This program will consist of three parts. In the first part Gary will introduce this ecoregion and clarify the many ways in which it differs from the Sonoran desert (and others). He will discuss the climate and a bit of the geology and how it affects plant life and visitation. In the second part he introduces the three largest parks in this ecoregion and offers a few suggestions about what to see and do in each of them. Finally, he will discuss the Big Bend Ranch State park where he currently works, and suggest places to find different species. He will have photos of each of the cacti families that appear in this area. There are just over 50 slides and he hopes to keep the presentation to under an hour.
Gary Nored is a full-time volunteer for the Big Bend Ranch State park in Texas. He is the unoffical official photographer for the park and is currently living at the Barton Warnock Educational Center near Lajitas, Texas where he is also working on the interpretive gardens on the site. A lifelong writer, teacher, and photographer, Gary has dreamed of volunteering at the ranch since it opened 20 years ago. After 3 years as a volunteer at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Center, he moved to the Bofecillos mountains at Sauceda where he photographed and wrote about the area for 5 years. Today he is exploring the southern parts of the park. Gary wrote two books for the park. One, the Guide to Campsites of the Big Bend Ranch State Park has enjoyed wide public acceptance and appreciation. The second book, Guide to the Main Road at Big Bend Ranch State Park is currently in production. He is now working on a new chapter for the Texas Master Naturalists training manual.
This will be a wonderful presentation that everyone will truly enjoy. Please come and make some new friends, talk with members and guests, have some fun, check out our library books and be sure to enjoy the great refreshments. Be sure to stay until the end of the meeting and get your free plant offered by the TCSS.