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    Table of Contents:

    CPCTMN Program.......1

    September Program.. ..2

    Membership Minute......3


    Plant Sales……….…….5

    Seabourne Team………6

    Plant of the Month..……7

    VSP Highlights………...8

    Bird Spotter…...…..….10

    Why Little Birds Mob…11

    Our Own Backyard…..13

    Pauline’s Photos……..14

    The Butterfly Effect…..15

    Book Corner………….16

    Lighter Side…………..17

    Snow on the Prairie… 18

    Please send chapter events and nature-

    related articles, photos, and items of

    interest to the chapter to Lynn by the 25th of

    the month. Suggestions for the newsletter are also welcome. Thanks.

    Lynn Trenta, Courier Editor


    We are a group of trained volunteers who share our appreciation and

    knowledge of nature with the community through outreach, education and

    conservation/restoration projects

    August 31st, 2019

    Volume 7, Issue 8

    Coastal Prairie Chapter Courier

    Thursday, August 8th, Erik Wolf gave us a wonderful talk about edible and medicinal plants. We learned what they are, where to find them, how to prepare them, what they were used for, and their broader impact. The edible and medicinal plants were used by the Native Americans as medicine and food, for smoking, drinking and as coverings.

    Foraging ethics and safety questions are “Can I?” and “Should I?” You usually need permission to forage on private or public property. Some National parks require a $20 permit and some private landowners will give permission.

    Then the questions that follow are “Can I eat this?” Proper identification of the plants you are collecting is essential. There are books and websites that can help with this. One website is “Eat the Weeds”. You should know the hazards of using wild plants.

    Information about some common and local plants you can collect follows, but please check with Erik to confirm these:

    • Oxalis or wood sorrel, which has a citrus taste and contains vitamin A and C. It can be used as a poultice to treat inflammation and soreness.

    • There are 300 species of clover and it is species specific as to the safety and use.

    • Pony’s Foot, sometimes called dollar weed, has leaves that are edible.

    • Goldenrod leaves can be dried and smoked, or made into a tincture, which is infused in alcohol or made into a tea. It can be used as a diuretic. The flowers have an anise flavor. The pollen of the goldenrod is not airborne.

    • The Turkey tail mushroom is the most widely researched edible plant and it has been found to increase white blood cells and improve the immune system. A tincture is made. Mushrooms should be cooked as chitin is part of their shell.

    Continued on the next page---

    Edible and Medicinal Plants Summary by Lynn Trenta

    Photos by Pauline Zinn

    Photo by Lynn Trenta

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    September Program-One on One with Randy Lemon

    Master Naturalist Program on September 5th is going to be “One-on-One Time with Houston's Gardening Guru: Randy Lemmon from KTRH Garden Line”, Rosenberg Convention Center, 3825 Texas 36 South, Rosenberg, TX, USA. The social time is at 6:00pm and the program at 6:30pm. Randy Lemmon will discuss “Why Does It Seem That Organics Haven't Taken Hold in this Market?” after which he will be answer all your gardening questions. His latest book will be available for purchase and signing. The Texas Master Naturalists are sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For additional information call 281-633-7033 or email Free and Open to the Public Conducted by Coastal Prairie Chapter – Texas Master Naturalists

    • Loblolly Pine-High in vitamin C—1 cup of tea has the vitamin C of 3 oranges. Pine pollen is a natural testosterone booster and is an antibacterial agent.

    • Plantain can be used for insect bites, as a bolus, skin, tea from leaves good for sore throats.

    • Lion’s Mane Mushroom is edible when cooked.

    • Yaupon Holly’s dried leaves can be made into a caffeinated tea.

    • Hercules Club—can numb the mouth.

    • Dewberry-Flowers, Berries, and leaves for tea. The roots are an astringent.

    • Oak and iron gall can be made into ink, a mouthwash and an antiseptic.

    • Henbit’s leaves, flowers, stem are anti-inflammatory and reduces fever.

    • Turk’s Cap flowers, berries and young leaves are edible.

    • Oyster Mushroom needs to be cooked and 100% ID is necessary.

    • Japanese Honeysuckle is an anti-inflammatory.

    • Passion Vine/Maypop’s parts are all edible and the flowers can be made into tea for anti-anxiety.

    • Dwarf Palmetto has an edible fruit.

    • Spiderwort has parts that are all edible.

    • Cleavers—leaves can be used to make a tea.

    • Elderberry—the berries and leaves can be used.

    • Woods Ear needs to be cooked.

    • Mimosa Tree—is medicinal and antibacterial and a tea can be made.

    • Curled Dock—Root, leaves and seeds can be used.

    • Bull Nettle seeds and root are used.

    We thank Erik for bringing us all of this fascinating information and for his extensive research! An interesting topic and one that many people want to know about.

    Edible and Medicinal Plants (Continued)

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    Welcome Class of 2019! This year's incoming class of Texas Master Naturalists impresses with enthusiasm, positivity, and a love of learning.

    Numbering 27 members, the TMN-In Training members have already made an impact! In addition to completing three Initial Training classes, many have begun:

    • Volunteering at Seabourne and other locations,

    • Engaging in community outreach,

    • Completing advanced training sessions,

    Attending chapter meetings, and

    Participating in citizen science opportunities.

    They are off to a great start!

    Restarting our Mentoring Program, led by Diane Russell, has had a significant positive impact. Thanks to everyone serving as a mentor. And thanks to everyone for making the new class members feel welcome and supported.

    Membership Minute By Bert Stiplecovich

    Photo by Pauline Zinn

    Photos by Garrett Engelhardt

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    Do you just cringe when you are forced to throw away packaging because it is not accepted in your city recycle bin?? Me, too! But, take heart, we have a new program for collecting and recycling some of that “un-recyclable” waste. There’s a company named Terracycle that has a goal to reduce our consumer waste to zero. Terracycle works with corporations that produce consumer goods and develops waste stream programs to collect and recycle that waste. I have been participating with this company for over 10 years now. There are three waste streams that I am going to collect from y’all. The streams are:

    • All brands of disposable razor blade heads and plastic razors, flexible and rigid razor packaging (sponsored by Gillette Company)

    • All brands of mouthwash bottles and caps, all brands of deodorant packaging, old toothbrushes, floss and soap packaging (sponsored by Tom’s of Maine)

    • All brands of foil-lined granola/energy/protein bar wrappers, Clif brand shot drinks, Clif brand energy

    food pouches (sponsored by Clif Bar company)

    Please collect these items and deposit them in the stainless three-compartment recycle bin placed in the AgriLife offices kitchen. Here’s what it looks like:

    For Those About to Terracycle – We Salute You! By Jamie Fairchild

    Here’s my one request: I graciously ask all participants to rinse and dry any sticky, gooey, or yucky items. I’m going to pick up the items in these bins and store them at my house until I have enough to make a shipment. Plus, we don’t want to lure any ants into the kitchen area. If you’d like to know more about Terracycle and their programs, you can visit their website at

    You can also contact me on SLACK or my email with any questions at all.

    And, each shipment earns points towards a donation to our favorite non-profit. I’ve registered TXMNCPC, or we can choose to send our donation to any chosen 501c3! So start saving those items – let’s keep them out of our landfills – and fill up our own bins!

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    Upcoming Plant Sales Fall Plant Sale at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Saturday, September 28 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (or until sold out)

    Did you know that the Fall is the best time to plant in Houston? Many plants thrive in the milder temperatures, and a plethora of busy butterflies and other important pollinators are stocking up on precious nec