The Dragonflyer, June 2022, Volume 89

group of NTMN volunteers smile for the camera at Campo Santo de Cemento Grande

“Affirming Abundance: Mexican American Culture, Abolition, and #LandBack,” Dr. Priscilla Ybarra’s excellent presentation at our June 2022 chapter meeting, served as a springboard for a working field trip to Campo Santo de Cemento Grande. Click on the photo to learn more.

A Message from our President

In this quarter’s message, Scott shares his detailed notes on the most recent TMN Tuesday presentation about the important Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) and recognizes the class of 2022 along with the return of Native Plants and Prairies Day. Learn more about RAWA and other wildlife advocacy here.

Reminder: NTMN Summer Social is July 6th from 5:00-8:00 pm at Texas Discovery Gardens and will replace our July Chapter Meeting.

Native Plants and Prairies Day

NTMN and the Native Prairies Association of Texas, Blackland Prairie Chapter collaborated on the triumphant return of Native Plants and Prairies Day on May 7th. An enthusiastic crowd interacted with exhibitors and learned from the engaging and knowledgeable presenters and guided walk leaders. Read more about it here.

Big Chapter Project Recap

Thanks to Danielle LoPresti and all the volunteers who tackled privet and painting (among other things) at Kiest Park Conservation Area on May 14th! Read about it here and view the flickr photo album here.

Brookhaven Windmill Garden

Connie Koval, NTMN class of 2012, was featured in two news articles in the Brookhaven Courier. The first highlights the Windmill Garden and its importance on campus, and the second focuses on sustainability on campus and how everyone has a role to play. If you’re interested in helping out with the garden, located on the Brookhaven College campus, visit the project page here and reach out to Connie. Work days are held each Wednesday morning.

Survey for Chapter Leadership Positions – Your Response is Needed

It takes many hands to keep NTMN running smoothly and to meet our many commitments. The NTMN Nominating Committee recently emailed members a survey on chapter leadership positions.

The survey asks you to nominate yourself or other members to participate in our standing committees and projects and asks you to volunteer for projects and committees that are active in the chapter.

Your response to the survey is critical to how NTMN moves forward. In addition to helping the chapter, you can also get one-half hour of volunteer service just for completing the survey. Log under NTX: Administrative Work: TMN Report Hours and then use the category “Recruiting.”

Member News, Essays, and Opinion

First Quarter, 2022 Service Milestones
Congratulations to all who achieved milestones, with special recognition to Judy Meagher, who achieved the milestone of over 4,000 hours of service to our organization. View all the Milestone Awards here.

Congrats to Class of 2017 member Reba Collins, who was presented with a Special Recognition Award for environmental work in the community by the mayor of Garland.

Shout out to the Frankford Renner Branch Library team and the Brookhaven Windmill Garden team for securing Bring Back the Monarchs grants!

A History of the Great-Tailed Grackle: Read this fascinating article by Class of 2022 member Caleb Hinojos about one of DFW’s urban birds.

June Meeting Announcements Read the announcements from the June meeting here.

We sadly report the passing of NTMN chapter member Michele Renee Miles who was in the class of 2016.

Go see the film Deep In The Heart while it’s still on the big screen. Read Amy Martin’s review of the film here.

Read The Advocate’s article about Brenda Catlett, Ann Sansone, and Janet Smith and Native Plants and Prairies Day.

Check out the flickr albums for photos from our most recent NTMN events including the Big Chapter Project and Native Plants & Prairies Day.

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