Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Specialist III Interpreter Kyle Thigpen showed Texas master naturalists Dorothy Meyer and Kathy Lester the characteristics of a black hickory leaf when members and trainees of the El Camino Real Master Naturalists of Milam County visited the Birch Creek Unit of the Lake Somerville State Park on Friday, October 11. The group was led on a nature hike through the natural beauty of the park. Many common and unique species of native plants that provide essential habitat and nourishment for Texas wildlife were identified. Among the plants discussed were the chittamwood tree, western soapberry, honey locust, little bluestem, giant bluestem, green briar, Eve’s necklace, yaupon holly, palmetto palm, trumpet vine, and several species of oak trees. This field trip helped the master naturalists prepare for the celebration of Texas Native Plant Week, Oct. 20-26. 58p1.jpg
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