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YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO PLANT NATIVE PLANTS in your yard or garden or prairie! Visit native plant sales at botanical gardens,…

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Texas Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Rio Vista Civic Center Sponsored by Texas…

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Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. “Prairies of North Central Texas” Jason Singhurst (This meeting was rescheduled from our usual 2nd Tuesday of each month.) …

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YOU STILL HAVE 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS (scroll thru News & Events chronological postings)
05/24, Houston, Houston NPAT,  “Dragonflies of the Texas Prairie”, Bob Honig, Katy Prairie Conservancy & WALK thru Hermann Pk!
05/26, Rio Vista, (S of Ft Worth) TX Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop: “Pollinators”, Phillip Quast, NPAT Program Director.
05/27, Pilot Point, Ray Roberts Lake St Pk, Isle du Bois Unit FIELD TRIP led by Jeff Quayle (9aM-1pM).
05/30, Dallas Blackland NPAT,  “Prairies of North Central Texas”, Jason Singhurst, NPAT Board Member.
06/03, Central Texas Blackland NPAT’s 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour.
06/07, Georgetown, Cen-Tex NPAT,  “Tall Grasses”, Pat and Glenn Merkord (Pat is NPAT’s Exec. Dir.).
06/12, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth NPAT,  “Native Installation”. Zach Gomez, Head Gardener, FW Botanic Garden.
06/13, San Antonio, San Antonio NPAT,  “Mycorrhizae & Milkweed - Symbiotic Relationship Drives Pollinator Habitat Success”, Barbara Keller-Willy, NPAT Board President.
06/28, Fort Worth, Chisholm Trail Park PEDALING THE PRAIRIE – BIKE RIDE (6pm-7pm).
07/20, Fort Worth, Chisholm Trail Park PRAIRIE DAZE - GUIDED SCAVENGER HUNT (7-8:30pm).

May 26, 2017 - Rio Vista, TX (South of Fort Worth)

Texas Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop

Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Rio Vista Civic Center

Sponsored by Texas Forest Service.

Texas Conservation Partnership is a collaborative effort of several public and private natural resource organizations.
This workshop is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
NPAT’s Program Director, Phillip Quast, will present a talk on “Pollinators”!
Please RSVP by May 20 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Staff Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service.
Admission $25;              Lunch is provided;          CEUs are available for TDA Licenses.

May 30, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Prairies of North Central Texas”

Jason Singhurst

(This meeting was rescheduled from our usual 2nd Tuesday of each month.)  Location: The Point and Pavilion at CC Young Senior Living Center

Blackland NPAT is honored to welcome Jason Singhurst to our chapter meeting!
-Mr. Singhurst has been a Botanist/Plant Ecologist at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for over 20 years.
-He coordinated a 95-county tallgrass prairie mapping project in Texas with a partnership with NPAT.  As a result of this mapping project partnership, Jason joined the NPAT board and has assisted with the Property, Acquisition, and Management (‘PAM’) Team.
-He has described five plant species new to science that are endemic (restricted) to Texas and co-authored the book Rare Plants of Texas.
-He has an extensive knowledge of the flora of Tallgrass Prairies.
-Recently, he developed an Identification of Milkweeds Field Guide in support of the Texas Milkweeds and Monarchs iNaturalist mapping project.

We hope will be able to join us Tuesday evening and meet and learn from Jason! 
Questions? Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

June 3, 2017 -  Dallas to Central TX and back to Dallas!

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

RISE & SHINE!  The bus leaves Dallas Saturday at ‘O-700’ - that’s 7:00 a.m.!!

Our Northeast Texas Prairies Tour was so much fun last year, we’re doing it again,
but this time we’re taking a tour bus from Dallas south to Central Texas!

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 (between Waco and Austin);
Enjoy lunch in Salado (included in tour fee)
We’ll drive south to near Taylor (east of Round Rock).
We’ll then head north to Marlin (SE of Waco), where we’ll visit a series of small Blackland Prairies.
We’ll travel west of Waco to tour an example of a Grand prairie.
Heading toward home we’ll enjoy dinner in West, TX (on your own dime).


Many NPAT members living in Central Texas (closer to these prairies than the Dallas departure site) have expressed great interest in this opportunity to visit prairies! 
We’ve created a 3rd registration option enabling you to do just that! Please open the link above and register online by selecting the option to follow the tour bus in your private vehicle. 
Later in the month of May, we will send you information so you can make your plans, notify us where you’ll join us, and we can define ‘meet up’ places & times!

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


DEPARTURE TIME: 7:00am our BUS LEAVES parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.
NPAT will provide maps and notes on each prairie.
Prairie #1: Burleson Prairie (pictured in photo above), Oenaville (east of Temple).  Prairie Guide: Mickey Burleson, Owner of Burleson Prairie.  This native prairie was 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.
The Lehmann Prairie and the Riesel Prairie are 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: to the parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.
Questions or need more information?
Address your REGISTRATION questions to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
If you need additional TOUR INFORMATION plese call: Leigh Ann Ellis of the Blackland NPAT Chapter in Dallas: 214.321.7159.


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

Admire the transitions to dispilays of orange, gold, yellow, green, fusha, and white!  The varieties of species, shapes and sizes are “awe-inspiring”—- Milkweed, Indian Blanket, Sunflowers, Daisies, Winecup, and more…!!

See amazing photos of what’s in season in Central Texas by accessing Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center weekly chronicle for wildflower updates!

Seasonal blooms are on display, as shown in this semi-landscape from the demonstration garden at the Williamson County Landfill in Hutto. You can barely see the Bluebonnets gone to seed below the Monarda citriodora (horsemint, lemon bee balm) and other wildflowers.  (Photo by Marilyn Perz.)

What an expanse! You would have to stop to appreciate this mix of warm colors!  You can still see some Bluebonnets with a few ‘reds’ and ‘fushias’ thrown in for good measure.  (Near New Berlin, TX , S.E. of San Antonio)!  Rob Greebon Photography

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