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WORK MORNING at White Rock LakeSponsored by North Texas Master NaturalistsSaturday, beginning at 9:30 amMeetup at “Boy Scout Hill” at the…

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Wednesday from 8am-4pm Info on CEU hours, the day’s Agenda and RSVP via this link!

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HOW TURTLES FIT INTO THE PRAIRIE ECOSYSTEM by Eric C. Munsche, Research Ecologist HNPAT Program Meeting, Wednesday, 6:30pm The American Red Cross,

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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.

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

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 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

“Landowner Assistance Programs” - Ms. Jamie Killian,

TPWD Biologist for Wilson & Karnes Counties

SA Chapter welcomes Ms. Killian to our Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, beginning at 7:00pm

At the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center. 

OUR AGENDA
7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:10pm: Presentation by Jamie Killian
(Ms. Killian serves two counties within TPWD’s South Texas “Wildlife District”.)
8:10 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements

May 2, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom.

Group Discussion led by Kirsti Harms.

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

SAVE THE DATE: May 5, 2018 - Austin, TX

Work/Survey Day at Indian Grass Prairie

Saturday, from 8:30am to Noon

SIGNUP INFORMATION TO BE POSTED HERE SOON!! 

We hope you will be able to join us 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.

This is the second in a series of work/survey days sponsored by NPAT and Austin Nature Preserve System at Indian Grass Prairie.

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

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 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

We welcome our guest speaker, Ken Steigman from LLELA will speak on “Why Prairies Matter!” 

Meetup begins at 6:30pm at 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth, Tarrant County College – South Campus in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology.

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, to get an idea of flowers you might find blooming this spring: What’s in season in Central Texas! (They list annual flowers that bloom 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.
Photo from The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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

June 5, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

“The Monarch Conservation Movement”,

by Katie Boyer

The San Antonio NPAT Chapter welcomes Ms. Katie Boyer to our Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, beginning at 7:00pm

At the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center. 

Welcome Katie Boyer!
Katie serves as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region’s Monarch Outreach Specialist, in the Austin Ecological Services Field Office. In this role, Katie coordinates monarch butterfly conservation efforts with a variety of partners and leads outreach efforts to increase awareness of monarch and pollinator decline.  Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana and a Master of Natural Resources in Environmental Policy from Utah State University.

OUR AGENDA
7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:10pm: “The Monarch Conservation Movement” by Katie Boyer.
This presentation will cover monarch biology and the conservation movement to recover the beloved insect.
STATISTIC: The eastern migratory population of the monarch butterfly has declined by 80-90 percent in the past 20 years, which has prompted an international movement to conserve this majestic species.
8:10 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements

June 19-21, 2018 - Anahuac, TX

REGISTER ONLINE FOR: L.A.N.D.S. Teacher/Volunteer Training

July 7-10, 2018 - Houston, TX

2018 North American Prairie Conference

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

(Monitor this site - more details will be shared as they become available.)

 

July 23-25, 2018 - Port O’Connor, TX

REGISTER ONLINE FOR: L.A.N.D.S. Teacher/Volunteer Training

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