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THIS WEEKEND - Maddin Prairie Preserve“Winter Bird Survey, Monitoring & Maintenance Field Trip” If you would like to explore our fabulous…

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It’s A Seed Party!! Wednesday, January 25, 2017, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Join Houston NPAT and Katy Prairie Conservancy at our seed cleaning party!…

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Citizens Enviromental Coalition’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival Wednesday and Thursday, January 25 & 26, Beginning @7pm each evening. • Join the

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Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipedula) is the official State Grass of Texas, found in every bioregion in the state.

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January 21 & 22, 2017 -  near Colorado City, TX

THIS WEEKEND - Maddin Prairie Preserve

“Winter Bird Survey, Monitoring & Maintenance Field Trip”

If you would like to explore our fabulous preserve of the Rolling Plains Ecoregion - consider joining NPAT on a field trip to Maddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City, Mitchell County Texas.

The area is west of Abilene: Map to Maddin Prairie Preserve:
-280 miles NW of Austin, 220 miles W of Fort Worth; 250 miles W of Dallas.
-It is possible to carpool from Houston, Fort Worth and Austin or you can come on your own. 
-To join this field trip contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Pat at 936-827-7973.

We will be doing surveys of the property including our winter bird point count, survey of prairie dogs and a general wildlife survey.  There will be other maintenance activities that will require volunteer help as well such as checking the fence line and water pipes.

There are always surprises waiting for visitors such as         the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) living
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys),          in the prairie dog burrows last January,
         

or the North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) in a tree by Champion Creek flowing through property on its way to the Colorado River!           
                                 
                                                           
The Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) may also be seen at Maddin Prairie!
(Don’t be fooled by it’s similarity to the Northern Cardinal in its song and behavior! 
It resembles an immature or female Cardinal;
its distinguishing characteristic is the ‘parrot-like’ beak.)

January 25, 2017 - Houston, TX

It’s A Seed Party!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join Houston NPAT and Katy Prairie Conservancy at our seed cleaning party!
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston TX 77004 Sponsored by Katy Prairie Conservancy, KPC. They are providing PIZZA!

We collected seeds in Fall, 2016; they will be cleaned and put in packets for distribution to people willing to grow them out for KPC’s Great Grow Out Program.
Learn about prairie plants and seeds from KPC experts: come and see what these native seeds look like, how to clean them, and take some home.
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Texas Coneflower (Rudbeckia texana)
American Basketflower (Centaurea americana) (Seed this annual fall through winter; summer bloomer.)
Yellow Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)

January 25 & 26, 2017 - Houston, TX

Citizens Enviromental Coalition’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Wednesday and Thursday, January 25 & 26, Beginning @7pm each evening.

Join the Citizens Enviromental Coalition, “CEC”,  for a night of environmental inspiration as we host the second Houston screening of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour. After a wildly successful event last year, we are hosting two nights of amazing short films in 2017!
BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE and review the detailed information on this link: Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour 2017.
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)

January 26 thru 29, 2017 - Humble, TX

Bayou Land Conservancy’s “Spring Creek Greenway Winter Tree Planting”

Looking for some outdoor volunteering in cooler weather? 
Come help Jesse Jones Park plant 200 trees on the Spring Creek Greenway Trail. 

Beginning 9:00 am - Noon, Thursday January 26 through Noon, Sunday, January 29, 2017  (sign up to help when you can between 9 am and noon). 

Registration Required
Ages 15+
 

Click on the Bayou Land Conservancy’s Flier, Details, Directions to 2016 Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338.

January 28, 2017 - Houston, TX

Monthly Bird Survey at Lawther - Deer Park Prairie

Saturday, January 28, from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Come join Damien Carey for the survey and learn about the bird life we have at DPP!

Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information on the bird survey and to verify date.
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)

January 28 & 29, 2017 -  East of Mt. Vernon, TX

Join our 1st Field Trip to Daphne Prairie, our Newest Conservation Easement

We will Monitor Winter Species & Do A Winter Bird Point Count!

Join NPAT on this visit to the newest addition to our land portfolio:
the beautiful 922 acre Daphne Prairie, in NE Texas!!


Silveus’ Dropseed and Longspike Tridens are two of the signature grasses of rare Alfisol Prairie.

Share our excitement as we document flora and fauna of this unique and historically rich prairie!  Your interest is enough; you do not have to be experienced in birding or wildlife surveying, and all can participate and join the experts as we explore this property and document its species. 

Information and directions to the property & info on carpools from Dallas and Houston areas: Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Call 936-827-7973. (You may come on your own.)


View this large and very rare tract with grassland sparrows and other winter birds protected on this property: this pair of adult Dickcissel (Spiza americanain), who “Originally nested in native prairies and meadows”, Audubon Field-Guide.


A close-up of a single False Dragonhead Physostegia!.

January 30, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter

“Confusing Composites: A Wildflower Primer”

6:00 pm Monday, January 30
Among the wonderful and confounding, challenges of wildflower identification is sorting through all the species of composites that bloom throughout the Texas Hill Country!
NPSOT Presents Craig Hensley, Park Interpreter & Naturalist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Guadalupe River State Park 

DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! 

LOCATION: VFW Post #6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676: MAP
Arrive at 6:00pm for a ‘meet and greet’.
Mr. Hensley’s Program will begin @6:30pm
             
Bring one of your “Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country” books for reference and note-taking.

Info on Park Ranger Craig Hensley:
-He’s been described as something out of a storybook; a ‘Wizard of Wildlife’. (See Guadalupe River State Park Ranger Craig Hensley in action as he finds creative ways to connect folks with nature.)
-Developed and conducted wide variety of programs for park visitors for all ages (nature walks to presentations on astronomy, bats, birds, insects, snakes, mammals and more).
-Developed and presented workshops for Master Naturalist and Native Plant Society chapters.
-Served as cultural and natural resource specialist for 4,000+ acres of Park and adjacent Honey Creek State Natural Area.
-Conducts bird banding research, bi-monthly butterfly surveys including annual North American Butterfly Association annual survey, and Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys.
-Coordinated monarch larval monitoring .

February 18, 2017 - Fort Parker State Park, Mexia, TX

Meeting of Representatives of NPAT’s Local Chapters

Group Recreation Hall (Details on registration will be posted soon.)

Fort Parker State Park was opened to the public in 1941. 
It lies in the beautiful Texas Hill Country in Limestone County between Mexia and Groesbeck.
The facilities of most of our Texas state parks which were opened in the late 1930s were designed and constructed by our nation’s ‘CCC’, The Civilian Conservation Corps.
Fort Parker State Park, created in 1935, consisted of 1,458+ acres of land (donated by the city of Mexia and three local landowners) which includes a 700-acre lake.  Fort Parker’s recreational facilities and a dam across the Navasota River, creating “Fort Parker Lake” were constructed by the CCC in 1939.
Fort Parker Settlement was established in 1833. It was named after Revolutionary Soldier, John Parker, who along with his wife, was killed by Comanches May 19, 1836, during the Parker’s Fort Massacre, John Parker’s 9-year old daughter, Cynthia Ann Parker, was captured during that raid.  The Comanche became her people, she married Chief Peta Nocona, and had 2 sons, Pecos and Quanah, and a daughter, Prairie Flower. Quanah Parker was the last great Comanche chief.  Cynthia and her daughter were “rescued” from Comanches in 1860 and returned to her uncle in the Fort Parker settlement.  She was very unhappy and made many failed attempts to return to the Comanches; she died in 1864.
The CCC also completed the project of reconstructing the old Fort Parker settlement as a 1936 centennial project.

March 1-3, 2017 -  Austin, TX

Texas Land Conservation Conference

REGISTER NOW: 2017 Texas Land Conservation Conference
We have an excellent line up of speakers and topics ranging from real estate to land stewardship, conservation easements and various funding programs, advocacy, historic preservation, conservation banking, coastal conservation, and much, much, more!”

“The Texas Land Trust Council builds and supports a strong, active coalition to serve as a powerful voice for conservation in Texas. You can help protect drinking water, Texas’ iconic wildlife, and our rich natural and cultural heritage by becoming a member of the Texas Land Trust Council today. Members have access to training opportunities, news, online tools, and much more. Professional members also receive a listing in TLTC’s Professional Index.  Together, with Texans like you, we can ensure that the Texas landscape – rich in history, natural resources, breathtaking views and recreational opportunities – can be left intact for all of us today and for the future.” TLTC.

March 2-5, 2017 – Edinburg, TX

Crested Caracara

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - Laguna Seca Ranch in the Rio Grande Valley

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP conducted by award-winning professional nature photographer, author, and teacher, Brian Loflin!
Brian Loflin’s Workshop Webpage
Link for additional 2017 events: Brian Loflin Bird Photography Flyer.pdf

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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