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2012-11-15 / General Stories

El Camino Real Texas Master Naturalists


Lexington’s Linda Jo Conn, a recent master naturalist “graduate”, entered a photo in a division of the TNM convention’s photo contest. Much to her surprise, she received 1st place in her category (Master Naturalist at Work or Play)! The photo (seen above) is of Katherine Bedrich, president of the El Camino Real (Milam County) Texas Master Naturalist group, who is examining a specimen of lichen. Lexington’s Linda Jo Conn, a recent master naturalist “graduate”, entered a photo in a division of the TNM convention’s photo contest. Much to her surprise, she received 1st place in her category (Master Naturalist at Work or Play)! The photo (seen above) is of Katherine Bedrich, president of the El Camino Real (Milam County) Texas Master Naturalist group, who is examining a specimen of lichen. Fourteen members of the El Camino Real Texas Master Naturalist Chapter attended the three day 2012 Annual Texas Master Naturalist Statewide Meeting and Advanced Training held October 26-28 at the scenic Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center near Navasota. This was the thirteenth annual meeting of the state organization. The group learned new information and skills and also shared knowledge with fellow attendees acquired from local training activities and chapter experiences as master naturalists.

A wide variety of training classes and activities was offered to participants. A few of the session titles were: It Ain’t Easy Being Green, Bird Feather I.D., Winter Whooping Crane Watch, Native Bee Management Practices, Using Photography as a TMN Tool, Intro to Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes of Texas, Tracking Hummingbirds Across TX, Amphibians and Reptiles, Smart Phone Apps for the Naturalist, and Wildlife Tracking Training, Katherine Bedrich, local chapter president, also gave a presentation, “El Camino Real Chapter’s Junior Master Naturalist Project: Nature Observation”, to a group of conference attendees.

During the awards ceremony held on Sunday morning, the El Camino Real Chapter Newsletter was awarded first place in the chapter newsletter competition. This is the third year that the chapter has received this honor. Don Travis, editor of the outstanding publication and webmaster for the local organization, accepted the honor from Michelle Haggerty, State Master Naturalist organization president. First place photo in the judge’s completion for the photo category “Master Naturalists at Work or Play” was awarded to Linda Jo Conn, recent 2012 graduate of the ECRTMN training program.

Members of the El Camino Real Chapter attending the conference were Katherine Bedrich, Cindy Bolch, Chip Colley, Sherry Colley, Ann Collins, Linda Jo Conn, Sandra Dworaczyk, Paula Engelhardt, Debbi Harris, Jeanette Patschke, John Pruett, Phyllis Shuffield, Sue Taylor, and Don Travis.

For more information on the El Camino Real Texas Master Naturalist organization, visit http:/ /txmn.org/elcamino or to view the award winning chapter newsletter, visit http://txmn.org/elcamino/loscaminos newsletter.

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