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Wild About Houston Short Film Screening Wednesday, 6:30 pm - HNPAT Monthly Meeting Co-presenters for this event are: Houston - NPAT,…

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Conservation Easement Workshop FRIDAY, 2pm to 5pm Co-Hosts: Cibolo Conservancy and the Hill Country Alliance Hill Country…

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August 16 thru 18, Abilene, TX

Wednesday thru Friday

Early registration ends Mon., August 7!

Discounted rate of $50 (or $20 Student Rate)
Co-hosts are: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, & Texas Wildlife Association. See Full Agenda/Registration Info for this Statewide Quail Symposium!

PRE-SYMPOSIUM FIELD DAY, Wednesday, August 16, Hailey Ranch, Abilene, TX
Subject: “Habitat Management and Monitoring Techniques for Quail”
Our graduating QuailMasters* class of 2017 will also be available to answer questions and assist with plant identification.

SYMPOSIUM,
Thursday & Friday, August 17 & 18, MCM Elegante Hotel

Featuring a variety of speakers:
From agency personnel to land managers and researchers, answering frequently asked questions regarding quail management in Texas!
From quail research organizations!
From experts, who will debate controversial topics, such as the “role of introduced plants in quail habitat” and “the viability of translocation for restoring wild populations”.

*QuailMasters is a series of intensive, hands-on training sessions about quail habitat and the science of quail management in Texas. Landowners, hunters, quail enthusiasts, wildlife biologists, and others are invited to participate. The program is provided by the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

August 23, 2017 - Houston, TX

Wild About Houston Short Film Screening

Wednesday, 6:30 pm - HNPAT Monthly Meeting

Co-presenters for this event are: Houston - NPAT, Katy Prairie Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partnership at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park.

The goal of this short film screening will be to “spotlight short (10 minutes or less) films” that focus on local conservation efforts or local wildlife/ecosystems.

We see this as a local complement to the Wild & Scenic Festivals that Citizens Environmental Coalition Houston and Bayou Land Conservancy are hosting.

We would​ love for ​you or ​your group to submit a film and make the screening! click here and fill out a short form.

August 25, 2017 - Boerne, TX

Conservation Easement Workshop

FRIDAY, 2pm to 5pm

Co-Hosts: Cibolo Conservancy and the Hill Country Alliance Hill Country Alliance

This workshop was designed to provide farmers, ranchers and other landowners with effective tools and resources to help them deal with the issues inherent in passing family land on to future generations. Many landowners are concerned about conserving those special natural features on their family-owned property and maintaining the productivity of their land. Landowners face the challenge of increasing tax burdens associated with land ownership, including the potential impact of estate taxes on their heirs.

A CONSERVATION EASEMENT (“CE”) is a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term:
One of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property.
A voluntary legal agreement ensures a property will forever be conserved according to the landowner’s wishes. (No public access is required.)
Negotiated between the landowner and the land trust organization, (the responsible party for monitoring and enforcing the terms of the conservation easement agreement).
PRESENTATIONS: My Dream for My Land video, narrated by Bob Webster, Conservation Easement Basics and Income and Estate Tax Benefits of Donating a Conservation Easement, The Land Trust Role in the Conservation Easement Process, and Discussion with Conservation Easement Donors.
Pre-register/Ensure your seat & Preview the Program Agenda
- $20 per person (includes refreshments and a social following the workshop).
- DOORS OPEN at 1:30 pm; walk-ins are welcome!

August 26, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

Saturday, beginning at 7:30 am!

Deer Park Prairie - Monthly Bird Survey

Come join Damien Carey for the survey and learn about the bird life we have at DPP

Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to verify the latest information on the bird survey.

9/2/2017 thru 11/12/2017 – Saturdays -  9 CITIES!

NPSOT announces 14 FALL LANDSCAPING CLASSES in 8 Texas Locations!

These 1-day classes are part of the Native Landscaping Certification Program, the series teaches best practices for native plant landscaping – including wildlife habitat gardening.
Classes are open to the public and intended to be useful both to homeowners and professionals:
Three levels are offered; anyone may register for a Level 1 class!  Level 1 is a prerequisite for the Level 2 and Level 3 classes; only participants who have completed Level 1 may attend Level 2 or Level 3: Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes; Level 2: Design & Development with Native Plants; Level 3: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes.
This link: includes a complete class list with locations, and online registration.
Here are the scheduled Dates, Cities and Class Levels: 9/2 - Georgetown, Level 1; 9/16 - San Antonio, Level 1 ; 9/23- Georgetown, Level 1; 9/30 - Boerne, Level 3; 9/30 - Fredericksburg, Level 3; 10/7 - Canyon Lake, Level 1; 10/7 - Denton, Level 2; >10/14 - Southlake, Level 1; 10/14 - Houston Area, Level 1; 10/21 - San Antonio, Level 2; 10/28 - Southlake, Level 3; 11/4 - Houston Area, Level 3; 11/11 - Georgetown, Level 3; 11/12 - Dallas, Level 3.
For more information or - to complete a mail-in registration email a request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Meg Inglis at 512.589.1316.

September 2, 2017 – Boerne, TX

Birding Skills Workshop

Saturday from 9am-12pm Ready to enjoy a fall morning in Central Texas doing some serious birding!?? Be better prepared and more inspired - grab some binoculars and hit the trails! You’ll learn birding skills that you’ll use - even when you’re not ‘BIRDING’!  Register Online

Tom and Patsy Inglet are two of the best birders in the region and present techniques that have helped them progress from amateurs to expert birders. They’ve trained thousands of birders of all ages to identify birds by sight, sound and flight. Cost: CNC Members: $20; Non-members: $25

September 5, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Presentation by authors, Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin


Bring your own copy for the authors to sign! 
More will be available to purchase after the presentation!

Our Chapter meetings are in Downtown San Antonio at 2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209: the San Antonio Parks & Recreation, Lions Field Adult & Senior Center’s Community Room.

September, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex NPAT Chapter WILL NOT MEET IN SEPTEMBER!

Please join is WEDNESDAY, October 4, 2017, @6:45 PM, when we’ll welcome Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin as our Presenters!

September 9, 2017 - Houston, TX

Saturday, from 8 am to 3:30pm

Learn about wildscaping in Houston

The annual event is sponsored by our Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter and by Texas Parks and Wildlife:  REGISTER ONLINE via NPSOT link above: $40/non-NPSOT members;  $35 for NPSOT members includes: Entry to native plant sale, Exhibits & Box lunch!
You will definitely want to meet our speakers and listen to their presentations:
Dan Worrall, Member of Harris County Historical Commission, “A Historical Perspective of the Native Landscape of West Houston: Its Settlement and Use by Early Area Pioneers, Disappearance, and Future”;
Dr. John Abbott, Director of Museum Research and Collections for the University of Alabama, “Building a Pond to Attract a Diverse Array of Insects and Other Wildlife”;
Ben Pfeiffer, founder of Firefly.org, “Fireflies of Texas: Glowing, Glowing, Gone”;
Diana Foss, Biologist at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, “Great Natives for Wildscapes Gardens”.

September 11, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Monday,  6:30 – 8pm

Prairie Seed Swap Mixer & ID Workshop

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Monthly Meetup

Would you like some locally-collected native seed that is not available in the marketplace; or do you have some you’d like to share?
Bring your seed, other folks will bring there’s, we’ll bring ours & we’ll mix & match seed.
We’ll even have a limited supply of milkweed seed to share!

Join us as we learn about native grass & wildflower seed identification, swap seeds & mix-about!!

September 12, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Tuesday, 6:30 pm

Blackland NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Progress and Setbacks - Blackland Prairie parcels at White Rock Lake

Brett Johnson, Urban Biologist for Dallas Parks & Recreation, will be our guest speaker.
He will speak about the progress and setbacks about the Blackland Prairie parcels at White Rock Lake, including Johnson grass and Queen Anne’s lace control, privet clearing, mowing practices, Flag Pole Hill plans, and more.

 

September 18-21, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Monday thru Thursday

2017 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Class

Texas A&M AgriLife Center, Dallas

Do you have an enthusiasm for or curiosity about insects? If so, we hope you will apply! Applications are being accepted! OPEN THIS LINK to apply for the 2017 Class.

Dear Master Volunteers:
The purpose of the Entomology Specialist program is to provide advanced insect-related training
The goal of the Entomology Specialist program is not so much to produce entomology “experts”, but to identify Master Volunteers who have received special training and are willing to support specific entomology-related programs or projects of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. 
To learn more about the Insect Specialist program, check out our website and Flickr Photostream showing prior years’ training classes. All volunteers who complete the course and a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer time devoted to approved entomology projects will receive a pin (see above) and be designated as Entomology Specialists.

This year’s training is hosted by two specialists stationed at the Dallas A&M AgriLife Center:
Dr. Mike Merchant urban entomology specialist, and
Dr. Allen Knutson, agricultural entomology specialist.

The program is a very packed three full days of training, from 1:00 pm Monday September 18, to noon on Thursday, September 21.
-Cost for the program is only $200 and will include some meals, snacks, and entomology supplies (Bugkit) for collecting and observing insects.
-Although we hope to accommodate everyone who applies, we want to keep the class size limited so everyone can get the most personal attention from our instructors. For this reason, there will be an application process this year. All applicants should know by mid-August whether you have been accepted for this year’s class.)  -If you are interested in applying, please go to the MVES 2017 announcement for agenda and application form.
-Audit an individual class day? Any volunteer who has previously completed the MVES training and would like to audit an individual class day this year is welcome. You will be charged a $20 fee per day which only applies to Tuesday and Wednesday classes ($40 for two days) to cover costs of meals, snacks and drinks (no collecting supplies). There are only 5 auditor slots available and they will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Michael E. Merchant, PhD, BCE
Professor and Extension Urban Entomologist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service  
972-952-9204 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Follow me on Twitter: @mikemerchant

September 23 - October 8, 2017

Texas Pollinator Bioblitz 2017

Observe and identify pollinators.
Share observations by posting to Instagram or iNaturalist.
Participate in daily observation challenges.
Pollinators - butterflies, bees & moths, bats, hummingbirds, wasps, flies, & beetles sustain native plant species, human food crops, and even crops for livestock.

September 30, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

Save the Date! Monitor Houston NPAT Chapter’s website for:

Saturday will be our “Fall Prairie Day at Deer Park Prairie”

It will be a great opportunity to come out and see the prairie in bloom! 
Learn about the history of the prairie and the flora and fauna that can be found there, see what our volunteers do every month, take a walk, visit our prairie booths, have lunch - enjoy!!

October 4, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.

CenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Presentation by authors, Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin


Bring your own copy for the authors to sign! 
More will be available to purchase after the presentation! 

October 15, 2017-  DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION!

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS & VENDORS OCTOBER 15, 2017!

2017 NPSOT SYMPOSIUM - November 3-4, 2017 Sam Houston Museum Education Annex,  Sam Houston University Campus,  Huntsville, TX

We are anxious to fill our vendor/exhibitor hall with your information and products!  Our attendees are passionate about anything involving Texas nativeS, making this the venue for you to inform them about your organization, and sell them your products and services!
COMPLETE AND RETURN NPSOT_2017_Symposium_Vendor_Form.pdf by 10-15-17. 
Any questions? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 830.997.9272.

Late October, 2017 - Kirchoff Family Farm, Wilson County, TX

WATCH FOR ‘SAVE THE DATE’

A Workshop is being planned for late October, 2017

at Kirchoff Family Farm

October 26-28, 2017, Denver, CO.

LTA’s Rally 2017

“National Land Conservation Conference”

Make plans to attend a gathering packed with diverse topics to explore and great colleagues and friends to learn and share with. Rally has all of the resources you want to take your conservation skills further.

November 3-4, 2017 - Huntsville, TX

NPSOT’s 2017 Fall Symposium

Saturday and Sunday

“Challenges to the Pineywood Forests:

Fire, Fragmentation and Biodiversity”

Sam Houston Memorial Museum across street from campus of Sam Houston State University  Our 2017 Symposium was moved from the traditional “3rd weekend in October” in order to avoid conflicts with other events.

WE NEED YOUR HELP, PLEASE CONTACT Ricky or Pam Middleton,

OPPORTUNITIES to can assist us PRIOR TO SYMPOSIUM:
with some aspect of symposium planning; organizing a photo contest, recruiting vendors and exhibitors, making catering arrangements, planning workshops and activities, coordinating volunteers, logistics/signs, planning the Friday night off-site dinner, assisting with field trips and tech advice/equipment set-up, and many other details.
OCTOBER 15, 2017 - DEADLINE - CALL FOR EXHIBITORS AND VENDORS (COMPLETE AND RETURN NPSOT_2017_Symposium_Vendor_Form.pdf )
Check NPSOT’s website for Hotel info; there are a number of suitable hotels within a short distance of the University.)

Native Plant Society of Texas:
Office hours: Tuesday thru Friday 10:00am – 3:00 pm; or we can make an appointment.
320 W. San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, TX
(Mail to: P.O. Box 3017, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-1929)
Telephone: 830.997.9272; Fax: 866.527.4918
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

November 14-16, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday and Wednesday

America’s Grasslands Conference: United for Conservation

NPAT will be a part of the next America’s Grasslands Conference!  It brings together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands. 

We are very excited to announce a new partnership for this year with the Southern Plains and Prairies conference. While maintaining a national scope, this year’s conference will also include some regionally focused sessions. The conference is co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, Coastal Prairie Partnership, Native Prairies Association of Texas, and Texas A&M University.

August 1, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“From Developer Dirt to Prairie”

Come join other ‘prairie enthusiasts’ and meet our Presenter, Beth Clark.

Beth Clark and Sheila Condon co-founded Clark Condon, a Houston-based Landscape Architecture firm, in 1985. Clark Condon is an award-winning design firm specializing in commercial, corporate and municipal architecture project design.  They focus on bringing clients creative and meaningful outdoor environments. 

Beth has an extensive knowledge of plant materials and a special interest in design with native and perennial plants.  She has worked with developers and corporations to include native plants and prairies as a part of the site development.  Local project include Tesoro Corporate Headquarters, La Cantera Resort & Spa, and San Antonio River Walk Museum Reach.  Beth will present the design and establishment of a prairie on the north side of Houston for the Springwoods Development that included over 20 acres of native and prairie planting.  The presentation will also cover plant selection, installation methods, and an analysis of maintenance costs and water usage. The Springwoods Development project received a state ASLA award.

Beth is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.  She is a registered landscape architect, ASLA member, and LEED-AP certified.
Beth serves as vice-president of NPAT’s Houston Chapter.

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter meets Downtown - in the Community Room of San Antonio’s Parks & Recreation, Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, (2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209). 
[DIRECTIONS to Center: ENTER parking lot near Broadway & Mulberry: drive is one-way; ample parking in front with additional parking lot to the south. The Lions Field Adult & Senior Center Building is mostly stone with green fencing around the front patio.] 

August 2, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

Wednesday at 6:30 pm

CenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“9-Natives Landscape Plans”, Lan Shen

Meet us at the Georgetown Library Classroom (2nd Fl) 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626

Lan Shen will be presenting on the concept of “9 Natives” developed by Jaime Gonzales of the Katy Prairie Conservancy & Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP), to encourage the use of local native plants.  She will be talking about all phases of promoting the 9-Natives concept in the Greater Houston area:
from the initial 9-Natives design contest
to developing practical 9-Natives landscape plans by Clark Condon Associates, a Houston architecture firm. 

This project began as a contest, sponsored by CPP & Houston-NPAT, to design a garden landscape for homeowners using 9 native plants that (as either plants or seeds) could be purchased.
The hope was this project would also be a means to encourage local nurseries to carry these native plants for sale.
Lan was one of the two winners of the FIRST “9-Natives Contest” in Houston; she will discuss her award winning design and how this concept of using 9 natives can be applied to other cities to encourage the use of native plants in home and public gardens.
Lan will provide information on the 9 native plants proposed for the greater Houston area and talk about growth requirements for some Central Texas native species currently available at local nurseries.
It is hoped that this example of citizen participation in furthering the use of natives in urban gardens will inspire those in the Central Texas area to develop plans of their own design using the same guidelines developed in Houston and perhaps offer a similar contest to encourage native landscape designs for the Central Texas area.

Our Presenter, Lan Shen
is the past 3-year President of the Houston NPAT Chapter; 
the Activity Coordinator for Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, Deer Park, TX; and
a Master Naturalist in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

August 4, 2017 - Houston, TX

Greater Houston Environmental Summit and Environmental Education Expo

Friday,  8:30 am - 3:00 pm, $50

Katy Prairie Conservancy is teaming up with co-hosts:
Citizens Environmental Coalition-Houston; Bayou Preservation; Texas Children in Nature - HoustonGalveston Bay Estuary Program, and Environmental Educators Exchange.

This will be a great opportunity for classroom teachers, volunteers, homeschoolers, Texas Master Naturalists, scout leaders, and others to get resources for teaching about local ecosystems, wildlife, gardening, environmental issues, air and water quality, climate, environmental justice, and more!

August 9, 2017 -  Deer Park, TX

Deer Park Prairie AUGUST WORKDAY

Wednesday, 9:00 am to NOON!

RSVP to either:
-Glenn Merkord @Glenn@merkord.com or call him at 936-827-7978 or
-Lan Shen @shen.gcmn@gmail.com. 
-Check our DPP Calendar for last minute changes.
-We DO NOTIFY RSVP recipients if scheduling changes are made.

DPP ‘house on the prairie’ is at 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536.
YOU KNOW THE DRILL, WE’RE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD: Please do not park along the curb, directly in front of our neighbors’ houses.

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