Affinity groups provide support for specialized areas of the
Heard’s mission by offering their own diverse education programs. Members of these groups
have a strong appreciation for natural sciences and desire to advance the
Blackland Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists
President: Clyde Camp
Mission: To develop a corps of
well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service
dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural
areas within their communities for the State of Texas.
BPTMN meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00
PM to 9:00 PM in the Science Technology Center at the Heard. Where we continue our
learning about the natural resources and areas in Collin, Grayson,
Fannin and Hunt Counties. BPTMN members volunteer at the Heard Natural
Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Connemara, YMCA Adventure Camp,
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, LELA and city parks and schools. BPTMN is sponsored by TPWD and Agrilife Extension. You are welcome to visit BPTMN and if
you are interested in joining, new classes begin in February.
Collin County Archaeology Society
The Archaeology Society
is a group of avocational archaeologists who meet to
share fossil relics and artifacts and participate in area digs.
Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at the
Texas Star Bank in McKinney.
County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas
Native Plant Society of Texas was formed to promote conservation,
research, and utilization of Texas native plants and plant habitats
through education, outreach and example. The Collin County Chapter
of the NPSOT was formed in 1991 to encourage local residents to
use native plants and to educate residents on native plant benefits.
Novice and experienced plant enthusiasts are welcome to join the
group. Membership is established through the state organization.
Benefits include sharing
knowledge and learning about native plants, guest speakers, field
trips, plant exchange, chapter library and local planting projects.
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month (excluding November
and December) at 7 P.M.
Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society
Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society's mission is to conserve native
plants and animals and their habitats, protect life from pollution,
radiation and toxic substances, increase awareness about using land
and water wisely, seek solutions to global problems involving the
interaction of population, resources and the environment and to
promote rational strategies for energy development and use, stressing
conservation and renewable energy sources.
Membership includes "Audubon
Magazine," published by the National Audubon Society, six times per
year and noted for its superb photography and timely conservation
articles, monthly newsletter, camps and workshops. Audubon sanctuaries
are open to members. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of September-May
(excluding December) at 7 P.M. Program topics include wildlife,
conservation and ecology issues.
For more information visit the
PTAS website at www.prairieandtimbers.org
Heard Bird Banders
Bird-banding contributes vital knowledge of habitat use. More than
25,000 birds have been banded at the Heard since the station’s
establishment in 1978 and has provided information to evaluate habitat
breeding quality. The station shares data with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) and participates in The
Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) “MAPS” program (Monitoring Avian
Productivity and Survivorship)
by contributing our data to an international effort. MAPS measures
reproduction on breeding grounds and combines data from the U.S., Canada
and Mexico so scientists can determine global populations of most
Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association
President: John Talbert
Phone: 972-843-8084 or 972-694-2162
The Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association was formed to provide fellowship and information
exchange among beekeepers and those interested in bees, to promote
the art of beekeeping, encourage the use of honey, protect the industry
of beekeeping and honey bees and cooperate with County Extension
Services, USDA, TBA and other organizations promoting beekeeping
Memberships are $15.00 annually, and benefits include a monthly
newsletter, access to information about bees and beekeeping through
monthly speakers and a club-owned lending library which includes
videos, books and observation hives, annual workshops with advice
and tips for beginners and advanced beekeepers, an annual honey
contest, discounts on industry publications and more. Meetings are
held on the second Monday of every month at 7 P.M.
Heard Nature Photographers
The Heard Nature Photographers
Club is an informal group of photography enthusiasts of all skill
levels who love nature and photography. The purpose of the group
is to bring photography lovers together to have fun and to learn
more about nature photography. Club activities focus not only photographic
technique, but also the natural world of plants, flowers and mammals.
Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month.
The Heard Nature Photography Club also sponsors the annual Heard
photography contest. Memberships are $20 annually and benefits include
a monthly newsletter and field trips.