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REGISTRATION OPENS August 20, 2018! “2019 TLC CONFERENCE”  is scheduled for FEB. 27 thru MAR.1, 2019, in Austin.Call TLC @ 512.994.8582 for Sponsorship & Exhibitor…

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Fort Worth NPAT Chapter MeetupNEW LOCATION: SSCI Lecture Hall 1106, Fort Worth. Monday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm“NPAT Prairies & Conservation Easement Properties”, by Pat Merkord. Welcome…

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Cosponsored by NPAT: NATURE WALK AND WORK DAY at Indiangrass Prairie Preserve Saturday 7:30am -12 Noon (*) Our monthly access days offer a chance to…

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Prairie Facts

April 7, 2018 - Austin, TX

Saturday, from 8:30am to 12 Noon (Sorry for the late notice!)

We wanted to share an opportunity at Indiangrass Prairie

We hope you will be able to join us along with Austin Nature Preserve System staff person, Rene’ Barrera, at Indian Grass Wildlife Sanctuary and help restore this Blackland prairie remnant:
Participants will work on native prairie diversity at recent prescribed burn locations.
Native seeding and plantings will help improve habitat for monarchs and other pollinators.
Click here for more information and to sign up!
NPAT and Austin Nature Preserve System plan to begin a series of other work/survey days at Indiangrass in the coming months.  Stay tuned!

JOIN US for Central Texas prairie activities! Your membership helps support our mission of prairie appreciation and conservation.

April 7, 2018 - near Colorado City, TX

Maddin Prairie Preserve Workday

Maximum of 12 participants!  Only a few spaces left.  Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We’ve planned a Workday on this wide-open 1,114-acre western prairie!  Horned lizards, prairie dogs, and abundant birds and deer. Spectacular sunsets and starwatching.
It’s a 4-hour drive from 4847 W Lawther between Mockingbird and E Northwest Hwy Drive to the top of the hill and park.
Staying Friday and/or Saturday night recommended—camping, travel trailer, or the Comfort Inn in Colorado City.

April 10, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Blackland NPAT’s Naturalist Walk at Flag Pole Hill Prairie Park

(replaces Blackland NPAT April Chapter meeting)

Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 pm: Meet at the picnic shelter. Amy Martin will lead the walk.

Flag Pole Hill Prairie Park is a 107.1 acre metropolitan park, established in 1929:
Walk the Flagpole Hill prairie and learn about the rare gilgai soil formations: “unique soil micro-depressions called gilgai. These shallow basins provide microhabitat for moisture-loving native plant species and indicate that the soil has not been tilled” The Nature Conservancy.
Get a close look at spring wildflowers.
Listen for crepuscular birds.
Witness a great sunset.

April 9, 2018 RSVP to TPWD’s April 13, 2018 Workshop

“Cattle, Quail and Corridor Workshop” - Friday, 3-6pm

Texas Parks and Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Federation

Please RSVP by April 9 by telephone or email to:
979-277-6212 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

April 11, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Stella Rowan Wildflower Hike

Wednesday,  5:45pm

Meet at Stella Rowan Prairie Pavilion

RSVP with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Join us at Stella Rowan Prairie, located on the grounds of Tarrant County Resource Connection.

5:45 pm We will gather to sign Liability Release Forms,
6:00 pm Walk begins and will conclude about 15 minutes before dusk.
COME PREPARED: 
Bring your phone, tablet or camera to record iNaturalist observations, if you want to remember all the species you see!
Be sure to wear appropriate clothing: long pants, closed toe shoes, etc. 
Please bring your own water bottle.
Watch Facebook and the FWNPAT website for details on where to park and meet everyone.
VERY IMPORTANT: Absolutely NO parking on the side of the road (i.e., not in a designated parking lot), as this really is a pet peeve of the property managers, and doing so could get us uninvited from being able to use the prairie for future group visits! Sorry about this strict rule, but the property managers have been kind enough to allow our group to use the prairie, so we need to abide by their guidelines.

April 12, 2018 – Plano, TX

Urban Wildlife Workshop

Thursday, 9a-3p

Plano Environmental Education Center

Workshop Focus: educational presentations on hogs, bumblebees, raccoon, opossum, and rats in our urban wildscape and how we can live with these critters.
Registration cost: $25 Register HERE Proceeds go to the Texas Master Naturalist Program.
Coordinator: Sam Kieschnick, Urban Wildlife Biologist, DFW, Texas Parks and Wildlife, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
NOTE: All Advanced Training Opportunities must be pre-approved by your local chapter’s board before attending and earning credit.

 

WHERE TO SEE THE BEST BLUEBONNETS IN 2018

The Best Bluebonnets in Texas,

PLEASE .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and share locations where we might drive to enjoy TEXAS WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM. We’ll post sightings on Our Blog.


Source: February 7, 2018 Article by Jason Weingart, Photographer:
He listed a few Texas cities and areas where bluebonnets flourish:
Ennis, (Muleshoe Bend) Spicewood, (Wildseed Farms) Fredericksburg, (Turkey Bend Recreation Area) Marble Falls, Tx Hwy 29 from Mason to Burnet, Kingsland, (The Bluebonnet House) Marble Falls, and Brenham.
You’ll want to MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MID-FEB, 2019: In case you are willing to make the drive toward Big Bend National Park you can see our earliest-blooming ‘bluebonnets’ between Alpine & Terlingua (Hwy 118). These are a different species which grow more sparsely and can reach 3 ft in height! This site posts photos and descriptions of the Park’s varied species of wildflowers!

April 21, 2018 - Floresville, TX (Kirchoff Family Farm)

“3rd SATURDAY WORKDAYS”

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS!

Celebrate our 1st Monthly Prairie Restoration Workday, Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site (*)

Sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter of NPAT. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE by NOON, Friday, April 20: Guests are welcome!. Lunch will be provided!

SPRINGTIME IN TEXAS CAN BE STORMY!

RAIN OR SHINE!

We’ve extended the registration period in case you want to wait to register according to the local forecast. Be assured, we will be monitoring weather forecasts; if the weather looks to be severe, we will contact each registrant and notify you if ‘activities are cancelled’.)

Work tasks may be hampered, but the prairie is beautiful to explore after rain showers! Bring wet weather protection (e.g. rain coat and mud boots). There is rain shelter in the tractor shed and hay barn during showers. OTHERWISE, PLEASE COME PREPARED FOR THE ‘GREAT OUTDOORS’: Protect yourself from sun & more: bring sunscreen, insect repellant, hat, long-sleeve shirt, bandana (or soft cloth), and gloves. WEAR closed-toe shoes/boots & long pants. Binoculars and camera are always good to have at hand; we will have MANY opportunities to observe wildlife!
Monthly workdays begin at 9:00am, we’ll break for lunch (provided), and continue into the afternoon or until you want to leave.
(*) Kirchoff Family Farm is SE of San Antonio at: 1444 County Road 210; Floresville, TX 78114. Coordinates are: North: 28.973611; West:-98.108333.

WE’VE PLANNED THESE WORK ACTIVITIES for April 21:

Transplant 45 Antelope Horn Milkweeds currently growing in trays (see Don’s photo above).
Cut & treat stumps; stack invasive woody plants (huisache, baccarus, etc).
Review today’s workday and plan activities for future activities, e.g.:
1.Prepare Tall Grass Windrows for fall planting event
2.Harvest prairie seeds
3.Repair Burrowing Owl Roost Sites
4.Repair Diversity Plots
5.Establish Wildflower Seed Increase Plot

WE WILL PROVIDE: Drinks and a light lunch (sign up for it when you register online and be sure to note dietary restrictions).
Questions? Contact: Don Kirchoff: (cell) 713-562-7681 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

April 21, 2018 - Dallas, TX

WORK MORNING at White Rock Lake

Sponsored by North Texas Master Naturalists

Saturday, beginning at 9:30 am

Meetup at “Boy Scout Hill” at the SW corner of Mockingbird and Buckner.

Plant identification, pulling of invasive Queen Anne’s lace, clean up trash as needed.

April 25, 2018 - Goliad, TX

Wednesday from 8am-4pm

Info on CEU hours, the day’s Agenda and RSVP via this link!

April 25, 2018 - Houston, TX

HOW TURTLES FIT INTO THE PRAIRIE ECOSYSTEM

by Eric C. Munsche, Research Ecologist

HNPAT Program Meeting, Wednesday, 6:30pm

The American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098

Turtles are part of the prairie ecosystem too! As prairie people, we don’t always think about turtles!  Join Eric Munscher as he shares some interesting information on the several turtle species of the Gulf Coast prairie. All are welcome! 
Photo by Aaron Tuggle
Eric C. Munscher is currently with SWCA Environmental Consultants based in Houston. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University and his Masters of Science from the University of North Florida in 2007. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Turtle Survival Alliance’s – North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG).  Eric has been studying turtle populations in Florida and Texas springs for over 19 years. Eric is also a Florida Certified Gopher Tortoise Agent and has extensive experience in wetland delineation and threatened and endangered species surveys throughout the southeast and northeast regions. 

April 27 - 29, 2018 - Llano, TX-Registration Closed

TPWD’s First Annual Birding Festival - South Llano River State Park

Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, 2018

South Llano River State Park is excited to announce its First Annual Birding Festival sponsored by the Friends of South Llano River State Park.

Guided bird walks, including Golden-cheeked Warbler walks,
Birding the Riparian,
Guided photography sessions in the park’s four popular bird blinds.

Saturday afternoon:
-Presentation of live birds of prey by Last Chance Forever,
-Bird call presentation by a young birder,
-Beginners’ bird walk,
-Vendor and information tables.
Sunday morning will include more bird walks and a “Big Sit!” as part of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Great Texas Birding Classic!

More than 250 species of birds have been observed at the park, including sought-after species: the Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia (below left) and Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla (below right), both federally endangered birds which nest in the park. (Photos: National Audubon Society)

   
“We are so excited to showcase the terrific birding at our park and its beautiful bird blinds during one of the busiest bird migration weekends of the year,” says Park Interpreter, Holly Platz. “The park is very unique for birding, because it offers such varied habitat.”

During the Festival, guided walks will offer participants a chance at spotting new bird species for their lists, and ample “free time” between walks and presentations will provide visitors with a chance to enjoy the park’s popular bird blinds, each meticulously cared for by park volunteers and staff.

“We hope that bringing a festival like this to the park and the city of Junction will highlight the area’s biodiversity,”
says Park Superintendent, Scott Whitener. “Birding along the South Llano River is top notch and attracts visitors from all over the world.”

-Festival registration is $65 per person, with a maximum of 80 participants.
-Registration fees will go towards supporting future birdwatching events at the park.
-For more information about this event and how to register, please see the Festival’s Facebook page or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a registration packet.

April 26 - 27, 2018 - Kerrville, TX

Thursday and Friday: The 5th Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference “Tools for the Trade”

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & Bennett Trust Stewardship of the Edwards Plateau

YO Ranch Hotel & Conference Center, 2033 Sidney Baker. Kerrville, TX 78028; 830/257-4440.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

FYI: April 27-29, 2018 - Llano, TX - REGISTRATION CLOSED

MARK your 2019 Calendar in mid-March ! Watch for TPWD’s 2nd Annual Birding Festival at South Llano River State Park!

More than 250 species of birds have been observed at the park, including sought-after species: the Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia (below left) and Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla (below right), both federally endangered birds which nest in the park. (Photos: National Audubon Society)

   
“We are so excited to showcase the terrific birding at our park and its beautiful bird blinds during one of the busiest bird migration weekends of the year,” says Park Interpreter, Holly Platz. “The park is very unique for birding, because it offers such varied habitat.”

During the Festival, guided walks will offer participants a chance at spotting new bird species for their lists, and ample “free time” between walks and presentations will provide visitors with a chance to enjoy the park’s popular bird blinds, each meticulously cared for by park volunteers and staff.

April 28, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

LINKS in the order they appear on the flyer:

houstonprairie.org/deer-park-prairie/
City Nature Challenge and TPWD’s Nature Challenge
iNaturalist.org
REGISTER: HoustonPrairie.org or tinyurl.com/DPP180428. Deer Park Prairie
PHOTOS: www.flickr.com/photos/HNPAT

April 28, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

Spring Prairie Day & TPWD’s City Nature Challenge Weekend

Saturday from 9am-2pm (lunch starts at NOON)

Lawther - Deer Park Prairie Preserve, 1222 E. Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536

Please REGISTER HERE so we’ll have enough lunch for all!

Your Host: Houston Chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas

You don’t want to miss this fun day!
We’ll have an iNaturalist class
Come and see a land that looks much as it did in 1836, when the soldiers marched to the Battle of San Jacinto, less than 10 miles away.
enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife at Deer Park Prairie.
take a prairie walk and make some observations,
do some plant pressing to take a piece of the prairie home,
and share lunch! 

In an effort to help Houston win the City Nature Challenge we will be offering a short lesson on use of iNaturalist and will have plant walks and insect sweep netting.

For more information: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call: 713-614-7033.
Please note: by attending this event, you will be placed on our Mailchimp list for the monthly HNPAT newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the newsletter or by sending an .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to with subject “unsubscribe from HNPAT newsletter”.

April 28, 2018 - Boerne, TX

Click HERE to Register
Come and learn from the some of the best birding instructors in Texas! 
Tom and Patsy Inglet will teach you how to up your skills and identify birds by their calls. 

April 4, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom.

Glenn Merkord: “COLLECTING NATIVE FORBS & GRASS SEEDS for RESTORATION & NATIVE LANDSCAPING”

(Photo of Ilinois Bundleflower Desmanthus illinoensis - LBJWC)

OUR AGENDA:
Social: 6:30-7:00pm
Presentation & Seed Exchange: 7:00-8:00pm
Business and Q&A: 8-8:30pm

We welcome Glenn Merkord who will conduct a “hands-on” demonstration and group discussion, excellent “courses of action” toward NPAT’s mission to PROTECT, RESTORE & EDUCATE.

Presentation on How to Collect Native Seeds will include demonstrations of collecting equipment, when & where to collect seeds, examples of seeds that pose special collection challenges, and how to store seeds once collected. Everyone will have these opportunities: improve your skills in collecting seeds and acquire some of those hard to get conservative seeds for gardening, landscaping and restoration activities.
Seed Exchange
-You may have native seeds you can bring to swap, trade, or give away. Please bring them! 
-Glenn will also have native seeds to give away for those who would like them. He has been collecting, storing, and donating native seeds for restoration projects for over 10 years.
About our Presenter, Glenn Merkord
-He is a retired biologist/chemist; Glenn earned his Masters degree in Biology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
-NPAT has benefited from Glenn’s generous volunteering as manager of maintenance our Deer Park Prairie Preserve, Deer Park, TX, in the Houston area. He has also volunteered for the restoration of NPAT other projects around the state.
-Glenn is co-owner and senior biologist of Bluestem Environmental Consultants doing consultations and surveys for wildlife management and native restoration projects across Texas.
-He lives in Conroe, TX, with his wife, Pat Merkord, past President and ED of NPAT.

May 1, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

SA Chapter Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

We meet at the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center.

SA Chapter welcomes Ms. Jamie Killian,

TPWD Biologist for Wilson & Karnes Counties

Her presentation topic is “Landowner Assistance Programs”

OUR AGENDA
7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:10pm: Presentation by Jamie Killian
8:10 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements

May 1, 2018 - Killeen, TX

Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Training

Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Founders Hall, 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen, TX 76549

Online RSVP and Agenda.
Information including the hydrologic cycle, basics to stream morphology, stream classification, stream instability, stream restoration, stabilization structure, vegetation, and monitoring and evaluation will be explained through classroom-style teaching in the morning session, and hands-on activities in the field at a nearby stream in the afternoon sessions.

May 1, 2018 - Register for May 8 in Bay City, TX

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop

Tres Palacios Creek & Lower Colorado River

May 8, 2018, 8am-4pm

Matagorda County Nature & Birding Center, 1025 TX-35, Bay City 77414

Review the Online RSVP and Agenda.
FREE WORKSHOP with indoor classroom and outdoor presentations (by multiple natural resource agency experts) and outdoor field portion on a creek (discover how it functions and the role of riparian vegetation in properly functioning systems).
RSVP by May 1 2018 or by contact Clare Entwistle: 210-277-0292 ext 205 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Cohosts: Lower Colorado River Authority, AgriLife Extension Office in Matagorda County, and Texas Water Resources Institute.

May 2, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom.

Group Discussion led by Kirsti Harms.

No speaker this month, but we want to hear from you! Kirsti Harms will talk about possible speakers, topics, field trips and projects of interest to the group. Bring your ideas. There will be no meetings in June or July, but we’ll start up again in August.

JOIN US for Central Texas prairie activities.
Your membership helps support our mission of prairie appreciation and conservation.

May 3-4, 2018 - San Angelo, TX

Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference-San Angelo

McNease Convention Center 501 Rio Concho Drive, San Angelo, TX (325-659-6523)

REGISTRATION MAY BE CLOSED, CALL THIS NUMBER TO VERIFY: 979-845-2604

May 5, 2018 - Temple, TX

Burleson Prairie Field Trip, 9 a.m. to noon

Join us for a walk at this Blackland Prairie replication site near Temple.

Bring a sack lunch and chair if you wish to picnic on the prairie.

Please contact Kirsti Harms at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information and directions.

Photo by D. Weatherbee, Burleson Prairie, June 3,2017

May 5, 2018 - Austin, TX

Tour of Elizabet Ney Museum,

1:00 to 2:00pm

“Wildflower Awareness Week Landscape Tour”

304 E. 44th St., Austin 78751

Cohosts: NPAT and Elizabet Ney Museum;
Expert Tour Guide, Terri Siegenthaler.
Join Terri Siegenthaler for a walk around the grounds of this museum and its historic prairie replication.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Terri Siegenthaler and walk the grounds of this Austin treasure and historic landmark! We will meet in front of the museum then walk the trail to the west, spotting things and discussing along the way. 

May 5, 2018 - Abilene, TX

Urban Wildlife Symposium

Saturday, from 9am-4pm

Hosted by The Big Country Master Naturalist

Taylor County Extension Office 1982 Lytle Way, #B, Abilene, TX 79602
This link will take you to a detailed flyer with the speakers and topics as well as the registration form. 
Cost: $25.00 for the whole day or $15.00 per session. Interested parties will also find a link on the flyer to a registration form. 
For more information, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Assistant Professor, Biology Department, McMurry University, Abilene, TX

May 8, 2018 - Bay City, TX

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop

Tres Palacios Creek & Lower Colorado River

8am-4pm

Matagorda County Nature & Birding Center, 1025 TX-35, Bay City 77414

Review the Online RSVP and Agenda.
FREE WORKSHOP with indoor classroom and outdoor presentations (by multiple natural resource agency experts) and outdoor field portion on a creek (discover how it functions and the role of riparian vegetation in properly functioning systems).
Contact Clare Entwistle: 210-277-0292 ext 205 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Cohosts: Lower Colorado River Authority, AgriLife Extension Office in Matagorda County, and Texas Water Resources Institute.

May 8, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Combined Meeting of Blackland NPAT Chapter and

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association, 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Beekeepers Meeting Room, The Pavilion, CC Young,
4847 W Lawther Drive, #100, Dallas, TX 75214

NOTE: Seating is limited! 
For additional information contact Leigh Ann Ellis, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.395.1902.

Guest Speaker, Kim Olson, Col., United States Air Force (Ret.)

Hear Kim speaking on her experiences in beekeeping and native grasslands on her family farm in Mineral Wells.
Kim will also share what she is hearing about these topics as she travels the state as the 2018 Democratic Nominee, for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
Kim has a vast resume including former Director of HR, Dallas ISD, and former CEO of Grace After Fire.

May 11, 2018 - Boerne, TX

Monarch Biology, Ecology & Citizen Science

REGISTER HERE or call 830-249-4616

May 12 , 2018 - Southwest Kerrville, TX

LOS RINCONES PRESERVE OPEN DAY

Saturday, from 8am to 4pm

Arrive by 9am and join TLC Stewardship Director, Stephen Ramirez, for a guided Golden-cheeked Warbler hike!


(Normally closed to the public) the preserve’s steep limestone canyons are home to the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and a diversity of native grasses, flowers, cactus, and trees. This property is great for hiking, bird watching, picnicking, plant and wildlife observation, environmental education, nature photography and any other outdoor activities!
From hosts, Texas Land Conservancy (TLC):
-We would really appreciate your help in spreading the word about this great opportunity to get out in nature. We invite Texas Master Naturalist chapters from across the state to host an advanced training/field trip type event during our Open Preserve Day. We also welcome individual members who might be interested in having access to a normally closed piece of private property.
-Please read through and comply with the ‘IMPORTANT REMINDERS’ as you prepare to visit the preserve. Please feel free to e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 512. 301.6363 if you have any questions.

TLC is a statewide land conservation organization working to protect the land, water, and wildlife in Texas.To learn more about our work, visit www.texaslandconservancy.org.

May 14, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

FWNPAT’s May Meetup Begins at 6:30pm

We welcome Ken Steigman

who will speak on “Why Prairies Matter!”

5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth, TX 76119, Tarrant County College – South Campus in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology.

Dr. Ken Steigman is the Director of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), a 2,600 acre preserve managed by a non-profit consortium headed by The University of North Texas. LLELA’s mission is to preserve and restore native ecosystems and biodiversity of north Texas and to provide and promote environmental education and research. 
Dr. Steigman has 36 years of experience in working with the public to participate and enjoy restoring and managing native ecosystems.
Ken previously served as Natural Science Director for the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary where he was awarded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lone Star Stewardship Award for his habitat restoration and management accomplishments.
His interests include ornithology, prairie ecology, growing native plants, and entomology.

May 15, 2018 - The Woodlands, TX

Texas Wildflower Sightings - 2018

Where to see spring’s best wildflowers in Central Texas and South Texas

Photo of Texas country road by Sassy Frassy Lassie

WILDFLOWERS ARE HERE!

Spring is wildflower season in Texas!

Visit The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, for an idea of currently blooming wildflowers: What’s in season in Central Texas!  Check out their list of annual flowers blooming throughout Texas’s natural areas and gardens.
LEARN MORE: Germinating Milkweeds: Support insects by planting Asclepias species; Top 20 most common wildflowers you’ll see in Texas during spring and summer!
Visit the Center - If you’re anywhere near southwest Austin, taking time to meander through the tranquil Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is well worth it. This photo overlooking the open field at the The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center gives you an idea of what’s in store!

May 19, 2018 - Houston, TX

We’re planning a MEMBERS ONLY EVENT for Saturday, May 19, 2018

SO—PLEASE JOIN OR RENEW YOUR NPAT MEMBERSHIP NOW! Monitor HNPAT Chapter’s Website!

 

May 20, 2018 - Commons Ford Ranch Met. Park, Austin, TX

PRAIRIE PLANT WALK.

Sunday, 9:00 am-Noon

Commons Ford Prairie, in Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park

Sponsored by Travis Audubon Society. Join Diane Sherrill for a plant walk at this restored prairie!

Registration is limited, so click here and SIGNUP!

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park is located at: 614 N. Commons Ford Road, Austin, 78733.

May 23, 2018 - Houston, TX

The long-awaited rescheduled presentation by Jim Blackburn, the “Texas Coastal Exchange”!

Houston NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Program

Arrive @ 6:30 pm, Wednesday; presentation begins @7:00pm!

The Texas Coastal Exchange is a system developed at the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (“SSPEED”) Center at Rice University.

Come to our new home in the Red Cross Building at 2700 Southwest Freeway, easy access and free parking!
HNPAT has a lot of fun things planned for this year!
Special Members Only event on Saturday, May 19 - RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
Invasive Species ID and Removal Workshop, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM,  (co-hosted with CPP)  Registration is Open!
Moth week evening event at DPP in July
Fall Prairie Day in September
Plus interesting programs every month!
Renew your membership so you won’t miss a moment!

May 26 - 27, 2018 - Colorado City, TX

Maddin Prairie Preserve

Saturday & Sunday (dawn to dusk)

Annual Breeding Bird Survey

Please contact Kirsti Harms at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We’ll be conducting bird surveys and making other nature observations. All levels of experience are welcome. Email Kirsti for more information.

May 31, 2018 - Knox City, TX

Importance of Pollinator Conservation

Thursday from 9:30am to 2:30pm

RSVP to (940) 658-3922 ext. 5 by WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, to guarantee a meal!

USDA-NRCS James E. “Bud” Smith Plant Materials Center in Knox City, TX

Presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. Special thanks to the Wichita Brazos SWCD for providing lunch! 

We welcome master naturalists from across the Big Country area and all of Texas!  Growing native pollinator plants is a focus for the plant materials center and participants will be able to see plants growing in the rows and undergoing evaluation. Dr. Scott Longing will present results of research on the High Plains related to pollinators and agricultural crops.

June 1, 2018 - Call for Presentations by TMN


The TMN Program welcomes your proposals as contributions to our agenda!
We have extended our deadline for submitting a proposal for this year’s Annual Meeting to Friday, June 1st!

Individuals wishing to present are invited to submit their proposal on the Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting Call for Proposals website.
Help us get those ace presenters for Texas Master Naturalist 2018 Annual Meeting October 26th through 28th at the Sheraton in Georgetown.

June 2, 2018 - Houston, TX

FREE WORKSHOP taught by Glenn Olsen and Lauren Simpson

Presented by Katy Prairie Conservancy and Houston Audubon - Sign up NOW; registration is now almost to capacity. KPC will start a wait list.

June 2, 2018 - U. S. A.

National Prairie Day Celebrated the first Saturday of June every year.

Celebrate the native grasslands in your region and across our nation
Celebrate what we can learn, and have yet to discover, from prairie.
-Become a Sponsor
-Visit a Prairie
-Submit an Event
-Submit an Idea


This Stunning Gray Hairstreak Butterfly Strymon melinus,
was photographed by Pat Merkord at NPAT’s Mary Talbot Prairie, 06/13/2014.

July 7-10, 2018 - Houston, TX

SAVE THE DATES

From the Gulf Coast to Canada, tallgrass prairie extends through North America.  Come see and learn about our unique coastal prairies!

NPAT is proud to cohost this event: Saturday, 8:00am - Tuesday, 5:00pm

University of Houston - Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058-1002

The initial schedule is as follows:
Saturday, July 7: Arrival, Vendor & Exhibitor Setup
Sunday, July 8:  Opening; Sessions
Monday, July 9:  Field Trips
Tuesday, July 10: Sessions; Closing

We will post updates as they become available.

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