Our chapter meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month in Milano, Texas.
Our Mission: To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.
I’ll tell you! It gave me a happy surprise yesterday, and who doesn’t love a happy surprise? I especially love one that leads to nature observations and stories.
I was leaving work around 5 pm, as workers tend to do, and turned left out of the parking garage. That road leads between two sets of offices, but is shady and has lots of trees. It once was a lovely park-like area, and some parts of it still are.
I looked ahead after making the turn and saw something in the road. Usually, you see deer, since the herd that’s always lived in the area is still here. But, no, this looked more canine.
As I got closer, I ruled out dogs. As I got even closer, I easily ruled out coyotes by looking at the tale. It was a native gray fox! You usually don’t see them when it’s light…
Our June Chapter Meeting speaker was Marty Irwin, who had a long and successful career doing range conservation for Alcoa and other companies who performed strip mining for coal in this area. After Gary Johnson introduced him, Marty shared some pretty fascinating details with us, so I thought I’d summarize them for any who were unable to attend. (I was so busy writing that I didn’t get my usual zillions of blog photos. Oops.)
If I get any facts wrong, I apologize in advance. Also, note that his presentation wasn’t compatible with our laptop, so we all imagined what he was talking about as he went along. Thank goodness he was good at describing.
The Girl Scout Nature Program hosted by our Master Naturalist group in May was a great success, with 23 people attending. The scouts kept Lisa Milewski and Donna Lewis busy with questions.
Master Naturalists Dorothy Mayer and Pamela Neeley also participated in the program.
Everyone had refreshments and toured the Milam Wildscape and Bird and Bee Farm. They got to see newly hatched Rio Grande Turkeys. We were thrilled when the older scouts requested to create projects in the Wildscape.
After this success, we plan to offer all Milam County Girl Scout troops programs like this.
(Sorry we were a little late posting this update!)
Hi friends. Sorry about the lack of blog posts! I’ve been out of town a lot. But the next few days I’ll catch you up on what we’ve received. Remember, the blog can’t blog without YOUR input!
Here are some photos sent in by Catherine Johnson of her home’s habitat. You’ll find a lot of creative ideas that you might be able to re-create in your own yard, garden, or woodland.
Thanks so much for all the ideas for re-use in the garden, Cathy! Readers, do you have any creative ideas to share? Contact Sue Ann Kendall and send some words and pictures! (If you can’t find my email address, comment below and I’ll get it to you.)