February 2016 Chapter Meeting

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February Blackland Chapter Meeting: iNaturalist

New Location for February Meeting!

Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30 pm

In the Flag Pole Room in The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living
4847 W Lawther Dr. between Mockingbird and E. Northwest Hwy.
Drive to the top of the hill and turn left on Center Point to park.


iNaturalist: Facebook for Nerds

speaker: Sam Kieschnick, Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Wildlife Biologist for DFW, will speak on iNaturalist  and Texas Nature Trackers.

iNaturalist is an online citizen science network and community or, as it is sometimes called, “Facebook for nature nerds.” With a picture, place, and time, anyone can add data to our understanding of global biodiversity. It is also a great way to learn the local flora and fauna, as there are many experts that give guidance on the identifications of unknowns. iNaturalist copyiNaturalist is also used for documenting invasive species and new populations of nonnatives. It is a citizen science tool that’s incredible fun to use too.

Sam Kieschnick is an urban wildlife biologist with TPWD serving the east side of the DFW metroplex. He previously worked as a nature educator with the City of Mansfield at Oliver Nature Park, as a naturalist at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, tntlogo3as a science interpreter with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, as a botanist with Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and as an instructor at Weatherford College. He has a master’s degree from Tarleton State University studying the genetics of pocket gophers. As an urban wildlife biologist, Sam’s focus will be on three a’s: awareness, appreciation, and action.

For more information, please contact Leigh Ann Ellis. Click her name to email or call 214-321-7159.

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