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  • 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
  • Fulshear Prairie Rescue - Just in Time! Spearheaded by the efforts of GCMN member Julie d'Ablaing, Willow Waterhole prairie restoration gained a huge new milkweed population on Friday, May 13th, when GCMN and Houston Native Prairies Association of Texas volunteers dug over one hundred Zizotes and Green Antelopehorn milkweeds.  The rescue site, the railway right of way next to FM1093 in Fulshear will soon be part of a road expansion project and the volunteers got there just ahead of the heavy equipment!  The milkweeds were replanted in the Willow Waterhole prairie site by Harris County Flood Control representative Steve Benigno and his crew.  Hopefully all can now enjoy the Monarch butterflies as they thrive at this new location with the addition of these milkweeds.    
    Posted May 17, 2016, 7:28 AM by Mary Waters
  • Plant Propagation Project gets new digs! Our monthly plant propagation project has moved into the new Houston Parks & Rec greenhouse!  This month volunteers bumped up 750 native grasses and forbs and seeded 1,440 four inch pots! These plants will be transplanted into prairie restoration sites this fall.   Great work everyone!  The PPP workdays fall on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:00 a.m. - noon.  No experience necessary - come out on June 9th and see what it's all about!      
    Posted May 17, 2016, 7:06 AM by Mary Waters
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