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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!
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
THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016
Support Katy Prairie at their BIOBLITZ.
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
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Katy Prairie Conservancy.
• TMN Advanced Training Hours and Educator CEU credits are available.
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
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
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.
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?)
Get the APP, learn more about the migration, and monitor daily progress on Learner.org Monarch Butterfly.
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!
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
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
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
4:00 – 5:00 SOCIAL HOUR
“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.”