Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…Sunday, September 20, 6:00 p.m.

The CTK’s Creation Care Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2020 is the wonders of nature.
Thank You for Biting: Can non-lethal predation help prey?
Sunday, September 20, 6:00 p.m., online
Join Professor Adrienne Correa of Rice University to learn about coral reefs & their relationship with their predators. Coral reefs are biodiverse ecosystems that are constructed by partnerships between coral animals and their resident microorganisms (i.e., the coral microbiome). Healthy reefs remain covered by corals because consumers, such as some fish and urchins, eat algae and other organisms that compete with corals for space. Continue reading

Creation Care Fest/Environmental Extravaganza – Online

The Wonders of Texas Nature
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

You are invited to the 2020 Creation Care Fest – Environmental Extravaganza whose theme is The Wonders of Texas Nature! Due to COVID-19, the annual Creation Care Fest/Environmental Extravaganza has moved online. Join four expert speakers from local environmental organizations to learn about Texas flora & fauna, and the best places for outdoor recreation in the greater Houston area. Each speaker begins their talk at the top of the hour (10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, and 1:00 p.m.), and plenty of time for live Q&A follows each talk.  Attend as many talks as you’d like.
Please register for the event. Contact Lisa Brenskelle  with any questions.

  • 10:00 a.m.: Healthier, Happier, Smarter: Houston’s State Parks,
    Lisa Reznicek, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
  • 11:00a.m.: Protecting and Restoring the Wonders of Galveston Bay,
    Sasha Francis, Galveston Bay Foundation
  • Noon: The Wonders of Texas Native Plants,
    Jaime Gonzalez, The Nature Conservancy
  • 1:00 p.m.: The Wonders of Houston’s Urban Wildlife,
    Anke Liebschner, Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Join us and wonder at Texas nature!

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation

The Wonders of Harvester Ants
Sunday, July 26, at 6:00 p.m., online
In arid grasslands and deserts throughout North and South America, the most abundant insects are harvester ants. These large and conspicuous ant species feed on seeds, which they harvest directly from plants and store in their nests. Unlike most species of ants, members of a single colony are not closely related to each other; each colony is genetically diverse. Join Professor Diane Wiernasz of the University of Houston as she discusses how the harvester ant life cycle is an adaptation to the harsh conditions of the desert, how these ants affect the abundance and distribution of plant communities, and the sometimes surprising consequences of colony genetic variation. Come wonder at harvester ants! Please register for this talk. Contact Lisa Brenskelle  with any questions.

The Wonders of Plant-Microbe Interactions

Sunday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  Online

Plants, like humans, interact with a diversity of microscopic organisms, and scientists are just becoming aware of the role that microbiomes play in influencing host health. Current evidence suggests that despite their small size, microbes can have big impacts on natural ecosystems – from influencing whether plants are edible to determining how diverse a prairie is.

Join Professor Kerri Crawford, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Biology & Biochemistry at the University of Houston, as she discusses some of the key microbial partners that plants interact with, what impact they have in structuring ecological communities, and how plant-microbe interactions may help solve some of our most pressing problems.

Please register for this talk.       Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions about this talk.

The Wonders of Coastal Wetlands

Sunday, April 19, at 6 p.m., online
Professor Steven Pennings, University of Houston
Historically, wetlands were considered useless land, and we filled them in to make farmland and housing. Today, we realize that wetlands provide numerous valuable services to humanity, and we seek to protect and restore them. Coastal wetlands are threatened by a number of factors, but can be remarkably resilient to moderate rates of sea level rise. This talk will review some of the benefits we derive from coastal wetlands, discuss the threats facing them, and explain why we have reason to expect that wetlands will survive despite ongoing global change. Join this conversation with Professor Steven Pennings of the University of Houston as we wonder at coastal wetlands! Please register for this talk on Contact Lisa Brenskelle with any questions.