Looking at plants, animals and the weather, Jim Varnum’s timing couldn’t be better. As the Texas drought washes away in a flood, the Texas Master Naturalist will bring his program on “How Extreme Weather Affects Flora and Fauna” to the June 11 meeting in Weatherford of the Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
Varnum’s discussion will include heat waves, cold waves and tropical cyclones, using Bastrop County, the polar vortex and Hurricane Sandy as examples.
Varnum’s interests range from birds to plants to prairies to land preservation. He has been a Texas Master Naturalist since 1999 and has completed over 10,000 hours of volunteering. He spends much time searching for native plants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond. He also teaches, gives programs and leads trail walks on birds, trees, wildflowers, prairies and land preservation.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St., in Weatherford. A short business meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available and the public is always welcome.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.