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OCTOBER at KIRCHOFF FAMILY FARM Monday, October 2 “Monitoring Survey of Kirchoff Family Farm”   …

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Monday, 1 pm - Thursday, 12 Noon 2017 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Class Texas A&M AgriLife Center, 17360 Coit Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

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Travis Audubon’s Speaker Series: Scott Weidensaul presenting “Living on the Wind, Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds”Thursday, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Doors at 6:30…

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Prairie Facts

September 9, 2017 - Houston, TX

Learn about Wildscaping in Houston

This symposium was originally set for Saturday from 8 am to 3:30pm. PLEASE MONITOR NPSOT’s website FOR UPDATES

SPONSORS are: Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter and by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
ONLINE REGISTRATION: $40/non-NPSOT members; $35 for NPSOT members (Entry fee to native plant sale, exhibits, and a 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, “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!
(Photo: FWNPAT)

September 12, 2017 - PAUL MATHEWS PRAIRIE - Floyd, TX


Tuesday, 10:30am -12:30pm

Join Fort Worth NPAT Chapter for a morning walk on this pristine prairie; you will understand NPAT’s passion to save it! 
OUR PLAN: meet near US Hwy 380 in Floyd, TX., and carpool.
Reserve your place and get all the details: contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) SOON (attendance space is limited )!! 
Monitor FWNPAT’s site for details.
Donating to NPAT’s capital campaign will mean you help save this rare prairie for future generations. Join with other naturalists around the state. Please visit our donation page.
(Photo: Kirsti Harms)

September 13, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

Deer Park Prairie’s Seed Collecting

Wednesday from 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon

We are carrying on with our events, open this link to HNPAT’s CALENDAR!

Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536. Google map.
Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses. You may park on the driveway; please pull up so four cars can fit on the driveway. 
First time visitors, please bring a printed and signed release waiver (open link above).

September 13, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Who Cares for the Land?

Wednesdays, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Witte’s: Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series

Join curator of Texas Wild, Helen Holdsworth, as we learn how land stewardship benefits everyone!
FEES: $9 for members, students and educators, $14 for other adults.
Every Texan can be a land steward and help care for the land and our natural resources.

September 15, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Friday, 9am-10:30am

Stella Rowan Prairie Hike

Join us to visit a native remnant prairie that exists right here in Tarrant County!

2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119

Enjoy the fall season wildflowers in their native prairie environment and maybe we will get lucky and see a few Monarchs migrating south!  We’ll talk a walk through the prairie to see what is growing, what native plants & wildlife are present since this prairie was NOT mowed this summer and we had good August rains! 

Bring your phone or camera to take a few photos to add to the iNaturalist Project “Stella Rowan Prairie” to help us document what is here. 
Wear closed toe shoes and long pants.

September 15, 2017 - Boerne, TX

Friday, from 9am to 2pm

Education can reverse the destructive global agriculture trends! 

Please sign up now! 

September 16, 2017 - Raywood, TX

Disaster Assistance Workshop

Saturday, 8:30am-12 NOON

View Flyer 9-16-17_AM_Disaster_Asstance_Workshop.pdf

Texas AgrAbility and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Raywood Livestock Market (14810 E. Hwy 90, Raywood TX 77682)

(Approximately 52 miles west of Beaumont, TX on Hwy 90)

Please RSVP at (Continental breakfast provided)
Program will address these timely concerns:
Learn various disaster assistance programs available for farmers and ranchers:
Emergency Assistance for Livestock & Crop Related Expenses & Losses
Emergency Financial Assistance
Disaster Relief Funds
Financial Assistance Programs to help with Farm and Land Damage
Programs to help with Crop Losses & Livestock Losses
Deadlines for applying for Disaster Assistance Programs
Restoration and Rehabilitation of Farm and Ranch Land



Monday, October 2

“Monitoring Survey of Kirchoff Family Farm”

  (Register by 09-28-17)   (Scroll to October 2, 2017)

Saturday, October 28

“Wildlife Habitat and Restoration”

Don’t miss this FREE Workshop; lunch will be provided.

News & Events for October 28, 2017 will soon provide Timeline/Schedule, Distinguished Presenters, and Online Registration.

September 18-21, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Monday, 1 pm - Thursday, 12 Noon

2017 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Class

Texas A&M AgriLife Center, 17360 Coit Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 map

This year Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center was unable to accommodate everyone interested in advanced entomology training.
Please check their site next spring for information on the 2018 class.

September 21, 2017 - Austin, TX

Travis Audubon’s Speaker Series: Scott Weidensaul presenting “Living on the Wind, Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds”

Thursday, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(Doors at 6:30 PM)

Free to the public.  This event will be held at the Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 E. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78751. Details and maps are provided on the Travis Audubon’s Calendar.
(Photo:Travis Audubon)

September 21 - October 26, 2017 - Statewide!

The 2017 Wild Texas Film Tour! Hosted by filmmaker and conservationist Ben Masters.

Showcasing wildlife, adventure, and conservation stories from across the state.

Don’t miss this WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY! Meet the characters in the films, the folks behind the cameras, and some of the best photographers, anglers, outdoorsman, and wildlife enthusiasts in the state of Texas!
Tour coming to: Alpine, Amarillo, Austin, College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Midland, Marfa, San Antonio! (Check out Venues, Box office Information & Showtimes).  Sponsors: YETI, Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Stewards of the Wild, King Land & Water, and Borderlands Research Institute.

September 22, 2017 - TXSER Call for Abstracts Deadline

GET READY for TXSER’S Annual Conference November 10-12, 2017

Presentation and paper abstract submission.  Please follow the link: Abstract Submission Guidelines.

Register before September 30th for the early bird rates: TXSER Annual Conference.

September 23, 2017 - Padre Island National Seashore, TX

Padre Island is now reopened after Hurricane Harvey.

Call 361-949-8068 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

September 23 - October 8, 2017

Texas Pollinator Bioblitz, 2017

Let’s help each other learn about pollinators and pollinator habitat. Observe and identify pollinators!

The Monarch Butterfly population across the Eastern U.S., Canada, and Mexico has declined by nearly 80% over the past 20 years. Also, 30 native pollinator/flower-visiting species (bees, butterflies, & moths) are designated as “Species of Greatest Conservation Need”. Pollinators perform extremely beneficial, life-sustaining services: the butterflies, bees & moths, bats, hummingbirds, wasps, flies, & beetles all sustain native plant species, human food crops, and even crops for livestock.

The Texas Pollinator Bioblitz encourages all ages and abilities—to locate pollinators and nectar-producing plants. We know pollinators can be difficult to identify, so we suggest you share your observations with the ‘Community of Naturalists’‘. Include a simple description of the species or its behavior and post it on Instagram or iNaturalist. The more experienced naturalist can then post a photo/details on iNaturalist, which records the date and location of the observation and allows other naturalists to help with identification.
State-wide Partners: National Butterfly Center; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; National WiIldlife Federation; and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Saturdays in September, October & November, 2017 in 8 CITIES!

NPSOT’s FALL LANDSCAPING CLASSES are being offered in 8 Locations!

(9/23 & 30; 10/7, 14, 21 & 28; 11/4, 11 & 12!)

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 NPSOT_2017_FALL_LANDSCAPING_CLASSES.pdf.
Three levels are offered; anyone may register for a Level 1 class;
Level 1 is a PREREQUISITE for advancing to Level 2 and 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 28, 2017-DEADLINE-Register-Monitoring Survey Oct 2

Register by 5pm to attend October 2 NPAT Monitoring Survey

Kirchoff Family Farm (Scroll to October 2, 2017)

September 29, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX


Legal Update and Conservation Strategies for Texas Landowners

Friday at the Texas A&M University – School of Law in Fort Worth:

1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Register at event: $10 per person
Host: Texas Land Conservancy 

September 30, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

NOTE:  Bird survey begins at 7:30 am Saturday!!

Joining us for lunch?  Sign up at HNPAT or our Registration Page

Click here to enjoy more HNPAT Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Preserve Photos!


TXSER’S Annual Conference, 11/10-12/17: “Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots”, at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Details at TXSER Annual Conference link.  You can participate in lots of exciting indoor and outdoor activities - opportunities to network with colleagues, get your hands dirty on restoration activities, and learn. 

October 2, 2017 - KIRCHOFF FAMILY FARM, Wilson County, TX

Join us on our Monitoring Survey of the Kirchoff Family Farm!

Monday, from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm!

Click here to Register by 5pm, 09-28-17.

NPAT staff conducts an annual “Monitoring Survey” of each NPAT project. All NPAT members are invited as are all individuals interested in assisting or learning to participate and learn how surveys are conducted, including identifying plants, birds, other vertebrates; butterflies/insects. 
Please indicate on the registration form if you will meet us at 7:30am in Floresville or if you will drive directly to the Farm (lease include your ETA if driving to the Farm).
We’ve listed recommended items to bring along!  Lunch will be provided.
Thank you for your support! We hope you’ll participate along with us!

Pat Merkord
Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas


7:30 am - MEET at the Whataburger in Floresville, TX then drive to Kirchoff Farm monitoring survey site.
8:00am - 10:30am: 12 point - BIRD SURVEY
10:45am - 12:30pm: Vertebrate Surveys & Plant Transect Surveys (8 plant transects)
12:30pm - 1:30pm: LUNCH (onsite - sandwiches & drinks provided).
1:30pm to 4:00 pm: Butterfly/Pollinator Surveys & Complete Plant Transect Surveys

October 3, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

“Organization of San Antonio NPAT Chapter”

Selection of Officers & Committees

Tuesday, 6:30 pm (We’re starting a little early!)


Everyone is invited & welcome!  We’ll have pizza, salad & drinks for all!

This is a special occasion - we’ll be planning future organizational efforts, selecting officer positions, committees, and activities, and reviewing recent activities.


-Brief Summary of upcoming Oct. 28, 2017 “Wildlife Habitat and Restoration” Workshop.
-Results of Oct. 2, 2017 Fall Surveys (Kirchoff Farm Prairie Restoration, Wilson County).
-Discussion of future restoration/survey possibilities.
-Formal Organization of San Antonio Native Prairies Association of Texas Chapter.
-Selection of Officers and Committees.

From Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT: 
If you would like to help us move this chapter forward there are many options for support.
We need four officers, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and many committee chairs and membership positions including Field Trip Committee, Restoration Committee, Partnership Development Committee, Communications Committee, and Program Committee. Positions will be formally accepted in December for the upcoming 2018 year.
This is a very important meeting to further efforts to support protection and restoration of Texas’s Native Prairies! Please help us in this endeavor. We appreciate your support and look forward to working in partnership and collaboration with other organizations in the San Antonio area.

(Chapter Monthly Meeting Location: Community Room, San Antonio Parks & Rec, Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX 78209. Enter parking lot near Broadway & Mulberry: ample parking in front & additional parking lot to the south.)

October 4, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

An evening focusing on “Central Texas Grasslands”

Wednesday - 5:30-5:50 Order Dinner on NPAT!

6pm-8:30pm - CenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Georgetown Public Library Classroom (Upstairs)

If possible, please arrive at the Library between 5:30 & 5:50pm, go to the Red Poppy Coffee Co., and order your meal (they’re going to put it on Pat Merkord’s tab). Bring your food to the Classroom; our ‘dinner meeting’ begins at 6pm. Click here for Red Poppy’s menu. 


6pm – 7pm – TALL GRASS AND WILDLIFE HABITATS - Discussion of current volunteer opportunities to protect these precious resources! We will address the urgency of preserving and restoring Central Texas tall grass and wildlife habitats which include those owned by the City of Austin: This spring we were introduced to the ‘Indiangrass Prairie Preserve’ (281-acre Indian Wildlife Sanctuary, located east of Austin; adjacent to Lake Walter E. Long).  We will hear from experts in the field: Ms. Amanda Ross, Mr. Robert Reeves and Mr. Rene’ Barrera of Texas Department of State Health Services. 

7pm - 8 pm - GRASSES OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY - Discussion led 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! )

8pm - 8:30pm - WRAP-UP DISCUSSION Our next CenTex Chapter Meeting will be Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

October 5, 2017 - Waller, TX

Supporting Katy Prairie Conservancy’s 2017 Restoration Round-up:

Native Prairies Association of Texas, Wildlife Habitat Federation, Harris County Flood Control District, Texas Master Naturalist, and Houston Parks & Recreation Department.

Register Here (required).

KPC’s Facebook Page

October 6, 2017 - Boerne, TX

“Finding Common Ground and Advancing Positive Conservation Outcomes in Environmental Issues”

Friday, 8am to 3pm

Location: Patrick Heath Public Library Meeting Room, 451 N Main St, Boerne, Texas 78006.
Texas Master Naturalists, as both knowledgeable citizens and responsible Americans, are called to use sound science and common ground in reaching our audience members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. As our society has embraced the language of divisiveness, how can we use our TMN skills to fulfill this moral imperative?
This workshop will address this challenge by focusing on:
the language of effective communication,
examples of successful environmental initiatives, and
opportunities to advance conservation issues. 
You’ll walk away with tools capable of making a difference at the local, regional, or national level. 
A list of instructors and info on pre-approved Training Credits are on Hill Country Chapter’s website.
PLEASE call or email Craig Childs and let him know you’re coming: 210-286-2674 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). He’ll ensure your lunch will be prepared; you can specify your preference for a vegetarian meal. A $10 donation is ncouraged to cover cost of lunch: CASH or CHECK (payable to ‘HCMN’ or “Hill Country Master Naturalists”.

October 6, 2017 - Llano, TX


Legal Update and Conservation Strategies for Texas Landowners

Friday, 9a-3p at Lyssy & Eckel Feeds at 105 E. Young St., Llano TX 78643

Register at event: $10 per person
Host: Texas Land Conservancy 

October 8, 2017 - Austin, TX

Travis Audubon’s 3rd Annual “Big Sit!”

(a.k.a. “tailgate party for birders”)

Sunday, from 6am to 5pm

Annual, international birding event. Host: Bird Watcher’s Digest; Sponsor: Swarovski Optik.
OBJECTIVE: Count as many species in a 17-ft diameter circle within a 24-hour period.
PROCESS: Sit, visit with fellow birders, eat, drink, and RELAX!
WHY GO? Appreciate how the bird activity changes throughout the day.

October 9, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meet-up!

“Managing Prairies and Savannas For Diversity With Grazing and Fire”

Monday,  6:30pm – 8pm

Presenter: Dan Caudle of Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA

October 14, 2017 - Austin, TX

Saturday, at Austin Country Club, beginning at 11am.

“Travis Audubon Society’s 8th Annual Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon” - Honoring Mickey Burleson!

Plan to attend and honor Mickey Burleson for her extraordinary work in prairie restoration! Purchase a ticket or table!

We Congratulate you, Mickey!

NPAT is very grateful for the rewarding relationship we continue to share with you after several years. We are very proud you are being awarded this well-deserved honor.  Our thanks to the Travis Audubon Society for recognizing your tireless efforts!
Native Prairies Association of Texas
Board and Staff and Volunteers!

October 15, 2017 - NPSOT DEADLINE: Call for Exhibitors/Vendors!

Register by SUNDAY, 10-15-17 as an Exhibitor/Vendor for the 2017 Symposium to be held in Huntsville, TX, Saturday & Sunday,  November 3-4, 2017

“Challenges to the Pineywood Forests: Fire, Fragmentation and Biodiversity”


Knowledge/experience with 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.
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. 
QUESTIONS? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 830.997.9272.
LODGING: Check NPSOT’s website for Hotel info; there are a number of suitable hotels within a short distance of the University.

October 20, 2017 - Katy, TX

Support Katy Prairie Conservancy! Attend their Conservation Easement Workshop!

Registration is Required

KPC’s Facebook Page

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.

October 28, 2017 -  near Kirchoff Family Farm

“Wildlife Habitat and Restoration”


Saturday, 9am to 3pm

LOCATION: 3 Oaks Community Center, 158 CR 210, Floresville, TX 78114

The Workshop is FREE! Lunch will be provided.

Our Workshop promises to be informative and stimulating.  NPAT is very honored to share sponsorship with Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture,  Wilson County Wildlife Management Association; DK Douglass King Seed. We look forward to meeting you! 

Timeline, Presenters, and Online Registration are COMING SOON!
Photo of Reisel Prairie by Stalin SM                                                                 

Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum)                Monarch Butterfly enjoying Gayfeather (Liatris)
Photo @ Maddin Prairie Preserve by Kirsti Harms           Photo @ Deer Park Prairie by Pauline Singleton

November 3-4, 2017 - Huntsville, TX

NPSOT 2017 Fall Symposium

Saturday and Sunday

“Challenges to the Pineywood Forests:

Fire, Fragmentation and Biodiversity”

Sam Houston Memorial Museum is across street from campus of Sam Houston State University.
Join others who are also passionate about Texas natives!
Register for Symposium and see list of accommosations on NPSOT website.

November 10-12,  2017 - Denton, TX

Friday thru Sunday

“Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots”

TXSER’s Annual Conference will be held at the University of North Texas

Conference Registration Is Open!

We have lots of exciting indoor and outdoor activities planned allowing for opportunities to network with colleagues, get your hands dirty on restoration activities, and learn. 
Check out our conference website for the many details.

November 14-16, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday and Wednesday

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.

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