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HNPAT Chapter Welcomes Jim Blackburn! Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm HNPAT Monthly Chapter meets at Cherie Flores Garden Pavillion at Hermann…

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2018 Texas Land Conservation Conference Wednesday thru Friday Location: Hilton - Austin Airport Hotel…

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REGISTER ONLINE NOW!NPAT members; current & future Chapter Leaders!Learn about chapter-formation & more!

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February 28, 2018 - Houston, TX

HNPAT Chapter Welcomes Jim Blackburn!

Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm

HNPAT Monthly Chapter meets at Cherie Flores Garden Pavillion at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

This month we have the honor of hosting Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawyer and planner, co-director of the SSPEED Center at Rice University, Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice and author of A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast, (forthcoming, November 2017, Texas A&M University Press).

He will be discussing the “Texas Coastal Exchange”, a system developed at the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (“SSPEED”) Center at Rice University, for buying and selling ecological services such as carbon sequestration, water supply enhancement, flood mitigation and fish and wildlife enhancement.

Restoration of coastal and inland prairies is a key driver of Texas Coastal Exchange, and this restoration along with certain grazing techniques could revolutionize conservation thinking as well as the farm and ranch economy and the oil and gas industry.

February 28 - March 2, 2018 - Austin, TX

2018 Texas Land Conservation Conference

Wednesday thru Friday

Location: Hilton - Austin Airport Hotel
Visit: TLTC for more info on the event, how to become a sponsor or exhibitor, and the detailed Conference Agenda.
  “Working to Strengthen & Advance Texas Land Trusts”—2018 marks fifteen years since the Council was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, an independent association for all Texas land trusts

March 3, 2018 - Fort Parker State Park, Mexia, TX


NPAT members; current & future Chapter Leaders!

Learn about chapter-formation & more!

March 6, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

Monarchs on Milkweed, Patricia A. Wood Photographer, NWF

Tuesday, 7:00- 8:30pm

San Antonio Chapter Meeting

  “Monarch / Milkweed Survey results; planting nectar food plants near areas of milkweeds.”

We Welcome, Janis K. Bush, Ph.D.

Dr. Bush is Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Ecology; Professor of Environmental Science at UT San Antonio’s College of Sciences. She is also Director of: “Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology” (TREE) and “Educating Youth in Ecology” (EYE).

7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:00pm: Presentation by Janis K. Bush, Ph.D.
8:00 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements
Location: Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, Community Room, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, TX

March 7, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

CenTex Chapter Meeting

Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom.
Welcome, Katie Boyer, USFWS
(Photo: Attwater Prairie, USFWS)

March 11, 2018 - Daylight Savings Time begins



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March 13, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Maddin Prairie

Blackland (Dallas) NPAT Chapter General Meeting

Tuesday, beginning at 6:30pm

(Photo: Texas Coop Power, December, 2017 Edition)

Maddin Prairie Preserve, a 1,114 acre NPAT property west of Abeline.
Maddin Prairie Preserve is remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian area.
It provides habitat for the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), a threatened species in Texas, and bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus).
Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) reintroduction is in progress featuring a colony of rescued animals.

Meet us in the: Flag Pole classroom at The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living
4847 W Lawther between Mockingbird and E Northwest Hwy Drive to the top of the hill and park.

March 16-18, 2018 - Maddin Prairie Preserve - Colorado City, TX

Fort Worth Chapter Hosts


Friday to noon Sunday.

Field trip to Maddin Prairie Preserve.
Volunteers will be working on trails and the prairie dog town.
Limited to 15 volunteers.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

CIBOLO Nature Center News: Boerne, TX

February 17, 2018

Saturday from 9am - 6pm

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, Heff Farm

Register now for: Honey I”ve Got the Bees

We are THRILLED to have ‘regional bee expert’, Don Fraser with us all day Saturday!. Learn everything you need to know from an expert in his field: start your own hives, manage them organically, and produce honey for years to come!

February 20 & 21, 2018

Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am - 3pm.

“Birds In Their Habitats”, a 2-Part Workshop

Register Here! ASAP!

This workshop focuses on management practices that attract the greatest diversity of birds to your Hill Country property. It will also help birders who are looking to hone their birding skills.  Bring your lunch and drinks.  We are limited to 25 attendees; very few spots remain.  (We can not accommodate “walk-ins”). 

April 27 - 29, 2018 - Llano, TX

First Annual Birding Festival - South Llano River State Park

Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, 2018

South Llano River State Park is excited to announce its First Annual Birding Festival sponsored by the Friends of South Llano River State Park.

Guided bird walks, including Golden-cheeked Warbler walks,
Birding the Riparian,
Guided photography sessions in the park’s four popular bird blinds.

Saturday afternoon:
-Presentation of live birds of prey by Last Chance Forever,
-Bird call presentation by a young birder,
-Beginners’ bird walk,
-Vendor and information tables.
Sunday morning will include more bird walks and a “Big Sit!” as part of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Great Texas Birding Classic!

More than 250 species of birds have been observed at the park, including sought-after species: the Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia (below left) and Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla (below right), both federally endangered birds which nest in the park. (Photos: National Audubon Society)

“We are so excited to showcase the terrific birding at our park and its beautiful bird blinds during one of the busiest bird migration weekends of the year,” says Park Interpreter, Holly Platz. “The park is very unique for birding, because it offers such varied habitat.”

During the Festival, guided walks will offer participants a chance at spotting new bird species for their lists, and ample “free time” between walks and presentations will provide visitors with a chance to enjoy the park’s popular bird blinds, each meticulously cared for by park volunteers and staff.

“We hope that bringing a festival like this to the park and the city of Junction will highlight the area’s biodiversity,”
says Park Superintendent, Scott Whitener. “Birding along the South Llano River is top notch and attracts visitors from all over the world.”

-Festival registration is $65 per person, with a maximum of 80 participants.
-Registration fees will go towards supporting future birdwatching events at the park.
-For more information about this event and how to register, please see the Festival’s Facebook page or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a registration packet.

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