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REMAINING December 2017 Chapter Meetings and those planned for January & February, 2018: Please monitor chapter pages (links below) and News & Events pages!…

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Tuesday, 7-8:30 pm San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting“MISSION REACH Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project”,  Environmental Sciences, San Antonio…

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SAVE THE DATE! WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM CenTex NPAT Chapter MeetingLisa and Jason Spangler! Georgetown Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626: (This meeting…

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Prairie Facts

Restoration Workday at Carrington’s Prairie - March 29th

When: Sunday, March 29

The chapter is soliciting volunteer woodworkers to construct native bee houses to be installed at Carrington’s Prairie this spring. A landscape architect has joined the chapter and plans to help design a native prairie installation for a southwest Austin elementary school.

The focus of this workday is:

demonstrating easy removal of invasive nandinas using leverage and a weed wrench
removing trash or man-made debris
identifying two varieties of ligustrums for future removal
clearing undergrowth to improve conditions for native grasses

For more information, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For chapter news, go to http://balconesnpat.weebly.com.

Field Trip to Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary - March 28th, 10AM

When: Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Walter E. Long Lake, Austin, TX

This preserve is a 200-acre section of Walter E. Long Park in northeast Austin and is designed to protect Blackland Prairie habitat.  The site includes wetlands along Lake Long. It is normally closed to the public. Manager Rene Barrera will join the group. Limited to 20 participants. To sign up, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Miller Springs Natural Area Workday - March 21st, CANCELLED

The workday at Miller Springs Natural Area scheduled for March 21st has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Bird Survey at Lawther - Deer Park Prairie - March 28th, 7:30AM

When: Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 a.m.
Where: 1222 E. Purdue, Deer Park,TX 77536 Please do not park in front of our neighborhood homes.


The bird survey is led by either NPAT Executive Director Pat Merkord or Damien Carey.  Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to send email to RSVP to with your cell phone number for contact in case of inclement weather.  For walking on the prairie, rubber boots are highly recommended.  For more information, go to hnpat.wordpress.com.

Blackland (Dallas) March Workshop - Mar. 28th, 10am

When: March 28th; 10am
Where: Bath House Cultural Center; 521 E Lawther Dr Dallas, TX 75218

For the month of March, we will have a workshop instead of meeting.  On March 28th, Pat Merkord will be giving workshop on “Native Prairie Indicator Species: Signs Prairie Hunters Seek” at the Bath House Cultural Center at 10:00 am.

Find out what the top 10 indicator grass and wildflower species for Dallas area blackland prairies are and have hands on opportunities to identify selected grasses and forbs.
This workshop will help those interested in looking for prairies or those who want to learn more on how to identify prairie indicator species an opportunity to expand their prairie knowledge.

Schedule:
10-10:30 – Set up
10:30 to 11:30 – Introduction to top 10 Prairie Indicator Species for Blackland Prairies (Includes tips on ID with actual specimens)
11:30 to 12:00 – Lunch – Please bring your own brown bag lunch on site
12:00 to 1:00 – More in-depth view of Prairie Indicator Species using nearby prairie site walk and field specimens
1:00 to 1:30 – Presentation Wrap-up on some North Texas Prairies

Workday at TNC’s Mowotony Prairie - Feb. 27th

Great opportunity to see another high quality prairie and to help maintain it! Anyone wishing to carpool from Houston from the Kroger’s at W. Bellfort & S. Post Oak, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

From Susan Conaty:

A work day at the Mowotony Prairie (part of the TNC Nash Prairie Preserve) is being scheduled for Friday February 27th from 9am to 4pm.
The work includes clearing a barbwire fence of brush and moving the debris to a pile in preparation for a prescribed burn. The work will be done with chainsaws and loppers Also need people to help drag the debris to the burn pile.
There is not enough room to park at the Mowotony Prairie.  The road does not have a shoulder and the ditch is steep. We will meet at the Nash Prairie and shuttle to the Mowotony. Do not be concerned about not being able to leave the Mowotony when you want to . I will take anyone back to their car when ever they want to leave.
. Date:    Friday, February 27th
Time:  9:00AM – 4:00PM   (Can come for all or part of the time)
Place:  Mowotony Prairie ( County Road 18 and Hwy 36 , south of Damon) 
Meet:  at the Nash Praire (CR 25 and CR 255)
Bring:  loppers, trimmers,  chain saw if you have it and want to use it, water, snacks and or lunch, 
Wear:  gloves , boots, hat , sunscreen (safety equipment if you use a chainsaw.  Example; ear protection, eye protection, chaps)

Questions and concerns contact:
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) –  979-417-1421
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) –  409-941-9114

Houston Chapter Meeting - Feb. 25th, 6:30pm

HNPAT February Meeting
“Growing Milkweed Dinners for Monarchs, Native Prairie Milkweeds”
by Barbara Keller-Willy
Where: 3015 Richmond, Houston, TX 77098; (parking lot entrance on Eastside)
When: Feb. 25th
6:30 p.m. - Refreshments;
7:00 p.m. Program Starts

Barbara Keller-Willy will be talking about milkweeds and monarch butterflies at the February meeting of Houston Chapter, Native Prairies Association of Texas (HNPAT). Barbara is NPAT & HNPAT board member, member of Coastal Prairie Texas Master Naturalist, Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer, and first vice-president of the Sugar Land Garden Club.
Barbara has her own greenhouse and grows many native milkweeds and will be bringing some for door prizes at the meeting. She also has installed several monarch way stations, two of which she donated last year for the Prairie Celebration silent auction.
She wrote a Spotlight article for Brenda Beust Smith’s Lazy Gardener & Friends Houston Garden Newsletter. Click here for her article.

Read the entire blog on our website at this link for much more information about milkweeds.

Join us and learn about Monarchs & Milkweeds from Barbara!

Prairie Fest 2015 - Apr. 25

When: April 25, 2015
Where: Tandy Hills Natural Area; 3400 View St., Fort Worth, TX 76103

A free outdoor festival celebrating the natural world at the Best Place to see wildflowers in north Texas.
Tandy Hills Natural Area, a 160 acre native prairie remnant, located minutes east of downtown Fort Worth, will host the 10th Annual Prairie Fest, Saturday April 25, 2015. A FW Weekly Best Outdoor Cultural Event winner, this free, family-friendly festival will run 11 am to dusk. Set amongst wildflower-covered hills, the festival fosters environmental awareness with a fun, innovative, yet down-home event.

Come celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary with live, local music on 2 solar-powered stages. Enjoy guided wildflower tours for young and old at the Best Place to View Wildflowers in the Metroplex. Explore local art, craft, and green living exhibitors in the “Prairie Circle”. Experience site-specific interactive art installations, plein air painters and “live artists”, creating art on site. The festival features a kids area with educational activities and discovery hikes. Don’t miss performances by storytellers, belly dancers, and more! Tasty local food and beverages will be available.

Prairie Fest - the greenest outdoor festival in Texas - is presented by Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area to sustain and grow their award winning environmental education and conservation programs at Tandy Hills.

Solar-powered LIVE Music - Tipi & Trailside Storytellers - Local Food / Bev - Guided Wildflower Tours - Nature Science Hikes by Prairie Keepers - Prairie Circle Exhibitors - Plein Air Painters - Drummers - Belly Dancers - Boy Scout Monkey Bridge - and YOU! - Free & open to the public

Fort Worth Chapter Meeting - Mar. 9, 6:30pm

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

Presentation: Frankford Church & Cemetery Prairie Restoration: A Historical Prairie Restored; Presented by nationally-renowned Landscape Architect Rosa Finsley

The historic Frankford Church & the native remnant prairie

Rosa will discuss the restoration work in the fields adjacent to the historical Frankford church and cemetery. For many years, the field was kept mowed and manicured as part of the church grounds. After allowing for the native vegetation to grow back, this piece of the Blackland Prairie has become a large part of the heritage tourism being promoted for this historical site in the suburbs of Dallas. Wildflowers and other native plants which had probably not flowered in many generations were found to come back across these fields. Rosa will also provide a slide show illustrating some of the native plants being used as landscaping around the church and cemetery to capture the natural setting of this location. This restoration project in North Texas is a great example of steps that can be taken to revert manicured park areas and grounds back to a tallgrass prairie landscape.

Balcones Chapter meeting - Feb. 18th, 4PM

When: Wednesday, February 18 at 4 p.m.
Where: Regents School, 3230 Travis Country Circle, Austin,TX, Room 137, Squires Hall, Grammar Building

Presentation: Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT, will talk about the organization and the involvement of new chapters in local projects. For more information go to the Balcones Chapter Facebook page.

Granger Lake Work Day - Feb. 21, 10:30AM

A work day will be held Saturday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Granger Lake Prairie Replication site. Bring gloves and tools for clearing brush. If there is interest, we will visit the Chalk prairie remnant nearby to see what’s starting to come up. (Subject to cancellation due to rain.) For information: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.

Central Texas February Meeting - Feb. 16, 6:30PM

When: Monday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX

Presentation: Prairie Birds of Central Texas

Dr. Chuck Sexton will talk about grassland birds. Winter is a great time to learn about local prairie birds. Dr. Sexton is a long-time Audubon Society member and worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the biologist at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge before retiring in 2010.

Wild West Tour: Winter Birds of the Katy Prairie - Feb. 28th

Katy Prairie Conservancy wrote:

When: Saturday, February 28, 2015; 7:30am - 11:30am
Where: Indiangrass Preserve
31950 Hebert Rd Waller, TX, 77484 United States

The winter months bring flocks of migrating birds to the prairie. The colder weather is one of the best times to see ducks, geese, hawks, sparrows, eagles, and even pelicans on the prairie! Join bird expert, Glenn Olsen, as he looks for some of these fantastic winter migrants!

Where: Indiangrass Preserve
Cost: $50 per person
Registration: Click here to register.

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