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Monthly 4th Saturday Volunteers’ Workday, 9am –  NOON NPAT-The Houston Chapter’s Volunteers’ Workday at Deer Park Prairie The Prairie will be…

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Prairies, Birds, and Pollinators Workshop!! Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.DO NOT MISS THIS! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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February 25, 2017 - Deer Park Prairie, TX

Monthly 4th Saturday Volunteers’ Workday, 9am –  NOON

NPAT-The Houston Chapter’s Volunteers’ Workday at Deer Park Prairie

The Prairie will be OPEN to Visitors during Workday.

Volunteer Participants of DPP Workday - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
(PLEASE include your cell phone number in case we need to contact you due to inclement weather). 
Deer Park Prairie IS OPEN TO VISITORS during workday hours. 
PLEASE NOTE:
Visitors are required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and sign a Release and Waiver of Liability for Volunteers before stepping onto the prairie. 
If you plan on staying in the house, great, no ‘prairie-ready attire’ is required!
REQUIRED PRAIRIE-READY ATTIRE: closed-toed shoes and long pants; in addition, we RECOMMEND: a hat, long-sleeved shirt, sun screen, and insect repellent.

DPP Location: 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536: MAP.
Please do not park along the curb directly in front of our neighbors’ houses. 

February 25, 2017 - University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Prairies, Birds, and Pollinators Workshop!!

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

DO NOT MISS THIS! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Map to: UHCL Campus/EIH/NOA1 Building

March 7, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT - Local Chapter Organizational Meeting

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March 12, 2017 - Brazos Bend State Park - Needville, TX

NATIVE PRAIRE PLANT & MILKWEED

PROPAGATION WORKSHOP

Sunday from 10am - Noon

Brazos Bend State Park

RENOUNED HOSTS OF THIS MUCH ANTICIPATED WORKSHOP:
Mark Morgenstern of Morningstar Prairie Plants and
Barbra Willy, of Monarch Gateway

In 2016 more than 70 people registered to learn more about helping native prairies and prairie species, such as Monarchs, by growing native seeds in their own backyards! REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT TODAY!

March 13, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Monday from 6:30pm - 8pm

Prairie Management on U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Land in North Texas

Presenter: Martin Underwood, USACE Biologist
Location: Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA

There are a variety of management issues regarding managing lands for native vegetation - including remnant & restorable prairies. 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’, USACE, is probably the largest public land owner in the DFW Metroplex.
This presentation is an overview of the project lands, pertinent policies, history/status of tallgrass prairie in North Texas, and the management practices USACE uses with limited staffing, budget, & policies to protect and improve our valued resources. 

HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s 2017 Wildflower Forecast

The spring wildflower season in Central Texas may come early this year and be spread out over several months rather than a rush during March and April, say experts at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
The area received ample fall and winter rains to promote good wildflower displays, and warmer than usual weather in February is leading to some wildflowers blooming earlier.
“Hold onto your hat and fasten your seatbelt,” said Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture at the Wildflower Center. “Wildflower season is taking off faster than you expect.”
February 21, 2017
By K. Angel Horne

Photo: Brenda Jackson: Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush & verbena near Brenham, TX, late March 2014.

The Prairie Seekers Program

NPAT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Prairie Seekers Program is a prairie assessment & mapping program developed by Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT).
Prairie Seekers Workshop hours are approved for Cross Timbers Master Naturalist Advanced Training.
Certified Prairie Seekers will subsequently conduct surveys; their data will be contributed to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s state biodiversity database, a source for TPWD to identify future prairie conservation opportunities across the state.

NPAT offers these educational opportunities a few times each year; classes are limited in size.  Email inquiries

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February 27, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter

Monday (Social @ 6:00 p.m.) Presentation@ 6:30 p.m.

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter invites the public to: “Humble Grasses Providing Critical Ecosystem Services” Presented By Shannon Brown, Reforestation Assistant for the Blanco River Reforestation Program, TreeFolks and Co-Founder of Ecosystem Services Landscaping by Wiseman and Oakleigh. “Native bunch grasses often go unnoticed among more charismatic and easier-to-recognize plants of the Texas Hill Country, but they provide essential soil and water conservation functions to the ecosystem.”
Learn how their eradication by grazing and mowing threatens the health of our aquifers, rivers, and hillsides, as well as how to identify common and crucial species which could be growing in your backyard: LOCATION: VFW Post #6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676.

March 1-3, 2017 -  Austin, TX

Texas Land Conservation Conference

NPAT is a member of the Texas Land Trust Council, which builds and supports a strong, active coalition to serve as a powerful voice for conservation in Texas:  help protect drinking water, Texas’ iconic wildlife, and our rich natural and cultural heritage. 

NPAT will be represented at the 2017 TLC’s Conference to listen to the TLC’s lineup of speakers addressing topics including real estate, land stewardship, conservation easements and various funding programs, advocacy, historic preservation, conservation banking, coastal conservation, and more.

Attending this conference will offer more visibility for NPAT as well as opportunities for face-to-face conversations with fellow land conservancies, exchange ideas, and build solid coalitions.

March 2-5, 2017 – Edinburg, TX

Crested Caracara

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Laguna Seca Ranch, Rio Grande Valley

Conducted by award-winning professional nature photographer, author, and teacher, Brian Loflin!
Links for additional 2017 events and 2017 Workshops flyer are HERE

Brian and his wife, Shirley, have conducted nature photography, plant identification and herbarium-making workshops. They were featured on KLRU discussed their book, Prairie Grasses of Central Texas, with Tom Spencer on Central Texas Gardener.

 

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