Events for 2010

Longleaf Pine Ecology Workshop

From Thu Dec 02 2010, 10 AM to Thu Dec 02 2010, 02 PM

Tags: Workshop

Location: Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture, 419 E College Street, Bldg 22 Room 117, SFASU Nacogdoches, TX

Contact: Shane Harrington, CF

Description: Purpose: This workshop is tailored for consultants, landowners, TFS and NRCS employees - anyone who works on NIPF. This is an excellent time to meet professionals that will share their knowledge of the longleaf pine ecosystem and wildlife habitat it supports. This opportunity brings together working partners for better collaboration in restoring longleaf to its historical range. The targeted counties for longleaf restoration in Texas are: Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler.

Attendees: This workshop is tailored for consultants, landowners, TFS and NRCS employees - anyone who works on NIPF.

Purpose:  This workshop is tailored for consultants, landowners, TFS and NRCS employees - anyone who works on NIPF.  This is an excellent time to meet professionals that will share their knowledge of the longleaf pine ecosystem and wildlife habitat it supports.  This opportunity brings together working partners for better collaboration in restoring longleaf to its historical range. 

The targeted counties for longleaf restoration in Texas are:  Angelina, Cherokee, Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler.   

Hosted by:  NRCS and TFS 

Guest Speakers: 

Ike McWhorter, USDA Forest Service Fire Ecologist Planner will speak on “Longleaf Pine Ecosystem (Fire, Soils, Understory, Topography)” 

George Weick, USDA Forest Service Forest Silviculturist will address “Longleaf Pine Ecology” 

“Wildlife of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem” speakers will be:

  • Cliff Shackelford biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Division will speak on “Endemic and Migratory Birds”
  • Rusty Wood biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Division will talk on “Game Species (Turkey, Quail and Deer)”
  • Ricky Maxey biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Division address “Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive Species”
  • Jeffrey Reid USDA Fish and Wildlife biologist will present “Longleaf Wildlife Summary” 


Terry Clason NRCS Louisiana State Forester will present “Longleaf Ecosystem Restoration in Louisiana by Regeneration, Stand Maintenance or Overstory Conversion” 

Dave Haywood is Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station at Pineville, LA and will speak on “The Use of Herbicides and Fires in Young Longleaf Pine Plantations” 

Susana Sung is a Research Plant Physiologist with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station at Pineville, LA and will present “Is Root System Architecture Critical to the Success of Longleaf Pine Seedling Field Establishment and Performance?”  

** Lunch on your own from 11:30 -12:30

**Parking will be at the Stadium and Passes will need to be obtained on campus at the Conference Room prior to 10:00 a.m. and placed on the vehicle.

**CEUs will be offered at site to those desiring credits.

Mushroom Walk - Mini BioBlitz

From Sat Nov 20 2010, 10 AM to Sat Nov 20 2010, 06 PM

Tags: ATBI Field Trip

Location: Meet at the Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX

Contact: David & Patricia Lewis

Description: Gulf State Mycology Society (GSMS) - DESCRIPTION: The group will foray into the nearby Lance Rosier Unit of the BTNP, and collect and record species. This activity is part of the BTNP All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). The collections will be displayed, identified, and dried for deposit in an herbarium.

Attendees: Open to all interested in Macro Fungi

Macro Fungi - 2010

DESCRIPTION: The group will foray into the nearby Lance Rosier Unit of the BTNP, and collect and record species. This activity is part of the BTNP All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). The collections will be displayed, identified, and dried for deposit in an herbarium.

The mushroom walk will be lead by the GSMS president, David Lewis. David is also the ATBI Taxonomic Working Group (TWiG) leader. We will foray in the morning, and display and discuss findings over lunch at the FRS.

Collecting labels to document the finds will be furnished.

BRING: sack lunch, water, a basket, waxed or paper bags, knife or spoon to dig specimens, hat, rain gear, and bug spray

Mushroom Walk Printable Flyer

SCIENCE CAFÉ - Myxomycetes at Big Thicket

From Mon Nov 15 2010, 06 PM to Mon Nov 15 2010, 07 PM

Tags: ATBI Social Event Seminar

Location: Logon Café, 385 Calder, Beaumont, Texas

Contact: Executive Director

Description: The Big Thicket Association and Big Thicket National Preserve announce a Science Café on Myxomycetes (slime molds) of Big Thicket. Katherine Winsett, PhD, of the University of Arkansas, will share a short power-point presentation about this very exciting organism, followed by a brief discussion period.

Attendees: Open to public

Myxomycetes-Microscope photo

“Working to understand the ecology, systematics and evolution of myxomycetes, dictyostelids and protostelids — the true slime molds.”

Science cafés began in Europe in the early 1990’s. The intent was to offer a relaxed public forum for the exchange of ideas in a friendly setting where anyone could come and sharpen their knowledge of the modern sciences. Today science cafés are held around the world as venues for scientists and other experts to give short public presentations followed by open discussion.

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Science Cafés are free, conducted in a relaxed forum, and require no reservation.

Science Cafe Myxomycetes Printable Flyer

Bird Walk-Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

From Sat Oct 30 2010, 08 AM to Sat Oct 30 2010, 03 PM

Tags: Field Trip

Location: Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

Contact: Mary Kay Manning

Description: Guided Bird Walk at Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, at 8 a.m. meet at the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary--The entrance to the sanctuary is on Highway 327 just east of the Village Creek bridge. Cody Conway, an ornithology researcher, will lead a bird identification walk in the Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary.

The guided walk will follow the Upland Trail for an easy 3-mile round-trip hike.  This trail provides excellent opportunities to see a wide variety of birds, including hairy woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, brown-headed nuthatches, and many more.

In addition to being an avid birder, Mr. Conway is a wildlife photographer, a Texas Master Naturalist educator, and a member of the Golden Triangle Audubon Society.  No reservations are required for the bird walk.  Participants are encouraged to bring water, binoculars, and bird field guides.  

 Brown-headed nuthatch

Science Cafe-Big Thicket Bats

From Thu Oct 28 2010, 06 PM to Thu Oct 28 2010, 07 PM

Location: Logon Cafe, Beaumont, TX

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description: Third Big Thicket Science Cafe will be held at Logon Cafe in Beaumont, TX starting at 6 pm. Topic will be led by Leigh Stuemke.

Leigh Stuemke-Bat

Big Thicket Day Afternoon Activities

From Sat Oct 09 2010, 01 PM to Sat Oct 09 2010, 04 PM

Location: Big Thicket National Preserve

Contact: Linda Brindle, Executive Director

Description: We will have a membership meeting in the morning at the Visitors’ Center with presentations on the Big Thicket National Preserve General Management Plan, the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, and the expansion of the Preserve. Lunch will be served outside the headquarters building. AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES: In the afternoon we want to give our members and guests an opportunity to experience the Thicket.

For planning purposes we need to know which of the activities you will join.

RESPONSE DUE BY SEPT. 27

National Public Lands Day

From Sat Sep 25 2010, 08 AM to Sat Sep 25 2010, 12 PM

Tags: NPS Event

Location: Big Thicket National Preserve and Village Creek

Contact: Mary Kay Manning

Description: Big Thicket National Park, Big Thicket Association and the Village Creek State Park are partnering to sponsor a clean-up of Village Creek.

Science Café - Neches River

From Mon Sep 20 2010, 06 PM to Mon Sep 20 2010, 07 PM

Tags: Social Event Seminar

Location: Suga's Restaurant, 461 Bowie St., Beaumont, TX

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description: Neches River: Learn about the science and significance of the Neches River. Presentation led by Tom Bell, Sierra Club

MEET AT SUGA'S RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN BEAUMONT

461 BOWIE ST. 

Click here for: PDF Flier to download and print 

Biodiversity Day(s)

From Fri Jun 11 2010, 08 PM to Sat Jun 12 2010, 05 PM

Tags: ATBI Social Event Field Trip

Location: Field Research Station, SARATOGA, TX

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description: FRIDAY, JUNE 11-- NIGHT WALKS: meet at the Kirby Nature Trail at 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 12-- BIODIVERSITY DAY Field Trips and afternoon seminars

Printable Flier

night walks on friday, june 11

8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (approx.)

  • Amphibians Search (Paul Crump, Houston Zoo)
  • *Bat Detectives (Leigh Stuemke, SFA University)
  • *Ranger-led walk (Teacher-Ranger)

*Combine group: MEET AT THE KIRBY NATURE TRAIL

 

BIODIVERSITY DAY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 12

MEET AT THE SUNDEW TRAIL, near Wildwood, Hwy. 69

at 9:00 a.m.

  • FERN FORAY (Garrie Landry, Univ. of Louisianna)

MEET AT THE KIRBY NATURE TRAIL at 9:00 a.m.

  • RANGER-LED HIKE

MEET AT THE FIELD RANGER STATION IN SARATOGA AT 10 A.M.

  • MUSHROOM WALK (David Lewis)
  • MYXOMYCETES (Kate Winsett)
  • BRYOPHYTES (Dale Kruse)
  • ORCHIDS (Joe Liggio)

SEMINARS & DEMONSTRATIONS 1:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

  

Science Cafe - Aquatic Truebugs

From Thu Jun 10 2010, 06 PM to Thu Jun 10 2010, 07 PM

Tags: Social Event

Location: Sertinos Café, 5657 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description: Come join the fun at Beaumont’s first Science Dr. Paul Tinerella will be presenting a short 5-minute power point presentation on “Aquatic Truebugs” followed by a 5-10 minute talk and closing with a 20-minute group discussion. Science Cafes were started in Europe in the early 1990’s to offer a relaxed public forum for the exchange of scientific ideas over coffee, beer, and food in a friendly setting where anyone could come and sharpen their knowledge of the modern sciences. This is a relaxed forum; no reservation is required.

Aquatic Truebug-Strider

Seminar/Workshop: Frogs and Toads of the Thicket

From Sat May 22 2010, 06 PM to Sat May 22 2010, 10 PM

Tags: ATBI Workshop Seminar

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: Paul Crump

Description: Seminar and field trip conducted by Paul Crump and Rachel Rommel. Seminar on frog calls, workshop to identify, and field trip. Limited number of participants. CURRENTLY FULL for the field trip. SEMINAR begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Field Research Station in Saratoga FIELD TRIP (FULL): begins at 8:45 p.m.

Attendees: Paul Crump and Rachel Rommel

Frog-Michael Black

Mixing and Mingling with Myxomycetes: The Slime Molds of the Big Thicket

From Sat May 22 2010, 09 AM to Sun May 23 2010, 02 PM

Tags: ATBI Workshop Field Trip

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description: Become a Citizen Scientist with this 2-day workshop or attend just for the fun of learning something new about the misunderstood and mysterious Myxomycetes/Slime Molds of Big Thicket National Preserve! Workshop led Katherine (Katie) Winsett, PhD student, University of Arkansas

Day 1 will be an introduction to the organisms at the Field Station.  We will discuss the biology, common species, and how to collect in the field.  Included will be a discussion of the best books, guides and web resources for identifying.  After lunch, we will go out in the field for a field discussion of where and how to look for myxos.

Day 2 will start in the lab identifying any field collections and continuing with a slightly more advanced discussion of identification.  Most of the day will be spent at another field site.

Materials to bring: sack lunch (both days), pocket knife, notebook and pen/pencil, one-layer tackle box (as seen in photo), hand lens or magnifying glass [all of these items are optional, but will make your trip more enjoyable and productive---especially the lunch]

More about Katie Winsett
More information about myxomycetes

Collection Box

Arcyria denudata

ADVANCED LIKING THOSE LICHENS!

From Sun Apr 25 2010, 09 AM to Mon Apr 26 2010, 03 PM

Tags: ATBI Workshop Field Trip

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description: More intense workshops (Sunday, Monday- April 25, 26): [Assumes basic knowledge from the first day or previous experience] This workshop concentrates on learning how to collect specimens for serious taxonomic study and work on identification of lichen species. It includes a field trip into Lance Rosier unit for actual hands on collecting. ***The Monday workshop will be much more concentrated and you don't have to commit to both days. RSVP BY APRIL 16.

Cryptothecia rubrocincta

Junior Ranger Day in Big Thicket National Preserve

From Sat Apr 24 2010, 09 AM to Sat Apr 24 2010, 01 PM

Tags: NPS Event Field Trip

Location: Sundew Trail

Contact: Mary Kay Manning

Description:

Sundew with bug

Sundew with bug, Photo by Mona A. Halvorsen

Big Thicket National Preserve invites children 6 years old and up and an adult to participate in a special Junior Ranger Day to celebrate National Park Week.  Come enjoy a short hike and craft activity on Saturday, April 24.  Meet at 9:00 am on the Sundew Trail, approximately 14 miles north of Kountze on US 69, then west on FM 2827.  The ranger will lead a 1-mile walk and share the secrets of the plants and animals of the savannah.  Afterwards, make your own insect-eating pitcher plants to take home.  Every child who participates in these activities will become an official Big Thicket Junior Ranger and receive a Junior Ranger badge, sticker, and certificate.  Call the Visitor Center for more information at 409-951-6700.

LIKING THOSE LICHENS!

From Sat Apr 24 2010, 09 AM to Sat Apr 24 2010, 03 PM

Tags: ATBI Workshop Seminar Field Trip

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description: 1-day field seminar. Dr. Egan will have a PowerPoint presentation on general lichen biology with lots of demonstrations of various lichen growth forms, reproductive features, diversity, etc.. In the afternoon, a 1+ hour field trip to point out common species and re-group at the FRS for summary.

Cladonia leporina   

Cladonia leporina

CANOE TRIP: Exploring Fishes & Habitat along the Neches

From Fri Apr 23 2010, 08 AM to Sun Apr 25 2010, 09 PM

Tags: Workshop Field Trip

Location: Field Research Station, Saratoga

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description: As part of the Thicket of Diversity, All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), a "float" trip along the Neches River to explore types of fish and habitats will be lead by Dr. Chad Hargrave. RSVP date-April 14, 2010

Attendees: Open to the public.

As part of the Thicket of Diversity, All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), a "float" trip along the Neches River to explore types of fish and habitats will be lead by Dr. Chad Hargrave.

Launch on Friday, April 23 and take out on Sunday, April 25

  • Departure on Friday, April 23, 7 a.m.
  • Cost: approx. $50.00 per person, includes canoe rental, shuttle and launch. If you have personal canoe, the cost will be $30.00 (shuttle & launch)
  • Meals: 3 meals/ day will be provided at a small cost per person (approx. $10-15 each day)
  • Return on Sunday, April 25, 5 p.m. (this is changed from the original, earlier off river)
  • BRING: personal gear, dry bag, tent, sleeping bag, extra clothing, bug spray, sunscreen, hat.


RSVP date-April 14, 2010

Contact Email: director@bigthicket.org

Contact Phone: 936-274-5898

RSVP date-April 14, 2010

Canoe BITH-01

Quarterly Board of Directors meeting

From Sat Apr 10 2010, 09 AM to Sat Apr 10 2010, 12 PM

Tags: Meeting

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: Linda Brindle

Description:

Black Bears of East Texas- workshop

From Sat Feb 27 2010, 09 AM to Sat Feb 27 2010, 12 PM

Tags: Workshop

Location: Big Thicket National Preserve- Visitor Center

Contact: Rachel Rommel

Description: Free Educators Workshop. Earn 3 hours continuing education credit and receive a FREE Texas Educators Guide to Black Bears!

Attendees: Educators and teachers

The Bear Necessities

Did you know black bears once roamed East Texas?  They have been gone for decades, but now they are slowly coming home.  Visit www.easttexasblackbear.org 

  • General overview of black bear biology and ecology
  • History and current status in Texas
  • Conservation efforts
  • Using the Educators Guide to Black Bears in the classroom & info on the Bear Trunk Loan program
  • Nature walk in the Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Tasty bear treats!
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TARGET AUDIENCE is educators and teachers, but others may attend depending on available space. 

RSVP & INFO. TO RACHEL ROMMEL, rrommel@houstonzoo.org