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Join us from 6:30-8:00pm,  Georgetown Public Library, Classroom • NPAT Executive Director, Pat Merkord, will preside over the NPAT…

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2nd Annual Savage Cabbage BashSaturday from 9:00 a.m. to NoonCome out to support our wildflowers!Join students in this “invasive species public awareness event”. Location: Trinity…

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Prairie Facts

Please Reserve Wednesday, April 5, Georgetown, TX

Photo: Texas Master Naturalist

Join us from 6:30-8:00pm,  Georgetown Public Library, Classroom

NPAT Executive Director, Pat Merkord, will preside over the NPAT Cen-Tex Chapter Meeting.
Everyone is invited to join us for Pat’s presentation: “Prairies of the Northern Great Plains”, meet your neighbors, and learn more about PRAIRIE RESTORATION!
Details for this event can be found on the 4/5/17 flyer which follows in date order.

March 25, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

2nd Annual Savage Cabbage Bash

Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Come out to support our wildflowers!

Join students in this “invasive species public awareness event”. Location: Trinity River Trail (map). This year we will work along the west bank of the Trinity River from the Clearfork Trailhead, near the Press Cafe, to the Crystelle Waggoner Trailhead, near the Woodshed.

Co-Sponsors: Fort Worth NPAT and the Tarrant Regional Water District

FWNPAT is very grateful to the Tarrant Regional Water District for providing gloves, trash bags and clean up!!
The Annual Savage Cabbage Bash

was introduced in 2016 by the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. That event had a very positive effect!  We hope to continue the tradition!
Signs will be posted along the route to publicize our event and draw attention to the problem.
We will be pulling Rapistrum rugosum, savage cabbage; a.k.a. bastard cabbage.
Rapistrum rugosum: is an invasive species growing to heights from 1’ to 5’. Its basal leaves and size threaten native wildflowers by blocking sunlight to seedlings and mature plants. It is a very hearty annual plant; so pull it up by its robust taproot, and we’ll be pretty successful in removing it.!!!
SAFETY FIRST - COME PREPARED: WEAR SUNSCREEN, GLOVES, A PROTECTIVE HAT, LONG PANTS AND CLOSED-TOE SHOES.  Bring your refillable water bottle, hand shovel, weeding stick, or long screwdriver.
This outdoor event is open to volunteers of all ages!  We want to ensure everyone’s safety; so volunteers in Grades 1-8 should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling (HIGH SCHOOL OR OLDER).
Certificates for 3 hours of COMMUNITY SERVICE are provided.
Monitor this site as the event MAY BE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER!
“Get your own bash going” - “Be a “Cabbage Spotter” Check our Fort Worth NPAT’s link above.

March 25 & 26, 2017 NPAT Maddin Prairie Preserve, Colorado City, TX

Saturday and Sunday—NPAT’s “Open Preserve”

Location: Rolling Plains on NPAT’s Maddin Prairie Preserve

-Take advantage of this opportunity to explore NPAT’s western-most prairie.
-We hope there will be a spring wildflower show, and birds and insects should be active.
-RSVP & Info on Daily Schedules: Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

March 24 - 26, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

Wimberley RETREET II

The 2016 Wimberley RETREET I was an exciting event; RETREETERS and volunteers planted 200+ trees at 37 home sites in Wimberley, reviving a sense of hope following the devasting 2015 Memorial Day flood.  The 2017 Wimberley RETREET II promises that even more trees will be planted (thanks to dedicated RETREETERS and area volunteers), leaving Wimberley even stronger and more beautiful! 

RETREET, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, engages communities (in which locals are rebuilding their lives in the midst of devastation) to plant trees.  RETREET became a reality in 2011 after Dallas native, Grady McGahan, followed the stories of wildfires which devastated Bastrop State Park and Lost Pines Forest over Labor Day weekend, 2011. Tropical Storm Lee collided with the extremely high Texas heat, and more than 63 wildfires were ignited across Texas.  Mr. McGahan learned no local, state or national organization was focusing on the replacement of trees that had been lost due to natural disasters. 
A RETREET is a weekend-long event when volunteers visit an impacted area and work with locals planting trees. The 1st RETREET was in Bastrop, TX, January, 2012, when more than 50 volunteers helped plant 220 trees in more than 35 residents’ yards.
Since then RETREET has worked with communities following natural disasters in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma City, New York, and Ontario, Canada.

April 1, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Chisholm Trail Park- Spring Festival

Be the face and voice of NPAT in celebration of this Remnant Prairie

Saturday from 11a.m. - 3p.m.

We are very proud of the City of Fort Worth. They preserved their ‘first’ remnant prairie, and it’s in the middle of the walking path!
It’s very important to educate the public about why it was saved!  Please take this opportunity to be the voice of NPAT; enlighten people on the importance of such efforts. 
Two volunteers are needed to run NPAT’s booth at Chisholm Trail Community Center.
We could use your help!  Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to volunteer!  Thanks!

April 1, 2017 - Arlington, TX

Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve Field Trip


Saturday from 9:00am to Noon

Jeff Quayle, of Fort Worth NPAT Chapter, has organized and will lead this Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve Field Trip.
•  Location: Blackland Prairie Park  (4907 New York Ave, Arlington, TX 76018)
Explore this 10-acre Blackland Prairie Remnant, which we are proud to say has been acquired and is being preserved by the City of Arlington!
(A remnant prairie is an original, native, natural community that has survived on a site to the present day, has never been plowed, and was once part of a larger, original landscape.)
You can expect to see flora that include: Prairie Bishop (Bifora americana), Two Flower Milkvine (Matelea biflora), Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum), Old Plainsman (Hymenopappus scabiosaeus var. corymbosus), Yellow Star (Lindheimera texana), Prairie Groundsel (Packera plattensis), Sleepy Catchfly (Silene antirrhina), Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Sensitive Briar (Mimosa roemeriana), Prairie Celestial (Nemastylis geminiflora), Trailing Ratany (Krameria lanceolata), White Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens), Purple Paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea) and Prairie Bluets (Stenaria nigricans).

April 4, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting

TUESDAY, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us at the Longhorn Cafe,17625 Blanco Rd, 78232.  Sit down with neighbors celebrating the formation of and laying out plans for NPAT’s newest chapter, the San Antonio NPAT Chapter!

6:30 p.m. Please order your food when you arrive (average meal will cost you between $10 & $15).  We will take advantage of every moment of these 2 hours, so we will will dine during reports, presentation and discussion.
7:00 p.m. Report on Meeting 03/07/17. Set up Steering Committee; Announce Next Meeting and Upcoming Events;
7:30 p.m. Presentation: NPAT’s Prairie Preserves, Conservation Easements, and Volunteer Opportunities;
8:00 p.m. Discussion: Partnerships, Collaborations, and Future Opportunities for Projects;
8:30 p.m.- Adjournment.   (The restaurant closes at 9:00 p.m.)
There is no need to preregister; we encourage you to join us if you can; even if you arrive at 7:00!  The Longhorn Cafe has added an incentive: if at least 20 attendees order meals the prepaid “$50 meeting room reservation fee” will be refunded!

April 5, 2017 -  Georgetown, TX

Cen-Tex Chapter Meeting - “Prairies of the Northern Great Plains”

Wednesday, 6:30-8:00p.m., at the Georgetown Public Library

Everyone is welcome to join us for Social & Refreshments beginning at 6:30, Announcements will follow at 6:45, and our Presentation will begin at 7:00.

Pat Merkord, Executive Director of the Native Prairies Association of Texas, will present a photographic journey to little known prairies of Canada, North & South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa!
Future Meeting Topics include:
“Amphibians of Prairies & Savannahs”;
“Quail Populations on Texas Prairies”;
“Maddin Prairie Preserve: A Restoration Success Story”;
“Plant Propagation & Creating Pollinator Gardens”;
“Texas Prairies & How to Conserve Them”;
“How to Restore Land for Small Landowners”; and
“Urban Green Space and How to Convert them to Pocket Prairies”.
Future field trips to:
Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project, Austin,
Indian Grass Prairie Preserve, Austin,
Reisel Prairies, Falls County, near Marlin,
Simpson Prairie, near Crawford, and
Blackland Prairie Remnants in Milam, Burleson and Williamson Counties.


April 10, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Prairie Management of Public & Private Property in Tarrant County

Panel Discussion - FWNPAT Monthly Meeting - Monday from 6:30 – 8pm

There is a groundswell developing among public/private property owners/managers in Tarrant County to identify, conserve, and restore native prairie remnants for a variety of reasons:
1. What motivates people to learn about and save their local natural heritage?
2. How can folks connect to other like-minded conservationists?

To explore answers to these questions and to facilitate networking we have put together a panel of local prairie owners/managers for our April meeting.  Currently, these individuals are scheduled to serve on our panel:
Mr. Nathan Loftice – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Sustainability & Environmental Div.
Mr. Don Young – Founder and President, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
Dr. Greta Bowling – Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles - Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus
Ms. Floreen Henry - Faculty Member, Tarrant County College South Campus
Mr. Marc Villanueva – Lead Groundskeeper, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
Ms. Pat Merkord – Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas

Our Moderator, Ms. Suzanne Tuttle: Treasurer of FW-NPAT and
recently retired Manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Audience members are encouraged to actively engage in the discussion!
Please join us – we expect a lively, informative evening!

April 1, 2017 - LLELA’s BioBlitz, Fort Worth, TX

LLELA’s BioBlitz

Saturday, Before Dawn until WAY Past Sunset!

Host/Sponsor: “LLELA”the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (Check day’s schedule)
LLELA is 2600 acres comprised of 4 ecosystems: 1) Cross Timbers on the west side, 2) Bottomland hardwood forest, 3) Riparian corridor with associated wetlands; 4) Blackland prairie.

BIOBLITZ (‘bahy-oh –blits’) Is a 1-day survey to identify every living thing in a chosen place.  LLELA’s BioBlitz will be an informal event.
-Local experts will guide ‘groups’ surveying the different plants and critters found in each ecosystem.
-Each group will include folks with eyes open and curiosity in top gear.
-Everyone is welcome, it’ll be a good time! SHARE your passion and pass on knowledge to others! 

LLELA is operating under the strategic plan developed in 2014 by the City of Lewisville, University of North Texas, and Lewisville ISD (with approval from and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: USACE).


Experience the plentiful blossoms on display!

The varieties of colors, species, shapes and sizes are aweinspiring!

Get out and enjoy the colors on display on prairies and savannahs throughout Texas!

We recently posted these 2017 Wildflower Forecasts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:
“Hold onto your hat and fasten your seatbelt,” Andrea DeLong-Amaya, the Center’s Director of Horticulture. “Wildflower season is taking off faster than you expect,” K. Angel Horne, author and the Center’s PR & Marketing Coordinator.
Our Central Texas spring wildflower season DID arrive earlier than usual this year, and we’ve enjoyed EVERY moment of the bright displays which began early in March! 
Thank you, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, for your expert predictions! 
We encourage you to continue monitoring their site for wildflower updates!
Photo: Brenda Jackson: Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush & verbena near Brenham, TX, March, 2014.

March 19, 2017 - Deer Park, TX and Chambers County, TX

SUNDAY from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Prairie Mapping Field Trip to Chambers County

Looking for Prairie Seekers!

Join us! Help make a difference in saving prairies!

To attend email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Prairie Seekers are those who want to help NPAT find remaining remnant prairies and begin a process to document and hopefully save them!
Experienced Prairie Seekers desired! 
Novices are welcome to observe the process and get trained in finding prairies. 
The results of our quest will be recorded on data forms developed jointly by NPAT and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and will be entered into TPWD’s “Natural Systems” database.
8:30 a.m. MEET @ NPAT’s Deer Park Prairie 
We will carpool from DPP to Chambers County (and visit pre-selected prairie sites and maybe find a few new ones)!
We will stop for lunch @ a restaurant in Winnie, TX.
This promises to be a fun day that will include a visit to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

insect repellant, and
wading boots!!

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March 22, 2017 - HNPAT Monthly Meeting - Location Change!

Wednesday, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Apologies for the short notice; due to reasons beyond our control, HNPAT’s March 22 Meeting will be at the Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center 2020 Hermann Dr., Houston, TX 77004.

This meeting is co-sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments; the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
You will want to hear the award winning naturalist, photographer, and author, Brian Loflin, speak about his book Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide.
Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide, “a photographic guide to grasses, gives all who have been frustrated trying to identify these difficult plants, an easy-to-use, visually precise, and information-packed field guide to seventy-seven native and introduced species that grow in the Texas Hill Country and beyond.” 
“With a blade of grass in hand, open this book and find:
Handy thumb guides to seedhead type, the most visible distinguishing characteristic to begin identification.
Color photographs of stands of grasses and detailed close-ups.
Concise information about economic uses, habitat, range, and flowering season.
Quick-reference icons for native status, toxicity, growing season, and grazing response.”

Barnes & Noble. 

March 12, 2017 - Brazos Bend State Park - Needville, TX

3/12/17: “NATIVE PRAIRIE Plant & Milkweed Propagation”  Workshop

Sunday from 10am - Noon

Brazos Bend State Park

Barbra Willy of Monarch Gateway and
Mark Morgenstern of Morningstar Prairie Plants.

In 2016 more than 70 people registered to learn more about helping native prairies and prairie species, such as Monarchs, by growing native seeds in their own backyards!

March 13, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Lake Benbrook USACE prairie site – photo by Martin Underwood

3/13/17: MONDAY from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Amaon G. Carter, Jr., Downtown YMCA
Presenter: Martin Underwood, USACE Biologist at Benbrook Lake.

Mr. Underwood will provide an overview of the project lands, pertinent policies, history/status of tallgrass prairie in North Texas, and management practices USACE uses with limited staffing, budget, & policies to protect and improve our valued resources.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE link) is probably the largest public land owner in the DFW metroplex. 
There are a variety of management issues including managing lands for native vegetation including remnant & restorable prairies. 
Valuable lessons for landowners of remnant and restorable prairies!

March 14, 2017 - Dallas, TX

‘Prairie Restoration Efforts’

NPAT Blackland (Dallas) Chapter Monthly Meet-up

Tuesday beginning at 6:30 pm

Presenter: Kenneth Steigman, Ph.D., Director of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, will speak on prairie restoration efforts conducted there, including their relationship with University of North Texas whose students assist with efforts.
Dr. Steigman was formerly sanctuary manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Details and Directions are available at the Chapter’s website.


Attend an NPAT meeting NEAR YOU!!
Join us, meet your neighbors, learn more about NPAT and what your local chapter can do!

TONIGHT - TUESDAY, March 7, 6:30-8:30pm, SAN ANTONIO, TX
Details appear on the flyer below.
Join local citizens at the Longhorn Café, 17625 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78232
Enjoy the opportunity to formalize NPAT’s newest chapter: The San Antonio Chapter!

Presenters: Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director; Don Kirchoff, NPAT Board member & NPAT Conservation Easement Landowner, Wilson County, TX.  
There is immeasurable potential for you to learn about land conservancy; you can volunteer your time and skills assisting land owners like Mr. Kirchoff, achieve goals that will help him make progress in the task of restoring the prairie, all while you are “experiencing a Texas Prairie”!

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 6:30-8:00pm, Georgetown, TX

Location: Georgetown Public Library 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX 78626
Presenter:  Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director, “Prairies of the Northern Great Plains”
Cen-Tex Chapter is comprised of an Saba, Llano, Lampasas, Burnet, Coryell, Bell, Williamson, Travis, McLennan, Falls, Milam, and Lee Counties (listed from west to east).]

“Burrowing Owls near Dell City, TX” Photo by Randy Rakes

March 7, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT - FIRST Organizational Meeting for San Antonio Chapter

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