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Wild About Houston Short Film Screening Wednesday, 6:30 pm - HNPAT Monthly Meeting Co-presenters for this event are: Houston - NPAT,…

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Conservation Easement Workshop FRIDAY, 2pm to 5pm Co-Hosts: Cibolo Conservancy and the Hill Country Alliance Hill Country…

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September 12, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Tuesday, 6:30 pm

Blackland NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Progress and Setbacks - Blackland Prairie parcels at White Rock Lake

Brett Johnson, Urban Biologist for Dallas Parks & Recreation, will be our guest speaker.
He will speak about the progress and setbacks about the Blackland Prairie parcels at White Rock Lake, including Johnson grass and Queen Anne’s lace control, privet clearing, mowing practices, Flag Pole Hill plans, and more.


September 18-21, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Monday thru Thursday

2017 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Class

Texas A&M AgriLife Center, Dallas

Do you have an enthusiasm for or curiosity about insects? If so, we hope you will apply! Applications are being accepted! OPEN THIS LINK to apply for the 2017 Class.

Dear Master Volunteers:
The purpose of the Entomology Specialist program is to provide advanced insect-related training
The goal of the Entomology Specialist program is not so much to produce entomology “experts”, but to identify Master Volunteers who have received special training and are willing to support specific entomology-related programs or projects of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. 
To learn more about the Insect Specialist program, check out our website and Flickr Photostream showing prior years’ training classes. All volunteers who complete the course and a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer time devoted to approved entomology projects will receive a pin (see above) and be designated as Entomology Specialists.

This year’s training is hosted by two specialists stationed at the Dallas A&M AgriLife Center:
Dr. Mike Merchant urban entomology specialist, and
Dr. Allen Knutson, agricultural entomology specialist.

The program is a very packed three full days of training, from 1:00 pm Monday September 18, to noon on Thursday, September 21.
-Cost for the program is only $200 and will include some meals, snacks, and entomology supplies (Bugkit) for collecting and observing insects.
-Although we hope to accommodate everyone who applies, we want to keep the class size limited so everyone can get the most personal attention from our instructors. For this reason, there will be an application process this year. All applicants should know by mid-August whether you have been accepted for this year’s class.)  -If you are interested in applying, please go to the MVES 2017 announcement for agenda and application form.
-Audit an individual class day? Any volunteer who has previously completed the MVES training and would like to audit an individual class day this year is welcome. You will be charged a $20 fee per day which only applies to Tuesday and Wednesday classes ($40 for two days) to cover costs of meals, snacks and drinks (no collecting supplies). There are only 5 auditor slots available and they will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Michael E. Merchant, PhD, BCE
Professor and Extension Urban Entomologist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service  
972-952-9204 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Follow me on Twitter: @mikemerchant

September 23 - October 8, 2017

Texas Pollinator Bioblitz 2017

Observe and identify pollinators.
Share observations by posting to Instagram or iNaturalist.
Participate in daily observation challenges.
Pollinators - butterflies, bees & moths, bats, hummingbirds, wasps, flies, & beetles sustain native plant species, human food crops, and even crops for livestock.

September 30, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

Save the Date! Monitor Houston NPAT Chapter’s website for:

Saturday will be our “Fall Prairie Day at Deer Park Prairie”

It will be a great opportunity to come out and see the prairie in bloom! 
Learn about the history of the prairie and the flora and fauna that can be found there, see what our volunteers do every month, take a walk, visit our prairie booths, have lunch - enjoy!!

October 4, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.

CenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Presentation by authors, Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin

Bring your own copy for the authors to sign! 
More will be available to purchase after the presentation! 



2017 NPSOT SYMPOSIUM - November 3-4, 2017 Sam Houston Museum Education Annex,  Sam Houston University Campus,  Huntsville, TX

We are anxious to fill our vendor/exhibitor hall with your information and products!  Our attendees are passionate about anything involving Texas nativeS, making this the venue for you to inform them about your organization, and sell them your products and services!
COMPLETE AND RETURN NPSOT_2017_Symposium_Vendor_Form.pdf by 10-15-17. 
Any questions? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 830.997.9272.

Late October, 2017 - Kirchoff Family Farm, Wilson County, TX


A Workshop is being planned for late October, 2017

at Kirchoff Family Farm

October 26-28, 2017, Denver, CO.

LTA’s Rally 2017

“National Land Conservation Conference”

Make plans to attend a gathering packed with diverse topics to explore and great colleagues and friends to learn and share with. Rally has all of the resources you want to take your conservation skills further.

November 3-4, 2017 - Huntsville, TX

NPSOT’s 2017 Fall Symposium

Saturday and Sunday

“Challenges to the Pineywood Forests:

Fire, Fragmentation and Biodiversity”

Sam Houston Memorial Museum across street from campus of Sam Houston State University  Our 2017 Symposium was moved from the traditional “3rd weekend in October” in order to avoid conflicts with other events.


with some aspect of symposium planning; organizing a photo contest, recruiting vendors and exhibitors, making catering arrangements, planning workshops and activities, coordinating volunteers, logistics/signs, planning the Friday night off-site dinner, assisting with field trips and tech advice/equipment set-up, and many other details.
Check NPSOT’s website for Hotel info; there are a number of suitable hotels within a short distance of the University.)

Native Plant Society of Texas:
Office hours: Tuesday thru Friday 10:00am – 3:00 pm; or we can make an appointment.
320 W. San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, TX
(Mail to: P.O. Box 3017, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-1929)
Telephone: 830.997.9272; Fax: 866.527.4918
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

November 14-16, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday and Wednesday

America’s Grasslands Conference: United for Conservation

NPAT will be a part of the next America’s Grasslands Conference!  It brings together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands. 

We are very excited to announce a new partnership for this year with the Southern Plains and Prairies conference. While maintaining a national scope, this year’s conference will also include some regionally focused sessions. The conference is co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, Coastal Prairie Partnership, Native Prairies Association of Texas, and Texas A&M University.

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