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Meet the Educators
Pat Merkord is Founder & Owner of Bluestem Environmental Consultants
Pat received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and her Master’s degree in Biology with a specialty in wildlife management from Texas State University. She was a high school biology and chemistry teacher for twenty-nine years and received Intel’s “Excellence in Science Teaching” award in 2001. Pat is the founder and current owner of “Bluestem Environmental Consultants” which specializes in wildlife management, habitat restoration, compliance, endangered species, educational services, native plant landscaping, pond management, wetlands, water sheds, and water quality. In addition to her consulting business, Pat is an active member of the Maddin Prairie Committee and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Native Prairies Association of Texas. She also served as the secretary for the Board of Directors of the Native Prairies Association of Texas for two years. Active birders for many years, she and her husband Glenn like to spend time restoring their “urban acre” in Conroe, Texas with native plants. Pat is especially interested in prairie conservation and restoration in Texas.

Mary Kay Sexton is a Science Educator & Creator of
Mary Kay received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas State University, where she specialized in aquatic biology. She has taught sixth grade science at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas for fifteen years. While at St. Andrew’s she created a week-long summer nature camp and also teaches a self-created elective called “EcoAdventures,” which established and maintains the school butterfly garden. Prior to teaching at St. Andrew’s, Mary Kay worked for The Nature Conservancy, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, and Environmental Survey Consulting, a native plant restoration company in Austin. Mary Kay’s love of nature began when she was a young girl riding bikes with her mother and neighborhood children to Salado Creek in San Antonio, Texas where they collected ladybugs for the garden. Her father’s Air Force career took her to Colorado where many a day was spent in the woods and creek behind their quarters. His love of travel meant many summer vacations in national parks. She is especially grateful to her husband Chuck Sexton, retired wildlife biologist at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, who has been a constant source of answers to many questions related to the Golden-cheeked Warbler.