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  • Engaged Volunteers Make a Difference! A record number of volunteers worked at the Exploration Green Native Wetland and Tree nurseries on Saturday. They included twenty-five students representing the Lee College IMPACT ECHS Spanish Club. Volunteers potted up and repotted plants and wiped out a massive weed infestation. Mary Carol Edwards informed us that the volunteers working in the native wetland nursery set a record today, potting up 446 water shield plants (Brasenia schreberi). We are all grateful to have so many young volunteers working at Exploration Green!  
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 2:39 PM by Mary Waters
  • Be on the lookout for Goldenrod Ball Galls Dr. Yuta Karawasaki from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota is conducting research on Goldenrod Gall Flies that create ball galls on goldenrod in our area and is requesting our help in locating potential populations.  While out in the field, please keep your eyes open for stands of goldenrod with numerous ball galls present.  If you find stands of goldenrod with numerous ball galls, please report the location to Bob Honig -  Dr. Karawasaki is only interested in ball galls, so please look for galls that resemble the one in this picture.
    Posted Aug 3, 2016, 12:32 PM by Mary Waters
  • Texas Prairie Seekers Survey is underway! After a series of classroom and prairie training sessions, the Prairie Seekers prairie remnant survey is underway! Teams, including many Gulf Coast Master Naturalists, are scouring Google Earth for possible remnant prairies and fanning out in and around the Greater Houston area and across Texas for in-person inspections. Sites are reviewed and the promising ones formally surveyed. Plant and animal species are logged to the iNaturalist Prairie Seekers project and landforms like mima mounds and prairie potholes are noted. These surveys provide useful information for Texas Parks and Wildlife in determining the status of prairie lands and adding new prairies to the existing database maintained by TPWD. If you are interested in joining the Prairie Seekers project, please contact ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2016, 12:27 PM by Mary Waters
  • 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
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