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Where Do Turtles Go During a Flood? Bookmark

Where Do Turtles Go During a Flood?
When disaster strikes, most animals head to higher ground. Turtles simply hunker down and ride out the storm. Fast-moving floodwaters would ordinarily have displaced the turtles in Jones Park’s Turtle Pond, but Hurricane Harvey had a different effect, said Jason Naivar, staff naturalist at Jones Park. “Unless they can wedge themselves into vegetation or a structure, odds are they will get carried downstream,” he said. “But, with Harvey, the water line was up in the tree canopy. This gave the turtles plenty of

Homestead Heritage Day, Fishing, and Orienteering at Jones Park Bookmark

PROJECT WILD WORKSHOP Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about ecology and wildlife education during this course accredited by the Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC) and The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). Participants receive a (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) TEKS curriculum and activity guide. Bring a lunch and wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Please note: Program will be held at an offsite location. Click the registration link for details. All formal and non-formal educators welcome. A $30 materials fee is required. Registration required by Monday, Jan. 15 at https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/education/project-wild-workshop-33

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Home Bookmark

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies at Home
While many believe monarch butterflies play only a minor role in nature, Jones Park volunteer Christina McKinney has a different perspective. With more than 325 flitting around her home, butterflies often take center stage. Christina began her foray into the butterfly world in May 2016 after volunteering at a garden with her three children. While weeding the flowerbeds, they noticed tiny white dots on many of the plants. “They had a whole slew of these little monarch eggs everywhere, and we asked if we could raise a couple of them,” she said.