Flora and Fauna of Ellis and Navarro counties, Texas's News

September 10, 2019

Native Grasses, the Foundation of Prairie Ecology & Restoration

Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist

Monday – September 23, 2019

Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room
· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting
· 7:00 PM - Program presented by John Snowden – The Texas Grassman

Native Grasses, the Foundation of Prairie Ecology & Restoration

John Snowden, the Texas Grassman, will provide a discussion on the importance of our Texas native grasses. John is aggressively involved in public education and currently intensely active in volunteer prairie restorations across the metroplex, winter transplants, seeds, educational demonstrations & pollinators projects. Each outing in nature with friends and family brings new details which John uses in his endeavors. John’s message is Go, See, Enjoy, Learn!

John was raised in rural Tarrant County in what was to become heavily developed south Arlington, and earned a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and then his MS in Horticulture, all at Texas A&M. John learned about native plant nurseries and landscaping in Texas. Noticing the absence of native grasses, John started his own nursery - BLUESTEM NURSERY. Plantings of native and adapted grasses are growing in frequency around the state. John’s efforts to restore the natural community continue with donations of seeds, time, and live transplants. Those efforts will continue into the foreseeable future.


Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The 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 areas within their communities for the State of Texas.

This program is part of a series of “no cost - open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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July 29, 2019

NATIVE BEES FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE Monday – August 26, 2019

Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist

Monday – August 26, 2019

Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room

· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting

· 7:00 PM - Program presented by Carol Clark – Texas Master Naturalist
Native Bees for Your Landscape

Less well known than European Honeybees, Texas’ native bees are nevertheless vital components of a healthy environment, and can provide a new dimension of enjoyment in your home garden or on your acreage. Carol Clark’s program will cover basic information on the current challenges all bee species are facing, why they are important to all of us, facts about gentle solitary native bees and their lifestyles, and photo examples of the many beautiful forms and colors of native bees. The program will include tips on what to plant and provide to attract native bees to your home landscape, and basic identification hints. Carol will discuss simple homemade native bee nest sites, with real examples and slides, and how to participate in nationwide citizen science tracking efforts.

Carol Clark is an amateur botany enthusiast, a Texas Master Naturalist, and longtime member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is now a Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch. She also co-administrates the Texas Native Bee Co-op Facebook page. She and her husband own and operate Clark Haven Farm, a wildlife preserve and custom wildflower seed business in Cooke County. Carol grew up with a nature photographer father and wildlife artist brother, and has spent much of her life looking around in the great outdoors. Her favorite things to do are leading discovery walks in local natural areas, and finding and photographing interesting plants and insects."

Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The 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 areas within their communities for the State of Texas.

This program is part of a series of “no cost - open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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July 01, 2019

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat… Bird Photography In The Field

Monday – July 22, 2019
Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist
Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room
· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting

· 7:00 PM - Program presented by Sue Frary – Bird Photographer and Texas Master Naturalist

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat… Bird Photography In The Field

Sue Frary will present a program for folk interested in Texas birds and photographing them as a means to understanding bird identification, ecology, and conservation. Dr. Frary will cover the ethics of bird photography as well as camera basics, with setup suggestions for backyards, car blinds, and open field photography. Program attendees are guaranteed a digital Painted Bunting and an Elf Owl, among others including bats in perilous circumstances!

Sue is a member of Indian Trail Chapter - Texas Master Naturalist (class of 2016). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Vermont. She first developed a love of photography and a passion for conservation from Eliot Porter’s photographs of the California redwoods. Her photographic interests range from flowers, to desert and mountain landscapes, and to birds of all sorts.

Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
The 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 areas within their communities for the State of Texas.
This program is part of a series of “no cost - open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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June 04, 2019

DRAGONFLY - TOP GUN

Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist
Monday – June 24, 2019

Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room

· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting
· 7:00 PM - Program presented by Tom Fleming – Photographer of Natural Phenomena

Dragonfly – Top Gun

Tom Fleming has been an avid photographer of natural phenomena....... stars, astronomical events, cloud formations, lightning, storms, and tornadoes as well as wildlife. He travels to national and state parks, and ranches to image landscapes, wildflowers, and virtually anything that moves.

Tom is a huge fan of dragonflies and will share his directly observed information and anecdotes about their behaviors.

Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The 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 areas within their communities for the State of Texas.

This program is part of a series of “no cost” “open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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April 30, 2019

Texas Native Cats – Our Wild Neighbors Monday – May 20, 2019

Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist
Monday – May 20, 2019

Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room

· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting
· 7:00 PM - Program presented by Monica Morrison – Founder of Texas Native Cats

Texas Native Cats – Our Wild Neighbors

Learn about the five species of wild cats that call Texas home or did historically. Find out about their habitat and diet, the benefits they provide to the environment, and the threats they face. At the end of Monica Morrison’s presentation, you'll leave with a better understanding and appreciation of our native felines.
Monica Morrison is the founder of Texas Native Cats, an organization that provides educational presentations to groups in Texas about the five species of exotic cats that call or have called Texas home. Many people are unaware of the great diversity of our felines, their habitat, physical characteristics, threats they face, and the importance they play in maintaining Nature’s health and diversity. In a state that has seen explosive human population growth, this native Texan presents the cats’ struggle to cope with human influence and gives a voice to these amazing animals.

Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
The 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 areas within their communities for the State of Texas.

This program is part of a series of “no cost” “open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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April 04, 2019

Wildlife Tracking Monday April 22, 2019

Monday – April 22, 2019
Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room
· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting
· 7:00 PM - Program presented by Dwight Wilson – Professional Tracker

Wildlife Tracking

Dwight Wilson will introduce us to the fundamentals of tracking wildlife commonly found here in North Texas. Dwight will also share several stories of his personal experience learning to track and applying this skill in the field.
Dwight grew up in rural southwest Missouri on a small farm where he roamed the woods at a young age. He has lent his knowledge and skills to law enforcement, the military and universities. Dwight has authored two books: Following Tracks Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 where he shares stories and teaches you to read the track and sign left behind in the woods.

Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
The 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 areas within their communities for the State of Texas.
This program is part of a series of “no cost” “open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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March 27, 2019

MOTH NIGHT at Mockingbird Nature Park 8 -10 pm Friday, April 26, 2019

MOTH NIGHT at Mockingbird Nature Park
(1361 Onward Road, Midlothian, TX)

8 -10 pm Friday, April 26, 2019

As part of the City-Nature Citizen Science challenge, we will be documenting some of the critters that live at Mockingbird Nature Park. We will have special moth lights set up to attract, photograph and identify moths and other insects found in the park.
Learn about and how to use the Citizen Science tool and app iNaturalist.

Stay only as long as you like, and dress according to the weather.
Bring a flashlight to use on the trail and a camera or smart phone to document your sightings.

It’s Easy, Fun and Free!

For more information about the City-Nature Challenge, visit
http://citynaturechallenge.org/
and for our local participation information:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-dallas-fort-worth

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February 26, 2019

Devil in the Details : Using Scat to Estimate Population Size of Texas Horned Lizards

Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist
Monday – March, 25, 2019

Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room
· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting
· 7:00 PM - Program Devil in the Details Using Scat to Estimate Population Size of Texas Horned Lizards presented by Alexis Ackel – Environmental Project , Manager at DFW International Airport

Alexis Ackel, an Environmental Project Manager at DFW International Airport, graduated with a Master's of Science in Environmental Science from TCU, where she studied the school's iconic mascot – the Texas Horned Lizard - in the conservational biology lab.

These diminutive dragons of Texas lore have vanished from DFW and face population declines throughout their natural range. Accurate population data are needed to ensure their effective conservation. Alexis’s talk will focus on utilization of non-invasive genetic sampling via scat to estimate population size.

Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

This program is part of a series of “no cost” “open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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February 06, 2019

CoCoRaHS

Monday – February 25, 2019
Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room
· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting

· 7:00 PM - Program presented by Greg Story – Hydrometeorologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Center in Fort Worth

“CoCoRaHS”

Greg Story will provide a presentation on – “CoCoRaHS” (“Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network”) and how the National Weather Service uses the rainfall data from this important network. CoCoRaHS is a unique, nonprofit grassroots volunteer network founded and operated at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This network is made up of people of all ages from all around the US, Canada and the Bahamas who measure and map precipitation, be it rain hail or snow.

Greg is the North Texas regional coordinator for CoCoRaHS and has been at the Fort Worth forecast center since 1993. His areas of expertise include satellite precipitation estimation and improving quantitative precipitation estimation techniques. Prior to the National Weather Service, Greg spent the first 14 years of his professional career as a broadcast meteorologist.


Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
The 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 areas
within their communities for the State of Texas.

This program is part of a series of “no cost” “open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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January 10, 2019

Seed the Birds pre meeting and “Vision North Texas” program

Monday – January 28, 2019
Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist Program
Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center - Gathering Room

· 5:00 PM “Seed the Birds”

Come make bird treats with members of the Indian Trail Chapter from 5 to 6 pm. We will be making suet balls; peanut butter pinecones; and fruit garlands. Then, if you can, come join us on Saturday, Feb. 2 as we put out the bird treats in various parks in Ennis, Waxahachie and Midlothian, schedule and maps will be provided on Jan. 28. All materials will be provided. Make some treats for your birds and some for the park birds.

· 6:00 PM - Business Meeting

· 7:00 PM - Program by NCTCOG representative “Vision North Texas”

“Vision North Texas” is an award-winning partnership of private, public, and academic organizations making an important contribution to the future quality of life, economic desirability and long-term sustainability of the 16-county North Central Texas region. It is increasing public awareness about important regional land use issues that affect mobility, air quality, water supply and other economic and environmental resources. Through Vision North Texas, leaders and experts around the region have worked together to imagine a future that is better than ‘business as usual’. North Texas 2050 is a major new ‘game book’ for our region that has been shaped by research and the experience of experts in transportation, land use and development, housing, the environment, health and all the other issues that will determine how livable and successful North Texas will be in the coming decades.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, established to assist in regional planning. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions.

Indian Trail Chapter is part of the statewide Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer Program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

This program is part of a series of “no cost” “open to the public” Master Naturalist programs offered the fourth Monday (generally) of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please bring a friend! For more information, please call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at 972-825-5175 or email: information@itmnc.com

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