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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

Deer Park Prairie’s First BIO-BLITZ - Volunteers Needed!

Come Join us October 22 & 23 at Deer Park Prairie

Come out Saturday (our regularly scheduled workday), Sunday or both days

See Schedule Below: 

- We need to complete 8 plant transect surveys required for maintenance planning.
  — Training will be provided! 
  — This plant survey technique is the same one used for NPAT’s Prairie Mapping.
  — Help us COUNT and IDENTIFY Species – Plants, Bees, Butterflies, and ALL forms of Prairie Life


- Of course, our usual volunteer prairie maintenance will be underway, if you prefer to help with that!

Bio-blitz and Volunteer Day Schedule:

Saturday October 22th, between 9 AM and 10 PM:
Join us all day or for any part of the day you can come!

      9 AM – 12 Noon – Plant Surveying and Training, Prairie Brush & Trash Clean-up
      12 Noon – 1 PM – Bring a Sack Lunch
      1 PM – 4 PM – Bugs & Butterflies Survey – Training Provided!
      4 PM – 7 PM – Clean-up, Finish-up, Go Out to Eat with the Volunteer Crew
      7 PM – 10 PM – Survey for EVENING CRITTERS – Moths, Bats, Owls; Mammals !!
                      (Using sound, spotlights, spotting scope, game camera, black-lights and other techniques) 
                      Perfect Halloween fun!
NOTE: Camping out will be available on observation deck or in the guest house for any who want to stay overnight.

Sunday October 23rd, between 7:30 AM and 4 PM:
Join us all day or for any part of the day you can come!

      7:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Bird Survey Binoculars, Spotting Scope & Training Available
      9 AM – 12 Noon – Prairie Maintenance Activities
    10 AM – 12 Noon – Plant Surveys— Training Available!
    12 Noon – 1 PM – Lunch – Bring a Sack Lunch
      1 PM – 4 PM – Complete Butterfly, Insect, Invertebrate & Vertebrate Surveys—- Training Provided! 

Map Link:  Map to Lawther-Deer Park Prairie

Lawther - Deer Park Prairie
1222 East Purdue Lane
Deer Park, TX 77536

Katy Prairie’s BioBlitz, October 1

THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Support Katy Prairie at their BIOBLITZ.

Cost: Free

Join local naturalists and survey the life on this beautiful INDIAN GRASS PRESERVE:
You will observe BUTTERFLIES, INSECTS, BIRDS & let’s not forget those ‘cool’ REPTILES and AMPHIBIANS! 

Click on this link for full information, map and register: Katy Prairie BioBlitz

REGISTER NOW for PRAIRIE 101 TEACHER WORKSHOP, Deer Park, Tx

Saturday, OCTOBER 29, 2016 from 9 am to 2pm

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Katy Prairie Conservancy.

PRAIRIE 101 TEACHER WORKSHOP will be held at the Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536

• Co-Presented by Katy Prairie Conservancy, Coastal Prairie Partnership and the Houston Chapter of NPAT

• TMN Advanced Training Hours and Educator CEU credits are available.

 

1st Annual Great Houston Wildlife Count, October 8

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016—7 AM to 7 PM
Great free event for individuals, students, and families!
Join wildlife experts for an exciting day (12 hours) of discovery - counting and photographing everything from bees, to bats, to bigmouth bass, in some of Houston’s great parks and wild spaces. 

You’ll have fun - while contributing to our understanding of urban wildlife. Your contributions can have a statewide impact!

This 1st Annual Great Houston Wildlife Count takes place in these 4 locations:
• Buffalo Bayou Park
• Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
• Rice University/Hermann Park and
• Mason Park.

Click on this link for all the information you need: 1st Annual Great Houston Wildlife Count

Part of Texas Parks & Wildlife’s statewide TEXAS POLLINATOR BIOBLITZ October 7-16.
Click on this link for statewide info
- TPWD Texas Pollinator Bioblitz

Tandy Hills - Pollinator Blitz - Saturday, October 8

NEAR FORT WORTH on October 8?

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area (FOTHNA) are participating in the state-wide event, Texas Pollinator Blitz (put on by Ladybird Wildflower Center in association with Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.(TPWD) October 7 thru 16).

FOTHNA invites everyone of all ages to participate in Pollinator BioBlitz,
Saturday, October 8th from 5 PM - 11 PM.

Bring your camera and/or smartphone.  See how many pollinators you can find and identify: butterflies, moths, bees, bats, hummingbirds, wasps, flies and beetles; they all reside in Tandy Hills. Sam Kieschnick, TPWD’s Urban Biologist, will be on-hand to help you identify what you find and upload images. 

An ADDED BONUS - from sunset to 11pm our PrairieSky / StarParty will take place. Look at the night sky through telescopes set up by members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society.

It’s all FREE!

Check FOTHNA’s website for more information, details and updates: Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area

Click on this link: Map to FOTHNA

Monarch Butterfly Study Includes Central Texas

Are you a greater Austin-area owner or manager: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson County?
Expand your knowledge and help save Monarchs, one city at-a-time!

Barbara Keller-Willy is the Founder and Director of a Fort Bend County, TX non-profit, Monarch Gateway; she also is a member on the Board of Directors of NPAT.

Monarch Gateway is collaborating with two distinctive partners, Chicago Field Museum and The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, conducting a study of practices that benefit pollinators.  Their data is being collected in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, and Austin to determine if cities can help increase Monarch populations by creating friendly habitat.  YOU CAN PARTICIPATE!  All information is on this link: Monarch Gateway.

Journey Southward

These tiny creatures begin their INCREDIBLE annual southern migration every fall from as far north as Chicago, IL, flying toward a single destination: a forest in Central Mexico.  There they will cling together in the oyamel fir trees and hibernate until it is time to begin their journey northward.  Their destination is the SAME SITE EVERY YEAR, but the butterflies who arrive there will never have been there before!  (To complete this journey the Monarchs must breed along their migration path; only the 3rd or 4th generation reach their destination!  How do they know where to go?) 

You can MAP their Fall 2016 Migration

Get the APP, learn more about the migration, and monitor daily progress on Learner.org Monarch Butterfly.

Texas and Cajun Prairie Symposium - Sept. 24th -25th, 2016

Click the image to register for this event!


This event will unite prairie chapters from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and coastal Louisiana areas to learn, network, and socialize. The symposium will feature field trips to colorful Cajun Prairies, great presentations on biodiversity conservation and prairie education, and, of course, authentic Cajun food!

A chartered bus will leave Houston on September 24th and we highly encourage our Texan friends to join us on this very affordable ride!

 

ERATH COUNTY: CONSERVATION EASEMENT WORKSHOP FOR LANDOWNERS

Texas Conservation Connection, LLC wrote:

Friday, September 23, 2016

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Workshop; Social Hour Following

1:00 PM Registration - $20 per individual

Morgan Mill Community Center
406 County Road 156, Morgan Mill TX 76465


SPONSORED BY
:
Ranch Connection, Texas Land Conservancy, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Tarleton, Local Offices of NRCS and AgriLife

AGENDA

1:30           WELCOME: CONSERVING OUR LAND
Speaker TBD

1:45 CONSERVATION EASEMENT BASICS [to include discussion of role of land trust]
Carolyn Vogel, Texas Conservation Connection
Mark Steinbach, Texas Land Conservancy

2:45           INCOME AND ESTATE TAX IMPLICATIONS OF CONSERVING LAND FOR THE LONG-TERM
Speaker TBD
   
3:15           LANDOWNER PERSPECTIVE
Skip Barnett, Conservation Easement and NRCS Program Donor
Other Area Landowner

3:50           CONCLUSION

4:00 – 5:00 SOCIAL HOUR

Deborah Paris - The Nature of Things: Daphne Prairie - Sept. 10

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“Just a reminder about Deborah’s show and opening reception for The Nature of Things- Daphne Prairie coming up next month on September 10 at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas from 4-9 pm. There will be a private tour of the herbarium conducted by BRIT staff at 5 pm followed by Deborah’s gallery talk at 6 pm. Also, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.”

 

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