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ALL PRAIRIE ENTHUSIASTS!  REGISTER & ATTEND OUR FREE “Wildlife and Grasslands Restoration Workshop” Lunch will be provided. All are welcome for all or a…

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RESERVE: Saturday, October 28, 2017! ( Kirchoff Famly Farm)

ALL PRAIRIE ENTHUSIASTS!  REGISTER & ATTEND OUR FREE “Wildlife and Grasslands Restoration Workshop”

Lunch will be provided. All are welcome for all or a part of the day - whatever your schedule will allow! Register Online NOW so we know you’re going to join us!  We look forward to seeing YOU!!

CANCELLED - October 4, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

Our apologies for the late notice. The CenTex NPAT Chapter will not have an October monthly meeting.

NPAT Members and friends may attend a Memorial for Kunda Wicce, a leader of NPAT in its early days, who was very influencial in establishing our organization.

Our next CenTex Chapter Meeting will be Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

October 5, 2017 - Waller, TX

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

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

Register Here (required).

KPC’s Facebook Page

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.

Location: Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA.

October 14, 2017 -  Paul Mathews Prairie & Clymer Meadows!

Saturday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Blackland NPAT proudly joins our co-host, The Nature Conservancy, in offering a FREE DAY-OF-TOURS OF THESE BEAUTIFUL PRAIRIES!

Our Guide, Brandon Belcher, North Texas Preserves Manager for TNC, will share his deep prairie knowledge as we enjoy the beauty of the two colorful grasslands
1st STOP: Mathews Prairie, a 100-acre pristine Blackland Prairie preserve. It is densely grassed, heavily forbed, and riddled with deep gilgai impressions. (Currently under a conservation easement with TNC, NPAT seeks to additionally protect the property from rapid encroachment by purchasing it and co-managing with TNC.)
We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in Greenville.
We’ll spend the afternoon touring Clymer Meadows.  The entire Clymer Meadows Preserve is a valuable resource for scientific research and supervised field trips, tours, hiking and bird watching, all managed and approved so as not to impair its pristine condition.
Please read over the day’s plans on: Blackland NPAT’s Calendar October 14, 2017. We highly recommend you come prepared: Wear long pants and hiking boots (don’t forget your hat and sunglasses)!  Bring a water bottle and insect repellent.

October 14, 2017 - Austin, TX - Honor NPAT’s Friend, Mickey Burleson

Saturday, beginning at 11am. Travis Audubon Society’s 8th Annual “Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon” In Honor of Mickey Burleson’s Extraordinary Efforts in Prairie Restoration!

Plan to attend! Purchase a ticket or table at the Austin Country Club.

We Congratulate you, Mickey!

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

Report on Blackland Chapter’s October 14, 2017 Mathews and Clymer Meadows Prairies Field Trip

Our Blog includes the Report filed by Leigh Ann Ellis.

October 21, 2017 - Grasslands & Winery Tour FUNDRAISER

The Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Saturday, 1pm to 6pm!

Enjoy the fall afternoon touring the beautiful Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands and visiting the Marker Cellars Winery!

The proceeds of this fundraising afternoon benefit NPAT’s efforts to purchase the Paul Mathews Prairie! NPAT seeks to save the pristine 100-acre remnant of Blackland prairie from rapid encroachment by purchasing it and co-managing with along with The Nature Conservancy.
Reserve your seat on our chartered bus; details to meet the bus @TCC-NW campus will be provided upon RSVP. $50 PER PERSON. (We are not able to offer Refunds.)
Questions? E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 817-689-0098 & leave a message.
We will explore a portion of the vast Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands (which encompasses almost 40,000 acres in both Wise and Fannin Counties)!
Our tour ends at Marker Cellars Winery. As they recommend, we will “Escape to the country and come join us for a taste of Texas Wine, relax with a glass and enjoy our beautiful views.”

October 28, 2017- FREE “Wildlife & Grassland Restoration Workshop”

Saturday, 8:30am to 3:30pm

Kirchoff Family Farm and Three Oaks Community Center

This FREE 1-day Restoration Workshop is being offered by NPAT and Wilson County Wildlife Management Association.

Morning Tours and Demos at the Kirchoff Family Farm.
Lunch and afternoon presentations will be in the nearby Three Oaks Community Center.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Please indicate if you will be participating for all or a part of the day, and whether you’ll join us for lunch.) We look forward to seeing you October 28!

NPAT and Wilson County Wildlife Management Association express our collective appreciation to the The Kirchoff Family and to these organizations and their representatives who have graciously offered their support for this workshop (listed alphabetically):
Douglass King Seed Company; Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA; Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture; South Texas Natives/Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute; Texas Master Naturalist; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wilson County Soil & Water Conservation District #301.

November 8, 2017 - Victoria, TX

“Organizational Meeting” of Victoria-area NPAT Chapter

Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Community Room, Anti-Crime Unit, Victoria Mall,

7800 N. Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77904


6:30 PM – 7:00 PM - “Seed Mixer Social” (Free Seeds will be given away!)
7:00 – 8:00 PM – How to Form an NPAT Chapter; review NPAT’s Mission and importance of forming partnerships.
8:00 – 8:30 PM – Presentation:Latest NPAT Prairie Acquisitions; Current & Upcoming Events
8:30 PM – Adjourn

Please invite a neighbor and a friend to attend!
Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director
Barbara Keller-Willy, NPAT President, Board of Directors

November 14-16, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday & Wednesday

4th Biennial America’s Grasslands Conference,

“United for Conservation: Connecting producers, researchers, educators, and other stakeholders in the protection of our natural heritage.”

This year’s America’s Grasslands Conference 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, the conference will also include some regionally focused sessions.
Conference Co-hosts are: National Wildlife Federation, Coastal Prairie Partnership, Native Prairies Association of Texas, and Texas A&M University.
To Register Click Here
If you have any questions or if you would like to receive updates via email contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Continuing thru 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.

October 15 thru October 21, 2017 - Various Cities

NPSOT – Texas Native Plant Week:

It’s not too late! NPSOT Link

To promote the importance of our state’s special sense of place, the Texas Legislature has designated October 15-21 as Native Plant Week. Local communities throughout Texas are planning events for the public to foster the use of native plants in the landscape.

October 19, 20, 22, 23, 25 & 26 and November 10 - Statewide!

The 2017 Wild Texas Film Tour!

Hosted by filmmaker & 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 continues: Oct 19 - Midland; Oct 20 - Marfa; Oct 22 - Alpine; Oct 23 - El Paso;
Oct 25 - Dallas; Oct 26 - Fort Worth; Nov 10 - Houston.

(Check out Dates & Showtimes, Venues, & Box office Information).  Sponsors: YETI, Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Stewards of the Wild, King Land & Water, and Borderlands Research Institute.

October 20, 2017 - Katy, TX

Support Katy Prairie Conservancy! Attend their Conservation Easement Workshop!

Registration is 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” Landowner Workshop

Friday, from 9am - 3pm

Lyssy & Eckel Feeds, 105 E. Young St., Llano TX 78643

You can SignUp Now
Register and pay your $10 Registration Fee upon arrival.

October 21 & 28; November 4, 11 & 12 in 8 CITIES!

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

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.

October 21; November 4 & 18 - Boerne, TX


These 3 Saturdays @ Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

Birds need food, water, shelter in the spaces they call home.  During this workshop you will learn about Hill Country birds and their natural habitats and understand how their basic ecological needs must be met throughout their lives.  These interactives classes will be taught by native plant experts and bird enthusiasts.  It is a ‘lively series, interactive classes with photographs, field trips and outdoor activities”.

Requirement: Attracting Birds in the Texas Hill Country by Jan Wrede and Rufus Stephens

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 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 4, 2017 - Dripping Springs, TX

Hill Country Alliance’s FREE

Saturday, from 10am to 5pm

LOCATION: Dripping Springs Ranch Park,  1042 Event Center Dr, Dripping Springs, TX 78620


November 10-12, 2017 - Denton, TX

Friday thru Sunday

Texas Society for Ecological Restoration

“Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots”

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

Early Registration thru October 20. Late Registration October 21-27!

(Registration does NOT include activities on Friday, November 10.)

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. 
All the details are on TXSER’s conference website.

October 8, 2017 - Austin, TX

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

(a.k.a. “tailgate party for birders”)

Sunday, from 6am to 5pm

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, 614 N Commons Ford Rd., Austin, Texas 78733

Annual, international birding event.  Host: Bird Watcher’s Digest;  Sponsor: Swarovski Optik.
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? To appreciate how the bird activity changes throughout the day!

October 8, 2017 - Spicewood, TX

Native Plant ID Workshop with Bill Carr

Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm

Location:  Narrows Recreation Area Spicewood, TX. We will meet in the parking lot and carpool to our destinations. Please plan on being there no later than 8:45.

Registration is limited and required!
Limited to 15 participants
Cost- $25
(Paid in person at the workshop) (cash, check, credit cards OK)

DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 71 west to Spicewood.  Turn right on Spur 191.  Continue straight on County Road 410.  When CR 410 turns sharply to the right, continue STRAIGHT on County Road 411 until you get to the Colorado River and the Narrows Recreation Area. (Google Map)

October 13, 2017 - Boerne, TX

Expand our knowledge - Save the Monarch Butterfly!

Friday, 9am to 4pm

Ben Eldredge, Education Director, Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, will welcome and introduce
Cathy Downs, Native Plant Society of Texas, who established the “Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas” program.

Register Online. Plan to attend and learn from these experts!
(Lunch will be provided; a $20 Donation is suggested.)

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

Register by SUNDAY, as a 2017 Symposium Exhibitor/Vendor

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

November 3-4, in Huntsville, TX


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.

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