Dragonflyer Newsletter – February 2021, Volume 84

snowy river bank at Goat Island Preserve

Photo by Daniel Koglin, A Snowy Day at Goat Island Preserve

A Message from our President

Scott Hudson is pondering what it means to be a NTMN during this particular time in history. In this quarter’s article, he writes about how fortunate we are to live in a part of the country with such natural diversity and ecological significance. We’ve all heard plenty of comparisons between features – forests, prairies, streams, ecological communities – we find here and what’s found in other parts of the country. Read about some of his aha moments in nature, at a micro and macro scale, and learn about how our chapter is moving forward to increase diversity while bringing us closer together despite our large membership and broad geography.

March Chapter Meeting next Wednesday, March 3rd

On Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm, Texas Master Naturalist Carol Clark will present a program on Native Bees. During this presentation, we will learn about current challenges all bee species are facing, and the tricks they use to survive natural challenges in Texas’ extremes. Click here to register and learn more.

Welcome Class of 2021!

On March 2nd, 35 people will embark on their Texas Master Naturalist training. Along with their coursework, they’ll be working on some very important class projects for the Post Oak Preserve and Kiest Park Prairie Preserve, as well as creating new materials to bring the Nature Trunks to life online. As always, the new class brings a wealth of talent and we can’t wait to get to know them. Read more about the class of 2021 here!

City Nature Challenge

From April 30th through May 3rd, join over 300 cities worldwide in a competition to record the most observations of the most species by the most observers! Last year the DFW area recorded over 33,000 observations. Let’s beat it this year! Learn about how easy it is to participate (and earn volunteer hours) here.

photo of a mockingbird

Introducing Affinity Groups

Facing challenges like large chapter size and a wide geographic range, we want to facilitate deeper connections among our members. The Affinity Work Group team will be conducting a poll during the March chapter meeting to gauge interest in creating small groups of members with similar interests, like birding, hiking, or native plants. Read more about the concept here.
small group of NTMN members

Member Spotlight: Sue Matkin

Fresh from the class of 2020, meet Sue and learn why she loves being a NTMN and the joy she finds outdoors! Sue will be working with Nancy Wilson this year to train for her new role as 2022 New Class Director!

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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.

Officer 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.

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