The Brazoria chapter of Texas Master Naturalist held its November meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Angleton while the AgriLife building is being remodeled.
Anna King, Patty Brinkmeyer, Mike Lasseter, Connie Stotle, Sandy Henderson, Mike Mullenweg and Sherry Summers recertified for 2019 and received the Warbler pin. To recertify, members need a minimum of 40 service hours and eight advance training hours for the calendar year.
A major milestone was reached as Tom Morris attained 5,000 service hours and received the polished gold with diamond dragonfly pin. Tom is a member of the COT Class of 2004. He also certified as a Texas Master Naturalist in 2004 and has recertified every year since. Tom was awarded the President's Call to Service Award in 2013. Members learned they have impacted 32,693 youth and 14,492 adults to date through the Birds of Prey school programs and the Discovery Environmental Education Programs at Brazoria NRW along with several outreach events throughout the county.
Nature Notes was presented by Chip Sweet whose topic was Tardigrades, aka Water Bears or Moss Piglets. Tardigrades are found everywhere and can survive temperatures from 0 to 200 degrees.
The main speaker was April Russell with Sea Center Texas. Her topic was microplankton. Russell has worked at Sea Center Texas since March 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Abilene Christian University and her master’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. Members learned that phytoplankton produces 50 to 85 percent of all oxygen.
Guests are always welcome to attend the meetings held the second Wednesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to noon at First Presbyterian Church in Angleton. For information on becoming a Texas Master Naturalist see www.tmn-cot.org and click training.