Highlights of NPAT Meetings and Events

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Organizational Meeting, 03/07/16:

The Native Prairies Association of Texas held an introductory gathering / organizational meeting at the historic Lone Star Café on Blanco Road in San Antonio.
Area residents were introduced to NPAT’s restoration and education efforts statewide and encouraged to formally organize their San Antonio NPAT Chapter.
Pat Merkord, NPAT’s Executive Director, introduced attendees to NPAT’s 2016 accomplishments and basic information including NPAT’s mission and goals.
Don Kirchoff, landowner and NPAT board director, gave a presentation on the continuing efforts being made to conserve and restore his family farm to native prairie.  (Mr. Kirchoff resides in San Antonio, owns land in adjacent Wilson County, and also owns an NPAT ‘conservation easement’ on his restored property.) Everyone greatly enjoyed his informative and humorous presentation of the processes of restoration efforts.
NPAT is proud to work with Mr. Kirchoff; the property has been restored from a farm, with plowed fields, to native grassland and the return of grassland species like bob-white quail.  He is an inspiration to us all! 
The group enthusiastically agreed to proceed with the process to form the San Antonio Chapter of NPAT and scheduled their next meeting for Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at this Longhorn Café location.

“CONGRATULATIONS, SAN ANTONIO PRAIRIE ENTHUIASTS!  Your fledgling Chapter promises to be a force in prairie restoration and conservation in the greater San Antonio region!” NPAT Board Members and Staff

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Prairie Seekers Field Training Program (Chisholm Trail Prairie and Richardson Slough Prairie in the Fort Worth area) 03-11-17:

The Prairie Seekers is a new prairie assessment & mapping program developed by the Fort Worth and Houston chapters of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT).  Topics covered include: prairie plant ID, soils, succession (‘reading the land’), data sheet, & veg survey techniques. NPAT created data assessment forms and mapping methods, recognized by TPWD as ‘standards’ for identifying flora and fauna during surveys.  Each calendar year Prairie Seekers training events are held throughout Texas; each event is limited to 30 participants.

Check out the photos and read an account of the day’s activities.
Co-Hosts were:

Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT,
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Texas Chapter of Society for Ecological Restoration, and
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Our collective efforts remind us of what’s really important.

As an NPAT supporter, you are in ‘good company’; The Texas Land Trust Council is a collaboration of 30+ Texas land trusts (including NPAT) encouraging excellence in the Texas land trust community through collaboration, education and outreach. Land Trusts within each Texas region, Panhandle Plains, Prairies and Lakes, Pineywoods, Gulf Coast, South Texas Plains, Hill Country and Big Bend Country, strive to conserve the native lands, wildlife and waterways of Texas for those who will follow us!

From NPAT’s Mission: ‘We educate Texans about native prairies, plant communities, grassland birds, wildlife and sustainable land-use practices.’

Did you know? “Today’s prairies are disappearing even faster than Amazon rainforests.” The Nature Conservancy

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Spring 2017— has gotten off to a great start!

We value you and your support!

Your continued support enables us to reach many goals and define new ones!  NPAT could not operate without the help we receive from every single individual!  Our dedicated volunteers, donors, and advocates are the heart and soul of our mission. We hope to see you out on the prairie! 
With continued gratitude,
NPAT Board of Directors and Staff

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SPRINGTIME News & Events
March 20, 09:53 a.m., CDT, SPRING EQUINOX
March 25 & 26, Maddin Prairie Open Preserve
April 1, Fort Worth, BioBlitz
April 4, San Antonio, Meeting to formally establish San Antonio NPAT Chapter
April 5, Georgetown, Cen-Tex Chapter Meeting
April 21-23, Dallas, Earth Day Texas
May 6, Native Plants & Prairies Day, White Rock Lake, Dallas
May 20 & 21, Maddin Prairie Open Preserve
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BIOBLITZ!!  What is a ‘bioblitz’?
Searching the web for “bioblitz 2017” produced a list of events throughout the country, by many organizations, U.S. National Park Service, National Geographical Society, Audubon International, iNaturalist.org, municipalities and universities. 
National Geographic describes it as an event focusing on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.
Taxonomic groups used in scientific classification from most general to most specific are: Domain, Kingdom, Phylum (animals) or Division (plants), Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.
-Take photos and share them with scientists – they can be loaded into iNaturalist, where observations are recorded and you get help identifying species!
-Guidelines to organize your own BioBlitz are available at iNaturalist.org or National Geographic!
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