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  • Clear Lake City Golf Course goes Native!   Between June 9th and June 26th, volunteers, including Gulf Coast Master Naturalists, at Exploration Green began establishing the first native wetland plants on the site of the old Clear Lake City golf course, which is now a 200-acre conservation easement signed with Galveston Bay Foundation. Over the course of four planting events, volunteers worked at the Phase I development site, the first of several finger lakes that will run through the park. Volunteers installed more than 3,000 plants, including Spartina spartinae, Iris virginica, Crinum americanium, and Cyperus articulatus. Each planting event drew between ten and forty volunteers, and work was overseen by Mary Carol Edwards, Stormwater Wetland Program Coordinator, Texas Coastal Watershed Program, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2016, 12:32 PM by Mary Waters
  • Texas Horned Lizard Habitat Survey  The Katy Prairie Conservancy Horned Lizard re-introduction project has begun!  On Friday, June 17 and Sunday, June 19, Dr. Cassidy Johnson, president of the Coastal Prairie Partnership, led a group of volunteers, including some Gulf Coast Texas Master Naturalists, across several promising re-introduction sites to assess conditions and survey existent plants, animals and insects.  Although no resident Horned Lizards were spotted, over 50 different species of flora and fauna were identified and cataloged.  Some promising sites were tagged and other, less promising sites, crossed off the list.  If you would like to take part in this project, send Cassidy an email at cassidybjohnson@gmail.com and ask to be put on her Horned Lizard Project volunteer list for ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2016, 12:34 PM by Mary Waters
  • Beach-nesting Bird Stewardship at Matagorda Beach On Memorial Day weekend, like many weekends during the summer, beach-nesting birds have to share the beach with holiday-makers, their pets and their vehicles.  The birds' shallow, bare nest cups and small, beige, speckled eggs and chicks that blend into the sand made perfect sense when all the birds had to worry about were animal predators.  Now human disturbance is the biggest threat to the safety of these endangered birds.  Their nests, eggs and chicks are very hard to see on the beach, and foot, car and pet traffic breaks eggs and kills chicks throughout the spring and summer nesting and chick-rearing season.    Can you find the nest in the first photo?  The second photo is a ...
    Posted May 31, 2016, 2:32 PM by Mary Waters
  • Gulf Coast Master Naturalists go on a Field Trip!  On Saturday, May 14th we had a chapter field trip to Armand Bayou Nature Center's private rookery.  It was an amazing experience!  We received advanced training hours as Stewardship Coordinator Mark Kramer educated us on the behaviors of colonially-nesting birds of the Gulf Coast and then we car-pooled over to the rookery to enjoy the cacophony of hundreds of nesting egrets, herons and anhinga - all jostling for space, food and nesting material.  Some of us followed up our morning at Armand Bayou with a tour and lunch under the trees at the Exploration Green tree nursery - project of Chapter member Jerry Hamby.
    Posted May 21, 2016, 7:38 AM by Mary Waters
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