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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

Field Trip for Volunteers To Maddin Prairie Preserve - May 11th - 17th

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.

Call 936-827-7973 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Talbot Prairie Field Trip - June 6th

Visit Rare Native Prairie!

 

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)

To Register Contact Pat Merkord at 936-827-7973 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR PROTECTING PRIVATE PROPERTY IN TEXAS - April 17th

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR PROTECTING PRIVATE PROPERTY IN TEXAS

Friday, April 17
Three Oaks Community Center
158 CR 210
Floresville, TX 78114

PROGRAM


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!

To Register, contact Bryan Davis at (830) 393-7357 or by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Event Sponsors:

Texas Agricultural Land Trust
Green Spaces Alliances
San Antonio River Authority
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust
Native Prairies Association of Texas

Bird Poker at Commons Ford - March 28th

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.

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Bear Creek Ranch Prairie Hike - Mar. 28th

Bear Creek Ranch Prairie Hike
Saturday, March 28 at 10a.m.
10am - 3pm (Meet at pavilion at 10am)
Bear Creek Ranch Prairie Hike
RSVP required: contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 817-729-0283
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.

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