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SAVE THE DATE - 12-01-2018 - Greenville, TX

Register NOW!

This image means it’s time for our

Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration,

SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Join us in downtown Greenville, for a delightful evening at their historic “Landmark on Lee Street.”

October 2, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting,

Tuesday, 7-8:30pm

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

It is a privilege to welcome, Dr. Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón, Monarch Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation.

She will be speaking with us on Monarch Conservation in Texas.

Photo from Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

Dr. Quiñonez-Piñón has over seven years’ experience in monarch butterfly habitat restoration and protection in the U.S. flyway and in the Mexico overwintering sites, including the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. (The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve consists of several sanctuaries that protect the habitats of about 70% of Mexico’s migratory butterfly population. Source: DISCOVERY Nature Encyclopedia.)
-Her goal is to ensure that Texas cities within the monarch butterfly central flyway take appropriate, effective conservation actions that will increase the monarch population.
-She works closely with people at different levels and backgrounds to define the best strategies to implement monarch conservation programs.
-One of her greatest accomplishments at Forests for Monarchs was the distribution of more than 2 million native trees within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve to restore 4,500 acres of native forest on degraded land.

October 3, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

The 1st Wednesday of October, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

We meet in the 2nd Floor Classroom of the Georgetown Library,
402 W. 8th Street, in ‘BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN GEORGETOWN’.

NPAT’s Director of Education, Della Barbato’s

presentation will address her experiences teaching the prairie and other programs at Deer Park Prairie and in the Houston area.

Come meet our latest staff member; her dedication and enthusiasm are contagious!

Continuing thru October 27, 2018 - Houston Area

2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

Monarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants.
Photo by Chuck Duplant

Greater Houston-Galveston groups showcase prairies and pollinators: HNPAT, The Nature Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partners present this annual fall event.
OCTOBER EVENTS:
October 16 - Seed Collecting Trip, 9 am - 12 pm to Nash Prairie Preserve;
October 17 - Wild About Houston Film Fest (w/CEC Houston) @ Rice University Cinema;
October 19 - Prairie Restoration Roundup (see individual entry below emphasizing this event)@ Texas City Prairie Preserve;
October 20 - Prairie Pandemonium @ Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena; Clinton Park Prairie Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park;
October 27 - Sierra Club trip to Sam Houston National Forest Blackland Prairie;
Urban Pocket Prairies by Light Rail. Join Jaime González, CPP;
Blackhawk Park Prairie,  Invasive Species Removal Event.
SCROLL DOWN TO NOVEMBER 1 for outline of remaining activities from November 1 through 10.  Details on the November events and how to register for those, click on this link to CPP’s webpage.

October 6, 2018 - Austin, TX

LANDSCAPE LEARNING DAY at Elisabet Ney Museum

Saturday from 10am-Noon.

304 E 44th St., 78751

NPAT is collaborating with this City of Austin art museum to work on their historic landscape restoration. Join us for a morning of learning and native-prairie-seed planting.
Bring gloves and dress for gardening.
For more information and to sign up, click here.

October 7, 2018 - Austin, TX

PLANT WALK at

Commons Ford Prairie, Austin, TX 78733

Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The restored prairie at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park has a different look in the fall: in addition to the fall bloomers, it is a good time for grasses.
Please join Diane Sherrill and Kirsti Harms to learn about these wonderful plants!
Registration is required - so click here to register and read all the information, click here.

October 8, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Welcome Glenn Merkord!

NPAT’s Fort Worth Chapter’s Monthly Meet-up

Monday, 6:30-8:00pm,

TCC’s NW Campus, Room WACB1123

“NATIVE GRASS IDENTIFICATION”

Learn how you can easily identify native grasses. Glenn will focus on 10 to 15 of our most common prairie grasses and explain HOW they fit into the prairie system, WHY we should value grasses AS MUCH AS wildflowers, and recognize they are the BACKBONE OF A PRAIRIE.

Our Presenter, Glenn Merkord, is Vice President and Senior Biologist, of Bluestem Environmental Consultants based in Conroe, TX.
Glenn earned his B.S. Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Math & Biology double major); M.S. Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Statistics & Biology double major)
He is a very dedicated Volunteer with the Native Prairies Association of Texas as Management Team Leader at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie.
His Areas of expertise include: GIS, computer programming, wildlife studies, grassland restoration, and seed banking.

October 9, 2018 - Dallas, TX

NPAT’s Blackland Chapter holds its Monthly Meeting on the

2nd Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30pm at the CC Young, in the Flag Pole Room of the Pavilion.

Welcome Brett Johnson from Dallas Parks and Recreation.

Brett will present updates of White Rock Lake Prairie Remnants Management.
If time permits briefings on Harry Moss Park and other City of Dallas prairie sites.
Photo of Phoebe on prairie succlent, White Rock Lake Prairie

October 11-13, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

LTA’s Rally 2018!

You only have one opportunity this year to meet up with 2,000 land conservationists from across the country — why miss it?!

Rally goes beyond workshops — it’s about community; it’s the place to share ideas, be inspired and connect with peers to call on for advice in the future.
In addition to Rally’s130+ educational sessions, you’ll experience what it’s like to
be part of the Rally community,
make new friends; attend events like the screening of the documentary “Lake of Betrayal,”
a deep discussion about land loss by land-based peoples, 
two guided jogging tours and
a sustainability tour of the LEED™ certified convention center.

October 12, 2018 - Boerne, TX

Monarch Biology, Ecology & Citizen Science

Friday, from 9am - 4pm

Most in-depth Monarch workshop in Texas!

Monarch Watch Specialist, Cathy Downs, will teach us everything we need to know to participate in the protection and conservation of the iconic Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus
After exploring the fascinating biology and behavior of monarchs, this program will illustrate various threats to monarchs, especiallly habitat loss throughout its migratory range and solutions to those threats.
You will be introduced to citizen science programs to help assess monarch populations, migratory routes, and participate in other research projects.
Live caterpillars and butterflies will be on hand to examine and help with the training.
You can REGISTER HERE or call 830-249-4616
Cibolo Nature Center & Farm
140 City Park Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

October 17, 2018 - Houston, TX

Wild About Houston Film Festival

Part of the 2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

Wednesday, at Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005 

Monarch butterflies captivate us with their beauty and incredible endurance, but despite their popularity, monarch populations are in serious decline.
In this class, you’ll learn about their complex relationship to milkweed, their multi-generational migration, and what you can do to help monarchs at home and on a global scale.
We’ll even give you some native wildflower seeds to plant at home.

October 19, 2018 - Texas City, TX

Part of the 2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

LEARN PRAIRIE RESTORATION FROM EXPERTS!

Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Texas City Prairie Preserve, 4702 TX-146, Texas City, TX 77471

NPAT joins partners, CPP and The Nature Conservancy in presenting this “day of presentations and activities focused on practical, on-the-ground restoration of prairies on the upper Texas coast”. 
TOPICS: Restoration of farms to prairies; Prairie waterfowl conservation; Urban prairie establishment; Restoration of platinum prairies

October 20, 2018 - Floresville, TX

3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday begins at 8am at Kirchoff Family Farm, Sponsored by the San Antonio NPAT Chapter.


     
USFWS Botanist, Chris Best, and four USFWS Interns, surveyed a portion of Kirchoff Family Farm this past Wednesday, October 17, 2018, including one of the Milkweed Garden plots. Mr. Best shared with these photos.  Top left is the AMAZING Danaus Chrysalis on Milkweed Zizotes; top right is the Monarch Larva on Milkweed Zizotes. Per Mr. Best, “How these monarchs overwinter is unknown.  It is just as likely as not that they do overwinter in Michoacán.”  Volunteers on our October 20 workday might have similar experiences!  You never know!
Register online - Brenda will provide lunch for all who register. 
Our workday begins at 8am, enjoy lunch provided by the Kirchoff Family, and you are welcome to leave at 2pm or before if you want.
We’ll do some manual labor, since it is quite muddy out there.  Water is still standing in the driveway; more than an inch of rain fell onto already saturated soil: 1. Trim and clean out burrowing owl sites; 2. Assist with trimming underneath electric fences; 3.Chop and treat huisache; and 4.Transplant semi-woodies.
BRING YOUR MUD BOOTS, GLOVES, and dress for the weather. 
LOCATION: Near Poth, TX.  Street Address: 1444 C.R. 210, Floresville, TX 78114 (Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333).
Call BRENDA KIRCHOFF: 361.564.0177.
                                                                            Commonly found among the milkweed,
Mr. Best photographed Monarch Larvae:                  the Tarantula Hawk looks for its prey!
         

October 24, 2018 - Houston, TX

HNPAT Program Meeting

From 6:30pm – 8:30pm

at the American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098

Details can be found on both the Houston Chapter’s and the Deer Park Prairie’s calendars, links below:
HNPAT Calendar and DPP Calendar.

October 27, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

2 Events Saturday, October 27, at Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536:

Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your cell phone number in case, we need to contact you due to inclement weather.

1. Bird Survey at Deer Park Prairie: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
2. DPP Workday & Prairie Open to visitors: 9:00 am - 12Noon  For Prairie Visitors: Deer Park Prairie is open to visitors during workday hours. Visitors are required to contact a NPAT representative and sign a liability release.

November 3 thru 10, 2018 - Houston Area

Monarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants.
Photo by Chuck Duplant

2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

Greater Houston-Galveston groups showcase prairies and pollinators: HNPAT, The Nature Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partners present this annual fall event.
November 3
- Seaborne Creek Nature Fest in Rosenberg, Texas Master Naturalist/Coastal Prairie Chapter: Join the Texas Master Naturalists - Coastal Prairie Chapter for an exciting day of activities, speakers, wagon rides, and hikes celebrating our native prairies. Click here for more information
- Rice University Planting event @ Rice University: Join Rice University to help restore an on campus pocket prairie.  More information coming soon.
- First Saturday Van Tour of Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge: The first Saturday of each month, a guided van tour of the refuge will take visitors on a two-hour trip through the prairie. Join refuge volunteers and staff to learn about native coastal prairie, the history of the refuge, the biology of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken, and what’s being done to save it from extinction. 
- Robert C. Stuart Park Prairie Planting: Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!  Contact Kelli Ondracek to register: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for more information
November 10
- Putting Down Roots 2018 on the Katy Prairie: Help the Katy Prairie Conservancy Put Down Roots during KPC’s largest restoration effort yet! Volunteers will work together to transplant native prairie plants in order to restore 55 acres of newly reconstructed prairie habitat. Lunch, snacks, and door prizes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own food if you have dietary restrictions. Click here to register today.
- Native Prairie Plant-A-Thon @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center: Spend the morning getting your hands dirty by planting native grasses and wildflowers. Volunteer to be a part of our ongoing project to restore over 400 acres of beautiful native prairie habitat! This is a great event for all age groups, interests, and abilities.
- Second Saturday Bird Hike @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center: Work on your bird watching skills while helping the Arboretum monitor bird populations on a fun, relaxed morning walk. Join us on the second Saturday of each month at the front door of the building for a two-hour bird walk led by Kelsey Low, resident bird enthusiast. We welcome all levels of bird watching skill and all ages (as long as you’re quiet) – but no dogs, please! If you have binoculars of your own, please bring them. We do have some binoculars available to borrow.  Click here for details

November 6, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting,

Tuesday, 7-8:30pm

We are excited that Will Newman, Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture, will be addressing the SANPAT Chapter.

“Grassland Bird Habitat”

Please plan on joining us at the City of San Antonio’s
Lions Field Adult and Senior Center

2809 Broadway Street
San Antonio, Texas 78209

November 10-11, 2018 - near Colorado City, TX

Maddin Prairie Preserve Work Weekend

The preserve will be open from Saturday morning until midday Sunday.

We are looking for volunteers to help with brush control and grass seeding at the prairie dog town:
The blue grama and sideoats grama grasses are in full bloom right now.
We’ll be collecting seed and planting in areas that need it.
There are trail work opportunities as well. We’ll be planning routes and connecting existing trails on the preserve.
And, dinner is on us!

WANT TO COME AND EXPERIENCE MADDIN PRAIRIE PRESERVE?
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
SUBJECT should read, MADDIN WORKDAY
You can ask for more information and
RSVP, especially if you plan to stay overnight on the property.

NOTE: This event may be rescheduled due to inclement weather.

November 14, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting - DATE CHANGE

IT’s MOVIE NIGHT with Lisa and Jason Spangler!

We rescheduled our November meeting to Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (6:30-8:30pm, in the 2nd Floor Classroom).

So MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The Georgetown Public Library will be closed November 7, (we usually meet the 1st Wednesday of the month). It’s very easy to locate, and there is plenty of free parking across 8th Street. The address for the Library is 402 W. 8th Street in ‘BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN GEORGETOWN’.  We look forward to seeing you; don’t miss this opportunity to meet Lisa and Jason and learn from them!  They have a wealth of information to share!

November 17, 2018 - Floresville, TX

3rd SATURDAY PRAIRIE RESTORATION WORKDAY

at Kirchoff Family Farm

Sponsored by the San Antonio NPAT Chapter
A link to register online will be posted in each event notice. We want to know you’re coming as the Kirchoffs will have lunches prepared for everyone.
We’ll start at 8am and leave when you want.
LOCATION:  SE of San Antonio, Wilson County; Street Address: 1444 C.R. 210, Floresville, TX 78114 (Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333).
Call BRENDA KIRCHOFF: 361.564.0177.

November 21, 2018 - Deadline to Register!

Register Here! 

Tickets are $30 per person.

Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration,

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Join us in downtown Greenville, for a delightful evening at their historic “Landmark on Lee Street.”

November 27, 2018 - Global Day of Giving

WATCH FOR DETAILS - COMING SOON

Fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

December 1, 2018—SAVE THE DATE

A Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration

“Landmark on Lee Street,” Greenville,TX

SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Register Here!

Join us at 5 p.m. for a delightful evening at the historic Landmark on Lee Street (see map on registration form) in downtown Greenville.
We will celebrate with a catered barbecue dinner and beverages, including beer and wine. (A vegetarian option is available.)
Bring along your favorite delight to add to our ‘Dessert Potluck’ (and share your recipe).
Presentations will include NPAT’s year in review, speakers will be on hand to share tales of the prairie, and some of NPAT’s special members will be honored.
Oh yes, we’re also holding a silent auction; so you can mingle with other prairie enthusiasts while reviewing what generous donors have made available for purchase.
(A field trip to Paul Mathews Prairie is planned for the afternoon of December 1 - weather permitting).

February 1, 2019 - 1st Day to Register

REGISTRATION OPENS for

2019 North American Prairie Conference in Houston, TX, June 2-5, 2019

Proudly Co-Presented by: NPAT, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Coastal Prairie Partnership, The Nature Conservancy

Please check back at that time for more information, pricing, and registration options. If you have questions prior to this date, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 713-581-0818. Thank you!

Welcome to the conference and welcome to Texas!
HEALTHY PRAIRIES,HEALTHY WATERSHEDS
PRAIRIE EXPERTS
FIELD TRIPS

PLAN TO VISIT Big Bend National Park, TX - Mid-February, 2019


Photo of Blue Bonnets in Dry Wash

By Jason Weingart, Photographer, Excerpts from February 7, 2018 Article:
If 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!

February 27 thru March 1, 2019 - Austin, TX

2019 TLC CONFERENCE

Call TLC @ 512.994.8582: Sponsorship/Exhibitor opportunities
Call Hilton Austin Airport @ 512.385.6767, $146/night Room Block Rate.

Conservation Related Policy Issues
Conservation Easements & Private Land Conservation
Opportunities to Enhance Texas Conservation Efforts
Community Conservation and Landowner Engagement
Land Stewardship
Fantastic Networking Opportunities
And Much More!

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