Impacts of Winter Storm Uri on Texas Fish & Wildlife
It’s been more than a month since Winter Storm Uri swept across Texas, but many are still feeling the aftershocks caused by this historic event, especially our wildlife. Come learn about the changes in flora and fauna after the storm (including a citizen science project hosted on iNaturalist) and whether or not we should be expecting similar events as the new normal. The Texas Master Naturalst Program has an excellent lineup of speakers this month from Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Office of the Texas State Climatologist, and Texas SeaGrant. This month’s #TMNTuesday is a special 3-hour event that you don’t want to miss! It is free and open to the public, and the recorded session will be available on this page or on our Facebook for those who can’t make the live event.
Topics and speakers
The webinar will bring together natural resource experts from across the state on a wide variety of specialties. Topics and presenters will be:
Overview of Winter Storm Uri and the Historical Significance of This Winter Event– John Nielsen Gammon, Ph.D., Texas A&M University Regents Professor and Texas State Climatologist, Bryan-College Station.
Overview of Texas Park and Wildlife Department’s Winter Storm Uri iNaturalist Project— Tania Homayoun, Ph.D., TPWD Texas Nature Trackers Program biologist, Austin.
Impacts to Birds — Cliff Shackelford, TPWD ornithologist, Austin.
Impacts to Bats — Nathan Fuller, TPWD bat biologist, Austin.
Impacts to Exotics — James Gallagher, Ph.D., TPWD natural resource specialist, Austin.
Impacts to Fish and Other Aquatic Species — Dakus Geeslin, TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division, chief of science and policy resources, Austin.
Impacts to Sea Turtles — Tony Reisinger, Texas A&M Sea Grant agent, San Benito.
Impacts to Plants and Insects and other Naturalist Observations — Craig Hensley, TPWD Texas Nature Trackers biologist, Austin.
Where Do We Go from Here and What Can Texas Master Naturalists Do to Prepare for the Next Winter Event — Jonah Evans, TPWD mammologist and non-game and rare species program leader, Austin.