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REMAINING December 2017 Chapter Meetings and those planned for January & February, 2018: Please monitor chapter pages (links below) and News & Events pages!…

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Tuesday, 7-8:30 pm San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting“MISSION REACH Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project”,  Environmental Sciences, San Antonio…

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SAVE THE DATE! WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM CenTex NPAT Chapter MeetingLisa and Jason Spangler! Georgetown Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626: (This meeting…

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Prairie Facts

TONIGHT,  May 2, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting

Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 pm

Ecologist, Chris Best, Presents “A Prairie Restoration Toolbox”.


Come early, order your dinner, and enjoy meeting up with friends and neighbors at: Longhorn Cafe, 17625 Blanco Road, San Antonio, 78232.

Hello, San Antonio Prairie Enthuiasts and Congratulations!!
We celebrate our achievement in formally creating this new NPAT chapter!!  We can sustain our momentum by providing learning opportunities at our monthly meetings and sponsoring ‘extracurricular’ events; i.e., workshops, prairie walks, etc.  As conscientious landowners we value our land, share our ‘love of the land’, and seek to enhance our own knowledge and share it with others.

OUR AGENDA FOR THE EVENING:
6:15-6:30-Come to the ‘Meeting Room’ and order your meal when you arrive; average dinners are between $10 and $12.  We’ll dine during the meeting.
6:30-6:40-Report on April 4 Meeting: Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT.
6:40-7:00-Announcements and Discussion: Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT.  (Our next meeting is June 6; location to be determined.)
7:00-8:00-Presentation: “A Prairie Restoration Toolbox”, Mr. Chris Best.
8:00-8:30-Discussion and Q & A: Led by Chris Best, Pat Merkord & Don Kirchoff.
8:30-Adjournment (Cafe’ closes at 9pm).
NOTE: Our $50 Meeting Room deposit will be refunded if 20 meals are ordered!

CONTINUE TO ENJOY TEXAS WILDFLOWERS!

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

Admire the transitions to dispilays of orange, gold, yellow, green, fusha, and white!  The varieties of species, shapes and sizes are “awe-inspiring”—- Milkweed, Indian Blanket, Sunflowers, Daisies, Winecup, and more…!!

See amazing photos of what’s in season in Central Texas by accessing Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center weekly chronicle for wildflower updates!

Seasonal blooms are on display, as shown in this semi-landscape from the demonstration garden at the Williamson County Landfill in Hutto. You can barely see the Bluebonnets gone to seed below the Monarda citriodora (horsemint, lemon bee balm) and other wildflowers.  (Photo by Marilyn Perz.)

What an expanse! You would have to stop to appreciate this mix of warm colors!  You can still see some Bluebonnets with a few ‘reds’ and ‘fushias’ thrown in for good measure.  (Near New Berlin, TX , S.E. of San Antonio)!  Rob Greebon Photography

REPORT - April 10 - Fort Worth Panel Discussion

COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS! 

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting consisted of the Panel Discussion on “Prairie Management of Public & Private Property in Tarrant County - Collaborative Efforts to Conserve Native Prairies.” 

This topic generated a great deal of interest throughout organizations in Tarrant County during previous months!  FWNPAT created the platform to offer open discussion among public and private property owners and managers.  The panel was to explore these questions and facilitate networking: 1. What motivates people to learn about and save their local natural heritage?  2. How can folks connect to other like-minded conservationists?
FWNPAT selected these individuals to serve on the 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;
Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles, 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 thanks to our Moderator, Ms. Suzanne Tuttle, Treasurer of FW-NPAT and recently retired Manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. She made so many of the connections with the members of the panel. We appreciate you, Suzanne, for performing the duties so well, keeping discussions on track, and ensuring we followed the platform. 

Summary:
The discussion centered upon opportunities for panel members and their organizations to join together and share “best practices”.  As everyone agreed, there are many independent efforts in some phase of development; however, all felt that joining forces and looking for economies of scale could be beneficial. 
It was exciting to hear and see the interaction of the panel members and the audience. It was obvious there were lots of wonderful ideas being generated that could be turned into conceptual plans and all involved wanted the interaction to continue!

Outcomes:
Pat Merkord will meet with Linda Beranek, Ft. Worth Chapter V.P., in May, 2017, and begin discussions regarding planning a ‘collaboration conference’. (Pat has been involved with such a gathering with the NPAT group in Houston.)  We hope to bring together researchers and practitioners and other interested parties to continue our efforts to collaborate, conserve, observe and appreciate our native prairies!
All of us were thrilled to hear that the TCC representatives are working with the eco-community at their respective campuses to move forward on this collaborative effort.  The Fort Worth NPAT Chapter has volunteered to serve in any way to assist the Tarrant County College campuses in their efforts.

April 27, 2017 - Northeast of Temple TX

SPRING PRAIRIE WALK - BEAUTIFUL BURLESON PRAIRIE

Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to NOON

Join the Central Texas Master Naturalists on the Burleson Prairie, Blackland Prairie near Temple, Texas, replicated by Mickey and Bob Burleson. 
Please RSVP via email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

COME PREPARED!
Bring your Sack lunch & drinking water (and chair/blanket if you want to lunch on the prairie).
Wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable/protective outdoor clothing (long pants/shirt),
REMEMBER to bring your:  HAT,SUNSCREEN, FIELD GUIDES, BUG REPELLANT.
TAKE PRECAUTIONS:  LAST YEAR CHIGGERS WERE EVERYWHERE!!

TONIGHT, April 11, 2017 - Dallas, TX

6:30 p.m. Join BNPAT’s Monthly Meeting!

Let’s get hot!  How fire can restore health and manage prairies!

Our speaker is Stan Graff of Northeast Texas Prescribed Burn Alliance and the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange. Mr. Graff will speak on the many ways fire can be used to restore health and manage prairies, including prescribed burns and patch burns.

Deadline dates: April 4, April 26 & May 5-7

Texas Pollinator PowWow

Tuesday, April 4: Deadline to make hotel reservations
Wednesday, April 26: Online registration ENDS
Friday thru Sunday, May 4-7: Nacogdoches, Texas Pollinator PowWow

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, celebrate the formation of 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!
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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.

SAVE A PRAIRIE! 

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?

Our Panel of local prairie owners/managers will explore answers to these questions and facilitate networking: 
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 14 to 18, 2017 - Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Houston & Cities across the Nation!

Texas Parks & Wildlife’s City Nature Challenge!

An iNaturalist Challenge

This is an iNaturalist Challenge to see which city can document the most species!  Join Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and other organizations (TPWD’s link above provides more information and a complete list of Partners in each of the three Texas areas). Not only is this a competition between Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Greater Houston Area; cities across the nation are participating. Show them what we’ve got! 

DO LIVE IN ANY OF THESE COUNTIES AND WISH TO PARTICIPATE???

Email the person in your area: Austin, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); Dallas/Fort Worth, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address);
Greater Houston, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What a great way to get people to observe nature in the city!

It is easy to participate: join an event or make observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.
Monitor each city’s postings from April 14 to 18; monitor and compare Texas cities’ posts: who has the most ‘total observations’ and the most ‘individual species’ on that city’s City Nature Challenge project on iNaturalist?

April 21 to 23, 2017 - State Fair Grounds, Dallas, TX

NPAT at will be at EARTH DAY TEXAS

JoAnn Collins is coordinating our representation:
To SIGN UP for a time slot please select: JoAnn Collins.
Call or send questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
If you know of others who might like to take advantage of this opportunity, please share! 
NPAT extends this request to: Cen-Tex NPAT, San Antonio NPAT, Houston NPAT, and Balcones NPAT Chapter Leaders,  Please join fellow chapter leaders representing NPAT in our booth. 
Proudly Reresent NPAT at EarthDay Texas!
Some of our Fort Worth NPAT and Blackland (Dallas) NPAT chapter leaders have signed up.  With enough volunteers, there will be plenty of time to experience EARTH DAY TX: visit other booths, do lots of networking, watch environmental movies and listen to very interesting talks!  There are also several quality prairies to see if you decide to come help out!
As chapter leaders and members we will benefit from sharing our experiences as well as learning more about other chapters. 
It’s a prime opportunity to “extol the benefits of joining the oldest country club around”, our “Prairie Country Club”,  and represent NPAT to an enormous crowd of like-minded individuals. 
It would be fun to go out Friday or Saturday night to network with each other as well.

Everything “Earth Day Texas” is on: earthdaytx.org:
exciting opportunities, events, exhibits, instructions, networking and more. 
information on lodging; there is an official hotel, which may have rooms.
this event is free, however parking is $10 (Dallas has several mass transit modes!

We hope you will join fellow NPAT Chapter representatives at NPAT’s booth for EARTH DAY TEXAS, an inspiring event attended by more than 150,000+ individuals!
Thank you,
NPAT

April 24, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

“Propagating Native Plants From Seed,”

Alice LeDuc, Ph.D. Botany

6:00 pm - Social;  6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting

Oldham - Cummins VFW Post 6641

Presention by Alice LeDuc, Ph.D. Botany, Adjunct Professor, Texas State University:
Alice brings 16 years of teaching and research at 6 universities along with 24 years experience in public horticulture in gardens from Norfolk to Zilker.
Discussing seed dormancy and non-dormancy she will tell us how you can artificially break dormancy to get the seed to germinate.
We will also talk about how to put scarification and stratification to work for you; of special interest right now will be discussing Texas Milkweed propagation for Monarchs.

April 26, 2017 - Houston, TX

HNPAT’s Monthly Meeting (*location)

Wednesday, From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Secret Life of Prairies

HNPAT welcomes Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist whose research has been focused on livestock grazing management and prescribed burning in semiarid environments.

In today’s world, prairie maintenance and establishment seems a bit elusive: 
Fragmentation, fire suppression, woody species encroachment, and other factors constantly threaten our prairie systems. 
How do we maintain an system that was and is defined by change? 

During “The Secret Life of Prairies” we will discuss belowground and aboveground vegetative dynamics that are the foundation of prairie diversity, productivity, and sustainability. 
The mechanisms responsible for prairie function, integrity, and stability will be emphasized to create a meaningful understanding of our prairies processes and ecosystem function.

*LOCATION: We’ll meet at a different venue this month: Community Meeting Room @ South Gessner Police Department, 8605 Westplace Drive, Houston, TX 77071.

Native Plant Sales Continue thru May 7, 2017

Native Plant Sales throughout Texas!

Now is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or prairie!
Visit botanical gardens and nature centers; you’ll be glad you came! 
Support local projects:
April 29, Amarillo – Amarillo Botanical Gardenfest 9-2
April 29, Longview – Our Northeast Texas Chapter will have a sale at Jake’s Feed Store at 8 am.
April 29, Atlanta – Caddo Wildflower Chapter Sale, Cass County Expo Building. Presentation 8:30, Sale 9:00-12:00
April 29-30, El Paso – Flora Fest at Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, University of Texas El Paso campus, 9-4 both days, featuring plants of the Chihuahua Desert
May 6, Dallas – Native Plant & Prairie Day. Dallas Chapter will sell plants at White Rock Lake Bath House & Cultural Center 10-3
May 6, Arlington – Spring Plant Sale at River Legacy Park 10-2

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