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Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Houston Chapter of NPAT Texas Prairie Restoration: One Goal, Multiple Approaches. How past land use dictates restoration efforts. • Andy…

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Pedaling the Prairie - Chisholm Trail Park Wednesday, from 6 – 7pm Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd, Fort…

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Restoration Efforts at the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve Presenter: Bob Mione of Connemara Conservancy Monday, from 6:30pm – 8pm

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Prairie Facts

Fort Worth Chapter May Meeting - May 11th

Prairie Mapping Project
Monday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Location: 8700 Chapin Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Pat Merkord, Executive Director of Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) & RJ Taylor of Connemara Conservancy will give a presentation on the mapping project to document native prairies in Texas.  Several years ago, NPAT engaged a number of environmental consultants to map the remnant native prairies in 95 counties of Texas.  The mapped boundaries & vegetation data collected by those consultants can be a starting point for work by NPAT chapters to document what still exists out there.  Pat & RJ will show some examples of the mapping work in the Fort Worth Prairie region & discuss opportunities for our chapter to document those sites not yet captured in the mapping work & to capture vegetation surveys on accessible sites not yet documented.  Both publically-owned park lands with native prairie remnants & privately owned native prairie sites are included in the work.

Current prairie map for Parker County.


You don’t want to miss this important presentation as it is the groundwork for future conservation of prairies. And you can be a part of the mapping project!

Brodie Wild Plant Survey - May 3rd

Join the Capital Area Master Naturalists for a plant survey this weekend!
When: Sunday, May 3rd from 9:30 am to noon.

Where: Brodie Wild Preserve - at the southwest corner at Brodie Lane and Slaughter Lane.  Park at the CVS Pharmacy across the street. Water, snacks, clipboards, paper, & pencils will be provided.

Help list all native & non-native plants on the 4 acre site during the 2-1/2 hour survey.
Experienced to beginner plant identifiers are welcome.
Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.
Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.
Bring a central Texas plant ID book (such as Marshall Enquist’s Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country) if you have one.

The Crisis of Our Time - April 30th

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Frankford Church & Cemetery Prairie Tour - April 18th and 19th

When: Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m.

Where: 8700 Chapin Road, Fort Worth,TX 76116

Rosa Finsley and Kathy Powers will be giving tours of the never-plowed, native Blackland Prairie at the Frankford church and cemetery.  Come to both tours to view the prairie in different lighting conditions.  Best part of the tour? The wild hyacinth should be blooming! For more information, go to fortworthnpat.wordpress.com.

Houston Chapter April Meeting - April 22nd

Photo Essay on Coastal Prairie Remnants

When: Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. for presentation
Where: NEW LOCATION! The new building in the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Dr, Houston, 77004. Parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum.  Please note that Google Maps to this location are not accurate.

Carolyn Fannon will present a photo essay on prairies at the University of Houston Coastal Center, Deer Park, Nash Prairie, Katy Prairies, and others. Carolyn will offer a closer look at the individual plants she has photographed through all the seasons.

Fort Worth Chapter April Meeting - April 13th

What’s Blooming?

When: Monday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 8700 Chapin Rd, Fort Worth,TX 76116

Our What’s Bloomin’ second-Monday meet-up has a fun interactive activity to help us get to know our prairie partners. We will then take a look at some of the wildflowers and grasses that you will see when you go out on some of our April hikes led by Jeff Quayle.

Simpson Prairie Field Trip - April 25th

When: Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
Where: Near Crawford, TX

This NPAT prairie easement is owned by Mike and Marliss Williams. Simpson Prairie is a prairie remnant of the Grand Prairie (Lampasas Cut Plains of the Cross Timbers and Prairies) on a gently sloping hillside. Mike has restored this prairie from an overgrazed pasture. He has used the seed hay harvested from this prairie to restore area prairies, including the Bush Ranch.  To sign up, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Centex Chapter April Meeting - April 20th

Chapter Meeting: Horned Lizards of Texas

When: Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
Where: Georgetown Public Library; 402 W 8th St., Georgetown, TX 78626

Carolyn Todd will talk about the Horned Lizards of Texas. She’ll also discuss the different species in this state. Carolyn is a member of the Horned Lizard Conservation Society.

(A steering committee meeting for this chapter will be held at 6 p.m. We are still looking for members.)

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