Author Archives: Amy Martin

NTMN Insect Instructor Mike Merchant Retires from TAMU

After more than 30 years with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, professor and entomologist Mike Merchant will retire on August 31 . He became renowned for his development of integrated pest management (IPM) system of varied methods for controlling pests while keeping people and the environment safe. His work on crepe myrtle scale and fire ant control was also groundbreaking. Merchant was a long-time instructor of the insect curriculum for NTMN. “I did not even know I was so interested in insects until I heard his presentation as… Read More →

A Chapter Tribute to Judy Parsons

A fond farewell to Judy Parsons, a NTMN stalwart who is moving with her husband to San Antonio to be closer to grandkids. “Judy was the quiet person working tirelessly behind the scenes of many NTMN efforts,” says Ellen Guiling, “with the Junior Master Naturalist program and the Coppell Biodiversity Education Center as two focus areas. As president, she was a calm and level-headed leader. She was very supportive of all efforts to grow and strengthen our chapter.” “Working with Judy to develop the Junior Master Naturalist program as a… Read More →

Lichens 101 with Dr. Manuela Dal Forno, research botanist, BRIT

Lichens 101  Wednesday, October 7 — 7 pm Dr. Manuela Dal Forno, research botanist, Botanical Research Institute of Texas Zoom link    Our presenter for October is Manuela Dal Forno, aka Manu, a research botanist at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). In this presentation, you will learn what lichens are and what they are not, how to identify them, where to look for them, and so much more. Lichens are complex symbiotic systems formed by a main fungal partner (the mycobiont), a green algal and/or a… Read More →

Native Hunters, Prairies, and Bison (1 hr AT)

NTMN monthly meeting for September Wednesday, September 2, 2020 — 7 to 8:30 PM Zoom registration link Glitch is forcing an answer in the final field even after selecting your chapter. Just enter n/a. Christopher Roos, Professor of Anthropology at SMU, will present Native Hunters, Prairies, and Bison, a look at the methods indigenous people used to manage prairies and bison herds. He will discuss the role of fire in the evolution of global grasslands and methods that Indigenous hunters use controlled wildfires in grasslands to improve their… Read More →