14.10.17

Marty-Cornell-recognized

Marty Cornell recognized for 5000 VT hours; receives PCTSA

ANGLETON, TEXAS ― September 11, 2013.   The Texas Master Naturalists Cradle of Texas Chapter has announced that member Marty Cornell has been awarded the highest volunteer service award offered by the state-wide Texas Master Naturalists Program.   He was recognized for contributing over 5000 hours of service to our community.

Marty was a member of the Class of 2004.   He qualified for certification in December 2004 and has recertified every year since.
 
In further recognition of Marty's accomplishments he was awarded the President's Call to Service Award in a subsequent meeting.   The Texas Master Naturalist Program was the Certifying Organization for this award.

19.11.16

Jim Calvert receives President's Call to Service Award

From left: Jerry Eppner (Membership Coordinator),
Calvert, Dave Brandes (Chapter President)
ANGLETON, TEXAS ― November 4, 2016.     The Texas Master Naturalists Cradle of Texas Chapter has announced that member Jim Calvert has reached the 4000-hour Volunteer Service milestone.

In recognition of this accomplishment Jim has been awarded the President's Call to Service Award.   This award recognizes Americans who have dedicated at least two years, or 4,000 hours over the course of their lives, to serve others.  The award includes of lapel pin, a certificate, and a letter of congratulations signed by the President of the United States.
Jim 

Jim was a member of the Class of 2004.   He qualified for certification in December 2004 and has recertified every year since .

The Texas Master Naturalist Program was the Certifying Organization for this award.

13.4.16

Ed Barrios recognized for 5000 hours Volunteer Service

ANGLETON, TEXAS ― April 13, 2016.   The Texas Master Naturalists Cradle of Texas Chapter has announced that member Ed Barrios was recognized for contributing over 6000 hours of service to our community.   Ed was a member of the Class of 2004.   He qualified for certification in December 2004 and has recertified every year since.

Ed earned President's Call to Service Award in March 2014 in recognition of his volunteer work for the Chapter, Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges, and Migration Celebration.

Dave Brandes (President), Ed Barrios, Jerry Eppner (Membership Coordinator)

13.12.15

Tom Morris recognized for 1000 hours Volunteer Service

ANGLETON, TEXAS ― December 9, 2015.   The Texas Master Naturalists Cradle of Texas Chapter has announced that member Tom Morris was recognized for contributing over 1000 hours of service to our community.   Tom was a member of the Class of 2004.   He qualified for certification in December 2004 and has recertified every year since.

Tom earned President's Call to Service Award in 2013 in recognition of his volunteer work for Sea Center Texas.

Jerry Eppner (Volunteer Coordinator),  Tom Morris, Dave Brandes (President)

10.7.15

Let's Celebrate: "Time Well Spent"


LAKE JACKSON, TEXAS — July 8, 2015. — At an awards ceremony held here today at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, the Texas Master Naturalists Cradle of Texas Chapter recognized three members for their service:
  • Phil Huxford, Class of 2001, 10,000 hours of service.
  • Sandy Henderson, Class of 2007, 5,000 hours of service.
  • Neal McLain, Class of 2004, 5,000 hours of service.
Chapter President Dave Brandes, Class of 2006, served as Master of Ceremonies with his special brand of enthusiasm and humor.   Following the ceremony, members enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch prepared by friend-of-the-chapter Ron Bisbee.   Numerous chapter members provided a variety of side dishes, salads and deserts.   Following lunch, a special cake was enjoyed by all.

Cradle of Texas Chapter Host Pam West organized this event.   We thank her for her tireless efforts.

Dave Brandes presents the 10,000-hour certificate to Phil Huxford
Honorees Phil Huxford, Sandy Henderson, and Neal McLain cut the cake

Click here to view Lunch Photos

15.5.15

Class of 2015 Graduation

ANGLETON, TEXAS – May 13, 2015. At its regular chapter meeting held today at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, all 21 members of the Texas Master Naturalist Cradle of Texas Chapter's Intern Training Class of 2015 graduated and were certified as Texas Master Naturalists. Each graduate received a Certificate, a Texas Master Naturalist Polo Shirt, and an engraved nametag.

During the training program the interns were divided into three independent-study teams. Each team studied a different topic and presented a report at today’s meeting. The teams and their topics are shown below.

GCBO TEAM
Planting an Educational Garden at GCBO.
The GCBO team planted an educational demonstration garden at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory with plants taken from the Gephart Prairie.   We wanted to learn about both prairie and bottomland forest ecosystems to understand the likelihood of the success of the Garden.


Maggie Schakel, Robert Simmons, Laurel Owen, Fritz Bates,  Jean Britt, Ann Lange, Ken Arnold, Roy Morgan

PEARLAND TEAM
The Future Pearland Nature Center:
  Identifying and Nurturing a Healthy Habitat

The Pearland team selected a location to formally identify its inhabitants and plant species.   The site we have chosen will be the future home of the Pearland Nature Center where children and their families can learn about the environment.   This beautiful site currently attracts a few migrant and indigenous birds, reptiles, and other forms of wildlife.


Colene Cabezas, Mary Kate Ward, Robert Salzer, Kendirck Gray, Donald Sabathier, Jill Carroll, Roy Morgan

QUINTANA BEACH TEAM
Impact of Sargassum on Quintana Beach
The Quintana Beach Team focused on the issues surrounding sargassum and its impact on Quintana Beach.   We explored some of the following issues: What is sargassum?   Where does it come from?   How does it get here?   We also attended the 2015 Gulf Coast Sargassum Symposium in Galveston to learn about important research being conducted, and how it could affect future financial and environmental impacts on the Gulf Coast Area.


Bryan Frazier, Jesse Villasana, Patty Brinkmeyer, Vicki Kirby, Mike Bertoff, Greg Bloomhuff, Roy Morgan.
Not shown: Anna King

The full membership of the Cradle of Texas Chapter gathered to hear the intern team reports,
Roy Morgan, foreground, introduced each team and thanked the class for its assistance.

23.8.14

Two TMN-COT members earn President's Call to Service Award

ANGLETON, TEXAS -- August 13, 2014.  At its monthly chapter meeting held today at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, two Chapter members were awarded the President's Call to Service Award.  This award recognizes Americans who have dedicated at least two years, or 4,000 hours over the course of their lives, to serve others.  The award includes of lapel pin, a certificate, and a letter of congratulations signed by the President of the United States.

The following members receiving the award:
  • Barbara Burkhardt, Class of 2003.  Barbara is currently the Chapter's Past President.  She has served the chapter in numerous capacities including State Representative (2005-06), Secretary (2007), and President (2011-13).  She is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and a certified Texas Master Gardener.   She is a dedicated gardener, and often opens her backyard garden to Chapter members for study and research.
  • Dave Brandes, Class of 2006.  Dave has served the chapter in several capacities including Training Co-Chair (2007), President (2008-09), and Past President (2010-11).  Dave is active participant in our Environmental Education programs where he has taught class sessions at DEEP, GCBO's Birds & Bottomlands Blitz, and our now-defunct program at INEOS.  Dave currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.  Dave is an active Amateur Radio operator at call sign W5DJB. 
The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for these awards.  Chapter Membership Coordinator arranged for the presentations and Chapter President Mike Mullins presented the awards to Barbara and Dave.

  Mike Mullins, Barbara Burkhardt, Dave Brandes, Jerry Eppner.


 The cake

15.5.14

Intern Class of 2014 Graduation


ANGLETON, TEXAS -- May 14, 2014.   At its regular chapter meeting held today at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, all 22 members of the Texas Master Naturalist Cradle of Texas Chapter's Intern Training Class graduated and were certified as Texas Master Naturalists.  Each graduate received a Certificate, a Texas Master Naturalist Polo Shirt, and an engraved nametag.

The graduation ceremony was following lunch featuring The Great Gumbo Cookoff.  All chapter members, including interns, were invited to prepare a 6-quart pot of gumbo.  Ten chapter members entered the contest.
Judging the contest were three staff members from the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Brazoria County office:
  • Jami Geserick, 4-H and Administration Office Secretary
  • John Gordy, County Extension Agent, Ag and Natural Resources
  • Michaele Gregory, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Pam Peltier's entry was judged the winner, with Chris Kneupper's entry judged "runnerup."
Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

The Class of 2014
Photo: Neal McLain


BLUE BIRDS OF BRAZORIA COUNTY
Ken Sluis, Linda Sluis, Cindy Goodrum, Dawn Logan,
Michelle Hague, Denice Apgar, Hope Cepak
Photo: Neal McLain


RiverRats: ANATOMY OF A RIVER
Lorna Witt, Larry Kirby, Garry Ellis, Janet Jackson-Ellis,
Joycelynn Grigson, Breana Kitchen
Photo: Neal McLain


Joycelynn Grigson, Anatomy of River Team Captain
Photo: Neal McLain


Mudderman's Mud Hogs: LIVE OAK BAYOU UNIT OF SAND BERNARD NWR
David Plunkett, Sherri Wilson, John Minkert,
Sheree Muzny, Mel McKey, Lou Golish
Photo: Neal McLain


URBAN PRAIRIE
Christina Hartman, Kim Richardson, Gretchen Minor
Photo: Neal McLain



Graduated and Certified: Michelle Hague, Cindy Goodrum
Photo: Neal McLain


Gumbo Contest Winners: Pam Peltier (Winner);
Barbara Burkhardt (Contest Administrator); Chris Kneupper (Runnerup)
Pam's winning Gumbo recipe is available here.
Photo: Neal McLain


Food line
Photo: Neal McLain


Gretchen Minor, Christina Hartman
Photo: Neal McLain


Ken Sluis, Linda Sluis
Photo: Neal McLain

Justina Dent, Chris Kneupper
Photo: Neal McLain

Dawn Logan
Photo: Neal McLain
 
Daughter and Mother: Michelle Hague, Mickey Dufilho
Photo: Neal McLain

Gumbo! Gumbo! Gumbo!
Photo: Pete Romfh

Joycelynn Grigson, Sheree Muzny
Photo: Pete Romfh

Roy Morgan, Training Director, Class of 2014
Photo: Pete Romfh

29.3.14

Birds of Prey Program at O.W. Roberts Elementary School - March 2014

Lake Jackson, Texas -- March 28, 2014. Under the auspices of Friends of brazoria Wildlife Refuges, EarthQuest presented a Birds of Prey Program at O.W. Roberts Elementary School today.

Birds of Prey programs are a regular feature of Migration Celebration.   In addition to BOP programs presented during Migration Celebration, volunteers from Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges (FOBWR) present Birds of Prey programs at local K-12 schools.   The 2014 schedule includes 29 schools, with additional programs scheduled at:

Birds of Prey programs are produced by EarthQuest, a non-profit corporation based in, Georgia, and presented by Steve Hoddy, founder and president of EarthQuest. FOBWR (and TMN-COT) member Phil Huxford administers the program on behalf of FOBWR. Working with school officials, Phil schedules shows during the two months preceding Migration Celebration, raises funds to pay for the programs, and serves as a sort of Master of Ceremonies during BOP presentations.

Phil obtains funding from a variety of sources: corporations, service clubs, and individual donors. Several TMN-COT members have contributed funds.

The following photos were taken on March 28, 2014, during a Birds of Prey Presentation at BISD O.W. Roberts Elementary school in Lake Jackson

Ok everybody -- sit  on your bottoms!
Steve Hoddy's truck after unloading the birds. 
Phil Huxford welcomes the students and explains the Birds of Prey program.
The entire student body, and their teachers, attend the Birds of Prey program
Laredo, female Harris hawk
Steve Hoddy tells the students about Laredo
Laredo gets a snack
Phil Huxford with Laredo
Steve Hoddy with Storm, a female Andean Condor
Storm is kept on leash
Steve with Storm
Storm gets a snack
Storm shows off her white wing feathers
Still working on that snack

Students return to class

14.3.14

Four TMN-COT members earn President's Call to Service Award

ANGLETON, TEXAS -- March 12, 2014.  At its regular chapter meeting held today at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, four Chapter members were awarded the President's Call to Service Award.  This award recognizes Americans who have dedicated at least two years, or 4,000 hours over the course of their lives, to serve others.   The award includes of lapel pin, a certificate, and a letter of congratulations signed by the President of the United States.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for these awards.

Members receiving the award :
  • Ed Barrios, Class of 2004.  Ed serves on our Chapter's Board of Directors as State Representative, conducts advanced training classes, and participates in our Environmental Education programs.  He volunteers with Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and serves on its Board of Directors as President and as a member of its Migration Celebration Planning Committee.  He is a member of Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association and has served as its President.  Between February and April of each year, Ed volunteers for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide programming provided free tax-preparation assistance to taxpayers with low or moderate incomes.
  • Justina Dent, Class of 2001.  Justina was a founding member of our chapter and has been an active volunteer since its founding.  Justina is an active participant in our Environmental Education and outreach efforts.
  • Sandy Henderson, Class of 2007.  Sandy has served on our Chapter's Board of Directors as Treasurer.  She volunteers with Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue and serves on its Board of Directors and as Treasurer. She is a member of Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and has served on its Board of Directors and on its Migration Celebration Planning Committee.
  • Neal McLain, Class of 2004.  Neal serves on our Chapter's Board of Directors as newsletter editor and webmaster for our Chapter's website.  He volunteers with Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and serves on its Board of Directors as a member of its Migration Celebration Planning Committee, and as webmaster for the organization's website.  He volunteers with the Brazoria County Historical Museum cataloging maps, and serves on the Brazoria County Historical Commission as Secretary.  He is a member of the Brazos Valley Railroad Society and manages its website.

            TMN-COT President Mike Mullins presents the awards to recipients Sandy 
            Henderson, Justina Dent, Ed Barrios, and Neal McLain.

 
The cake