Dragonflyer – December 2020, Volume 83

Photo by Daniel Koglin, lake in William Blair, Jr Park near the Texas Buckeye Trail Head.

A Message from our President

What a year it has been! We have so many things to celebrate including the resilience of the 2020 class, our new board members, an improved focus on diversity and inclusion, and over 19,000 volunteer hours already recorded! Being a Master Naturalist matters! Read Scott Hudson’s detailed 2020 recap here.

IMPORTANT: Read the latest on the TMN Covid restrictions here.  The new directives prohibit face-to-face activities, service, meetings, and events until further notice and applies to both indoor and outdoor activities.

December Chapter Meeting next Wednesday, December 9th

On Wednesday, December 9th at 7, Michelle M. Haggerty and Mary Pearl Meuth will join us to discuss Why Being a Master Naturalist Matters. We’ll also hear about what’s in the works for our 2021 annual conference in Arlington. This is a members-only meeting. Learn more here.

Diversity and Inclusion

In January 2020, NTMN formed a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Task Force to address some critical questions. Read more about their important work and how you can help here.

Youth and Community Outreach

Learn about all the opportunities Tiffany, our new Youth Education Director, has in store for 2021! From Adventure Days to Social Media Story Times, a broad range of activities are available to help us connect with the community and the next generation of Master Naturalists! Check it out here.

White Rock Prairie Restoration Wins Award

Faced with challenging obstacles, this 2020 Class Project Team was able to coordinate a biological survey, plan and execute socially distanced workdays, and develop a three year plan for restoring a 13 acre site.

Taking advantage of diverse skills, and with ample energy and enthusiasm, the team put together a winning presentation for the Annual Conference. Read more about it and how you can help with future workdays here.

Dues Reminder

We have transitioned to an online payment system for dues. You should have received an email with the subject Pledge on November 5th. If you missed the email reach out to the NTMN Treasurer here.

2020 Annual Meeting Recap, including Awards

We have many dedicated and talented chapter members who were recognized during the Annual Meeting. See more about them, and learn about the amazing breadth and depth of presentations available during the conference here.

Third Place in the Wildlife Photo competition went to Roger Sanderson’s photo of an alligator and a ribbon snake below. You can see all the photography awards here.

Volunteer Hours and Advanced Training

Do you still need to get your hours in? Not to worry! Our calendar provides lots of opportunities to get your AT and VH! Check it out here. A few highlights:

  • Weekly workdays continue throughout December at places like Texas Discovery Gardens, LLELA and Twelve Hills. Check out the calendar for full details.
  • Tree Planting with Citizen Foresters is happening 12/4, and the Audubon Christmas Bird Count will take place 12/26 at Coppell Nature Center.

Reach out to Russ Olivier if you help or have questions! Deadline to record your 2020 hours is January 15th.

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