TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM
It's a Wild, Wild Life on the Mid-Texas Coast
Cradle of Texas Chapter members who presented our program "It's a Wild, Wild Life on the Mid-Texas Coast" at the recent State Meeting in Corpus Cristi will present the same program for our membership on Saturday, January 20, at the AgriLife Building in Angleton. You'll be able to accrue up to six hours of Advanced Training.
So here's your chance to jumpstart your learning and your AT hours for re-certification by attending this special Bonus Advanced Training Event. The day will offer up to six hours of advanced training and includes a free catered lunch and snacks.
Space is limited to 80 participants. Until January 3, registration is open only to Cradle of Texas Chapter members (and one guest per member who attends). To register click the button below. After January 3 registration will be expanded and opened to members of adjacent TMN chapters until all 80 slots are filled.
If you plan to bring a guest, be sure to write your guest's full name in the comments box that appears after you click the RSVP button.
The final deadline for all registrations is January 13.
Start the new year off right and get a head start on your AT hours. Join us!
Ecology of the Coastline
Speakers: Peggy Romfh, Master Naturalist, Cradle of Texas Chapter and Dr. Russell J. Miget, Environmental Quality Specialist, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.
This session will take an in-depth look at the unique coastline environment of our Mid-Texas Coast, from the tides and wrack line, to the function of the dunes, and the importance of the estuaries and bays. It will also include a review of some of the plants and vegetation of the coastal shoreline and dunes, and a discussion about beach finds — items deposited on the beach by storm surges and flooding, as well as man-made trash and pollution. Participants will have the opportunity to examine vegetation samples firsthand in break-out groups, and will also learn about specific volunteer opportunities related to the topics discussed.
Speaker: Kristine Rivers, Professional Birding Guide / Master Naturalist, Cradle of Texas Chapter
Not every bird found at the shore is a shorebird, and not every shorebird is found at the shore! This session will review lifestyle, behavior, and identification techniques of common Mid-Texas Coast species within the avian taxonomical group known as shorebirds, which can often present a challenge in identification even for experienced birders. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their newly-learned identification skills using their own field guides, as well as comparing them with those used by other participants. In addition, participants wll learn about specific volunteer opportunities related to the topic.
Speakers: Pete Romfh and Peggy Romfh, Master Naturalist, Cradle of Texas Chapter,
This session will cover the amazing variety of fascinating invertebrates that live along our Mid-Texas Coast beaches, including crustaceans (hermit crabs, fiddler crabs, barnacles, and shrimp); gastropods (Atlantic moon snails, our official State Shell the lightning whelk, pearwhelks, and lettered olives); bivalves (angelwings, disk dosinia, coquina, and oysters); and many others (jellyfish, plumed worms, Portuguese Man O' War, anemones, and sand dollars.) Participants will have the opportunity to examine samples firsthand in break-out groups, and will also learn about specific volunteer opportunities related to the topics discussed.
Sea Turtles, Snakes & Alligators
Speakers: Kristine Rivers, Phil Huxford, and Ruby Lewis, Cradle of Texas Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists.
This session will discuss some of the special reptiles that can be found along the Mid-Texas Coast, with an emphasis on the various species of snakes that live in our dunes, and the many alligators which are present in our area. Participants will have the opportunity to handle live animals, including non-venomous snakes and alligators, and will also learn about specific volunteer opportunities related to the topics discussed.
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The Texas Master Naturalist program is coordinated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Texas Master Naturalist programs serve all people without regard to socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.