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L.A.N.D.S. TEACHER/VOLUNTEER TRAINING REGISTER ONLINE COST: $225 PER PERSON (FOOD, 2 NIGHTS LODGING, MATERIALS) Email Questions to…

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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! 

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Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM,Invasive Species Identification and Removal WorkshopCo-hosted by HNPAT and CPPLawther-Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park,…

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Prairie Facts

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 - 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

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

We hope you will help restore this Blackland prairie remnant Indian Grass Wildlife Sanctuary.
NPAT and Austin Nature Preserve System are sponsoring work/survey days at Indiangrass. 

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

September 29, 2018 - Yantis, TX

YANTIS PRAIRIE DAY

Saturday, at Yantis ISD, 105 W. Oak, Yantis, TX 75497

(Wood County, east of Dallas/south of Sulphur Springs) 

Cost: Free

Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

11-year old Kasey Rhodes (pictured here), wrote this article, “Monarch’s Milk for the Great Migration”, and has dreamed of having a prairie day. She moved forward with her plan after having received support from many people, including NPAT’s Michelle Villafranca.  “BUTTERFLIES ALWAYS HAVE HELD A FASCINATION FOR 11-YEAR old Yantis resident Kasey Rhodes”. Kasey’s article was published in the June, 2018, issue of the WOOD COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE “Coop News”. Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Michelle Villafranca has been advising the Yantis family on setting up a community event in their town. They are excited about the first YANTIS PRAIRIE DAY which will include: Various expert speakers; seed giveaway; a class on tagging, sexing and tracking butterflies; and a “native edible plant and herb walk”!
Michelle Villafranca provided rootstock from her own yard for the plant giveaway.
Dan Caudle of BRIT & Rob Ziehr of NRCS coordinated a donation of native seed. They attended the Prairie Seekers training in March & were very enthusiastic.

Photo from WOOD COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE “Coop News”, June, 2018 issue.

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