News Archive

In the News

JOIN NPAT’s Fort Worth Chapter for a POTLUCK CELEBRATIONMonday, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm Debbie P. has graciously invited us to a potluck celebration.) 

Read more of this >>

REGISTRATION OPENS for 2019 North American Prairie Conference in Houston, TX, June 2-5, 2019 Proudly Co-Presented by: NPAT,…

Read more of this >>

Photo of Blue Bonnets in Dry Wash By Jason Weingart, Photographer,…

Read more of this >>

Prairie Facts

JULY - EARLY AUGUST NPAT ACTIVITIES

AUGUST CHAPTER MEETINGS: 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting, 7-8:30pm, “Locating, Collecting, Propagating Native Seeds” by Cleveland Powell
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, Houston NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Program Meeting, Arrive@ 6:30pm; Program @7pm. Event Location: Red Cross Bldg, 2700 SW FRWY, HOUSTON. Easy access and free parking!
Full details on HNPAT’s webpage.
These chapters will not meet in August: Blackland & Fort Worth.

NPAT’s & PARTNERS’ EVENTS:

“News & Events,” “Chapters”, and our Facebook pages. Check websites, for local chapters in your area of: Native Plant Society of Texas “NPSOT, Texas Audubon, and Texas Master Naturalists for upcoming outdoor events!

July 14, 2018 - Dallas, TX

NATIVE PLANTS SYMPOSIUM

TALKS FEATURING REGIONAL PLANT SPECIALISTS

Saturday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Gate 6, Fair Park, Dallas, 75210

Dear Plant Enthusiast!

I am very pleased to announce our first annual Native Plant Symposium!  And I think we have a unique and very qualified list of speakers – many of whom may not be that familiar to some of you.  I hope you will forward this to the organizations you are active in, as well as anyone you think might be interested in native plants.  Due to a misinterpretation on my part, I am just now getting this out, but I hope you haven’t already made plans for July 14th!  Thank you for your interest and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks! 

Naturally,
Roger Sanderson
Director of Horticulture, Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park

Six speakers on six captivating topics.  Join us as we celebrate the wealth of plant diversity in the Lone Star State!   In an environment increasingly devoid of this plant heritage, protecting, restoring, using, and promoting it is more important than ever!  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

July 7-10, 2018 - Houston, TX - CANCELLED

2018 North American Prairie Conference has been cancelled.

Watch for notifications in early 2019. The 2019 North American Prairie Conference will be in the SUMMER of 2019 and will be held at the University of Houston, Clear Lake.

July 21, 2018 - Austin, TX

Saturday, 7:30am-12 Noon

Come out to INDIANGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE DAY


.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Let her know if you will help restore this Blackland prairie remnant.

Co-Sponsors: NPAT and Austin Nature Preserve System

CANCELLED: July 21, 2018 - Floresville, TX

“3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday”

at Kirchoff Family Farm

MAYBE NEXT MONTH!

We hope you can meet us Saturday, August 18, 2018, for project work and prairie discoveries sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (SANPAT).  Lunch, as always, will be provided by the Kirchoff Family in appreciation of your help!  Look for an email (several days prior to August 18) so you can signup!

July 23-25, 2018 - Port O’Connor, TX

L.A.N.D.S. TEACHER/VOLUNTEER TRAINING

REGISTER ONLINE

COST: $225 PER PERSON (FOOD, 2 NIGHTS LODGING, MATERIALS)
Email Questions to Leslie Wittenburg: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
WHEN July 23 - 25, 2018
WHERE: HERMAN’S HIDEOUT, 2143 West Harrison, Port O’Connor, TX 77982
Field study at Powderhorn Ranch

RESERVE THE DATE: August 1, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, from 6:30-8:30pm


Photo by Kirsti Harms: Compass plant leaves at Burleson Prairie.
Join Kirsti Harms as we resume our monthly meetings.
Georgetown Public Library, 2nd Fl Classroom

JULY 25, 2017 - HOUSTON, TX

HOUSTON NPAT CHAPTER’S MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING

“MOTHS OF TRINITY RIVER - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY” : Stuart Marcus, Trinity River National Wildlife.

WEDNESDAY, 6:30pm (arrive) 7pm Program begins

Event Location: Red Cross Bldg, 2700 SW FRWY, HOUSTON. Easy access and free parking! Directions and details on HNPAT’s webpage.

PHOTOS - Blackland Chapter’s NE TX “Prairies & More” Tour

PHOTOGRAPHS SHARED by PARTICIPANTS

It’s not too late, please send in your photos (include the prairie and identify content please).
Please submit to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Thank you to each photographer for sharing these images taken while touring
Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie near Terrell, 
Ebel Grassland Ranch, Sulphur Bluff,
Lennox Woods Preserve near Clarksville, and
Mr. B. F. Hicks, Daphne Prairie, Mt. Vernon.

Photographer: Gary Barton, “I regret not taking more photos.
Thank you for planning the wonderful tour. It, like the other two, was fun and educational.”


The group ends the day walking Daphne Prairie.

Photographer: Mike Degroot

       
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta                                                                    Ebel Grassland Ranch

 

False Dragonhead Physostegia digitalis blooms being
visited by two Gray Hairstreak Butterflies Strymon melinus

Photographer: Ellen Guiling,
“So fun! I didn’t even know a hayride would be involved!! Also got a hayride on Daphne!”

       
Antelope Horn Milkweed Asclepias asperula                                  Ready to transport prairie enthusiasts
Seed pods, Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie                                         around Ebel Grassland Ranch

       
Rattlesnake Master Plant                                                                 Mushroom hiding in Lennox Forest  
Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie

 

Enthusiasts touring Daphne Prairie

Photographer, Masako, “thanks for taking me to the bus trip I really enjoyed it.”

Daphene Prairie (Black eyed Susan and common yarrow)


 
American basketflower (foreground)                            Close up of Prairie Indian Plantain,
Prairie Indian Plantain (background)  Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie


Photographer, Terri White,
   
Walking the Prairie                                                   Waining wildflowers; prairie grasses gone to seed

Thistle ‘Ready & Waiting For Pollinators!’

 

Photographer, Kelly Crawford,
Green Bee on Sunflower at Daphne Prairie

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 9 & 10, 2018 - Salado, TX

TEXAS HISTORY DAYS

Saturday. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Texas and Salado history with tours, entertainment and food.

NPAT will have a booth at the Civic Center. . Come by and say hello!

June 11, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Chapter Meetup, 6:30-8:30pm

Map to 5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth, TX

Dan Caudle will discuss North Texas projects and the Blue Mountain Peak Ranch restoration.

Dan Caudle, a retired NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist, who is now a Research Associate at BRIT (Botanical Resesarch Institute of Texas) and an independent consultant. Dan is currently working on six native grassland restoration, remediation, and long-term management projects. Drawing upon expertise from his 40 year long career with NRCS, Dan is advising on projects ranging in size from 6 acres to 15,000 acres; located in the Fort Worth Prairie, West Cross Timbers, Post Oak Savanna, and Edwards Plateau regions of Texas and the Gulf Coast Prairie and Longleaf Pine Savanna regions of Louisiana.

Caudle serves as an instructor for two natural resource management training courses conducted annually by the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma as well as serving as a director and instructor for the week-long Youth Range Workshop sponsored annually by the Society for Range Management in Junction, Texas. He is currently working with landowners and organizations in Texas and Louisiana on landscape scale projects related to restoration, remediation, and long-term management of native grasslands. (Information courtesy of BRIT website.)

* Blue Mountain Peak Ranch is the recipient of two awards: • Lone Star Land Steward Award 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MjjnG0MDDI • Leopold Conservation Award 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plx18bHO-rc&feature=youtu.be

Photo of Blue Mountain Peak Ranch from http://www.bluemountainpeakranch.com.

June 16, 2018 - NE TEXAS BUS TOUR - 7 Bus Seats Left!

(As of 2pm Sunday, 6/10, 7 Bus Seats are Available!)

REGISTER BY JUNE 15 FOR Blackland Chapter’s 3rd Annual

“N.E. Texas Prairies and More Tour”

Photo (right) Daphne Prairie, May, 2016, NPAT

We can’t stress enough how important it is to come prepared for the EXTREME TEXAS HEAT!!

Be mindful; pace yourself as we enjoy this tour!

We encourage everyone to bring bottled water and dress appropriately [hat, light colored long sleeve shirt, closed-toe shoes or boots, and long pants (bands to tie pant legs and ward off ticks)]. REMEMBER your insect repellant, sunscreen, bandana or cloth and camera!

COSTS:
BUS FARE and DINNER: $80 per NPAT Member; $90 per Non-NPAT Member. (You may pay your bus fare online (via PayPal) when you register or bring your cash or check June 16. Thanks!)
LUNCH is $10 CASH per person at restaurant (Select ‘standard’, ‘gluten-free’ or ‘vegetarign’ lunch when registering.)

REGISTER HERE

ITINERARY:

7:30 am Depart Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas
8:30 - 9:30 am: Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie with Susan Roberts, near Terrell
11:00 am - Noon: Ebel Grassland Ranch with Kelli and Karl Ebel, Sulphur Bluff.
12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch: Lennox House, Clarksville. $10/person CASH ONLY please. 
2:00 - 4:00 pm: Lennox Woods Preserve north of Clarksville: the “MORE” in Prairies & More, described as “One of the most beautiful and pristine old-growth forests in the state”.
4:45 - 6:00 pm: Daphne Prairie, Mt. Vernon. (Shown in NPAT’s photo above taken May, 2016.)
6:30 - 7:45 pm: Dinner: All participants are invited guests of Franklin County Historical Association of the B.F. Hicks Church Inn, 501 S. Kaufman Street, Mt. Vernon, TX. 
7:45 pm: Depart Mt. Vernon for Dallas
9:45 pm: Arrive at Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

June 16, 2018 - Floresville, TX

8:00am START TIME until you are ready to leave

3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday!

Kirchoff Family Farm

Sponsored by San Antonio NPAT Chapter

REGISTER NOW - Open this LINK - Sign Up - Volunteer - Learn

on this BEAUTIFUL PRAIRIE Located Southeast of San Antonio, in Wilson County.

Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333.
PLEASE RSVP by NOON Friday, June 15, 2018
Please wear close-toed shoes or boots, a long sleeve shirt!
Bring GLOVES, HAT, bandana, sunscreen, insect repellant, AND your CAMERA!
We’ll begin at 8:00 a.m., and you can leave whenever you’re ready.
In appreciation of offering time and energy, and at no cost to volunteers, the Kirchoff Family will provide everyone’s lunch and plenty of water!

June 16, 2018 - Austin, TX - CANCELLED

CANCELLED due to heat and low participation:

INDIANGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE DAY, June 16 7:30 am-noon

Join us next month on Saturday, July 21. 7:30a am-noon

June 19-21, 2018 - Anahuac, TX

L.A.N.D.S. TEACHER/VOLUNTEER TRAINING

REGISTER ONLINE

COST: $225 PER PERSON (FOOD, 2 NIGHTS LODGING, MATERIALS)
Email Questions to Leslie Wittenburg: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
WHEN June 19 - 21, 2018
WHO
- Educators: 6-8th, HS Environmental Science, Biology & Ag Science
- Volunteers: TX Master Naturalists or Gardeners, Private Biologists, Retired teachers, College students
WHERE: Oak Island Lodge, 142-A Jackson Dr. Anahuac, Texas 77514: ONLINE:www.OakIslandLodge.net

June 20, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

Wednesday, 6pm-8pm

Deer Park Prairie Preserve, Deer Park, TX

Please email NPAT’s Education Director: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and RESERVE YOUR SPOT - TODAY! 

June 23, 2018 - Dallas, TX

June 23, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM,

Invasive Species Identification and Removal Workshop

Co-hosted by HNPAT and CPP

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

Registration is Open!

A workshop designed to teach novice learners about common invasives species of the coastal prairie and their management and will provide hands on identification and safe and effective removal techniques.

The photo above shows one species, Deep Rooted Sedge Cyperaceae, as identified by Texas Invasives.org Photographer: Richard Carter, Source: Valdosta State University

See more news >>