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National Pollinator Week: • was founded and is led by the Pollinator Partnership dedicated exclusively to the…

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Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Houston Chapter of NPAT Texas Prairie Restoration: One Goal, Multiple Approaches. How past land use dictates restoration efforts. • Andy…

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Pedaling the Prairie - Chisholm Trail Park Wednesday, from 6 – 7pm Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd, Fort…

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Prairie Facts

Guadalupe Chapter Presents: “Seeds and Sympathy”

If you’ve ever coveted a native plant that you know you can’t just dig up and take home, this evening is for you. Our chapter’s own Minnette Marr, staff member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas in Austin, will present a program about a complex subject that is dear to our hearts: seeds. She will tell us all about seed harvesting, maturation, cleaning and preparation, and storage, in hopes that we will become more able to successfully collect, store, share and grow the native plants we love.

Tuesday April 8, 2014, 7:00 PM St John’s Lutheran Church, FM 465, Marion, TX

There is a plant/seed exchange and greeting at 6:30 PM followed by the program at 7:00 PM.

Meetings are open to the public. Visitors are welcome.

For more information, directions to St John’s Lutheran Church, or membership applications see our website
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is to promote research, conservation and use of native plants and habitats through education, outreach and example.

Prairie Restoration at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Greg Mitchell Wrote:
Where: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
When: April 8 - 10


San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (the Park) initiated a 22-acre restoration project in 2013.  The project aims to restore native mixed-grass prairie vegetation at two sites in the Park:  the San Juan Dam area in San Antonio (south of Hot Wells) and the Rancho de las Cabras near Floresville in Wilson County.

Work on eliminating non-native grasses and trees and shrubs started last year and will continue this spring and summer.  In April, the Park will conduct a 2-3 day monitoring effort at the San Juan Dam site to better document the existing vegetation.  These data are needed to evaluate future progress and whether goals and objectives are being met.  Volunteers are needed to help with collecting this plant data; training will be conducted by staff from the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and starts on April 8.  The work will end on April 10, and if interested, a commitment for the entire session is required. 

After the monitoring, more work on vegetation removal will occur with planting of native grass seed planned for the fall of 2014.  Additional work will occur in 2015 and 2016, including the installation of interpretive panels.  Monitoring and control of unwanted vegetation will be repeated periodically.  The Park also intends to explore the possibility of using controlled burning in the future to maintain these sites.

If you are interested in helping with the April plant data collection or for more information on the project, please contact Greg Mitchell, Park Natural Resources Manager at 210.534.8875, 248 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Weed Marking Opportunity at Mueller Prairie

When:  Tuesday, April 1, 6:00-7:00PM
Where:  Meet at the Pollen Grain Sculpture (Tom Miller and Sahm)
Who: Sponsored by the Friends of the Mueller Prairie and the Mueller POA Landscape Committee

Friends of the Mueller Prairie wrote:

Let’s make April Fools of the invasives in the Mueller Prairie!  Our last Weed Marking was “drizzled out.”  So, let’s hope for dry weather, or at least a gully-washer of a rain.

Gird yourselves with clothes suitable for walking in grass.  Bring old gloves unless you like an orange trigger finger.

We have bluebonnets, pink evening primrose, verbena and other flowers blooming.  A number of other flowers have set buds.  They are being muscled out by invasive thistles and bastard cabbage.

Each weed we mark, and that the landscape crew destroys, prevents dozens of weeds later in the season.  And, it is lots of fun to mark all the weeds with orange spray paint!

Let’s nip these bad guys in the bud!

Whack-A-Weed Day

WHERE: Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park         Prairie Restoration         614 N. COMMONS FORD RD.
WHEN: Sunday, March 23 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ed Fair wrote:
Join us in our continuing fight to remove more invasives as a part of the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project.  Our restoration project is entering its fifth year and in that time we have made great strides.  Still, we must make every effort to remove any remaining invasive grasses in order to allow the natives to grow and flourish. For the volunteer day, we will especially be concentrating on the King Ranch bluestem.

If you are interested, bring your shovel (we will have a few on hand if you do not have your own) and gloves and join us. We will be there from 8 a.m. to noon, but feel free to choose your own time and work as little or as much as you would like. This project qualifies for Master Naturalist volunteer hours.  Let us know if you need documentation. It’s also a great opportunity to see and ask questions about native plants and prairie restoration.

We will also provide water and snacks.  Since we will be working in the prairie, although the grass is very low, long pants and long sleeves are recommended.  No experience necessary and everyone is welcome.  Come be a part of this important restoration project.  Registration is not necessary but if you have any questions, email Diane Sherrill at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Prairie Chicken Week 2014

From Katy Prairie Conservancy:

Save the Bluebonnets at Mueller Prairie!

What:  Weed Patrol
When:  10 a.m., Saturday, March 8
Where:  Meet at Pollen Grain Sculpture on Tom Miller
Sponsored by:  Friends of the Mueller Prairie and the Mueller POA Landscape Committee

Janelle Dozier wrote:

Bastard cabbage and its friends are going wild in the Mueller Prairie. Save the bluebonnets! It’s all hands to the spray paint to mark areas of invasives.  This is an easy prairie walk armed with marking paint.  Look for the early rosettes of bluebonnets and other wildflowers as you target for these “Mueller Least Wanted”:

Beggar’s lice
Bur clover
Sow thistle
Malta star thistle
Milk thistle
Bastard cabbage
Others, including small trees getting a toehold in the grassland

Experienced members of the Friends of the Mueller Prairie will give you a quick orientation to the bad actors.

Bring gloves, unless you like the look of florescent orange fingers!  Wear clothes suitable for walking through grasses.
These Weed Patrols make a huge difference in the health of our Mueller Prairie!

Thanks for your help!

Native Plants and Prairie Day

North Texas Master Naturalist wrote:
May 3, 2014

The North Texas Master Naturalists will host the second annual Native Plants & Prairies Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Bath House Cultural Center grounds on White Rock Lake.
This will be a FREE family event with activities for the kids including performances by the Dallas Storytellers Guild. There will be over 20 demonstration and information outreach booths, 30 minute wildflower and bug walks/talks beginning at 10:30 AM, and a series of speakers giving short talks/lectures of 25 minutes each on the hour and half hour starting at 10:30 AM.

The theme of this year’s event is Inviting Nature Home, and will focus on what we can do in finding a place for natives in our own yards. Native plants and grasses have been an important part of Texas history, and are disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species. Birds, animals and insects all depend on these native plants to survive.

The event will be a collaborative effort with a variety of organizations having booths and participating. The list includes the Native Plant Society of Texas, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Texas Discovery Gardens, Trinity River Audubon Center, Audubon Dallas, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club – Dallas Group, Texas Honeybee Guild, Butterflies Unlimited, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, The Stream Team, Dallas County Master Gardeners, Friends of the Bath House, For The Love of The Lake.


For more information, and updates on the latest event developments, go to www.ntmn.org.
You can also email Jim Folger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone him at 214-663-2268.

 

Save the Date - KPC Bash 2014!

Katy Prairie Conservancy wrote:

Click the save the date for early registration!

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