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June 3, 2017 - Depart Dallas for Central Texas Prairies

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Blackland NPAT Chapter’s 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour!

RISE & SHINE - Saturday - 7am to 11pm

Our Northeast Texas Prairies Tour was so much fun last year, we’re doing it again,
but this time we’re heading to Central Texas. NPAT will provide maps and notes on each prairie.

ENJOY short excursions in beautiful grasslands; most of which are not generally open to the public!
A chance to STAND IN AWE in a native prairie as it was before westward expansion.
We’ll also LEARN about native prairie restorations and management.
BECOME INSPIRED on how to keep native prairies thriving for generations to come! 

We’ll zip southward to near Temple, halfway between Waco and Austin. After lunch in Salado, we’ll drive further south to near Taylor (west of Round Rock). Heading back north, we’ll go to Marlin (SE of Waco), where we’ll visit a series of small Blackland Prairies. Then we’ll travel west of Waco to tour an example of a Grand prairie. Heading north to home, we’ll stop in the town of West, TX for dinner.

COME PREPARED:
Wear loose hiking clothes and sturdy shoes for prairie walking.
Bring a hat, bug repellant, and sunscreen.
Your favorite ‘road snacks/beverages’ and books/etc., will help pass the time while traveling; bring along your ‘back-up power’ for your phone (a good idea for such a long day).

ITINERARY

DEPARTURE TIME: 7:00am our BUS LEAVES parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.

Individuals from Central TX who register to tour in their own vehicles, will be receive “meet-up” information so you can make your plans!

Prairie #1: Burleson Prairie (pictured in photo above), Oenaville (east of Temple).
Prairie Guide: Mickey Burleson, Owner of Burleson Prairie.
Native prairie restored by Mickey and her late husband, Bob Burleson. They spent decades recording prairie data, restoring hundreds of acres of native prairie, and focusing on state wide conservation efforts.

Lunch in Salado with Dolly Kunz Wilson. (Included in tour fee.)

Prairie #2: Granger Lake Prairie, Granger Lake Park, Taylor.
Prairie Guide: Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT.
Pat will explain restoration procedures taken on this native tall grass prairie site, planted in 1994 in a cooperative effort between NPAT, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Prairie #3: Lehmann Prairie and Prairie #4: Riesel Prairie
Both prairies are near each other in the Marlin area.
Prairie Guide: Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT and Phillip Quast, Program Director, NPAT
The Lehmann Prairie and the Riesel Prairie are in close proximity to each other, about 10 miles apart.
The Lehmann Prairie is an 11 acre remnant prairie protected by a conservation easement. 
The Riesel Prairie is a 5-acre remnant prairie owned by NPAT. 
Both are excellent examples of the native tall grass lands that were extremely prevalent in Central Texas area prior to European settlement.

Prairie #5: Simpson Prairie, near Crawford
Prairie Guides: Marliss and Mike Williams.
Mike was instrumental with the prairie restoration work with President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush’s Crawford ranch. 
The Simpson Prairie is a remnant of the Grand Prairie (Lampasas Cut Plains of the Cross Timbers and Prairies) on a gently sloping hillside. 
The Williams have allowed the prairie to return to what it was like prior to overgrazing.
This prairie is a 100 acre tract with 75 acres protected by a conservation easement with NPAT.

Dinner in downtown West - (on your own dime).  Each of these restaurants is within a block of other two on North Main Street, West, TX:
1. Pichas Czech-American Restaurant
2. Two Amigos Mexican Restaurant
3. West Station Roadhouse Restaurant

RETURN: 10:30 to 11pm: Bus returns to the parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.
Contacts in case you need additional information:
Registration qustions: Pat Rinn, NPAT with any questions about registration - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Additional information call: Leigh Ann Ellis, Blackland NPAT Chapter, Dallas: 214.321.7159

HIGHLIGHTS of SPRINGTIME ACTIVITIES

Native Plant Sales throughout Texas will continue thru Sunday, May 7

NOW is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or prairie!
Visit native plant sales at botanical gardens, nature centers, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, local nurseries specializing in plants native to your area, and the local chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas.

Prairie Walks in North Texas

NPAT’s Jeff Quayle has organized and will lead interactive, educational, prairie walks at parks, ranches, NPAT property & conservation easements throughout the DFW area!  Do not hesitate!!  Each is paced for the abilities of the participants! Check out Jeff’s schedule on these prairie walks:
April 27, northeast of Temple, Prairie Walk, Burleson Prairie .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
April 29, Arlington, Thora Hart Park Hike
May 6, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Native Plants & Prairies Day
May 6, south of Bowie,   Fossil Hill Hike @ Lake Amon Carter Field Trip
May 13, LLELA Nursery & Restoration Tour, Lewisville
May 20, Skip Barnett Ranch Field Trip, Ponder
May 27, Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit Field Trip, Pilot Point

Dates for more events:

April 26, LAST DAY for Online registration for Texas Pollinator PowWow
April 26, Houston, Houston NPAT Chapter: “The Secret Life of Prairies”, Dr. Morgan Russell. This month’s meeting is at a new location: HNPAT.
May 5-7, Nacogdoches Texas Pollinator PowWow
May 20 & 21, Maddin Prairie, Colorado City, ANNUAL BREEDING BIRD SURVEY
June 3, Central Texas 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour
Complete descriptions follow in chronological order.

April 26, 2017 - Houston, TX

HNPAT’s Monthly Meeting (*location)

Wednesday, From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Secret Life of Prairies

HNPAT welcomes Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist whose research has been focused on livestock grazing management and prescribed burning in semiarid environments.

In today’s world, prairie maintenance and establishment seems a bit elusive: 
Fragmentation, fire suppression, woody species encroachment, and other factors constantly threaten our prairie systems. 
How do we maintain an system that was and is defined by change? 

During “The Secret Life of Prairies” we will discuss belowground and aboveground vegetative dynamics that are the foundation of prairie diversity, productivity, and sustainability. 
The mechanisms responsible for prairie function, integrity, and stability will be emphasized to create a meaningful understanding of our prairies processes and ecosystem function.

*LOCATION: We’ll meet at a different venue this month: Community Meeting Room @ South Gessner Police Department, 8605 Westplace Drive, Houston, TX 77071.

April 27, 2017 - Northeast of Temple TX

SPRING PRAIRIE WALK - BEAUTIFUL BURLESON PRAIRIE

Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to NOON

Join the Central Texas Master Naturalists on the Burleson Prairie, Blackland Prairie near Temple, Texas, replicated by Mickey and Bob Burleson. 
Please RSVP via email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

COME PREPARED!
Bring your Sack lunch & drinking water (and chair/blanket if you want to lunch on the prairie).
Wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable/protective outdoor clothing (long pants/shirt),
REMEMBER to bring your:  HAT,SUNSCREEN, FIELD GUIDES, BUG REPELLANT.
TAKE PRECAUTIONS:  LAST YEAR CHIGGERS WERE EVERYWHERE!!

May 5 thru 7, 2017 - Nacogdoches, TX

Texas Pollinator PowWow:

“A gathering of the people to listen to wise words.”

“A pollinator conservation conference for Texas and beyond!”

NPAT and our EVENT PARTNERS Proudly Announce this special event, our 2-Day Conference + Field Day

The event will be held at the Cole Art Center, Clay Bolt Social Reception and Pollinators of the World Art Exhibit, Stephen F Austin State University. 
“As a capacity builder in pollinator conservation, the TEXAS POLLINATOR POWWOW is unique in that it has active and enthusiastic participation from non-governmental organizations, academia, the private sector, and local, state and federal governments—as speakers, exhibitors and attendees. This year’s conference will present some of the best and brightest of minds and committed professionals in pollination conservation today.” Texas Pollinator PowWow.
2-Day Conference, Friday & Saturday: dozens of highly-respected and qualified horticulturists, biologists, photographers, ornithologists, entomologists, anthropologists, agroecologists, and ecologists.
‘After Dark Outings’: Each day’s conference will be followed by an event led by these experts:
-BAT NIGHT, Friday, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm: USFS Experimental Forest: acoustic hikes and mist-netting. Co-leaders: Dr. Chris Comer and Dr. Merlin Tuttle.
-MOTH NIGHT/CAT WALK,  Saturday, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm: SFASU Native Plant Center: moth traps, identification, specimen-gathering, photography, UV night hikes. Co-leaders: Dr. Dan Bennett and Dr. Doug Tallamy.
BOGGY SLOUGH FIELD DAY, Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm: Teams will be led by ento/biologist/botanists. Observe, take notes, collect, sample, etc.; you may leave as you please.

texaspollinatorpowwow.org: valuable ‘Resource’ information, hotel & B&B accommodations, and online registration.

May 6, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Native Plants and Prairies Day 2017

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Creek
Host: North Texas Master Naturalist
FREE family-oriented community event focused on Texas flora and fauna and the use of native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species.  Native plants and grasses have been an important part of Texas history. Birds, animals and insects all depend on these native plants to survive.  We will have lots of animals, birds, bugs, snakes, and plants.
You will enjoy joining guided 30-minute “wildflower and prairie walks” with experts and informative speakers!
Over 30 demonstration and information booths.
First time: artists of nature-themed works will be there!
We’ll once again have our popular raffle with gifts provided by event sponsors.. (RAFFLE Tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5.  You could win an exciting gift!)

Native Plant Sales Continue thru May 6, 2017

Native Plant Sales throughout Texas!

Now is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or prairie!
Visit botanical gardens and nature centers; you’ll be glad you came! 
Support local projects:
April 29, Amarillo – Amarillo Botanical Gardenfest 9-2
April 29, Longview – Our Northeast Texas Chapter will have a sale at Jake’s Feed Store at 8 am.
April 29, Atlanta – Caddo Wildflower Chapter Sale, Cass County Expo Building. Presentation 8:30, Sale 9:00-12:00
April 29-30, El Paso – Flora Fest at Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, University of Texas El Paso campus, 9-4 both days, featuring plants of the Chihuahua Desert
May 6, Dallas – Native Plant & Prairie Day. Dallas Chapter will sell plants at White Rock Lake Bath House & Cultural Center 10-3
May 6, Arlington – Spring Plant Sale at River Legacy Park 10-2

CONTINUE TO ENJOY TEXAS WILDFLOWERS!

Experience the plentiful blossoms on display!

The varieties of colors, species, shapes and sizes are aweinspiring!

Get out and enjoy the colors on display on prairies and savannahs throughout Texas!

We recently posted these 2017 Wildflower Forecasts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:
“Hold onto your hat and fasten your seatbelt,” Andrea DeLong-Amaya, the Center’s Director of Horticulture. “Wildflower season is taking off faster than you expect,” K. Angel Horne, author and the Center’s PR & Marketing Coordinator.
Our Central Texas spring wildflower season DID arrive earlier than usual this year, and we’ve enjoyed EVERY moment of the bright displays which began early in March! 
Thank you, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, for your expert predictions! 
We encourage you to continue monitoring their site for wildflower updates!
Photo: Brenda Jackson: Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush & verbena near Brenham, TX, March, 2014.

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