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Field Trip for Volunteers To Maddin Prairie Preserve
Mitchell County, Texas near Colorado City
Saturday & Sunday May 16 & 17, 2015 and/or Week of 11-15 May
Join the Native Prairies Association Staff to Survey Breeding Birds, Document Plants, Butterflies & Animals, Assist in Mesquite Control Project, Gate/Sign Installation. Prairie Dog and Horned Lizard Monitoring
Urgent Need for Volunteers!
We are interested in forming carpools from Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston for the weekend or during the week. Campsites are available and motel/lodging can be found in nearby Colorado City. We may be able to provide some camping equipment and food will be provided for those that attend. We received grants that provided funds for mesquite control but we need volunteers to help cut and treat mesquite to meet our match. All our spring surveys must also be conducted. If you are interested in volunteering and would like information to coordinate travel and accommodations please let us know. There is no charge from NPAT but gas money would be collected for any drivers.. Our Staff will be doing mesquite control all week and weekend and really need some volunteers to assist.. We desperately need volunteers so please consider and contact Pat or Phillip for more information. Please pass the on to others that may be interested.
Where: Talbot Prairie, Bowie County, near New Boston, TX
When: Saturday June 6, 8:00 – 12:00 AM
Join the Native Prairies Association Staff for its Annual Survey of Talbot Prairie – Help Identify Plants On A Rare 114 Acre Silveus’ Dropseed Prairie!
Field Trip Schedule
• 7:30 – 8:00 AM Meet at McDonalds in New Boston; 702 N McCoy Blvd, New Boston, Texas (CLICK FOR MAP)
• 8:00-12:00 AM Explore & Survey the Prairie
• 12:00-1:00 Lunch in New Boston/or at Prairie Site
Explore and identify native prairie plants
Help us survey this extraordinary prairie
This is a premier remnant prairie
Don’t Miss It!
(25$/person $5/child – pay at site, includes lunch)
FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR PROTECTING PRIVATE PROPERTY IN TEXAS
Friday, April 17
Three Oaks Community Center
158 CR 210
Floresville, TX 78114
9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome
Bryan Davis, County Extension Agent, Wilson County, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
9:10– 10:40 am Easements / Landowner Rights / Q&A
Judon Fambrough, Senior Lecturer, Texas A&M University Real Estate Center
10:40 – 11:15 am Qualifying for Wildlife Management Use under 1-d-1 / Q&A
Trent Teinert, Wilson County Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
11:15 – 11:45 Introduction to Conservation Easements, Panel Discussion
Allison Elder, General Counsel, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Panelists TBD
Pat Merkord, Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas
11:45 Distribute Box Lunches
12:15-1:30 pm Tour of Kirchoff Family Farm
Don Kirchoff – Kirchoff Family Farm
Thanks to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust for sponsoring lunch for the first 30 registrants, and to the Native Prairies Association of Texas for sponsoring drinks & dessert!
Ed Fair wrote:
Just a reminder that our Bird Poker event is scheduled for Saturday, March 28. Please come play along and enjoy a beautiful day in the park. Registration is $50 per person and all funds go toward continuing the prairie restoration efforts. Remember you do no have to be a birder to participate. If you want to play and don’t have a team, let us know and we will try to find you one!
For more information, CLICK HERE.
For complete rules, CLICK HERE.
To register, CLICK HERE.
Bear Creek Ranch Prairie Hike
Saturday, March 28 at 10a.m.
10am - 3pm (Meet at pavilion at 10am)
Bear Creek Ranch Prairie Hike
RSVP Deadline is March 25.
Jeff Quayle of the Fort Worth chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas & Texas Master Naturalists will lead a prairie hike at Bear Creek Ranch. Owned by the Dixon Water Foundation, this 1,700 acre ranch is an excellent example of a Grand Prairie remnant, supporting deep-soiled tallgrass prairie, limestone outcrops, & creek habitat along Bear Creek. Come see this rare example of a Grand Prairie site, also locally known as the Fort Worth Prairie. In 2014, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department awarded Bear Creek Ranch with their 2014 Lone Star Land Steward award.
Participants will hike along Bear Creek & explore habitat along a limestone outcrop, which support rare endemic native plants, and 2 different prairie habitats. One grass dominated, and one forb dominated.
RSVP deadline is March 25th & there is a limit of 30 attendees. Once you RSVP, you will receive an e-mail with directions, maps, & a plant list. Please bring long pants, sturdy footwear, sunscreen & water.