FALL on the PRAIRIES

SEPTEMBER NPAT CHAPTER EVENTS

(Click on each chapter’s link for details: BNPAT, FWNPAT, HNPAT.)
- THROUGH SEPTEMBER! THERE’S STILL TIME TO CONTRIBUTE IN HNPAT’s SEPTEMBER FUNDRAISING APPEAL
09-26-18: HNPAT: “Texas Ecosystem Analytical Mapper”/TEAM: an interactive mapping tool presented by Amie Treuer-Kuehn of Texas Parks and Wildlife. 6:30 pm Meet at Red Cross Building, 2700 SW Frwy - easy access and free parking; Presentation @ 7:00pm!
09-29-18:
- 9:30am-2:00pm HNPAT’s “Fall Prairie Day” at DPP Welcome NPAT members, supporters, friends, and neighbors! Visit Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Preserve: enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife; see prairie plants you can use in your own urban garden to attract pollinators! Walk and learn how to collect prairie plant seeds from the wild for your garden; do some seed collecting for yourself to take home and grow in your garden. Bring your camera or smart phone to take pictures of the different species of plants and animals at DPP to post on iNaturalist.org.
- 9:00am-2:00pm FWNPAT’s “Fire Ecology” Field Trip to TPWD’s Ray Roberts Lake State Park. PLEASE NOTE: This is a carpool event so a designated driver will need to be determined; Cost/Entrance to the park is $10; Proceeds benefit RRLSP & NPAT; See FWNPAT’s webpage for details and registration. Thanks!
- YANTIS PRAIRIE DAYSaturday, Yantis ISD, 105 W. Oak, Yantis, TX 75497, (Wood County, east of Dallas/south of Sulphur Springs). FREE.  Please contact:.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Her daughter, Kasey Rhodes has dreamed of having a prairie day.  She wrote an article, “Monarch’s Milk for the Great Migration”, which was published in the June, 2018, issue of the WOOD COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE “Coop News”.  She received support from many people, including NPAT’s Michelle Villafranca.  Kasey moved forward with her plan after having received support from Michelle and others who have advised the Yantis family on setting up a community event in their town. The 9/29/18 event will include various expert speakers; seed giveaway; a class on tagging, sexing and tracking butterflies; and a “native edible plant and herb walk”!
SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
San Antonio Chapter met 09-04-18: Susan Snow was our speaker; she is an archeologist with the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Her presentation addressed the San Antonio area missions in terms of their landscape (i.e. why they are located where they are). Of particular interest to us was her description of Rancho de las Cabras near Floresville, which prospered in the 1700’s in part because of its location on the El Camino Real. Rancho will be open for visitors on Saturday, Sept 22: scheduled and self-guided tours.
Fort Worth and Dallas Chapters met 09-10-18 & 09-11-18 and were treated to presentations by Karl and Kelli Ebel and their son, Christian. (ENJOY his impressive “native prairie” video via this link: “The Disappearing Native Grasslands”.) They also spoke on “The Journey of Restoring 645 Acres of Rare Silveus Dropseed Prairie at the Ebel Grassland Ranch” and “Sustainable beef production on native grasslands”.

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BECOME AN NPAT VOLUNTEER!
Volunteers ARE the faces of non-profit organizations. We welcome new perspectives, curiousity, vitality and a sence of community. We do not all claim to be ‘experts’ in Texas native flora and fauna!  An NPAT volunteer is committed to learning and sharing our message: the significance of restoring and maintaining the natural balance of Texas ecology.
Vital roles are filled at NPAT by some amazing people! While most NPAT volunteers are happy to remain in the ‘background’, collectively they thrive and create platforms where NPAT’s messages can be disseminated. Dedicated volunteers comprise our board of directors and local chapters: CenTex (Georgetown), Blackland (Dallas), Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
* Some of NPAT’s landowners offer their prairies for gathering spots: students conduct research projects and chapters and organizations conduct educational workshops throughout the year.
NPAT board of directors and chapter members are volunteers: 
* Our board members oversee and manage the ‘business’ and ‘outreach’ of NPAT.
* Chapter members collaborate with area professionals, scholars conducting research, authors whose works focus on ‘prairie’ and ‘conservation’, and other organizations (partners and affiliates ). They represent NPAT in their communities and provide platforms for education and prairie activities.
TO EACH NPAT VOLUNTEER,
Your dedication, creativity, time, and efforts do not go unnoticed. We sincerely appreciate you for enabling and supporting NPAT’s growth. Thank you all!

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TAKE A WALK ON A PRAIRIE!
We recommend you go well-prepared:
Secure the owner’s permission.
Protect yourself from SUN, FLEAS, TICKS & MOSQUITOES: Remember sunscreen, insect repellant; wear light colored clothing (a long sleeve shirt/long pants; tie a band around your pant cuff to diminish tick bites). Wear a hat and closed-toe shoes/boots.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND PACE YOURSELF!
TAKE CAMERAS and BINOCULARS!

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FALL IS A GREAT TIME TO EXPERIENCE PRAIRIES WHAT’S GOING ON?  As you can see above, September continues to offer several opportunities; more are on the way and are detailed on our News & Events pages, and will also be featured in our October eNewsletter. Chapter meetings will continue with VERY INTERESTING and INFORMATIVE presentations. We won’t stop there as exciting events are being planned through the end of the year!
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OUR PRINTED NEWSLETTER IS BACK!TEXAS PRAIRIE NEWS Summer-Fall 2018 was mailed in mid-August, 2018. You can read it: CLICK HERE! We are grateful to Kirsti Harms who revived our printed newsletter; she also serves as NPAT’s Interim Executive Director.
Our Newsletter and eNewsletter are BOTH ARCHIVED at Newsletters section!
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SAVE THE DATE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

A Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration

Join us for an afternoon on the prairie, and a catered dinner celebration at the Landmark on Lee St. in Greenville. The celebration will feature speakers and presentations, we’ll honor some of our special members, and there will be a silent auction. Register Here! before the deadline, November 21. Tickets are $30 per person.
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NPAT’S PRAIRIES & SAVANNAS - NPAT was Founded 32 Years Ago

We strive to emulate the Texans who founded NPAT in 1986: their persistence and determination, and their dedication to educate fellow Texans on the disappearing prairie heritage, especially the endangered tallgrass prairies of Texas. There was a time when 3/4 of Texas was Prairies and Savannas! THAT IS A LOT OF LAND!  But when we picture the vastness of Texas a ‘prairie’ is not the vision most of us see.
NPAT IS DEDICATED TO:
RESTORING Pollinator Diversity on NPAT Prairies;
PRESERVING historic Texas Pollinator Habitat;
GETTING MOVING on health programs on NPAT Prairies;
MAINTAINING Prairies for Pollinators;
MONITORING Pollinator Diversity on NPAT Prairies;
EDUCATING about prairie restoration and pollinators, and
ACQUIRING NPAT Prairies for Pollinators.

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(Logo display authorized by Shell Oil Co.)

Shell Oil Company

recognizes the significance of prairie conservation through educational opportunities. The company bestowed a grant to benefit individuals in their own backyard, the city of Deer Park, TX, home to one of Shell’s largest facilities!

Lan Shen observing DPP from view deck, 11/2017

SHELL OIL COMPANY GRANTS $68K to NPAT’s LAWTHER DEER PARK PRAIRIE PRESERVE, Deer Park, TX

Shell’s $68K Grant was awarded to NPAT designated for a new position, Director of Education, at Deer Park Prairie! This generous jesture is benefitting many local teachers and students! NPAT selected Della Barbato to serve in this new position in April, 2018. Ms. Barbato has been developing an educational program including: student activities, training teachers to teach the prairie, and facilitating a strong partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s in the Greater Houston Area!  She is developing a grassland biome curriculum which will include demonstration trunks and activities she will present to classes in local schools.
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Remembering John H. Pickett, Jr., with Gratitude

John Howell Pickett, Jr. passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018. The Day of Celebration was Thursday, August 16, 2018. Go to our August 29, 2018 Blog entry and read about this dedicated man and how you can honor his memory at his family’s request.