, our people, and our economy.

As our populations becomes more ethnically, gender, and age diverse, our challenge is how do we engage the changing demographic in more outdoor activities, and how do organizations who support and are engaged in conservation activities become relevant to this growing population without losing current participants and supporters?

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Brandon Belcher
Prairie Ecology

July, 2021

Summer Social

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Kenneth Maybern
Riparian Survival

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Lorelei Stierlen
Talking Dirty

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

City of Dallas Chief Arborist Phil Erwin
Forest Ecology

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Carl Franklin, Texas Turtles
The Triumph of Turtles in Urban DFW

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Dan Northcut
The Ends of the World, Are We There Yet?

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