Milam County is nature friendly
The second annual Milam County Nature Festival was held two months earlier this year, but had just as much information and more activities for young and old alike. Saturday’s event, presented by El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, Texas AgriLife Extension Servie and Texas Parks and Wildlife, saw 1,200 visitors come through the gate according to organizers.
“Most visitors were locals, which as master naturalists we are pleased because we are suppose to educate our local community,” said Katherine Bedrich, El Camino Real Chapter president. Chapter members Donna Lewis and Sue Taylor shared organizing duties for this year’s festival.
BUSY DAY—Other presentations throughout the day included Bill Brooks on the reptiles of Central Texas, complete with a python. Milam County’s own Dr. Lucile Estell and Joy Graham spoke on “The Spirit of El Camino Real”; Carolyn Todd presented information on horned lizards in Texas and the state’s official reptile.
Flo Oxley, the Director of Education at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildf lower Center spoke on “Wildflower Treasures” twice during the event.
There were also live demonstrations and nature exhibits on flint knapping, harvester ants, pollinators, crawdads, bats, butterflies, along with the Native Plant Society of Texas. Visitors also got hands on experiences, touching live alligators and snakes.
NEXT YEAR–Bedrich said the Nature Festival will be held at Fair Park in Rockdale in 2012 and 2013. Dates will be set soon.
This year’s festival was held in April rather than in June like 2010.