Volunteers Needed.  The Coastal Marine Ecology Program at Sam Houston State University is looking for some local volunteers to help out with research and monitoring of bull sharks, alligator gar, and fish communities in San Antonio Bay and Matagorda Bay this Fall. Room and board is provided, as well as transportation from Huntsville, College Station, Houston, and nearby areas.

If interested in participating and/or more information about the projects, please contact Phil Matich: pmati001@fiu.edu or matich.philip@shsu.edu (posted 9/27/16)

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department – September/October 2013 – Friday Tours – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Kerr and Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Areas – Addressing Resource Concerns in the Edward’s Plateau

1.  Natural Resources: Addressing Critical Issues in the Edward’s Plateau
Friday Tours:
September 6th – Kerr Wildlife Management Area 1-5 PM
September 13th – Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Seminar will deliver natural history, behavior and research focus concerning collared peccary and feral swine. Join us for programs covering what we have learned and are investigating regarding these species. Outdoor tour of sites at the Management Areas will follow demonstrating topics covered indoors.

• Natural History/Management of Collared Peccary
• Collared Peccary Research in Central Texas
• Feral Swine Natural History, Research, New tools and Technologies

2.  Ecosystems Approach to Wildlife Management, Putting It All Together
Friday Tours:
October 4th – Kerr Wildlife Management Area 1-5 PM
October 11th – Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Finding a cure rather than treating a symptom. 3rd and final seminar discussing white-tailed deer management, grazing management,  prescribed burning, brush control and endangered species. The seminar will also include over 30 years of nutrition and genetics research conducted in the Donnie E. Harmel White-tailed Deer Research Facility. Outdoor tour of sites at the Management Areas will follow demonstrating topics covered indoors.

Contact the respective Wildlife Management Area office for more details and to make a reservation.

Kerr Wildlife Management Area
Office: 830-238-4483

Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Office: 325-347-5037
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Prairie Restoration Roundup, Texas City Prairie Reserve – July 26, 2013

Join restorationists of SE Texas for a day of hands-on demonstrations and insightful discussions about restoring prairie to farms, ranches, private residences, parks, and more.

Cost $35 for the general public and professionals and $25 for students and Texas Master Naturalists.  Registration Required.

For more information, contact:  prairiepartner@gmail.com or visit http://prairiepartner.org/page/heartland-series-1

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Texas Invasive Species Class – June 22,2013, 9am – 4pm

The Rio Brazos Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists is offering a class on invasive species.  The class will meet at the Hood County Development District #1 Community Room in Acton, TX.

Coffee and snacks will be provided.  Bring a brown bag lunch.

To RSVP and for more information contact:  Robert Theimer at:  rlnatheimer@sbcglobal.net

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Mary Talbot Prairie Field Trip – June 8, 2013, 8:30-11am

The Native Prairies Association of Texas is hosting a visit to a rare 114-acre Silveus’ Dropseed Prairie.  The trip includes an on-site discussion of restoration techniques and a view of this remnant as a model of what a restored prairie should look like.  Explore and ID native prairie plants and hear from experts how to restore your own prairie.  Participants will receive free native seed packs and handouts on restoration and native prairie plants.

Meet betwen 7:30-8:30am at McDonalds in New Boston at 702 North McCoy Blvd (about 20 miles west of Texarkana and 150 miles east of Dallas on I-30).

For more information contact:  Pat Merkord at 936-827-7973 or e-mail at pat_merkord@texasprairie.org.

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Native Plant Society of Texas, Biological Inventory Training – June 8, 2013, 10am – 12pm

Native Plant Society of Texas, Biological Inventory Training at Lubbock Lake Landmark, Lubbock, TX.  For more information e-mail:  sanderslp@yahoo.com

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North American Butterfly Association Count at Love Creek Preserve – June 6, 2013

Save the Date of June 6, 2013 for our annual North American Butterfly Association (NABA) count at Love Creek Preserve!  Our Love Creek count came in first in the state las year with 53 species identified!  We’ve set our sights on finding 60+ species this year, so game on!!  We’ll need all the help we can get to locate, chase and identify these elusive little winged critters, so please consider joining us!!  No experience necessary!  We’ll divide into teams the morning of the count and pair people up accordingly.  Specific details regarding meeting time and location will be sent out closer to the date.  If you have any questions or are interested in participating, contact Rebecca Flack at:  rflack@tnc.org.

For more information about NABA and/or the butterfly count, please visit:  http://naba.org

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Wetland Field Day at Sheldon Lake State Park

The Sheldon Lake State Park Wetland restoration represents a new, unique approach to restoring critical freshwater wetland systems.  Join the Field Day with:  (a) NEW presentations by local experts; (b) site visit to individual wetlands; (c) CEU certificates provided; and )d) lunch included.

Date:  April 11, 2013

Time:  10am – 3pm

Location:  14200 Garrett Road, Houston, TX  77049

RSVP Required TO:  Marissa Sipocz, Wetland Program Manager at:  m-sipocz@tamu.edu or by phone at:  281-450-9674.