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Native Prairies Association of Texas Presents:
When: March 26th, 2016
Where: Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, Classroom; 8400 Northwest Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78231 (Use East Entry on Blanco Road)
Time: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Lunch Provided, Wear walking shoes
This workshop qualifies as advanced training for TX Master Naturalists!
• Conservation Easements & How They Can Help Protect Monarchs & Pollinators; presented by Pat Merkord, Executive Director Native Prairies Association of Texas and Jeff Weigel, The Nature Conservancy
• How to Restore Native Prairie, Increase Native Plant Diversity, Grow Milkweeds from a Landowner’s Perspective; presented by Don Kirchoff, Owner the Kirchoff Family Farm in Wilson County
• How to Create Wildscapes for Pollinator Habitat; presented by Judip Green, Urban Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
• How to Incorporate Butterfly & Pollinator Management Activities into 1-D-1 Management Plans
• How to restore your land for Pollinators: Details on the Restoration Process; presented by Pat Merkord, Executive Director Native Prairies Association of Texas
$20 Registration Fee is required. Please RSVP using the link below and pay online with a credit card, check sent via USPS, or at the door. You can also call Pat Merkord at 936-827-7973 to RSVP.
When: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:30pm
Where: Amon G. Carter, Jr. - Downtown YMCA; 512 Lamar Street, Corner of 5th and Lamar Streets; (THIS IS OUR PERMANENT NEW MEETING LOCATION)
Tandy Hills Natural Area 2016 BioBlitz
Technology - Biology - Conservation - Community Engagement
The 2016 Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz will focus on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. Specifically, scientists & naturalists will lead & supervise this photo documentation & data collection blitz. The results form a permanent & valuable snapshot of biological life at Tandy Hills. Community members & volunteers are invited to observe science in action & participate by making their own contributions via iNaturalist while exploring the urban prairie. BioBlitz data gathering is important to Tandy Hill’s conservation mission for two reasons. It motivates & engages community participation AND the resulting data serves as a permanent scientific record for current & future management of Tandy’s natural resources. In other words, to “keep it like it was” we need to “know what it is.”
Sponsors include: Unity Church of Fort Worth, Frost Bank, Jane Rector, Greg & Mary Hughes, Dr. Libby Gilmore, Jim Marshall, North Central Texas chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas, Great Water Irrigation & Ecoscapes, Redenta’s Garden Shop.
Partners include: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (Texas Conservation License Plate Program), Texas Nature Trackers, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area, Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Teaming with Wildlife: True to Texas, Texas Wesleyan University, Native Prairies Association of Texas.
The address for the downtown YMCA is 513 Lamar St. 76102 and parking can be found in two lots. One connected to the building between 4th and 5th Ave., along Burnett or across from the building and between 3rd and 4th Ave., also along Burnett. There’s plenty of YMCA signage in both lots, so they shouldn’t be difficult to find and both are free with validation from the front desk. Parking on the street is free too.
Coastal Prairie Partnership and the Native Prairies Association of Texas - Houston Chapter present:
When: Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Brazos Bend State Park, Dining Hall
RSVP REQUIRED! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY AT PRAIRIEPARNTER.ORG
Join Mark Morgenstern, Tom Solomon and Barbara Willy for hands-on demonstrations on growing prairie plants, including milkweed, from seed. Includes visits to the park’s pocket prairie, Mark’s native plant nursery and Nash Prairie.
Bring a sack lunch and join the fun! Park entry fee is waived for Texas Master Naturalists.
All participants should wear comfortable clothing suitable for hiking and the outdoors. A hat and long pants are highly recommended.
10:00– 11:30 pm - Native Plant Propagation Workshop - Join Mark Morgenstern, TMN,
proprietor of Morning Star Prairie Plants, for a hands-on demonstration with focus on seed
collection, germination and propagation techniques including spring sprigging, bumping up,
and the dig and divide. Prairie plants also provide the most natural native habitat for monarch!
11:30– 12:00 pm – “How to Grow Native Milkweed” - In addition to the native prairie nectar
plants, the monarch caterpillars need milkweed as their host plant. Barbara Keller-Willy, TMN
& Director, Monarch Gateway 501(c)(3) will teach how to propagate milkweed to help the
monarch butterfly. We will also learn how to create a pollinator habitat/monarch waystation.
12:00 – 12:30 pm Bring a sack lunch to enjoy - Enjoy your sack lunch among friends before
we take a short drive to a nearby pocket prairie.
12:30 – 1:00 pm Visit the BBSP pocket prairie - Visit a volunteer-created pocket prairie
located along the trail to HMNS’s in-park observatory. Hear the 2016 plans for this prairie.
1:00–3:00 pm Morningstar Nursery & Nash Prairie – Visit Mark’s native plant nursery
and prairie restoration project located 4 miles from the park. We will also visit the Nash
Prairie, located 10 miles south of the park.
The first training workshop for Phase II of the Prairie Mapping Project is this Sunday! Other dates will be offered.
When: MARCH 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Deer Park Prairie - 1222 East Purdue Lane, Deer Park, Texas 77536
Prairie Mapping Project Phase II Training Workshop
10:00 - 10:30 AM - Project Review and Goals
10:30 -11:30 AM - Finding a Site & Introduction/Explanation of the Data Entry Form
11:30 AM - Noon - Lunch - Bring your own or Subway nearby
12:00 - 2:00 PM - Prairie Identification Field Practice Using Data Entry Forms and Practice Identifying Indicator Species
2:00 - 3:00 PM - Review of Data Collection Documents, Questions, Survey on Effectiveness, Future Team Formation, Upcoming Mapping Workshops & Wrap-up
BRING HIKING SHOES, WEAR CLOTHES THAT COVER ARMS AND LEGS FULLY
Bring your own lunch, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
Additional training dates:
April 9th - Field Day Mapping Training at Lawther - Deer Park Prairie
April 13th - Evening Training on Using Technology for Mapping & Owner Contact
May 31st - Evening Mapping Training at Lawther - Deer Park Prairie
The evening training agenda (for both) is as follows:
6:30 PM – 7:30 – How to use Google Earth and other on-line mapping tools, How to create polygons for the report
7:30 PM – 8:30 – How to find landowners, what information to give them, how to present information to landowners & follow-up