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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25: HOUSTON NPAT CHAPTER’S MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING:  6:30pm (arrive) Program begins @7pm“MOTHS OF TRINITY RIVER - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY”…

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“3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday” at Kirchoff Family Farm MAYBE NEXT MONTH!We hope you can meet us Saturday, August 18, 2018, for project…

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L.A.N.D.S. TEACHER/VOLUNTEER TRAINING REGISTER ONLINE COST: $225 PER PERSON (FOOD, 2 NIGHTS LODGING, MATERIALS) Email Questions to…

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JULY - EARLY AUGUST NPAT ACTIVITIES

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25: HOUSTON NPAT CHAPTER’S MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING:  6:30pm (arrive) Program begins @7pm

“MOTHS OF TRINITY RIVER - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY” by Stuart Marcus, Trinity River National Wildlife.

Event Location: Red Cross Bldg, 2700 SW FRWY, HOUSTON. Easy access and free parking! Postings below in date order; full details on HNPAT’s webpage.

These chapters will not meet in July: Blackland, CenTex, Fort Worth & San Antonio.

JULY WORKDAYS:

THURSDAY, JULY 19, “ARTIST BOAT COASTAL HERITAGE PRESERVE WORKDAY”, 9am-12Noon, (Call Mary Warwick at 409-770-0722 and let her know you will be there.)
SATURDAY, JULY 21, 7:30am-12 Noon, come out to INDIANGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE DAY.  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to let her know if you will help restore this Blackland prairie remnant.Co-Sponsors: NPAT and Austin Nature Preserve System. 
CANCELLED: SATURDAY, JULY 21, “3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday”.  The San Antonio Chapter has cancelled July’s workday; please mark your calendar and come out to the beautiful KIRCHOFF FAMILY FARM, SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018!

EARLY AUGUST CHAPTER MEETINGS:  Details are below in date order.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, CenTex Chapter Monthly Meeting, 6:30-8:30 pm, Georgetown Public Library TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting, 7-8:30pm, “Locating, Collecting, Propagating Native Seeds” by Cleveland Powell

These chapters will not meet in August: Blackland & Fort Worth.

CANCELLED: July 21, 2018 - Floresville, TX

“3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday”

at Kirchoff Family Farm

MAYBE NEXT MONTH!

We hope you can meet us Saturday, August 18, 2018, for project work and prairie discoveries sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (SANPAT).  Lunch, as always, will be provided by the Kirchoff Family in appreciation of your help!  Look for an email (several days prior to August 18) so you can signup!

July 23-25, 2018 - Port O’Connor, TX

L.A.N.D.S. TEACHER/VOLUNTEER TRAINING

REGISTER ONLINE

COST: $225 PER PERSON (FOOD, 2 NIGHTS LODGING, MATERIALS)
Email Questions to Leslie Wittenburg: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
WHEN July 23 - 25, 2018
WHERE: HERMAN’S HIDEOUT, 2143 West Harrison, Port O’Connor, TX 77982
Field study at Powderhorn Ranch

RESERVE THE DATE: August 1, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, from 6:30-8:30pm


Photo by Kirsti Harms: Compass plant leaves at Burleson Prairie.
Join Kirsti Harms as we resume our monthly meetings.
Georgetown Public Library, 2nd Fl Classroom

August 7, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting

Wednesday from 7-8:30pm

“Locating, Collecting, Propagating Native Seeds” by Cleveland Powell

Cleveand Powell is a native plant enthusiast who loves to grow his own grasses, forbs, vines and shurbs.
He has propagated plants for residential landscapes, a living roof, and his home garden in San Antonio.
He currently works for San Antonio Water System as an Irrigation Consultant.

SANPAT monthly meetings are held at the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center.

Photo: Foxglove Ripened Seed Pods, August 2017, on Kirchoff Family Farm, Don Kirchoff, Photographer

JULY 25, 2017 - HOUSTON, TX

HOUSTON NPAT CHAPTER’S MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING

“MOTHS OF TRINITY RIVER - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY” : Stuart Marcus, Trinity River National Wildlife.

WEDNESDAY, 6:30pm (arrive) 7pm Program begins

Event Location: Red Cross Bldg, 2700 SW FRWY, HOUSTON. Easy access and free parking! Directions and details on HNPAT’s webpage.

August 7, 2018 “Call for Session Proposals”

2019 TLC Conference Registration opens Monday, August 20th!

Call TLC: 512.994.8582 for Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities

Call Hilton Austin Airport: 512.385.6767 to Reserve Room

Room Block Rate = $146/night

February 27 - March 1, 2019

Conservation Related Policy Issues
Conservation Easements & Private Land Conservation
Opportunities to Enhance Texas Conservation Efforts
Community Conservation and Landowner Engagement
Land Stewardship
Fantastic Networking Opportunities
And Much More!

PHOTOS - Blackland Chapter’s NE TX “Prairies & More” Tour

PHOTOGRAPHS SHARED by PARTICIPANTS

It’s not too late, please send in your photos (include the prairie and identify content please).
Please submit to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Thank you to each photographer for sharing these images taken while touring
Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie near Terrell, 
Ebel Grassland Ranch, Sulphur Bluff,
Lennox Woods Preserve near Clarksville, and
Mr. B. F. Hicks, Daphne Prairie, Mt. Vernon.

Photographer: Gary Barton, “I regret not taking more photos.
Thank you for planning the wonderful tour. It, like the other two, was fun and educational.”


The group ends the day walking Daphne Prairie.

Photographer: Mike Degroot

       
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta                                                                    Ebel Grassland Ranch

 

False Dragonhead Physostegia digitalis blooms being
visited by two Gray Hairstreak Butterflies Strymon melinus

Photographer: Ellen Guiling,
“So fun! I didn’t even know a hayride would be involved!! Also got a hayride on Daphne!”

       
Antelope Horn Milkweed Asclepias asperula                                  Ready to transport prairie enthusiasts
Seed pods, Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie                                         around Ebel Grassland Ranch

       
Rattlesnake Master Plant                                                                 Mushroom hiding in Lennox Forest  
Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie

 

Enthusiasts touring Daphne Prairie

Photographer, Masako, “thanks for taking me to the bus trip I really enjoyed it.”

Daphene Prairie (Black eyed Susan and common yarrow)


 
American basketflower (foreground)                            Close up of Prairie Indian Plantain,
Prairie Indian Plantain (background)  Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie


Photographer, Terri White,
   
Walking the Prairie                                                   Waining wildflowers; prairie grasses gone to seed

Thistle ‘Ready & Waiting For Pollinators!’

 

Photographer, Kelly Crawford,
Green Bee on Sunflower at Daphne Prairie

September 29, 2018 - Yantis, TX

YANTIS PRAIRIE DAY

Saturday, at Yantis ISD, 105 W. Oak, Yantis, TX 75497

(Wood County, east of Dallas/south of Sulphur Springs) 

Cost: Free

Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

11-year old Kasey Rhodes (pictured here), wrote the article, “Monarch’s Milk for the Great Migration”, and has dreamed of having a prairie day. She moved forward with her plan after having received support from many people, including NPAT’s Michelle Villafranca.  “BUTTERFLIES ALWAYS HAVE HELD A FASCINATION FOR 11-YEAR old Yantis resident Kasey Rhodes”. Kasey’s article was published in the June, 2018, issue of the WOOD COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE “Coop News”. Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Michelle Villafranca has been advising the Yantis family on setting up a community event in their town. They are excited about the first YANTIS PRAIRIE DAY which will include: Various expert speakers; seed giveaway; a class on tagging, sexing and tracking butterflies; and a “native edible plant and herb walk”!
Michelle Villafranca provided rootstock from her own yard for the plant giveaway.
Dan Caudle of BRIT & Rob Ziehr of NRCS coordinated a donation of native seed. They attended the Prairie Seekers training in March & were very enthusiastic.

Photo from WOOD COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE “Coop News”, June, 2018 issue.

SAVE DATES: Mid-February, 2019- Big Bend National Park, TX


Photo of Blue Bonnets in Dry Wash

By Jason Weingart, Photographer, Excerpts from February 7, 2018 Article:
If you are willing to make the drive toward Big Bend National Park you can see our earliest-blooming ‘bluebonnets’ between Alpine & Terlingua (Hwy 118).
These are a different species which grow more sparsely and can reach 3 ft in height!

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