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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.

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.
REMAINING OCTOBER EVENT:
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.

November 2 & 3, 2018 - Austin, TX

PROJECT PRAIRIE BIRD Training

Friday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: City of Austin Center for Environmental Research (CER) at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Plant at 2210 S. FM 973, Austin, TX 78725
MISSION: Prepare volunteers for the upcoming winter bird surveys to be held at Indiangrass Prairie (and possibly Commons Ford Prairie).
Training sessions will be held in the CER auditorium and outside the building.
Friday session will present an overview of PPB, identification of wintering grassland bird species, discussion of field protocols and techniques.
Saturday there will be a demonstration and practice of technique for surveying transects and conducting the vegetation analysis.

November 3, 2018 - Austin, TX

LANDSCAPE LEARNING DAY

SATURDAY, 10am -12:00 Noon

Elizabet Ney Museum

304 E 44th St., Austin, TX 78751

(MAP & DIRECTIONS)

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.

November 3, 2018 - Floresville, TX

Prairies and Migratory/Neotropical Birds Workshop

CORRECTION - Don Kirchoff: 713-562-7681

Saturday, 7:30am to 3:00pm

Kirchoff Family Farm, 1444 C.R. 210 Floresville, TX 78114

Coordinates are: North: 28.973611 West: -98.108333

FREE - ALL ARE WELCOME - RSVP VIA EMAIL

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

Please include your name, your organization, and cell #, plus same info for those you invite to join us.  We hope you’ll join us!
Co-hosted by:
Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) and
Wilson County Natural Resources Conservation Service (WCNRCS) (USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.)
Lunch - Once again our lunch is sponsored by the Wilson County Water District #301; we appreciate their continued support!

7:30am on the Kirchoff Family Farm: Morning Tours & Presentations begin:
Early Bird - “Catch a Prairie Sunrise and Birding/Butterfly Tour”, (led by NPAT’s Pat Merkord).
She and Don Kirchoff, (Landowner and NPAT Board member) will discuss the “Impact of Prairie Restoration on Bird/Butterfly Populations”.
We’ll Tour Restored Grasslands - Quail and Neotropical Bird Habitat led by Will Newman (Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture).
Chris Best (USFWS) will present the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s “Green Tree Pollinator Fire-Break - A Bird/Butterfly Habitat”
Lunch and afternoon presentations will be in the nearby Three Oaks Community Center (located at 158 CR 210).
Afternoon presentations in the Three Oaks Community Center:
“Bird Analysis Data, Kirchoff Restoration Site,” by Pat Merkord , NPAT;
“Monarch Food Source Surveys”, by Dr. Janis Bush, UTSA; 
“Neotropical Bird Populations”; by Anna Mathews, American Bird Conservancy
“Seed Availability for Grassland Restoration” by Nathan Custer, Douglass King Seed Company;  and
1-d-1 Wildlife Management Activities” by Jamie Killian, Certified Wildlife Biologist, TPWD.

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 CONTINUES

Greater Houston-Galveston groups showcase prairies and pollinators: HNPAT’s, The Nature Conservancy’s, and Coastal Prairie Partners’ annual fall event.
SATURDAY, November 3
- Seaborne Creek Nature Fest in Rosenberg, TX Master Naturalist/Coastal Prairie Chapter: Join the TMN - 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. 
- First Saturday Van Tour of Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge: 1st Saturday each month: guided van tour of the refuge takes visitors on a 2-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 & Rec. Dept. 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.
SATURDAY, 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. 
- 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.
- 2nd 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 2nd Saturday each month at the front door of the building for a 2-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. 

November 6, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting,

Tuesday, 7-8:30pm

“Grassland Bird Habitat”

We are excited that Will Newman, Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture, will be addressing the SANPAT Chapter. His presentation will cover habitat requirements for grassland birds, a brief overview of the natural ecological factors involved, and tools/programs available for technical guidance and financial assistance.

Will Newman is a grassland bird habitat specialist and passionate conservation educator. He received his Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of North Texas, where he studied Northern bobwhite quail predator avoidance behavior and population restoration techniques. He has assisted USDA staff and state partners with Farm Bill programs and provided technical guidance for game bird conservation initiatives throughout the diverse Eco-regions of Texas, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina.

In his current position as the Texas Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Will administers the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture’s conservation delivery platform called the Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) and develops conservation partnerships. As a Quail Forever Life Member and devoted outdoorsman he has a dedication to land ethics and natural resource stewardship.

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 12, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

“BATS OF THE PRAIRIES”

Monday,  6:30pm.

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Meet-up

Presenter: Rachel Richter, Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

FWNPAT HAS A NEW MEETING LOCATION:
TCC-Northwest Campus, Rm WACB 1123!

A Mexican free-tailed bat is in flight.
Credit: Bruce D. Taubert/Minden Pictures /Bat Conservation International

“Texas happens to be the battiest state in the country. It is home to 32 of the 47 species of bats found in the United States. Not only does it hold the distinction of having the most kinds of bats, it also boasts the largest known bat colony in the world, Bracken Cave Preserve, near San Antonio, and the largest urban bat colony, Congress Avenue Bridge, in Austin. Visitors from around the world flock to Texas to enjoy public bat-viewing at several locations throughout the state:” TPWD

November 13, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Prairie Restoration at Harry S. Moss Park

Hosted by NPAT’s Blackland Prairie Chapter

at 6:30 PM CST, at CC Young, 4847 W Lawther Dr, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75214

Monthly meetings on the 2nd TUESDAY.

Please monitor their Facebook page for Chapter events.

November 14, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

6:30-8:30pm,  2nd Floor Classroom, Georgetown Public Library

(NOTE: DATE CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING ONLY. The Library will be closed November 7, so we’re meeting a week later.)

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!  MOVIE NIGHT with Lisa and Jason Spangler,  “Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie”

Lisa and Jason Spangler have graciously agreed to share their copy of this PBS documentary about the history and importance of the central North American grasslands.

(A companion of the documentary is the hardcover book by the same name, published in March 15, 2001; Aimee Larabee and John Altman, Authors, with the Foreward by Lyle Lovett.) 
Description from Amazon.com: “From the formation of this “sea of grass” to the settlers who worked the prairie, this history interweaves the natural and human elements that made the grasslands what they are today. Although this terrain has become our greatest hope for survival—miraculously absorbing and transforming pollution into food for the grasses and, eventually, for humans—no ecosystem faces more danger. What can we do to conserve this special landscape? Through copious illustrations and sidebars taken from diaries, letters, folk tales, music, poetry, recollections, interviews, and other writings, follow the relationship between Americans and the “fruited plains”: the European immigrants who broke the land with the plow; the Indians who first inhabited the range; the cowboys and cowgirls who loved the open skies; and the lives of modern-day ranchers.”

The Library is located at 402 W. 8th Street. It is very easy to locate, and there is plenty of free parking across 8th Street.

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!

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!

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!
         

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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