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December 14, 2015 at 6:30pm
Prairie Pot Luck Social
Second Monday Meet-Up
8700 Chapin Road in Fort Worth
Join us this holiday season to celebrate the Prairie Community that we’ve created. We will have some great activities to facilitate conversations & learning. Bring a food item with you & we’ll have a feast! (Check the website http://www.fortworthnpat.wordpress.com frequently for updates on specifics.)
When: Monday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 8700 Chapin Road in Fort Worth, TX
The Role of Remnant Native Vegetation & Management Strategies in the Reclamation of Native Prairie Plant Communities
Heather Bass, a native of Fort Worth & recent graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington will present on her thesis work focusing on the restoration of native Texas prairies, a cause she is passionate about.
Heather’s presentation is based on research conducted on native prairie plant communities at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge to determine the success of strategies employed to restore the native landscape for outdoor recreation. Past disturbances in the area included farming, overgrazing of livestock, & quarrying. The study focused on the potential for passive reclamation from past disturbance through natural propagation from remnant native prairie plant communities & the success of active reclamation strategies employed to restore prairies in quarried areas. She will talk about the dispersal of native prairie plants within the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, & show some of the differences in plant communities established in prairies reclaimed using various strategies. The focus will be on little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) as a native prairie indicator species, other grass & wildflower species native to North Texas prairies, & the existence of invasive plant species that can inhibit the growth of native species. Recommendations for native prairie restoration will be made based on the results of employed strategies, including a discussion of seeding & planting of native species, filling of quarries, & the use of soil amendments. These recommendations will focus on the reclamation of quarried prairie land, but can also apply to native prairie reclamation in general.
When: Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: St. John’s Episcopal School, 848 Harter Rd, Dallas, 75218. Parking: Drive all the way to the back and park behind the school. Enter through the downstairs cafeteria door and follow the posted arrows with our logo to Ms. Herrin’s classroom.
Join us as we discuss election of officers, plan next steps for prairies restorations, identify local prairies, and set a calendar for the rest of the year.
When: Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. for presentation
Where: NEW LOCATION! Cherie Flores Pavilion in 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.
Prairieland conservationist Jim Willis will discuss the Wildlife Habitat Federation. Please see HNPAT’s blog Wildlife Habitat Federation & Audio of Bob White Quail Calls for more information about Jim and his topic.
The Plight of the Prairie Dog by Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT
When: Monday, June 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Georgetown Library, 402 W. 8th St, Georgetown, 78626
Prairie dogs have suffered large declines in their population due to urbanization, fragmentation, agricultural practices, lack of regulatory management and climate change. This presentation describes how the prairie dog colony at NPAT’s Maddin Prairie was established, how it is maintained, how it has changed and its successes. Join us for an exclusive look at this restoration of the Black-tailed Prairie Dog, and find out ways that the public can help in protecting this iconic native prairie species.
Granger Lake Prairie surveys
When: Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Granger Lake Prairie Replication site
Join the CenTex Chapter of NPAT for a nature survey of the prairie replication site. We will be looking at plants and animals. If there is time and interest, we will visit the Chalk Prairie site.
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.