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The American Prairie Conference occurs every other year. It hasn’t been held in Texas for 30 years!EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION PRICES - THROUGH APRIL 22 on…

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“Keeping Texas Native” Scheduled throughout Texas this Spring!     Photo of LBJWC’s 2018 Native Plant Sale Lady Bird…

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HNPAT Program Meeting Please note our March meeting has been scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday!“Wildflowers of Texas” author Michael Eason Michael…

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Prairie Facts

Field Trip to Burleson Prairie - April 30th, 9:30am

Field Trip to Burleson Prairie

When: Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Visit a tallgrass prairie remnant and restoration in the Blackland Prairie.  Mickey and Bob Burleson restored this prairie for decades and wrote a restoration guide, available on NPAT’s website. Bring a lunch and be ready to hike. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at for more information and to RSVP. May be rescheduled in case of rain.

Tandy Hills Bioblitz - April 22nd

The Friends of Tandy Hills wrote:

This year we are bringing in the top scientist experts from across Texas to help us make sure we have Tandy Hills in the future. That goal starts by understanding what we have now.  And so…the 2016 Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz will focus on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. We all have a part to play in the project. We think it will be pretty fun.

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 and naturalists will lead and supervise this photo documentation and data collection blitz. The results form a permanent and valuable snapshot of biological life at Tandy Hills. Community members and volunteers are invited to observe science in action and participate by making their own contributions via iNaturalist while exploring the urban prairie.

WHEN: Friday, April 22, 2016 (Earth Day) 6:00 a.m. until, Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View Street, Fort Worth, TX 76103

Centex Chapter Meeting - April 25th, 6:30pm

When: Monday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., talk begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Austin Public Library, Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, 78723

Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project
Ed Fair, an Austin lawyer and avid birder, will talk about how this restoration project came about—how he got involved in transforming a bermudagrass field in an Austin park to a native prairie. For more information, go to

Texas Prairies and Pollinators - Uvalde, TX; April 16th


When: April 16th, 2016;  8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Uvalde, Texas, El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main Street

Lunch Provided, Wear walking shoes
Field Trip to Nueces River Canyon Restoration Site (20 miles NW Uvalde)


8:30 to 9:00 AM: Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 9:20 AM: Conservation Easements & How They Can Help Protect Monarchs & Pollinators; Pat Merkord, Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas

9:20 – 10:00 AM: Prairie Restoration for Quail; Dr. Susan Cooper, Research Wildlife Specialist Agrilife Research Center

Break:10:00 – 10:10 AM

10:10 – 10:50 AM: How to Incorporate Prairie Restoration Techniques and Management Activities for Pollinators: Into 1-D-1 Wildlife Management Plans and other Land Restoration Efforts; Pat Merkord, Bluestem Environmental Consultants & NPAT ED

10:50 – 11:30 PM: Monarch Conservation = Prairie Restoration; US Fish and Wildlife Service

11:30 – 12:10: Butterfly Gardening; Elise Kirchoff, Uvalde Native Plant Society

12:10 – 12:40 PM: Lunch

12:40 PM – 2:00 PM: Monarch Conservation by Landowners and Monarch Gateway Host Cities Program, How to Recognize and Grow Healthy Milkweed for Monarchs, Best Milkweeds to Grow & How to Protect Monarchs from Disease & Other Threats; Barbara Willy, Director, Monarch Gateway

2:00 – 4:00: Field trip to Nueces Canyon Potential Restoration Site to Explore Possible Restoration Strategies - 20 Miles NW Uvalde – Carpool

$20 Registration Fee; RSVP is Required; Click the registration link to register online or call Pat Merkord, 936-827-7973 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register and pay at the door.



Work Day at Carrington Prairie - April 27th, 1pm-3pm

When: Wednesday, April 27, 1-3 p.m.
Where: 4806 Trail West Drive, Austin, TX 78735

Join the NPAT Balcones Chapter, the Austin High Environmental Sciences Class and the Master Naturalists Balcones Chapter in removing invasive species, clearing brush, mounting native bee boxes and a trash clean up. Bring gloves, boots, water, shovel, loppers and waste bags. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Field Trip to Granger Lake’s Chalk Prairie and Alligator Ranch - May 7, 9am

When: Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.

Visit a Central Texas prairie remnant as well as Nancy Webber’s restored prairie property in Milam County. Contact Nancy Webber for more information and to RSVP.

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