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The American Prairie Conference occurs every other year. It hasn’t been held in Texas for 30 years!Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase

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HNPAT Program Meeting Wednesday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm “Inspiring Through Education at Lawther Deer Park Prairie”(NPAT photo: a couple walking Lawther…

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November 14-16, 2017-Fort Worth, WALK-IN REGISTRATION OPEN!

4th Biennial America’s Grasslands Conference, Tuesday & Wednesday

You can still register – open until conference and walk in registrations possible during conference. I hope you will be joining us and still not too late to register!

Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director


“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!

Conference Co-hosts are: Native Prairies Association of Texas, National Wildlife Federation, Coastal Prairie Partnership, and Texas A&M University.

We proudly announce the 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.
To Register Click Here
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November 18, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Blackland NPAT’s Cedar Ridge Preserve Workday

Saturday beginning at 8:00 am

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249

Plant preparation: 8:00 am
Planting: 9:00 am
Carpooling recommended; parking is very limited on weekends.

We will help restore a Blackland Prairie parcel that has had no attention since the ‘90s:

Volunteers will plant 250 one-gallon pots of native grasses and forbs.
Jobs include moving plants, digging holes, prepping soil, planting, and watering.
-Wear long pants and hiking boots.
-Hats and sunglasses recommended.
-Bring a water bottle and insect repellent.

November 18, 2017 - Boerne, TX


Saturday @ 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

November 29, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Wednesday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

TO REGISTER: Call 817-392-7410

November 29, 2017 - Houston, TX


Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm

This is a potluck dinner, so register and bring something tasty!  Register HERE!

CPP and Houston NPAT are proud sponsors of this annual event!  We will honor a number of prairie champions from across Texas and coastal Louisiana including Flo Hannah of Houston Audubon. Join us for a prairie potluck dinner and evening of networking, awards, and celebration of 2017 prairie accomplishments for Greater Houston, TX, and Louisiana. All prairie enthusiasts, restorationists, and organizations supporting and preserving native prairies in Texas and Louisiana are cordially invited!

December 5, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 pm

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“Native Texans Managing for Texas Natives and Migratory Species”

Location: Lions Field Adult and Senior Center 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, TX

Don’t Miss This!!! Be a part of this growing San Antonio Chapter!

Our presenters are NPAT members, Selena and Keith (“SnK”) Schindler, owners and operators of The SnK Wildlife Reserve in Dewitt County, TX.  Find out what they have been doing to make their property pollinator and wildlife friendly, and see how many of their processes can be applied to other rural and urban properties in support of our monarch, pollinator and wildlife populations.

6:00 to 7:00 PM–Steering Committee & Business Meeting:

We have formed a steering committee to move this chapter forward, and you are invited to join us in this endeavor – our meetings are open to all!
7:00 to 8:00 PM- “Native Texans Managing for Texas Natives and Migratory Species”
8:00 PM to 8:30 PM-Question and Answer Period
You’ll enjoy meeting them and hearing their inspiring story - how they have managed their property to support our threatened pollinator and monarch populations by encouraging and planting Texas natives and managing their Post Oak Savannah native prairie habitat! 
The SnK Wildlife Reserve is located at the juncture of the Post Oak Savannah, Blackland Prairie and Coastal Prairie ecosystems which produces an incredible diversity of wildlife.
Alamo-Area Chapter-approved Advanced Training on monthly newsletter and activities calendar on the Alamo Area Chapter Texas Master Naturalist

December 6, 2017 - Cuero, TX

Field Day @ SnK

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December 6, 2017 -Georgetown, TX

WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM

NPAT CenTex Chapter Meeting

Join us for a delightful evening of land management perspectives and stories CELEBRATING OUR PRAIRIES at the end of 2017!

Georgetown Library Classroom (Upstairs); 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626

“Restoring a Farm to Prairie Land”

(Photo by Don Kirchoff, Honey combs in nest box at Kirchoff Family Farm)


6:30 – 7:00 PM Social & Refreshments We will be celebrating the great turnout at our Indiangrass Prairie Preserve Walk November 5, 2017 and SAVING Paul Mathews Prairie!  We are on our way to preserving these two great prairies!!
7:00 - 7:15 PM Announcements, Reports & Pictures! Nov. 5 Indiangrass Preserve Prairie Walk”, future plans for Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary Preserve ; and update on Paul Mathews Prairie.
7:15-8:15 PM Program: “The Successful Prairie Restoration Story: Kirchoff Family Farm,” by Don Kirchoff, Landowner, Don Kirchoff, of Wilson County, TX, will share his inspiring and humorous story, how his family transformed their family farm into a first class prairie restoration site.
He will detail how they got started, the mistakes they made, how they improved their techniques and found support, and how they achieved a true prairie restoration success story.
If you are interested in returning land to its original state and you want to learn how to do it, this program will inspire you to start or continue with your efforts.

December 9, 2017 - SAVE THE DATE - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Areas

The Great Seed Bomb Benefitting NPAT!

The BIG THROW - Saturday - in the prairie and grassland areas - in the Great Trinity Forest.

The Great Seed Bomb is a 15-mile fun ride benefiting bees, monarch and other pollinators.zx

During the ride seed balls (made of clay, organic compost and native, non-GMO milkweed and wildflower seeds) are “launched” from bikes by our riders.
A portion of the money raised is donated to local environmental nonprofits and organizations to keep the work going (NPAT is one of these)!!
This is one of the only events that will leave something permanent behind – wildflowers and milkweed that will bloom in the spring – and resources for Bees who are battling for their lives! The latest data indicates an average loss of 45% of bee hives across the U.S. last year.

December 9-10, 2017 - Maddin Prairie Preserve, TX

Maddin Prairie 2017 Annual Winter Bird Survey

Saturday and Sunday!  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info!!

Burrowing Owls - The WHOLE Family!

Join Pat Merkord and Kirsti Harms on this annual survey for one or both days!
We’ll bird all day Saturday and until mid-afternoon on Sunday.
The survey involves driving on dirt roads and hiking at several points on the preserve.
Some of the hiking involves walking through tall grass and brush.
All levels of birders are welcome. Learn more about the birds of the West Texas prairies!
Maddin Prairie Preserve is comprised of 1,114 acres in Mitchell County near Colorado City.
Maddin Prairie Preserve is owned by the Native Prairies Association of Texas.

You may meet up with a pair of Northern Bobwhite Quail,
(Colinus virginianus)

Hear the chatter of the American Goldfinch,          or catch a glimpse of juvenile Great Horned Owls
(Carduelis tristis)                                                (Bubo virginianus) “hiding” in branches!

December 11, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX


FWNPAT’s December MEET-UP; a.k.a. “Holiday Prairie Feast”

FYI: We have a new meet-up location as of 2018:

Tarrant County College – South Campus, Center for Excellence in Energy Technology (a LEED certified building with wind turbine), located at 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth.

December 12, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Blackland Chapter Holiday Shindig with Milo’s Christmas Tamale Celebration

Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 pm

This party is also a fundraiser for the Bob Uhler Jesuit Scholarship Fund.

A $10 donation will be requested which will entitle you to plenty of tamales, two draft beers, and a raffle. (You can also order off the regular menu.)

LOCATION: Milo Butterfingers, 5645 SMU Boulevard at Greenville, Dallas, TX 75206

Rideshare if you can as there is LIMITED PARKING behind Milo’s and on SMU Blvd.
We gather in the open and rambling spaces of Milo to recount a year saving prairie spaces and tip a few to congratulate ourselves.

Seed Collecting - 12/13/17

Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn about prairie grasses!
Our first was held on Saturday, November 18…. two more are scheduled in December!
Join friends and family for outdoor fun while gathering seeds ripe for collecting.
No experience necessary as we work to support numerous organizations in the region.
Make an impact and visit prairies often not open to the public. 

Check out the Houston NPAT Website for details on meeting, carpooling, etc.
Wednesday, 12/13 9am-11:30am @ Katy Prairie Conservancy

Photos from “Seed Collecting - October, 2017”

Deer Park Prairie, October 10, 2017:

Nash Prairie, October 14, 2017:

Apply before 12-15-17: USDA Funding Texas Conservation Gardens

Funding Available for Urban Conservation Gardens and High Tunnels

Applications for the Urban Conservation Project are due by December 15, 2017. Details on our Blog

In an effort to address food deserts and educating urban citizens and youth on the benefits of locally grown fresh produce and greening of the urban landscape, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) is accepting applications to establish community and pollinator gardens and seasonal high tunnels through the Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project.
Preference will be given to Monarch butterfly gardens in the following counties because of their strategic location within the Monarch butterfly’s flight paths during their spring and fall migrations: Atascosa, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Dallas, Ellis, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Kerr, Lee, Limestone, Llano, Navarro, McLennan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson, and Wilson.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.


Chapter Meetings for January & February, 2018:

Please monitor chapter pages (links below) and News & Events pages!

1st Tuesday of the Month, 7-8:30pm: San Antonio NPAT Chapter
January 2, 2018 - “MISSION REACH Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project”, Environmental Sciences, by the San Antonio River Authority welcomes Ms. Lee Marlow, Sustainable Landscape Ecologist and Mr. Justin Krobot, Landscape Superintendent.
February 6, 2018 - “Texas Natives Program and how Douglass King Seeds Assists in the Process”, Presentation by Douglass King Seeds, San Antonio, TX.
March 6, 2018 - “Monarch / Milkweed Survey Results” by Janis K. Bush, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Ecology; Professor of Environmental Science at UT San Antonio’s College of Sciences will also discuss her observations such as planting nectar food plants near areas of milkweeds.

1st Wednesday of the Month at 6:30pm: CENTEX (Central Texas) Chapter
(We meet at the Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom; the time we begin each meeting is subject to room availability.) 
January 3, 2018 - Our first 2018 meeting! We will welcome Lisa and Jason Spangler who will be speaking on the North American Prairie Conference and sharing their PRAIRIE PHOTOS!
February 6, 2016 - Plan to attend our meeting (this month we’ll meet in the Hewlett Room (across from the usual Classroom).

2nd Monday of the Month at 6:30 pm: Fort Worth Chapter Website.
January 8, 2018 - We are EXCITED to be able to meet in this LEED certified building (you will know you’re there when you see the wind turbine). Please come to the Tarrant County College South Campus, Center for Excellence in Energy Technology, located at 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth!  (NOTE: We will no longer meet at YMCA.)

2nd Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 pm: Blackland (Dallas) Chapter Website.
January 9, 2018 - Blackland Chapter “BNPAT” was founded in 2014 when initial officers were elected for a two-year period. This January, BNPAT switches to the annual election of officers: president (coordinates chapter activities), vice-president (assists and arranges speakers), treasurer (keeps books), and secretary (takes notes on meetings). Won’t you please step up? Contact current chapter president, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

4th Wednesday of the Month at 6:30pm: Houston Chapter Website. Please monitor our website as LOCATIONS FREQUENTLY CHANGE!
January 24, 2018 is our Annual Seed Cleaning Party.
Our next HNPAT Chapter Meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2018.

REPORT: November 14: “Nature lovers wouldn’t let this prairie disappear”

Houston Chronicle November 14, 2017, by Don Maines
A patch of coastal prairie in Deer Park is “the rarest of rare” remnants of Texas’ natural heritage, says conservationist Lan Shen. 
“Visitors to the Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Reserve see the same landscape that Sam Houston’s soldiers saw when they marched toward the San Jacinto battleground in 1836!”
“The prairie is also about our future,” she added, explaining that many nature groups visit the reserve to gather seeds of native plants that they scatter in fields at other ecosystem conservation centers.”

REPORT: November 8 - Pat Merkord’s Presentation to NTMN Chapter!

Pat Merkord’s “photo talk” November 8 at the monthly meeting of the North Texas Master Naturalist Chapter on “Grasslands Wildlife”.

Before beginning her talk, Pat announced some very exciting news: “Fundraising for Mathews Prairie reached its $50,000 goal just hours before!” The 100 acres of rare Blackland Prairie will be saved! Pat announced that a celebration party will be planned for January in the Arlington/mid-cities area, and a BIO-BLITZ for Mathews will occur next spring! 

“Grasslands Wildlife”
Pat showed photos of birds, bugs and a few mammals from preserves that NPAT owns or has conservation easements on including Daphne Prairie, Maddin Prairie Preserve, and the Mathews Prairie as well!
She confirmed a significant drop in insect counts at all prairies. Bugs are the bottom of the food chain and a major source of protein for many animals.
Another prairie resident in steep decline are Eastern Meadowlarks.
Maddin Prairie Preserve: Especially fascinating was Pat’s tale of the ups and downs of establishing a black-tailed prairie dog colony on the 11,000 acre.
-Prairie dogs are gathered from Abilene and Lubbock area and taken to Maddin; there are NO legal protections for prairie dogs. (Prairie Dogs in those areas are destined to be drowned, gassed, or shot by developers and ranchers. Artificial burrows of buried PVC pipe with cages over the entrances start the process.)

-Maddin also boasts significant horned lizzards and burrowing owl populations:

-A Winter Bird Survey will be held at Maddin on December 9 & 10, 2017.
2018 Plans include:
-A prairie seed collecting workshop is being developed,
-A tour of Daphne is being planned for next spring;

-Throughout the 2018 calendar year NPAT will receive Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s grant funds from sales of TPWD’s “Conservation License Plate.”  NPAT’s grant application was approved by TPWD for us to “Map and Document the Current Ecological Condition of Silveus’ Dropseed Prairies (which are Globally Rare)”, in a specific area which includes “prairie remnants in northeast Texas east of DFW”.  The selection of conservation license plates includes: a “HUMMINGBIRD”, a “RATTLESNAKE”, or a “HORNED LIZARD”! As each license plate is purchased during 2018, the buyer may designate “Native Prairies Association of Texas” to receive designated CLP funds:

REPORT: October 14 Field Trip to Mathews/Clymer Meadows Prairies

Blackland NPAT Chapter’s Field Trip

by Leigh Ann Ellis

Brandon Belcher IS THE BEST! We adore him!! (he’s the North Texas Preserves Manager for TNC). He spent a lot of time with us, guiding us around the prairies.
Folks had a challenging time walking in Paul Mathews Prairie: It is dense and the indentions made walking hazardous for a few. Walking sticks were a big help.
A few folks left after lunch due to the heat. The forecasts called for low 90’s, but around Greenville it reached 95 degrees. 
We all sat together for lunch which was nice. It was good to hear all of the comments and feedback. A few folks said they like the smaller tour groups (in total, 8 folks attended). It was easier for group mobility and hearing the guide. I thought that was interesting. (Something to keep in mind for the future.)
We did gather a few grass seeds from Clymer for the future Texas Native Seeds Project…small amounts.  We left Clymer around 3pm.
Next month is Cedar Ridge Preserve with Tom Willard.

Thanks for everything!
Leigh Ann Ellis

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

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.

November 11 & 12, 2017 Georgetown & Dallas, TX

LAST 2 NPSOT Level 3 Landscaping Classes!

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.

November 8, 2017 - Victoria, TX

“Organizational Meeting”

Victoria-area NPAT Chapter

Please invite a neighbor and a friend to attend!

Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Community Room, Anti-Crime Unit, Victoria Mall, 7800 N. Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77904
6:30- 7:00pm: MEET & GREET Phillip Quast, NPAT Program Director
7:00– 8:30pm: Discussion:
How to Form an NPAT Chapter:Review NPAT’s Mission and importance of forming partnerships.
Latest NPAT Prairie Acquisitions; Current & Upcoming Events.
8:30pm: Adjourn

November 8, 2017 - Dallas, TX

“Grassland Wildlife”

Presented by Pat Merkord,

Executive Director, NPAT

Wednesday, 6:30-8:45pm


As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

Meadows Conference Center
Oak Corner Conference Room
2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, Texas 75204

Evening’s Agenda:
6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

November 5, 2017 - N. E. Austin, TX


to Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunday, 10:00am to 12:00 Noon, Lake Walter E. Long, Austin

The grasses are looking great this fall!  Join our group of experts to learn more about the fall grasses and wildflowers.
This 200-acre preserve is designed to protect Blackland Prairie habitat. It is normally closed to the public; so this is a rare opportunity!
The Sanctuary is located on Lake Walter E. Long in northeast Austin and includes wetlands along the Lake! 
CONTACT .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information and directions.

November 7, 2017 - CANCELLED - San Antonio, TX

The San Antonio NPAT Chapter will NOT meet November 7, 2017.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

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

Also attached is the schedule of presentations, most of which have been approved by the Hays County chapter for advanced training.

Sign Up to Volunteer
LOCATION: Dripping Springs Ranch Park,  1042 Event Center Dr, Dripping Springs, TX 78620


November 4, Deer Park, TX

Deer Park’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Event!!!

Saturday from 4:00-9:00pm

Clyde Abshier Stadium, 710 W San Augustine St, Deer Park, TX 77536

Shell has partnered with the 125th Anniversary Committee -(City of Deer Park, Deer Park I.S.D., and the Deer Park CofC) to hold this fun, family-friendly event!!
The Shell Experience, a pop-up museum highlighting the past, present and future of Shell Deer Park, will be available to attendees from 4PM through the conclusion of the concert (approximately 8:45pm).
Food trucks (open 4-9PM) on the Home side of stadium near the entrance) Predator and Prey, Wylie St. Tacos, Foreign Policy, Maine-ly Sandwiches, Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack and Space City Spudz
Shell Synergy Food Truck (go past the Future tent near the bouncy castles) is a new food truck experience incorporating 6 cleaner energy solutions that Shell supports from Shell’s R&D division.
Shell’s 7 Mile Perimeter band – 5-6:15PM They cover a lot of rock ‘n roll songs. (They are Shell Deer Park’s site band made up of Shell DP employees in various areas of the plants including Operations, Lab, HR, Emergency Response, Safety and Security. followed by
RAELYNN – 7- 8:15/8:30PM. Raelynn is a country artist from Baytown; she appeared on the Voice.

Check LINK ABOVE for all the details, parking information, etc.

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