Milam naturalists win awards at state event
" The conference prov ides an excellent opportunity for Master Naturalists around the state to receive advanced training, network and share ideas," said Janice Johnson, El Camino member. "Mo Ranch provided a magnificent setting for the conference."
Johnson said program topics ranged from bats, Monarch butterflies, weather, soil, wildlife tracking, dragonf lies and damselflies, wildscapes, insects, and many others. Relaxing nighttime activities included discovering sounds of the night, starwatching and campfires.
Local members who received pins and recognition for 500 hours of volunteer service to the Master Naturalist program were Katherine Bedrich, Cindy Bolch, Ann Collins and Paula Engelhardt.
The event included several popular vote contests in which the local chapter garnered many awards.
Los Caminos newsletter won the newsletter division in the first year of the award.
Paula Engelhardt displayed fantastic photography, winning first place in the scenery division, first in the Master Naturalists at work division, and third in the plants division.
Katherine Bedrich received second place in the art division with her pencil sketch of "Wild Cat."
Next year's state conference will be in New Braunfels.