Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Like the Outdoors? Become a Texas Master Naturalist!

If you love the outdoors, consider participating in the upcoming Texas Master Naturalist spring training. There are several chapters throughout the state of Texas. All of them sponsor a training class in the spring.
In Wichita Falls, the Rolling Plains chapter is now recruiting for the class beginning late March through early May. When the class schedule is finalized, I will publish links to the schedule and the application, which will be posted to the chapter's website. If you want to see examples of some of the work the chapter does, here is a link to the chapter website, http://grovesite.com/page.asp?o=tmn&s=rpc&p=239487.
You can take the class to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Rolling Plains and increase your enjoyment of the outdoors or you can take the plunge to become a certified Texas Master Naturalist and help spread the joy to others. I received my 1000 milestone award tonight at our chapter meeting, along with chapter President Lila Arnold. Many other members received awards and some members of the last class received their initial certification pins. It is really nice to have a group of people who understand how you can get excited by a bug or fascinated by horned lizard droppings (you'd have to see it to understand.) The great thing is the chapter does so many things, there is something to interest everyone. Regardless of your interest area, there is something for you.
Yours truly has taught the basic bird class the last couple of years. If they haven't found someone more qualified they can talk into doing it, I will probably be there again this year. I really enjoy helping people learn something about birds and the challenges they face.
Good birding!

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