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Wild About Houston Short Film Screening Wednesday, 6:30 pm - HNPAT Monthly Meeting Co-presenters for this event are: Houston - NPAT,…

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Conservation Easement Workshop FRIDAY, 2pm to 5pm Co-Hosts: Cibolo Conservancy and the Hill Country Alliance Hill Country…

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Saturday, beginning at 7:30 am! Deer Park Prairie - Monthly Bird Survey Come join Damien Carey for the survey and learn about the…

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BUMBLE BEE CONSERVATION NORTH TEXAS

When: Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Westside Presbyterian Church, 8700 Chapin Rd, Fort Worth, 76116

Bumble bees are important pollinators in both natural and agricultural systems. Unfortunately, they are declining worldwide; in Texas, five of our eight documented species have experienced range reductions. Jessica Beckham, currently a Ph.D. candidate in environmental science at the University of North Texas, will give a presentation about the natural history of bumble bees, identification of common species in North Texas, ongoing research at UNT, and ways that individuals can help to conserve these vital resources.  Read Jessica’s bio here.

Houston Chapter July Meeting

When: Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. presentation

Where: Cherie Flores Pavilion in McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Dr, Houston, 77004 (Google Maps not accurate).

Texas Park & Wildlife Department Intern Pablo Pardo will talk about his summer research on fauna surveys of Deer Park Prairie, including information from the frog logger that was installed by Kelly Norrid and Diana Foss in January (see video).

BIRD SURVEY AT DEER PARK PRAIRIE

When: Saturday, July 25 from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Where: 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX, 77536. No parking in front of neighborhood homes.

Join us for a Deer Park Prairie bird survey, led by either NPAT Executive Director Pat Merkord or Damien Carey.  Rubber boots are highly recommended.  Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your cell phone number.

DEER PARK PRAIRIE WORKDAYS & OPEN PRAIRIE DAYS

When: Wednesday, July 22 and Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. - noon

Where: 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX, 77536. No parking in front of neighborhood homes.

Join us at Deer Park Prairie for two workdays in July.  Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your cell phone number in case we need to contact you due to inclement weather.  The prairie is open to all visitors during workday hours.  Visitors are required to sign a liability release before stepping onto the prairie.

Fort Worth Chapter Meeting - July 13th

Second Monday Meet-Up
8700 Chapin Road in Fort Worth
Monday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Conservation of North Texas Bumble Bees
Jessica Beckham
Program Abstract: Bumble bees are important pollinators in both natural and agricultural systems. Unfortunately, they are declining worldwide; in Texas, five of our eight documented species have experienced range reductions in other parts of the United States. This program will include information on the natural history of bumble bees, identification of common species in north Texas, ongoing research at the University of North Texas, and ways that individuals can help to conserve these vital resources.
Jessica Beckham is currently a Ph.D candidate in environmental science at the University of North Texas. Her research involves an interdisciplinary approach to studying the bumble bees of this great state. She is broadly interested in conserving these native pollinators and finding ways that humans and bumble bees may coexist in an increasingly urbanized world. Her current projects involve evaluating the presence and persistence of bumble bees across northeast Texas and studying the use of urban green spaces by bumble bees in Denton County.

Fort Worth Chapter Meeting 10/12/15

October 12, 2015 at 6:30pm
Prairie Seekers - Prairie Assessment & Mapping Program

Second Monday Meet-Up
8700 Chapin Road in Fort Worth

Prairie Seekers is a new prairie assessment & mapping program that the Fort Worth chapter of NPAT is developing & testing in the 14-county region. Volunteers have been busy developing a quantifiable datasheet that can be used by volunteers to assess prairie sites. The chapter will develop a training series that will be rolled out in 2016. Data collected will be prioritized & the information will be passed along to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s prairie database; which can be used to identify future conservation opportunities.

Native Plant Society of Texas Symposium in October

When: Thurs., Oct. 15 - Sun., Oct. 18

Where: Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Dr, Austin, 78719

The NPSOT 2015 Symposium theme - Capit-O-lize on Natives: Contributions, Challenges, Conservation - will concentrate on the four ecoregions that surround the Texas state capitol – Post Oak Savannah, Blackland Prairies, Edwards Plateau and Cross Timbers, and how these ecoregions have influenced adaptation and variance in plants and plant communities, as well as human interaction with the landscape.  Early registration ends Sept. 23.

Fort Worth Chapter Meeting 11/09/15

November 9, 2015 at 6:30pm
Monarchs in Texas: Partners for Wildlife Program to Stem Monarch Habitat Loss

Don Wilhelm, Partners for Wildlife program coordinator with the local US Fish & Wildlife Service office will present on their work with monarchs in Texas. He will discuss how the USFWS is working with their partners & with landowners in numerous ways to help reverse the pressing threats to monarchs due to habitat loss, loss of native milkweed plants due to development, & the need for nectar sources during the monarch migrations. 

The monarch butterfly is one of the most beautiful & recognizable insects on earth, but it needs our help. The native prairie habitats with milkweed for caterpillar development & native wildflowers for nectar sources to support pollinators are a key component in the survival of our monarchs & other pollinator species. This will be a great opportunity to find out how we can use our prairies - & also our own residential areas - to help give monarchs & other pollinators the resources they need to survive.

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