What is iNaturalist? How can it influence land management decisions? Find out at the next Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter Naturalist Talk, featuring Sam Kieschnick, Urban Wildlife Biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). In his role as a TPWD urban biologist, Kieschnick serves the east side of the Dallas Metroplex, an area that is becoming increasingly urban. His job is to provide growing communities with planning guidance and recommendations related to the management of natural resources with the big goal of creating a future where people and wildlife can successfully co-exist. One of the ways Kieschnick accomplishes this daunting task is by using iNaturalist, a database program that allows anyone to use their smartphone and the iNaturalist app to record and share their observations of nature. Sharing and discussing observations helps users build their knowledge of the flora and fauna they see. But best of all, the useable data submitted to iNaturalist is used by scientists and resource managers to understand when and where organisms occur. If you are starting to understand the connection between iNaturalist and land management, you must come hear the rest of the story from Sam Kieschnick!
Kieschnick’s presentation will be on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX 75069, in the Science Resource Center building. A brief Chapter meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, followed by the Naturalist Talk. This is a free event and non-members are invited to attend. For directions to the Heard Museum visit www.bptmn.org. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blackland Prairie Chapter is one of 48 recognized Texas Master Naturalist chapters throughout the State. Our chapter meets in McKinney Texas on the second Tuesday of each month and draws members from communities in Collin, Hunt, and Rockwall counties and adjacent areas. The goal of the Texas Master Naturalist program is to provide an opportunity for concerned adult citizens of all ages to learn about the natural environment and use this knowledge to provide volunteer service in the form of community education, conservation, restoration, and demonstration projects. The Texas Master Naturalist program began in 1998 as a joint effort between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services.