This past weekend our Chapter members were busy learning and sharing what they learned.
The Chapter members who are also members of the El Camino Real de las Tejas National Trail Association attended their conference on Friday and Saturday. They shared our new wildflowers of Milam County brochure with all the attendees. (I was unable to go, so I don’t have any photos.)
Yesterday they did field trips of Milam County sites that were on the trail, including the property of Joyce and Mike Conner, Cedar Hill Ranch, which has some important sites on it. They also went to Sugarloaf Mountain and Rancheria Grande. Many thanks to our chapter members who volunteered to help out with the tour.
Meanwhile, other members put together a lovely exhibit of plant samples for the herbarium that members of our group helped collect. It was located at the at the Milam County Historical Museum.
There was also a display of beautiful photographs Christopher Talbot’s A Photographic Journey of the Trail exhibit. The photos were quite impressive, including a photo of the Graham Swale that Ann Collins and Connie Anderle claimed was theirs, because they are from the Graham family. So yes, fun was had.
Ann, Donna, Linda Jo, and Scott did a great job answering questions and passing out material. After the tour was over, the trail conference attendees came to enjoy the exhibits. Lots of people came in, since the Steak, Stein and Wine Fest was also going on. It was a fine way to do some outreach, and the weather was just perfect.
The Wildscape garden project is doing great, despite the recent heat. It is nice to be able to irrigate every inch the way we have it set up. We hope you enjoy the photos of some of the flowers in bloom now.
Butterflies and hummingbirds have found the flowers and are arriving in good numbers.
We’re happy to report that more items have been donated to the garden, including some solar water fountains that will provide a soothing sound and the moving water source many insects and birds enjoy.
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!)