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Mark your calendar - REGISTER NOW - June 3, 2017

Blackland NPAT Chapter’s - 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour!

Saturday, 7am to 11pm


FULL DETAILS on each Prairie, our Guides, and the Itinerary follow ‘Events’ in date order......
We have reserved a bus & will DEPART parking lot of Dallas’ Bath House Cultural Center for Central TX.
We’ll visit amazing prairies, some have never been opened to the public!
Prairie #1: Burleson Prairie, E. of Temple; Prairie #2: Granger Lake Prairie, Taylor; Prairie #3: Lehmann Prairie & Prairie #4: Riesel Prairie, both are near Marlin; and Prairie #5: Simpson Prairie, near Crawford.
NPAT will provide everyone with maps and detailed notes on each prairie.
Residents of Central TX, much closer to the prairies than Dallas, may register and meet up /follow the bus tour in private vehicles. Those registered to do so will receive “meet-up” and “timeline” info so you can make your plans, and notify us where you’ll join the tour!


YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO PLANT NATIVE PLANTS in your yard or garden or prairie!
Visit native plant sales at botanical gardens, nature centers, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, local nurseries specializing in plants native to your area, and the local chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas.

UPCOMING EVENTS (scroll thru News & Events chronological postings)
05/24, Houston, Houston NPAT,  “Dragonflies of the Texas Prairie”, Bob Honig, Katy Prairie Conservancy & WALK thru Hermann Pk!
05/26, Rio Vista, (S of Ft Worth) TX Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop: “Pollinators”, Phillip Quast, NPAT Program Director.
05/27, Pilot Point, Ray Roberts Lake St Pk, Isle du Bois Unit FIELD TRIP led by Jeff Quayle (9aM-1pM).
05/30, Dallas Blackland NPAT,  “Prairies of North Central Texas”, Jason Singhurst, NPAT Board Member.
06/03, Central Texas Blackland NPAT’s 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour.
06/07, Georgetown, Cen-Tex NPAT,  “Tall Grasses”, Pat and Glenn Merkord (Pat is NPAT’s Exec. Dir.).
06/12, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth NPAT,  “Native Installation”. Zach Gomez, Head Gardener, FW Botanic Garden.
06/13, San Antonio, San Antonio NPAT,  “Mycorrhizae & Milkweed - Symbiotic Relationship Drives Pollinator Habitat Success”, Barbara Keller-Willy, NPAT Board President.
06/28, Fort Worth, Chisholm Trail Park PEDALING THE PRAIRIE – BIKE RIDE (6pm-7pm).
07/20, Fort Worth, Chisholm Trail Park PRAIRIE DAZE - GUIDED SCAVENGER HUNT (7-8:30pm).

May 18, 2017 - Dallas, TX

“Birds of the Northern Great Plains”  - Pat Merkord

Dallas Audubon Group

Thursday beginning @6:30pm!

Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT, will address the Dallas Audubon Group at Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy, Dallas, 75231

Please reserve this evening for “meeting and learning” as the Dallas Audubon Group welcomes Pat Merkord! 

Pat’s presentation is an adaptation of her “Prairies of the Great Northern Plains,” which she presented to the Blackland NPAT Chapter and will present to the CenTex NPAT Chapter.

May 20, 2017 - Clymer Meadow Preserve - near Celeste, TX

The Nature Conservancy’s Annual Spring Wildflower Tour

Rain or shine! - 8:30 a.m. at Clymer Meadow Preserve

Participants should arrive at 8:30 am - Tour begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Please RSVP by phone: 903-752-0676 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  – space is limited.
Clymer Meadow Preserve 6210 CR 1140, Celeste, Texas 75423 is one of North Texas’ most RARE remnants that has avoided the plow of agriculture and concrete of urban development.  You’ll get a look back in time to the natural rolling grasslands of North Texas on this rich, colorful prairielands of Clymer Meadow Preserve!!
PLEASE COME PREPARED!! Cameras, sunscreen, hat, long pants, hiking boots, bottled water, sack lunch, and insect repellent are recommended. 

May 13, 2017 - Kirchoff Family Farm, Wilson County, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter is sponsoring this

“Volunteer Restoration Activities - Training Event!”

Saturday, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come for all or part of the day!

This 200-acre conservation easement, southeast of San Antonio, is owned by Don Kirchoff and his siblings Scott, Susan, and Brenda.  (Don also serves on NPAT’s Board of Directors.)  The Kirchoff Family has put a great deal of effort into restoring their prairie, and they often welcome area botanists, ecologists, and interns to conduct their individual surveys and research projects on ‘Kirchoff Prairie’.  On Saturday, May 13, the Kirchoff Family will welcome all who wish to participate. 

We will be on-site from 9am to 5pm; so join us for all or a portion of the day (whatever your schedule allows)!  All are welcome; you’ll have a chance to select activities from a number of choices, each led by an expert! 

This information should enable your successful/timely arrival at the ‘Kirchoff Prairie’:
COORDINATES: 28.973611,-98.108333
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1444 C.R. 210, Floresville, TX 77814
Open & print: Mr. Kirchoff’s Map to Kirchoff Family Farm

This event has been designed as a Volunteer “Hands-On” Training Event. You may choose to learn how to control brush, identify invasive species, identify native grasses & forbs, grow native plants, create habitat for wildlife, transplant native plants, observe a living firebreak, and much more!  

Some may work to remove excess grasses from the ‘green firebreak’, cut semi-woodies, dig up clumps of ‘tall grasses’ (to be transplanted in a different area of the prairie), maintain the Burrowing Owls’ (Athene cuniculariaroost) roost sites, lay down plant barrier for future milkweed transplanting, load trays with wildflower seeds. (Check out Our Blog to see Chris Best at work in April, 2017!)

We will be sure each of us TOURS THE PRAIRIE!! 

Prepare to be in the Prairie:
-Bring insect repellant!!!
-Bring your lunch, snacks, drinks; we will have water available.
-Bring your lawn chair.  (Great for enjoying the prairie from a different perspective.)
-Be sure you wear a hat, long pants, long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes or boots (sunglasses are optional).
-Bring work gloves, hand saws, pruners, or other small hand tools (label with your name).
-You can expect to encounter some uneven terrain, biting insects and plants with thorns!
Master Naturalist Program ‘Volunteer trainees’ (participating or interested in participating) Please refer to this site PRIOR TO THE EVENT: Alamo Area Master Naturalist Program.

May 20, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

Grassfed Sustainability Group’s “Graze Across Texas”

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. - Montesino Ranch, Events and Lodging

GSG’s Registration Page

The Grassfed Sustainability Group’s (GSG)  holistic goal is to create a financially viable organization that teaches Holistic Management practices to landowners, managers and producers throughout the Southwest United States.

May 20 & 21, 2017 - Maddin Prairie Preserve, near Colorado City, TX

Saturday & Sunday


-Over 1100 acres featuring remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian areas. A tributary of Champion Creek passes through the property and features a diverse riparian area.
-TO RSVP & GET DETAILS, PLEASE CONTACT   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (Past President, NPAT) 
-LODGING: “It might be wise to rent a state park cabin (with A/C) Lake Colorado City State Park; it may be pretty hot by then.  Looks like summer may hit early this year. Y’all are all welcome to come out!”

WHAT WILL WE SEE?   Here are a few bird photos taken on Maddin Prairie Preserve by NPAT’s Executive Director, Pat Merkord, during recent seasons!

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus):

Juvenile Great Horned Owls hunting near their nest       Adult Great Horned Owl

Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)                              White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

May 22, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter presents: “A Walk on the Wild Side,

Ferdinand Lindheimer and Botany in Texas from 1830-1850”

Image courtesy of Sophienburg Museum and Archives, New Braunfels, TX
(Ferdinand Lindheimer: Born 05/21/1801, Frankfurt, Germany; Died 12/02/1879, New Braunfels, TX.)

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter Meeting Monday at 6:00 p.m. VFW Post #6441

This chapter meeting was moved up 1-week to avoid Memorial Day Holiday.

Program Presented by Susan James, Microbiologist
This program will focus on the years that Lindheimer devoted to collecting botanical specimens in Texas, his challenges, and the historical context of his work.
Susan has a life-long interest in natural history, particularly botany, and a degree in microbiology with graduate studies in electron microscopy and cryo-ultramicrotomy. (“Which means that I looked at very cold, very thin slices of very small things!”)  
She has done research and has patents in polymer chemistry. 
How does she put this to good use here in Central Texas? She is a Texas Master Naturalist, past president of local NPSOT chapter, a guide at Canyon Lake Gorge ; board member and gardener at Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country

May 24, 2017 - Houston, TX

Dragonflies of the Texas Prairie

Wednesday, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m

Houston NPAT Chapter Meeting

Location: 29.721194, -95.386778
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at Hermann Park

HNPAT, welcomes Bob Honig from Katy Prairie Conservancy. He will be speaking about the beautiful dragonflies we see around us.  After Bob’s talk attendees will go out into Hermann Park and identify dragonflies hovering just outside the pavilion!
Photo by John Abbott.

May 26, 2017 - Rio Vista, TX (South of Fort Worth)

Texas Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop

Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Rio Vista Civic Center

Sponsored by Texas Forest Service.

Texas Conservation Partnership is a collaborative effort of several public and private natural resource organizations.
This workshop is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
NPAT’s Program Director, Phillip Quast, will present a talk on “Pollinators”!
Please RSVP by May 20 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Staff Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service.
Admission $25;              Lunch is provided;          CEUs are available for TDA Licenses.

May 30, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Prairies of North Central Texas”

Jason Singhurst

(This meeting was rescheduled from our usual 2nd Tuesday of each month.)  Location: The Point and Pavilion at CC Young Senior Living Center

Blackland NPAT is honored to welcome Jason Singhurst to our chapter meeting!
-Mr. Singhurst has been a Botanist/Plant Ecologist at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for over 20 years.
-He coordinated a 95-county tallgrass prairie mapping project in Texas with a partnership with NPAT.  As a result of this mapping project partnership, Jason joined the NPAT board and has assisted with the Property, Acquisition, and Management (‘PAM’) Team.
-He has described five plant species new to science that are endemic (restricted) to Texas and co-authored the book Rare Plants of Texas.
-He has an extensive knowledge of the flora of Tallgrass Prairies.
-Recently, he developed an Identification of Milkweeds Field Guide in support of the Texas Milkweeds and Monarchs iNaturalist mapping project.

We hope will be able to join us Tuesday evening and meet and learn from Jason! 
Questions? Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

May 3, 2017 - Georgetown, TX - Everyone is welcome to join us!

Wednesday, from 6:30-8pm

“Indiangrass Prairie Preserve”

CenTex Chapter Monthly Meeting

Classroom, of the Georgetown Public Library

Social & Refreshments begin at 6:30,
Announcements will follow at 6:45;
Presentation will begin at 7:00.

We welcome Biologist, Robert Reeves, who will present “Indiangrass Prairie Preserve” (The Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent to Lake Walter E. Long, 10203 Lindell Ln, Austin, TX 78724.)

Robert Reeves has lived in the Austin area for 25 years.  He has worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services for 39 years.  Robert attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology.

Robert has been a birder for over 40 years, and became interested in native prairies while conducting Project Prairie Birds, a survey of wintering grassland bird species, at Indiangrass from 2001-2003.  Robert also led a Travis Audubon Society field trip to Indiangrass in 2014.

His presentation will cover the history of the property, how it’s been managed in recent years, and the possibilities for restoring it to a more natural state.

Indiangrass, Yellow indiangrass;  (Sorghastrum nutans) is a tall, bunching sod-former, 3 to 8 feet in height, with broad blue-green blades and a large, plume-like, soft, golden-brown seed head.
The showy perennial’s fall color is deep orange to purple.
This is a beautiful grass with a somewhat metallic golden sheen to its flowering parts.
It is an important associate in the tallgrass prairies and is relished by livestock.
It appears to be favored by occasional flooding and repeated burning and sometimes forms nearly pure stands in the lowlands.
A warm-season grass with rich gold-and-purple sprays of flowers and seeds in the fall.

May 5 thru 7, 2017 - Nacogdoches, TX

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

A pollinator conservation conference for Texas and beyond!

NPAT IS PROUD TO BE AMONG MANY EVENT PARTNERS co-sponsors presenting some of the best and brightest of minds and committed professionals in pollination conservation today!  We encourage you to attend and absorbe the valuable information offered over this weekend!  Check out the RESOURCES for this conference.  (Complete lists of experts and evening outings:

Program for this 2-day Conference + Night Time and Sunday Outings:
Friday and Saturday: Includes dozens of highly-respected and qualified horticulturists, biologists, photographers, ornithologists, entomologists, anthropologists, agroecologists, and ecologists will be at the Cole Art Center, Clay Bolt Social Reception and Pollinators of the World Art Exhibit, Stephen F Austin State University.
After Friday’s speakers, enjoy BAT NIGHT 7:00 – 11:00 pm: USFS Experimental Forest: acoustic hikes and mist-netting; Co-leaders:  Dr. Chris Comer, Dr. Merlin Tuttle.
End the day Saturday at the MOTH NIGHT/CAT WALK 7:00 - 11:00 pm: SFASU Native Plant Center: moth traps, identification, specimen-gathering, photography, UV night hikes; Co-leaders:  Dr. Dan Bennett, Dr. Doug Tallamy.)
SUNDAY will be BOGGY SLOUGH FIELD DAY 9:00am – 3:00pm: Teams will be led by ento/biologist/botanists. Make your observations, take notes, collect, sample, etc.  You may leave as you please.

May 6, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Native Plants and Prairies Day 2017

Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Creek
Host: North Texas Master Naturalist
FREE family-oriented community event focused on Texas flora and fauna and the use of native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species.  Native plants and grasses have been an important part of Texas history. Birds, animals and insects all depend on these native plants to survive.  We will have lots of animals, birds, bugs, snakes, and plants.
You will enjoy joining guided 30-minute “wildflower and prairie walks” with experts and informative speakers!
Over 30 demonstration and information booths.
First time: artists of nature-themed works will be there!
We’ll once again have our popular raffle with gifts provided by event sponsors.. (RAFFLE Tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5.  You could win an exciting gift!)

May 7, 2017 -  near West Columbia, TX


Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 am

Join Susan Conaty and Kirsti Harms (Past President of NPAT) for a walk to see what’s blooming and buzzing around this 400-acre remnant of coastal prairie.
For directions and details email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

May 8, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Monday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Meeting

(Amon G. Carter, Jr. - Downtown YMCA, 512 Lamar St., 76102)

Presenter: Cathy Downs,

“Monarchs as a Model for Change in Habitat Conservation”

For thousands of years Monarchs and other butterflies have been a symbol of spiritual transformation.
In more recent times they have become the icon for physical transformation of the landscape.
The Monarch decline amplified a host of much larger issues and has become a symbol of multinational cooperation in restoring and conserving native plant habitat for all pollinators.
We’ll follow the history of the Monarch populations and how this enigmatic insect was able to capture the hope and great efforts of three nations. 

Our Presenter, Cathy Downs:
Cathy has worked with butterfly conservation and habitat since she became a Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalist in 2005. She partnered with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Conservation Specialist in 2012 and loves to travel through Texas providing outreach and education.
Her favorite passion is working with children in the field, and she encourages everyone she trains to bring children into the garden with them…they have better eyes, smaller hands and they are closer to the groundfor monitoring larva and using nets! Cathy proudly claims to have provided over 65,000 children with natural science or outdoor education.
Cathy also currently chairs the “Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas” (BBMT) program for Native Plant Society of Texas and is a certified Monarch Larval Monitoring Project Educator.
She was born and raised in New England and retired to Comfort, TX in 2004 from a 30 year career owning and operating her own retail businesses.

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