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Prairie Facts

Tandy Hills Brush Bash - Feb. 7th

Tandy Hills Natural Area
When: Saturday, February 7 from 9am - Noon (unless raining)
Where: 3400 View Street in Fort Worth, TX
RSVP: send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

One day a year, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area with help from the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department hosts a Brush Bash to clear sections of the prairie of invasive and unwanted trees, brush and trash.
The brush has been cut & will be ready for volunteers to drag to waiting trucks for delivery to a composting facility. Your help REALLY makes a difference! 
BRING: gloves, sturdy shoes, hat, water, lunch, tarps, rakes, small wagons

FWNPAT Second Monday Meet-Up - Feb. 9th

photo by Chris Emory

When: Monday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 8700 Chapin Road in Fort Worth, TX

The Ins and Outs of Photographing Prairies
Photographer - Chris Emory

Are you interested in learing how to take GREAT pictures of our prairies? Chris will teach you how to do so using traditional cameras & smart phones. He will discuss both how to take the photos & what applications or other techniques may enhance your images. Chris will also share his inspiring photos from prairies near & far. It’s a “must-see” for all prairie enthusiasts, as it will be a big help as you document the prairies you know and love, & also the ones that you may discover. 

Come to our February Meet-Up to learn how Chris Emory creates his amazing prairie photographs. Photo by Chris Emory

Blackland (Dallas) NPAT chapter meeting/field trip - Feb. 15

Dog- toothed violet (Trout Lily)

When: Feb. 15, 2015; 10AM
Where: Gateway Park & Post Oak Preserve (Click for parking location) near the Grover Keeton Golf Course, 2323 North Jim Miller Road, Dallas, TX 75227

February’s meeting will be a field trip to Gateway Park & Post Oak Preserve on Sunday, February 15th @ 10AM.  Tim Dalbey will be guiding us around Gateway Park to see remnant prairies on the bluff tops from 10:00-approx. 12:00 (maybe longer if people are enjoying hiking the bluffs) and Post Oak Preserve to see the “carpet” of Dog-Toothed violets (often called Trout Lilies) from approx. 12:00-2:00.  You are welcome to join us for one or both but please make sure you bring enough water and snacks for your trip and lunch if you’d like to visit both areas as well as appropriate footwear.  There will be some hiking up and down hills on natural foot paths, some with loose gravel.  We will be accessing a bluff top to the south and possibly north, and maybe some other areas if there is time.

Post Oak Preserve is a Dallas County Park and Open Space (DCPOS) preserve.  It is across from the DISD Environmental Center.  The reason to go here is to see the “carpet” of Dog-Toothed violets (often called Trout Lilies) that should be out at this time and is not found anywhere else with such an abundance and with Corralrhiza maculata (coralroot) orchids.

Park & meet at in the gravel parking lot at the soccer fields on west side Jim Miller Road before the entrance to Grover C Keeton Golf Course.  If you’ll be joining us for the Post Oak Preserve, drive south on Jim Miller to Hwy. 175, past I-635, exit for Environmental Way and Bowers Road.

Addresses if you need for navigation purposes:
Keeton Golf Course: 2323 North Jim Miller Road, Dallas, TX 75227
Dallas Environmental Center: 1600 Bowers Road, Seagoville, TX 75159


Corallrhiza maculata -Spotted Coralroot orchid

Texas Pollinator Powwow - part 2 - Feb. 28th, 2015


—a gathering of the people to listen to wise words—

When: Saturday, February 28, 2015; 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; LBJWC auditorium; 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies and more!

Come learn about Texas plants and their pollinators, the conservation challenges they are facing, and how YOU can help! The TEXAS POLLINATOR POWWOW brings you topics ranging from native plants and bees, to monarchs and bats, to urban and rural land management best practices by experts from around the state.

We will also have a great group of EXHIBITORS on hand all day to answer questions, provide resources, and showcase their organizations. Desirable pollinator-related items will be available by RAFFLE at the end of the day (your presence is required to win).

PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN Tuesday, 2/24/2015, in order to have a light breakfast and box lunch included with your $25.00 registration fee.  THE FEE WILL REMAIN $25.00 THROUGH THE DATE OF THE CONFERENCE. 

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:  speaker presentations, pollinator-related exhibitors, admission to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center grounds, free parking, and a 10% discount to The Store.




Trout Lily Hike - Mar. 1

Trout Lily Hike

Where: Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View Street in Fort Worth, TX
When: Sunday, March 1 at 1p.m.
RSVP: send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
‘Small is beautiful at Tandy Hills in early March when the rare, beautiful and diminutive Trout Lily blooms (we hope). Master Naturalists, Jim Varnum and Sam Kieschnick will lead the annual expedition to find this tiny harbinger of Spring.’ -

Work Day at Granger Lake: CHANGE OF DATE!

Work Day at Granger Lake: CHANGE OF DATE!
NEW DATE: Monday, January 19 at noon

Due to the expected wet conditions this weekend, it will not be good for planting this Monday.

We will be planting little bluestem at the prairie replication site collected from a construction zone along I-35 north of Temple last summer. If conditions are too wet for planting, we will focus on clearing brush from the rain water collection system and marking trails.

Meet below the Granger Lake dam at the Blackland Prairie replication site. Volunteers should bring work gloves, work shoes, a shovel (and other landscaping tools), water and a snack. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions.

Click here for map. Coming from Georgetown, take FM 29 east to the intersection with 95. Turn right (south), go about 1/2 mile to 1331 in Circleville. Turn left (east) and continue to the dam.

Anyone interested in an area bird walk that day at 10 a.m., should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Blackland Chapter Meeting - Jan. 6th, 2015

Join us for the first meeting of the new year, next Tuesday night, January 6th, 6:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal School, 848 Harter Rd, classroom #002.  Drive all the way around to the back and park in the last sections highlighted in purple in the map below.  The downstairs cafeteria door will be open.  Follow the posted arrows with our logo to Ms. Herrin’s classroom.  They’ll be posted on the lockers or near the floor since the kids art can be distracting.

Toni Herrin and Timothy Dalbey will speak briefly on their current prairie works.  We’ll also have an open discussion on the goals and projects for 2015.

For more information about the Blackland (Dallas) Chapter:

Fort Worth Chapter Meeting - Jan. 12th, 2015

John Tandy will present a call to action for the people’s prairie of Fort Worth. John is a descendent of original Fort Worth pioneer, Roger Tandy, who forged his way from Kentucky in 1853, by covered wagon. He led a trek through the tall grass, cutting a path to what would become Tandy Ranch on the now east side of Fort Worth.

A century and a half later, Tandy Hills Natural Area has been named best place to see wildflowers in Tarrant County and is host to Kids on the Prairie and Fort Worth’s first and coolest green event, Prairie Fest.

Without fire and other natural systems in place, Tandy Hills is threatened by overgrowth of unwanted plant species that will dominate the area until careful intervention takes place. John will detail plans for more brush cutting and path forging, just as his ancestors did, in a comprehensive plan to protect the area and foster it’s capacity for self-renewal.

This will be a great opportunity for family team work, making new friends, volunteer hours for teens and a learning experience for all. Join us for this important community effort next Monday night.

Snacks and social time 6:30, presentation at 7:00.

Location: Westside Presbyterian Church, 8700 Chapin Rd, Fort Worth, Texas 76116

Facebook event page: FWNPAT

Balcones Chapter Prairie Restoration Workday - Jan. 25th, 2015

Save the date!  Details to follow.

Balcones Chapter Prairie Restoration Workday at Carrington’s Prairie

When:Sunday, January 25; 1 - 3 p.m.

Where: 4806 Trail West Drive, Austin, TX 78735 in Travis Country

The Native Prairies Association of Texas is pleased to announce the formation of a new South Austin-based chapter, The Balcones Chapter . Please visit the new Balcones Chapter website and “like” Balcones NPAT on Facebook to follow this new local chapter. This workday will be the first event for the new chapter and will be a great opportunity to be introduced to a volunteer opportunity available to Balcones chapter members and to meet others interested in the new chapter or the conservation and restoration of Carrington’s Prairie.

Also, please add the Balcones Chapter email address to your email contacts:.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Houston Chapter Meeting - Jan. 28th, 2015

The next chapter meeting for HNPAT will be on January 28th at 6:30pm.

Specific meeting details to be announced soon.

Remember: Starting in 2015, meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Upper Kirby District Bldg , 3015 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77098, in the first floor conference room (note: entrance to the parking lot is on Eastside St.).

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