There are a total of 629 common bugs and Insects found in Texas in the Insect Identification database. Master Naturalist Judy Meagher will present a 1-hour PowerPoint about insects and then a 1-hour tour through the Nature Park pointing out the valuable contribution of nature's bugs. 

Free. Registration required.

Check out the chapter's projects. Learn how to become a master naturalist. 20th anniversary celebration. Free.

9:30 a.m. Social

10:30 a.m. Program

Info: Fran Witte, recycling_emma@yahoo.com

Tour the wildlife rehabilitation center, overseen by Kathy Rogers, which specializes in treating birds.

Applications are being accepted for this year’s Texas Master Naturalist-Elm Fork Chapter training program. The 12-week training program starts on Aug. 27 and goes through Nov. 12. Each session is six hours of study on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course includes four field trips; Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area and the City of Denton’s Water Reclamation facility. 

Complimentary screening of Sides of a Horn.

In parts of Asia, people pay a higher price for a pound of rhino horn than they would pay for a pound of gold or cocaine. Their irrational demand for a substance no different from human fingernails is fueling an ideological battle on the ground in South Africa.

Many South Africans living near the country’s declining rhino populations face the heart-breaking decision of living in crippling poverty or aiding and abetting the global trade in rhino horn and other illegal wildlife products.

Meet at the main building. Participants will be learning about the common owls they can find in their local neighborhood. This is a family friendly event; however participants should be comfortable with walking on trails at night for long periods of time.

Information session for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. If passed, it would benefit all of us, bringing more than $63 million per year to Texas for at-risk wildlife and habitat conservation, research, nature education and outdoor recreation.

Please join Texas Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to learn more about the need for, and benefits of this bipartisan legislation, specific benefits to the DFW area, 2018 Texas successes, and the many ways you can get involved in the months ahead.

The film follows Jackson on a quest that crisscrosses America and takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, "Can compassion grow to include all beings? Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?"

The film is followed by a Q & A session with Dr. Will Tuttle himself who is featured in the film.

Benefiting TCU's Rhino Initiative. Rhinos are being brutally poached in South Africa at a rate of over three per day. In the last five years we have lost over 5,500 rhinos and the numbers keep climbing. All proceeds from this run will go toward rhino protection, rescue, surgery, and rehabilitation, specifically in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Activities include crafts for children, nature walks, birding presentations, live raptors and booths.

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