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Native Prairies Association of Texas
invites you to their
Join us for tours and cookout!
When: Saturday, November 8, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: San Gabriel Park, Georgetown, TX
Cost: $15 for NPAT members (children 14 years and under are free)
$35 for nonmembers (includes a one-year membership)
Come to one or all events.
Proceeds support NPAT efforts to conserve and restore native prairies
Tours will run throughout the day at Granger Lake prairie sites. Choose from birding, plant identification, butterfly and insect surveys, as well as a prairies then and now tour.
Prairie Celebration Dinner:
Join NPAT members at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown for a cookout, Bring something to grill or chip in for a bison burger. We will provide the nonalcoholic drinks, sides and desserts. It’s BYOB (but no glass containers please). Bring your camp chairs and we’ll share what we’ve been up to for the past year.
Blaze and Graze Celebration Tours
Birding Tour: (8 - 11 am)
Auto & hiking tour of the Granger Lake area, which is especially good during fall migration and winter. The diverse habitats offer chances to see a variety of species. Meet in the parking lot at the trailhead for the Comanche Bluff trail in Taylor Park. Tour will be led by experienced birder.
Note: Bring a sack lunch for lunch in the park or lunch in nearby Taylor, Texas
Prairie Plant Identification Tour: (1 pm – 3 pm)
Learn more about plants from some prairie experts while walking in the Blackland Prairie Gene Bank and Chalk Prairie site. This is a hands on way to learn your native prairie plants. Meet at the Blackland Prairie Gene Bank site below the dam.
Butterfly & Insect Survey: (1 – 3 pm)
Look for butterflies and insects and help us catalog these inhabitants of the blackland prairie Ecoregion. We will visit 3 sites at Granger Lake on this surveying tour. Meet at the Blackland Prairie Gene Bank site below the dam.
Prairies Then and Now Tour: (3 pm – 5 pm)
This tour includes a visit to the Blackland Prairie Gene Bank Site, and the Chalk Prairie Site. Discover the history of the interesting and little known Granger Lake area sites. Find out about the town that was drowned by Granger Lake, the deadly flood of 1921, the filming of the movie “True Grit”, the Czech Moravian immigrants of Granger, and homestead life on the prairie.
Meet at the Blackland Prairie Gene Bank site below the dam. This is an auto tour and carpooling will be organized at the meeting site.
Fall Prairie Celebration Cookout: (6 – 9 pm)
San Gabriel Park gazebo
445 E. Morrow Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
CLICK FOR A MAP TO THE DINNER
Join us at the San Gabriel Park gazebo for an outdoor evening of good food, prairie folks, and NPAT projects from the past year. Celebrate our four new NPAT chapters and our volunteer awardees for 2014.
Learn all about collecting native prairie plant seed from Glenn Merkord. The talk will include demonstrations and hands-on opportunity to learn:
• When and How to Collect
• When Seeds are Ready to Collect
• How to Dry and Clean Seeds
• How to Prepare for Storage
• How to Store Seeds
Free Native Seeds for Those Attending!
We will be discussing upcoming events and finalizing many of the formative aspects of the new Central Texas chapter. This meeting for the Central Texas chapter will be held in the clinic room at REI.
When: October 28th, 7pm-9pm
Where: Clinic Room at REI, 9901 N Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78759 (click for map)
MILLER SPRINGS NATURAL AREA Field Trip
When: Saturday, October 25 from 9:30 a.m.
Where: Miller Springs NA is located below Lake Belton dam northwest of Belton.
Charles Newsom will lead the group through this hidden treasure which features a prairie in the center.
Directions: From I-35 to Exit 292 (HWY 121) just south of Belton. Take Hwy 121 North to Lake Road and turn Left. Take the first right (North) onto FM 2271 after you see the Miller Springs Park Entrance, also on the right. Pass over the dam and make an immediate right into the Miller Springs Nature Center parking lot. CLICK HERE FOR MAP.
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When: Monday, October 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Presbyterian Church at 8700 Chapin Road,Fort Worth
This meeting features a presentation by Don and Debra Young of Tandy Hills Natural Area. This is part of a series of presentations on the prairies of the Fort Worth area.
When: Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth
Pat Merkord, Executive Director of Native Prairies Association of Texas will show how to acquire skills to recognize native remnant prairies in this hands on workshop that will train you to recognize indicator species, how to use the internet to locate potential prairie sites, how to record data and report it. Identification of major native prairie grasses and indicator forbs will be focused on with lots of specimens to work with. BRIT’s beautiful outdoor landscaping with native prairie plants will provide an outdoor opportunity to see live specimens and we will have lunch on the grounds, so please bring a sack lunch and walking shoes.
Cost of Workshop: $25 Members and $35 Non-Members
NPAT will have a booth at this event! We will be making seed balls so come by and visit us!