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Chapter Meeting at Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium

March 5 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

March 5- Chapter Meeting at Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium – 6:00pm – Social Time; 6:45pm – Chapter Announcements, followed by the Speaker

Speakers: Rufus Stephens and Jan Wrede. Rufus is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and educator. He has worked as a wildlife biologist for 35 years, 23 years with TPWD. Rufus is one of the founders of the Texas Master Naturalist program and in recognition for this accomplishment was a corecipient of the Wildlife Management Institute’s award for Innovation. Jan is a non-fiction writer and environmental educator. She worked for 19 years as the director of education and citizen science at the Cibolo Nature Center and wrote weekly nature columns for the local newspapers. She also was a secondary science teacher for 15 years.

Topic: Land Stewardship for Birds and the Importance of Native Plant Communities. Fifty years of data indicate that bird populations are declining at alarming rates. Birds have declined in all major habitats most often because of habitat destruction or degradation. What you do with your land can restore and enhance native plant communities needed to produce the cover, food, and water needed for thriving bird populations. The presentation will focus on why native plant communities are key to healthy bird populations and what you can do to help.