Author Archives: Whitney Wolf

The Dragonflyer, June 2020, Vol. 81

A Message from our President In a normal year this issue of the Dragonflyer would address our busiest season, with naturalist events at peak activity.  While this certainly isn’t a normal year and we are far from peak activity, I am so grateful for and proud of the strong work NTMN members are putting in to keep our chapter mission going. Read Scott’s spring update here. Miss the Last Chapter Meeting? Find out what you missed and see the June announcements here. Note: you must be logged into… Read More →

Diversity and Inclusion at North Texas Master Naturalist

As North Texas Master Naturalists, we pledge to “subscribe to the highest standards of integrity and conduct.”  Given the current unsettling events in our country, it is time to be forthcoming and unwavering in our commitment to this pledge within our community. Nature teaches us that biodiversity ensures the stability, productivity, and progression of an ecosystem and what affects one element in nature will in turn affect the entire ecosystem. At present, we have a diverse community, but we do not presently have a diverse organization. We recognize… Read More →

City Nature Challenge – Apr. 24-27

City Nature Challenge Update  The City Nature Challenge is still going on, and DFW is still participating. All observations will have to be made solo though – no gatherings or bioblitzes will be happening in the DFW metroplex. So, if you feel comfortable doing so, I encourage you to engage with nature during April 24-27 and make some iNaturalist observations close to home, in your backyard, in your home, or in a nearby park. I’m planning on going to a few parks, and I will go to places… Read More →

Lee Kelton, class of 2012, passes away

We received sad news that our friend and fellow Master Naturalist Lee Kelton passed away on Saturday, April 11th. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Amy Martin, NTMN class of 2018, wrote the tribute below. Her longer version, published by GreenSourceDFW, includes testimonials from NTMN members and covers his efforts with NTMN, Oak Cliff Earth Day, and the Celtic community. A tribute album of photos is up at Flickr. Donations in Lee’s name may be made to Twelve Hills Nature Center.  Lee Kelton Some… Read More →