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PLEASE RSVP by NOON Friday, May 18, 2018San Antonio NPAT’s 3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday Kirchoff Family FarmOpen this LINK - Sign Up…

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The long-awaited rescheduled presentation by Jim Blackburn, the “Texas Coastal Exchange”! Houston NPAT Chapter’s Monthly ProgramArrive @ 6:30 pm, Wednesday’ presentation begins @7:00pm! The Texas…

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Maddin Prairie Breeding Bird SurveyMaddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City Saturday and Sunday, from dawn to dusk. We’ll be conducting bird surveys and making other…

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Prairie Facts

MAY 19, 2018 - Floresville, TX

PLEASE RSVP by NOON Friday, May 18, 2018

San Antonio NPAT’s 3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday Kirchoff Family Farm

Open this LINK - Sign Up - Volunteer - Learn on this BEAUTIFUL PRAIRIE Located Southeast of San Antonio, in Wilson County.

The Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333.

Please wear close-toed shoes or boots, a long sleeve shirt, hat, bandana, and gloves will be handy.
Bring sunscreen, insect repellant, AND your CAMERA!
We’ll begin at 9 am and work on our ‘to do’ list.
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!

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.

April 26 - 27, 2018 - Kerrville, TX

Thursday and Friday: The 5th Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference “Tools for the Trade”

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & Bennett Trust Stewardship of the Edwards Plateau

YO Ranch Hotel & Conference Center, 2033 Sidney Baker. Kerrville, TX 78028; 830/257-4440.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

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

LINKS in the order they appear on the flyer:

houstonprairie.org/deer-park-prairie/
City Nature Challenge and TPWD’s Nature Challenge
iNaturalist.org
REGISTER: HoustonPrairie.org or tinyurl.com/DPP180428. Deer Park Prairie
PHOTOS: www.flickr.com/photos/HNPAT

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 28, 2018 - Boerne, TX

Click HERE to Register
Come and learn from the some of the best birding instructors in Texas! 
Tom and Patsy Inglet will teach you how to up your skills and identify birds by their calls. 

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

SA Chapter Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

We meet at the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center.

SA Chapter welcomes Ms. Jamie Killian,

TPWD Biologist for Wilson & Karnes Counties

Her presentation topic is “Landowner Assistance Programs”

OUR AGENDA
7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:10pm: Presentation by Jamie Killian
8:10 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements

May 1, 2018 - Killeen, TX

Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Training

Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Founders Hall, 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen, TX 76549

Online RSVP and Agenda.
Information including the hydrologic cycle, basics to stream morphology, stream classification, stream instability, stream restoration, stabilization structure, vegetation, and monitoring and evaluation will be explained through classroom-style teaching in the morning session, and hands-on activities in the field at a nearby stream in the afternoon sessions.

May 1, 2018 - Register for May 8 in Bay City, TX

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop

Tres Palacios Creek & Lower Colorado River

May 8, 2018, 8am-4pm

Matagorda County Nature & Birding Center, 1025 TX-35, Bay City 77414

Review the Online RSVP and Agenda.
FREE WORKSHOP with indoor classroom and outdoor presentations (by multiple natural resource agency experts) and outdoor field portion on a creek (discover how it functions and the role of riparian vegetation in properly functioning systems).
RSVP by May 1 2018 or by contact Clare Entwistle: 210-277-0292 ext 205 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Cohosts: Lower Colorado River Authority, AgriLife Extension Office in Matagorda County, and Texas Water Resources Institute.

May 2, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom.

Group Discussion led by Kirsti Harms.

No speaker this month, but we want to hear from you! Kirsti Harms will talk about possible speakers, topics, field trips and projects of interest to the group. Bring your ideas. There will be no meetings in June or July, but we’ll start up again in August.

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

May 3-4, 2018 - San Angelo, TX

Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference-San Angelo

McNease Convention Center 501 Rio Concho Drive, San Angelo, TX (325-659-6523)

REGISTRATION MAY BE CLOSED, CALL THIS NUMBER TO VERIFY: 979-845-2604

May 5, 2018 - Temple, TX

Burleson Prairie Field Trip, 9 a.m. to noon

Join us for a walk at this Blackland Prairie replication site near Temple.

Bring a sack lunch and chair if you wish to picnic on the prairie.

Please contact Kirsti Harms at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information and directions.

Photo by D. Weatherbee, Burleson Prairie, June 3,2017

May 5, 2018 - Austin, TX

Tour of Elizabet Ney Museum,

1:00 to 2:00pm

“Wildflower Awareness Week Landscape Tour”

304 E. 44th St., Austin 78751

Cohosts: NPAT and Elizabet Ney Museum;
Expert Tour Guide, Terri Siegenthaler.
Join Terri Siegenthaler for a walk around the grounds of this museum and its historic prairie replication.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Terri Siegenthaler and walk the grounds of this Austin treasure and historic landmark! We will meet in front of the museum then walk the trail to the west, spotting things and discussing along the way. 

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 8, 2018 - Bay City, TX

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop

Tres Palacios Creek & Lower Colorado River

8am-4pm

Matagorda County Nature & Birding Center, 1025 TX-35, Bay City 77414

Review the Online RSVP and Agenda.
FREE WORKSHOP with indoor classroom and outdoor presentations (by multiple natural resource agency experts) and outdoor field portion on a creek (discover how it functions and the role of riparian vegetation in properly functioning systems).
Contact Clare Entwistle: 210-277-0292 ext 205 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Cohosts: Lower Colorado River Authority, AgriLife Extension Office in Matagorda County, and Texas Water Resources Institute.

May 8, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Combined Meeting of Blackland NPAT Chapter and

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association, 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Beekeepers Meeting Room, The Pavilion, CC Young,
4847 W Lawther Drive, #100, Dallas, TX 75214

NOTE: Seating is limited! 
For additional information contact Leigh Ann Ellis, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.395.1902.

Guest Speaker, Kim Olson, Col., United States Air Force (Ret.)

Hear Kim speaking on her experiences in beekeeping and native grasslands on her family farm in Mineral Wells.
Kim will also share what she is hearing about these topics as she travels the state as the 2018 Democratic Nominee, for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
Kim has a vast resume including former Director of HR, Dallas ISD, and former CEO of Grace After Fire.

May 11, 2018 - Boerne, TX

Monarch Biology, Ecology & Citizen Science

REGISTER HERE or call 830-249-4616

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 Begins at 6:30pm

We welcome Ken Steigman

who will speak on “Why Prairies Matter!”

5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth, TX 76119, Tarrant County College – South Campus in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology.

Dr. Ken Steigman is the Director of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), a 2,600 acre preserve managed by a non-profit consortium headed by The University of North Texas. LLELA’s mission is to preserve and restore native ecosystems and biodiversity of north Texas and to provide and promote environmental education and research. 
Dr. Steigman has 36 years of experience in working with the public to participate and enjoy restoring and managing native ecosystems.
Ken previously served as Natural Science Director for the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary where he was awarded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lone Star Stewardship Award for his habitat restoration and management accomplishments.
His interests include ornithology, prairie ecology, growing native plants, and entomology.

May 15, 2018 - The Woodlands, TX

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, for an idea of currently blooming wildflowers: What’s in season in Central Texas!  Check out their list of annual flowers blooming 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. This photo overlooking the open field at the The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center gives you an idea of what’s in store!

May 19, 2018 - Houston, TX

We’re planning a MEMBERS ONLY EVENT for Saturday, May 19, 2018

SO—PLEASE JOIN OR RENEW YOUR NPAT MEMBERSHIP NOW! Monitor HNPAT Chapter’s Website!

 

May 20, 2018 - Commons Ford Ranch Met. Park, Austin, TX

PRAIRIE PLANT WALK.

Sunday, 9:00 am-Noon

Commons Ford Prairie, in Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park

Sponsored by Travis Audubon Society. Join Diane Sherrill for a plant walk at this restored prairie!

Registration is limited, so click here and SIGNUP!

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park is located at: 614 N. Commons Ford Road, Austin, 78733.

May 23, 2018 - Houston, TX

The long-awaited rescheduled presentation by Jim Blackburn, the “Texas Coastal Exchange”!

Houston NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Program

Arrive @ 6:30 pm, Wednesday’ presentation begins @7:00pm!

The Texas Coastal Exchange is a system developed at the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (“SSPEED”) Center at Rice University.

Come to our new home in the Red Cross Building at 2700 Southwest Freeway, easy access and free parking!
HNPAT has a lot of fun things planned for this year!
Special Members Only event on Saturday, May 19 - RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
Invasive Species ID and Removal Workshop, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM,  (co-hosted with CPP)  Registration is Open!
Moth week evening event at DPP in July
Fall Prairie Day in September
Plus interesting programs every month!
Renew your membership so you won’t miss a moment!

May 26 and 27, 2018 - Maddin Prairie Preserve, Colorado City, TX

Maddin Prairie Breeding Bird Survey

Maddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City

Saturday and Sunday, from dawn to dusk.

We’ll be conducting bird surveys and making other nature observations on the preserve this weekend. All levels of experience are welcome. Please contact Kirsti Harms at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Maddin Prairie Work Days

Maddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City

Saturday and Sunday - Watch for work schedule

NPAT is planning on conducting herbicide treatments of mesquite and Johnsongrass on or around Saturday, May 26. We are looking for volunteers to help staff. Lodging and meals will be provided. Contact Phillip Quast for more information at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

May 31, 2018 - Knox City, TX

Importance of Pollinator Conservation

Thursday from 9:30am to 2:30pm

RSVP to (940) 658-3922 ext. 5 by WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, to guarantee a meal!

USDA-NRCS James E. “Bud” Smith Plant Materials Center in Knox City, TX

invites you to join us May 31, 2018, to discuss the importance of pollinator conservation!
Presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. Special thanks to the Wichita Brazos SWCD for providing lunch! 

We welcome master naturalists from across the Big Country area and all of Texas!  Growing native pollinator plants is a focus for the plant materials center and participants will be able to see plants growing in the rows and undergoing evaluation. Dr. Scott Longing will present results of research on the High Plains related to pollinators and agricultural crops.

June 1, 2018 - Call for Presentations by TMN


The TMN Program welcomes your proposals as contributions to our agenda!
We have extended our deadline for submitting a proposal for this year’s Annual Meeting to Friday, June 1st!

Individuals wishing to present are invited to submit their proposal on the Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting Call for Proposals website.
Help us get those ace presenters for Texas Master Naturalist 2018 Annual Meeting October 26th through 28th at the Sheraton in Georgetown.

June 2, 2018 - Houston, TX

FREE WORKSHOP taught by Glenn Olsen and Lauren Simpson

Presented by Katy Prairie Conservancy and Houston Audubon - Sign up NOW; registration is now almost to capacity. KPC will start a wait list.

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


Gray Hairstreak ButterflyStrymon melinus, at NPAT’s Mary Talbot Prairie, 06/13/2014.

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 16, 2018 - Depart from Dallas, TX

3rd Annual Northeast Texas Prairies and More! NPAT’s Blackland Chapter

Saturday, 7:30am-9:00pm

REGISTER HERE.

Pay bus fare online or by check when you board the bus.

$80 per NPAT Member
$90 per Non NPAT Member
Select from Lunch Options on Registration form (enable Lennox House, Clarksville, to have our lunches prepared when we arrive). $10 CASH per person (self-pay).
Tour Participants will be Dinner Guests of Mr. B.F. Hicks in Mt. Vernon, TX!
ITINERARY for our 3rd Annual Northeast Texas Prairies and More Tour:
7:30am: Depart from Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas
8:30am: Tour Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie with Susan Roberts, Near Terrell.
9:30am: Depart for Ebel Grasslands Ranch, Sulphur Bluff
11:00am: Tour Ebel Grassland Ranch with Kelli and Karl Ebel,  Sulphur Bluff.
12:00pm: Depart for lunch.
12:30-1:30pm:  Lunch: Self Pay, $10/person (CASH ONLY please). Mr. B. F. Hicks has reserved the Lennox House, in Clarksville, where lunches of sandwiches, chips, and tea will be prepared by the local historical society. Local historians will be available to share local lore. (Reserve your lunch when you complete the Registration form; gluten free or vegetarian lunches will be prepared upon request.)
1:30pm: Depart for Lennox Woods, Clarksville.
2:00pm: Tour Lennox Woods Preserve, The Nature Conservatory, North of Clarksville.
4:00pm: Depart for Daphne Prairie, Mt. Vernon.
4:30pm: Daphne Prairie Tour with BF Hicks,
6:00pm: Depart for Downtown Mt. Vernon.  All tour participants are DINNER GUESTS of Franklin County Historical Association of B.F. Hicks Church Inn and Garden, Mt. Vernon, TX
7:30-9:00pm Return trip to Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

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 23, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

Invasive Species ID and Removal Workshop

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

Co-hosted by HNPAT and with 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.

One species, Deep Rooted Sedge, Cyperaceae, according to Texas Invasives.org
Photographer: Richard Carter, Source: Valdosta State University

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

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

SAVE DATES: Mid-February, 2019- Big Bend National Park, TX


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!

April 3, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, 7-8:30pm

Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, Community Rm., 2809 Broadway, San Antonio.

Martin Reid, Consultant, “Birds, Bugs and Beyond..”

     
Hummingbird moth Hyles lineata dining on an         Black-chinned hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
American Basket-flower Centaurea americana          female feeding on Prairie Paintbrush Castilleja
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center                      purpurea Getty Images

Please make this entry on your calendar for the FIRST TUESDAY in APRIL and join us in downtown San Antonio! (The drive will DEFINITELY be worth the time.) Spring is definitely here, and the timing is perfect for Mr. Reid’s visit and presentation!
Martin Reid, who bases his consulting business in San Antonio, describes his website, www.martinreid.com: “This all about Nature. The primary theme is the identification and distribution of wild creatures, and the main focus is birds - with a strong secondary focus on butterflies and dragonflies.”
(His philosophy is ‘right up NPAT’s alley!)
Mr. Reid has lived and birded in Texas for 27 years, and offers bird survey services to landowners, businesses, and governmental organizations. In particular he has experience with assisting landowners prepare a management plan for switching from an agricultural tax exemption to a wildlife tax exemption, plus providing any bird-related activities included in such plans.  Martin also surveys butterflies and dragonflies.

OUR AGENDA
7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:10pm: Presentation by Martin Reid
8:10 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements

February 12, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Chapter Meet-up!

Monday, from 6:30pm – 8pm

“The Upper Whites Branch Stream and Prairie Restoration” at Bluestem Park, Chris Hamilton, Peloton Land Solutions
We are very excited about our new meet-up location -  it’s a LEED certified building! (Look for the wind turbine!)  SETC Fusion and Parking- map Location is: 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth: Tarrant County College – South Campus in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology

February 17, 2018 - Dallas, TX

“Work Morning” at Boy Scout Hill

(This replaces Dallas Chapter’s February Monthly Meeting)

White Rock Lake, Dallas!

Saturday, 9 -10:30am, Weather permitting!

Boy Scout Hill, the prairie at the SW corner of Mockingbird & Buckner, is possibly THE MOST VISIBLE BLACKLAND PRAIRIE ‘REMNANT’ in Dallas!... due to its location at the corner of two large thoroughfares. Let’s help it look the best it can!  Photo by Kat T.
We will identify spring growth, clean up trash as needed, and start pulling Queen Anne’s lace.
This workday is approved for North Texas Master Naturalist Hours.
FOR MORE INFO,  call:Leigh Ann Ellis, 214.321.7159
DIRECTIONS:
Access from eastbound Mockingbird, turn on East Lawther; take first left in parking lot.
OR
take East Lawther exit from westbound Mockingbird, turn left on East Lawther, go to stop sign, take left to top of hill and a right into the parking lot.

CANCELLED-February 28, 2018 - Houston, TX

UPDATE!!! Due to circumstances beyond our control, tonight’s meeting has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

HNPAT Chapter Welcomes Jim Blackburn!

Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm

HNPAT Monthly Chapter meets at Cherie Flores Garden Pavillion at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

This month we have the honor of hosting Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawyer and planner, co-director of the SSPEED Center at Rice University, Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice and author of A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast, (forthcoming, November 2017, Texas A&M University Press).

He will be discussing the “Texas Coastal Exchange”, a system developed at the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (“SSPEED”) Center at Rice University, for buying and selling ecological services such as carbon sequestration, water supply enhancement, flood mitigation and fish and wildlife enhancement.

Restoration of coastal and inland prairies is a key driver of Texas Coastal Exchange, and this restoration along with certain grazing techniques could revolutionize conservation thinking as well as the farm and ranch economy and the oil and gas industry.

February 28 - March 2, 2018 - Austin, TX

2018 Texas Land Conservation Conference

Wednesday thru Friday

Location: Hilton - Austin Airport Hotel
Visit: TLTC for more info on the event, how to become a sponsor or exhibitor, and the detailed Conference Agenda.
  “Working to Strengthen & Advance Texas Land Trusts”—2018 marks fifteen years since the Council was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, an independent association for all Texas land trusts

March 3, 2018 - Fort Parker State Park, Mexia, TX

REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

NPAT members; current & future Chapter Leaders!

Learn about chapter-formation & more!

March 4, 2018 - Needville, TX

Pollinator Plant Propagation Workshop

Sunday, 10am-3pm

CoSponsors: HNPAT and TPWD

REGISTER NOW 

Take a drive to beautiful Brazos Bend State Park
Dining Hall, 21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville, TX 77461.

Please join HNPAT, Morningstar Nursery and Monarch Gateway to learn prairie plant propagation for pollinators.
Prairie Seekers Training

 

March 6, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, 7:00- 8:30pm

We Welcome, Janis K. Bush, Ph.D.

“Monarch / Milkweed Survey results; planting nectar food plants near areas of milkweeds.”

 

Monarchs on Milkweed by Patricia A. Wood, Photographer, NWF

Dr. Bush is Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Ecology; Professor of Environmental Science at UT San Antonio’s College of Sciences. She is also Director of: “Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology” (TREE) and “Educating Youth in Ecology” (EYE).

OUR AGENDA:
7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:00pm: Presentation by Janis K. Bush, Ph.D.
8:00 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements
Location: Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, Community Room, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, TX

March 7, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom.

Welcome, Katie Boyer, USFWS

                                                                                      Photo: Attwater Prairie, USFWS
                                                                                                                                                         

March 9, 2018 - Houston, TX

Join HNPAT and The Nature Conservancy Volunteers! Friday,  8:30 -11:30am

Texas City Prairie Preserve, a coastal prairie at the intersection of urban expanse and rural beauty.

American White Pelicans Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Photo by Rich Kostecke, TNC

Texas City Prairie Preserve is a 2,300-acre expanse of coastal prairie and marshland just south of Houston. Established in 1995, the preserve provides vital habitat for more than 280 different bird species. Its coastal grasslands also act as natural buffers during storms and hurricanes, absorbing and dispersing water from storm surges and floods, making Texas City Prairie a critical component of the Conservancy’s ongoing effort to restore and protect the Gulf Coast.
Volunteer opportunities at TNC’s WORK DAYS: removing invasive species and harvesting native seeds to planting marsh grasses and tending the butterfly garden. 
Volunteers should wear jeans, closed-toe shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and hat.
Please bring a refillable water bottle and work gloves (if you have them).
TNC will provide tools, gloves, sunscreen, water and snacks.
Questions? Need more information? Contact Adriane Arnold at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (409) 941-9114.

March 11, 2018 - Daylight Savings Time begins

REMEMBER TO

RESET CLOCKS FORWARD 1 hour!

(SOON WE CAN CELEBRATE THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING: Tuesday, March 20!)

March 13, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Blackland (Dallas) NPAT Chapter General Meeting

Tuesday, beginning at 6:30pm

Photo: Texas Coop Power, December, 2017 Edition

TOPIC: “Maddin Prairie”

Maddin Prairie Preserve, a 1,114 acre NPAT property west of Abeline.
Maddin Prairie Preserve is remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian area.
It provides habitat for the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), a threatened species in Texas, and bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus).
Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) reintroduction is in progress featuring a colony of rescued animals.

Meet us in the Flag Pole classroom at The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living
4847 W Lawther between Mockingbird and E Northwest Hwy Drive to the top of the hill and park.

March 16-18, 2018 - Field Trip to Colorado City, TX

Fort Worth Chapter Hosts MADDIN PRAIRIE WORK DAYS!

Field trip to Maddin Prairie Preserve Friday to noon Sunday

Volunteers will be working on trails and the prairie dog town.

Limited to 15 volunteers.
For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!


Photo of Maddin Prairie Sunset by Kristi Harms

NPSOT NEWS: February 15, 2018 Deadline

Bring Back the Monarch to Texas!

NPSOT’s program has helped fund over 180 “Monarch Waystations” since the spring of 2013.

The purpose of “Bring Back the Monarch to Texas” program is to:
-raise public awareness for Monarch conservation,
-produce and distribute native milkweeds and nectar plants that are essential to reproduction by Monarch butterflies, and
-restore Monarch habitats through the Texas migration flyway.

Native Plant Society of Texas is making available grants for Monarch habitat gardens in amounts $50 to $400 - available to public sites including schools, nature centers, and other organizations using native plants for ‘demonstration gardens’ or “Monarch Waystations” with habitat for migrating Monarchs and other native pollinator species.
Applications to the Grant Committee must be made by Feb 15!
Successful grant proposals will be awarded by March 1.
CLICK HERE for Application process and eligibility criteria.

For more information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Cibolo Nature Center Land Stewardship Series. 

CIBOLO Nature Center News: Boerne, TX

February 17, 2018

Saturday from 9am - 6pm

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, Heff Farm

Register now for: Honey I”ve Got the Bees

We are THRILLED to have ‘regional bee expert’, Don Fraser with us all day Saturday!. Learn everything you need to know from an expert in his field: start your own hives, manage them organically, and produce honey for years to come!

February 20 & 21, 2018

Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am - 3pm.

“Birds In Their Habitats”, a 2-Part Workshop

Register Here! ASAP!

This workshop focuses on management practices that attract the greatest diversity of birds to your Hill Country property. It will also help birders who are looking to hone their birding skills.  Bring your lunch and drinks.  We are limited to 25 attendees; very few spots remain.  (We can not accommodate “walk-ins”). 

March 29, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Hosted By: TWA and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Thursday from 8:30am-4pm

All are welcome! Buy Your Ticket HERE

March 29, 2018 - Houston, TX

HNPAT CHAPTER WILL MEET THURSDAY, beginning at 6:30pm!

We’ll welcome members of the Houston Archeological Society!

Join us and LEARN WHAT LIES BENEATH THE PRAIRIE!

Don’t miss this presentation, an introduction to the archaeology of Houston and the Gulf Coast area, covering several archaeological surveys and excavations conducted by the Houston Archaeological Society recently, which have resulted in the discovery of prehistoric and historic sites and the recovery of many important artifacts.

Linda Gorski President of the Houston Archaeological Society (“HAS”)
Louis Aulbach, Vice President of Houston Archaeological Society and a member of the Texas Archaeological Stewards Network. 
Gorski and Aulbach are authors of several books; they are currently writing a series of walking guides to archaeological sites in Rome.

Please join us at our usual meet-up place: Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

March 30, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

PRAIRIE SEEKERS TRAINING BY FORT WORTH NPAT

Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm (CDT)

Co-sponsors: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Tarrant County Resource Connection Texas A&M AgriLife


Prairie Seekers is a citizen scientist program training volunteers to assess & map prairies for possible conservation funding opportunities. Data collected is submitted to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Texas Natural Diversity database – which tracks non-game species across the state.

Register Now

Tarrant County Resource Connection,1800 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119
The $20 fee covers snacks, lunch & course materials.
Questions? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

February 6, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, 7:00- 8:30pm

“Texas Natives Program” and How Douglass King Seeds Assists in the Process!

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter is looking forward to welcoming Dean Williams once again.  Dean will share his knowledge of Texas Native Species and the extensive work Douglass King Seeds has carried out in this area!
AGENDA:
7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:00pm: Presentation by Dean Williams: “Texas Natives Program and How Douglass King Seeds Assists in the Process”
8:00 to 8:30pm: Q&A
Location: Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, Community Room, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, TX

February 7, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting,

Wednesday, from 6:30-8:30pm.

WELCOME Terri Seigenthaler, recipient of the 2015 Westcave Award for Enduring Dedication.
Come and meet Terri and CenTex landowners and other individuals who share your love of prairies, conservation, and learning!

Please join us at the Georgetown Public Library. We will meet upstairs in the HEWLETT ROOM (across from our usual Classroom).

February 8 - Rates will increase!

Register NOW for the 2018 Texas Land Conservation Conference, Wednesday, Feb 28 - Friday March 2, 2018

Location: Hilton - Austin Airport Hotel
Visit: TLTC for more info on the event, how to become a sponsor or exhibitor, and the detailed Conference Agenda.
  “Working to Strengthen & Advance Texas Land Trusts”—2018 marks fifteen years since the Council was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, an independent association for all Texas land trusts

February 10, 2018 - Boerne, TX

Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop - Cibolo Nature Center Land Stewardship Series

Saturday, February 10 from 9am - 3pm

DETAILS are on this flyer
This year’s workshop is being lead by Rufus Stephen, author of Attracting Birds in the Texas Hill Country”. This workshope is great for anyone seeking to improve their land management, in addition to those seeking a wildlife tax valuation.

January, 2018 at Houston NPAT

Winter Duldrums Got You Down?

Details of these Houston NPAT events on their website!

January 27, 2018 at 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Bird Survey at Deer Park Prairie

January 27, 2018 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Deer Park Prairie Workday & Prairie Open to visitors

January 8, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX - NEW LOCATION

MONDAY, 6:30pm – 8pm

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Meeting

“A Year in Review: Our Accomplishments of 2017”

This is our first meeting in our new meet-up location:
5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth:
Tarrant County College – South Campus
Center for Excellence in Energy Technology
(You’ll recognize this LEED certified building by its wind turbine.) 

January 9, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 pm

Blackland Chapter Monthly Meeting

Location: The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living, Flag Pole Classroom, 4847 W Lawther (between Mockingbird & E Northwest Hwy.)
Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT, will:
deliver information she gleaned from talks and describe field trips at America’s Grassland Conference, December, 2017, in Fort Worth.
catch us up on Mathews Prairie,
discuss some of the issues in the Texas Legislature, and
present other NPAT news updates!

Update on Paul Mathews Prairie - End of Year, 2017

From Pat Merkord, our Executive Director

Our sincerest thanks to our prairie chapters for your dedication and support in obtaining funds for Paul Matthews Prairie – it could not have been done without their great efforts!

This project was a galvanizing event for our chapters and members!
Many have expressed their senses of accomplishment in having raised the funds and contributing in the effort in many successful ways.
Many members expressed satisfaction with this purchase because they felt ‘saving prairies’ was the main reason they joined NPAT. They were glad to participate in a successful project! 
Some were already asking what the NEXT PROJECT will be!!

We are so grateful for ALL THE CHAPTERS AND MEMBERS’ efforts in the fundraising efforts for this project.  We want to acknowledge and recognize the excellent jobs they did in support of this project!

Our chapters are growing and are looking forward to 2018!  We are very proud and grateful to all our chapters and THEIR HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION in accomplishing so many goals!

Pat Merkord,
NPAT Executive Director

REPORT: January 2, 2018 - San Antonio NPAT Chapter “2018 Kickoff”

SA NPAT Chapter kicked off the new year with their meeting on January 2, 2018!

They welcomed Lee Marlowe, Sustainable Landscape Ecologist, and Justin Krobot, Landscape Superintendent, from the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). Their presentation was a great start, and we appreciate hearing from the San Antonio River Authority and look forward to welcoming them to future meetings and activities. Ms. Marlowe’s and Mr. Krobot’s presentation and discussion with SA NPAT focused on these aspects of the San Antonio River Authority MISSION REACH Ecosystem Restoration Project:

 

 

Beneficial outcomes for grassland birds, Monarchs, and other wildlife;
Challenges & lessons learned as part of the restoration;

Adaptive management strategies;
How the prairie is part of a mosaic of habitats being restored; and
How restoration benefits the urban river ecosystem.

Photos by Don Kirchoff.

SARA’s #WatershedWise Volunteer Gardener Program!

#WatershedWise Volunteer Gardener Program’s Application Deadline - Friday, January 26, 2018

We posted our report on NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter’s first 2018 monthly meeting January 2, 2018, when we welcomed representatives from San Antonio River Authority!
Ms. Lee Marlowe, Sustainable Landscape Ecologist, and Mr. Justin Krobot, Landscape Superintendent, focused on many vital aspects of the MISSION REACH Ecosystem Restoration Project.  We gratefully extend an ‘open invitation’ to SARA to return and educate us on the extremely diverse, beneficial, and relevant work they are doing. The MISSION REACH project covers a vast amount of information, too much to adequately discuss in a single gathering.

Learn more about your San Antonio River Watershed and
SARA’s #WatershedWise Volunteer Gardener Initiative

NPAT encourages you to explore SARA’s website for all the details; download and submit your application: #WatershedWise Volunteer Gardener Initiative! This is a great opportunity!
The #Watershed Wise Volunteer Gardener Initiative is designed to increase the knowledge, enthusiasm, and stewardship of citizens along the San Antonio River Watershed (see map below of San Antonio River Watershed). 
It builds upon existing knowledge and appreciation for the river as well as sustainable practices.
Volunteers tend plants alongside SARA’s Sustainable Landscape staff, introduce visitors to the river’s history, help out at special events, and provide various types of other support.
Qualified participants will take part in three monthly sessions on Feb. 1, March 1 and April 5 (from 9 am to noon) to learn how to independently manage garden beds maintained by SARA along the San Antonio River.
Learn hands-on from SARA’s team and earn volunteer hours on your own schedule! 
Volunteers will be ambassadors to the general public on behalf of SARA, and as such, must be knowledgeable, professional, and courteous in their dealings with others.

(Refer to Page 5 of this pdf for a larger image:  “San Antonio River Watershed Creek Book, A Guide to Healthy Creeks and Rivers”.)

Dedicated Volunteers - MultiTaskers

What do these NPAT members have in common?

Kim Conrow, Fort Worth, Susan Gregory, Dallas; Bill Hopkins, Fort Worth; Linda Knowles, Houston; Martha Peet, Fort Worth; Steve Schwartzman, Austin; Jason Singhurst, Austin; Suzanne Tuttle, Fort Worth…

They are just a few of many of you, our dedicated individuals who are ‘MULTI-TASKERS’!

Each of these individuals also dedicates time, energy and expertise to another of our ‘partners in conservation’, NPSOT, a.k.a. Native Plant Society of Texas. 
Be sure your open the link below where you can subscribe and receive the NPSOT News, their quarterly magazine containing articles about native plants and plant habitats, as well as information about the society and its activities: check out this link!  The NPSOT News, Vol. 36 No 1|Winter edition includes some SPECTACULAR photographs and informative articles well worth our time. Be transported to vast and colorful Big Bend National Park! (We thought our Central and North Texas snow pic’s were great… wait until you see theirs!) 
And, thank you, to all our NPAT Multi-Taskers
We non-profit organizations could not operate without your dedication!

January 2, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 7-8:30 pm

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“MISSION REACH Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project”,  Environmental Sciences, San Antonio River Authority

Location: Lions Field Adult and Senior Center 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, TX

Don’t Miss This!!! Be a part of this growing San Antonio Chapter!

The Presentation by Ms. Lee Marlow, Sustainable Landscape Ecologist and Mr. Justin Krobot, Landscape Superintendent will address:
Their native prairie restoration efforts along the SA River in the Mission Reach Project and the beneficial outcomes for grassland birds, Monarchs and other wildlife;
Some of the challenges and “lessons learned” as part of the restoration and adaptive management strategy;
How the prairie is part of a mosaic of habitats being restored and how that benefits the urban river ecosystem.

January 3, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM

CenTex NPAT Chapter Meeting

RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH US!

Location: Georgetown Public Library, 2nd floor Classroom (402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626)

Photo:  Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center                                                                                                                                

WELCOME Lisa and Jason Spangler, prairie enthusiasts extraordinaire!

Lisa and Jason will display many of their photos of Texas prairies and discuss prairie grasses (on which they are very knowledgeable) as well as the North American Prairie Conference. It will be obvious that their hearts belong to nature and conservation; both have been involved in Texas conservation and nature organizations for a number of years. They have gone ‘above and beyond’ in their efforts to help protect Texas prairies!
Lisa is a self-proclaimed “crazy prairie enthusiast”. She earned her Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and works as a software engineer. A great percentage of her work focuses on the organization Hero Arts. She shares her love of photography with her husband, Jason.
Jason is Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder at Descendent Studios in Austin. He has served on NPAT’s Board of Directors and with NPSOT’s Austin & Williamson County Chapters.

THANK YOU, NPAT CHAPTERS!

Our ‘fledging’ chapters, San Antonio and CenTex:

2017 has been an exciting year for these two chapters; each has solid potential to become well-established during the coming year! We are counting on learning from fellow prairie enthusiasts and sharing educational experiences, supporting NPAT’s Mission, and bringing like-minded individuals together.  All are welcome, we hope you’ll participate, learn with us, and share your knowledge and love of prairies!  A recent donation was accompanied by a very poignant statement by one of our members:
“All ecosystems deserve to be saved, we can’t save them all, but what we can, we should.”

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston Chapters’ End of Year Celebrations, late November and mid-December:

HNPAT:

November 29, 2017 was HNPAT’s “2017 Prairie Stampede”! Thanks to everyone who joined in celebrating our prairie community with us. Congratulations to these 2017 Prairie Award Winners: Urban Prairie Award Julie d’Ablaing; Prairie Volunteer AwardChuck Duplant; Kirsti Harms Outstanding Volunteer AwardBarbara Kress; Cajun Prairie AwardSonie and Kent Milton; Dick Benoit Upper Texas Coast AwardJed Aplaca and Kelly Ondracek; and the Prairie Excellence Award – Flo Hannah! We salute each you and everyone in the prairie community who endlessly strive to restore, preserve and protect our Texas and Louisiana prairies!

BNPAT:

“First, we wish to say “THANK YOU Tom Willard!” (BNPAT’s Treasurer) Tom led NPAT and others at Cedar Ridge Preserve on two Saturdays, Nov. 11 and 18. He showed us the locations where Tom and his volunteers continue their work to “restore” areas of the preserve!
December 12, Blackland NPAT held their 2nd annual Christmas Celebration at Milo Butterfingers recognizing the dedicated efforts made to save prairie spaces including the Paul Mathews Prairie … wonderful achievements! 

FWNPAT Honors Evaline Woodrey:


December 11, 2017,  Fort Worth NPAT held our Christmas Party at Buffalo West and were proud to honor Ms. Evaline Woodrey for her role in raising funds enabling NPAT to save the Paul Mathews Prairie! This Christmas Party was the perfect opportunity to recognize Ms. Woodrey and present her with NPAT’s “Prairie Seeker Award,” a certificate, a photo of her standing in the foreground of the Paul Mathews Prairie, and a statue of a buffalo.  We are so very grateful to you, thank you, Ms. Woodrey!  (We love this photo by Pat Merkord of Ms. Evaline Woodrey holding the photo and holding her buffalo statue!)

Our chapters are growing and looking forward to what we can do in 2018 - PLEASE JOIN NPAT! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER!

November 14-16, 2017-Fort Worth, WALK-IN REGISTRATION OPEN!

4th Biennial America’s Grasslands Conference, Tuesday & Wednesday

You can still register – open until conference and walk in registrations possible during conference. I hope you will be joining us and still not too late to register!

Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director

                                   

“United for Conservation: Connecting producers, researchers, educators, and other stakeholders in the protection of our natural heritage.”

This year’s America’s Grasslands Conference brings together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands!

Conference Co-hosts are: Native Prairies Association of Texas, National Wildlife Federation, Coastal Prairie Partnership, and Texas A&M University.

We proudly announce the new partnership for this year with the Southern Plains and Prairies Conference. While maintaining a national scope, the conference will also include some regionally focused sessions.
To Register Click Here
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November 18, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Blackland NPAT’s Cedar Ridge Preserve Workday

Saturday beginning at 8:00 am

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249

Plant preparation: 8:00 am
Planting: 9:00 am
Carpooling recommended; parking is very limited on weekends.

We will help restore a Blackland Prairie parcel that has had no attention since the ‘90s:

Volunteers will plant 250 one-gallon pots of native grasses and forbs.
Jobs include moving plants, digging holes, prepping soil, planting, and watering.
COME PREPARED:
-Wear long pants and hiking boots.
-Hats and sunglasses recommended.
-Bring a water bottle and insect repellent.

November 18, 2017 - Boerne, TX

BIRDS IN THEIR HABITATS

Saturday @ Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

Birds need food, water, shelter in the spaces they call home.  During this workshop you will learn about Hill Country birds and their natural habitats and understand how their basic ecological needs must be met throughout their lives.  These interactives classes will be taught by native plant experts and bird enthusiasts.  It is a ‘lively series, interactive classes with photographs, field trips and outdoor activities”.

Requirement: Attracting Birds in the Texas Hill Country by Jan Wrede and Rufus Stephens

November 29, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Wednesday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

TO REGISTER: Call 817-392-7410

November 29, 2017 - Houston, TX

2017 PRAIRIE STAMPEDE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & AWARDS DINNER

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm

This is a potluck dinner, so register and bring something tasty!  Register HERE!

CPP and Houston NPAT are proud sponsors of this annual event!  We will honor a number of prairie champions from across Texas and coastal Louisiana including Flo Hannah of Houston Audubon. Join us for a prairie potluck dinner and evening of networking, awards, and celebration of 2017 prairie accomplishments for Greater Houston, TX, and Louisiana. All prairie enthusiasts, restorationists, and organizations supporting and preserving native prairies in Texas and Louisiana are cordially invited!

December 5, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 pm

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“Native Texans Managing for Texas Natives and Migratory Species”

Location: Lions Field Adult and Senior Center 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, TX

Don’t Miss This!!! Be a part of this growing San Antonio Chapter!

Our presenters are NPAT members, Selena and Keith (“SnK”) Schindler, owners and operators of The SnK Wildlife Reserve in Dewitt County, TX.  Find out what they have been doing to make their property pollinator and wildlife friendly, and see how many of their processes can be applied to other rural and urban properties in support of our monarch, pollinator and wildlife populations.

AGENDA:
6:00 to 7:00 PM–Steering Committee & Business Meeting:

We have formed a steering committee to move this chapter forward, and you are invited to join us in this endeavor – our meetings are open to all!
7:00 to 8:00 PM- “Native Texans Managing for Texas Natives and Migratory Species”
8:00 PM to 8:30 PM-Question and Answer Period
You’ll enjoy meeting them and hearing their inspiring story - how they have managed their property to support our threatened pollinator and monarch populations by encouraging and planting Texas natives and managing their Post Oak Savannah native prairie habitat! 
The SnK Wildlife Reserve is located at the juncture of the Post Oak Savannah, Blackland Prairie and Coastal Prairie ecosystems which produces an incredible diversity of wildlife.
Alamo-Area Chapter-approved Advanced Training on monthly newsletter and activities calendar on the Alamo Area Chapter Texas Master Naturalist

December 6, 2017 - Cuero, TX

Field Day @ SnK

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

December 6, 2017 -Georgetown, TX

WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM

NPAT CenTex Chapter Meeting

Join us for a delightful evening of land management perspectives and stories CELEBRATING OUR PRAIRIES at the end of 2017!

Georgetown Library Classroom (Upstairs); 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626

“Restoring a Farm to Prairie Land”

(Photo by Don Kirchoff, Honey combs in nest box at Kirchoff Family Farm)

OUR AGENDA

6:30 – 7:00 PM Social & Refreshments We will be celebrating the great turnout at our Indiangrass Prairie Preserve Walk November 5, 2017 and SAVING Paul Mathews Prairie!  We are on our way to preserving these two great prairies!!
7:00 - 7:15 PM Announcements, Reports & Pictures! Nov. 5 Indiangrass Preserve Prairie Walk”, future plans for Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary Preserve ; and update on Paul Mathews Prairie.
7:15-8:15 PM Program: “The Successful Prairie Restoration Story: Kirchoff Family Farm,” by Don Kirchoff, Landowner, Don Kirchoff, of Wilson County, TX, will share his inspiring and humorous story, how his family transformed their family farm into a first class prairie restoration site.
He will detail how they got started, the mistakes they made, how they improved their techniques and found support, and how they achieved a true prairie restoration success story.
If you are interested in returning land to its original state and you want to learn how to do it, this program will inspire you to start or continue with your efforts.

December 9, 2017 - SAVE THE DATE - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Areas

The Great Seed Bomb Benefitting NPAT!

The BIG THROW - Saturday - in the prairie and grassland areas - in the Great Trinity Forest.

The Great Seed Bomb is a 15-mile fun ride benefiting bees, monarch and other pollinators.zx

During the ride seed balls (made of clay, organic compost and native, non-GMO milkweed and wildflower seeds) are “launched” from bikes by our riders.
A portion of the money raised is donated to local environmental nonprofits and organizations to keep the work going (NPAT is one of these)!!
This is one of the only events that will leave something permanent behind – wildflowers and milkweed that will bloom in the spring – and resources for Bees who are battling for their lives! The latest data indicates an average loss of 45% of bee hives across the U.S. last year.

December 9-10, 2017 - Maddin Prairie Preserve, TX

Maddin Prairie 2017 Annual Winter Bird Survey

Saturday and Sunday!  Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info!!


Burrowing Owls - The WHOLE Family!

Join Pat Merkord and Kirsti Harms on this annual survey for one or both days!
We’ll bird all day Saturday and until mid-afternoon on Sunday.
The survey involves driving on dirt roads and hiking at several points on the preserve.
Some of the hiking involves walking through tall grass and brush.
All levels of birders are welcome. Learn more about the birds of the West Texas prairies!
Maddin Prairie Preserve is comprised of 1,114 acres in Mitchell County near Colorado City.
Maddin Prairie Preserve is owned by the Native Prairies Association of Texas.


You may meet up with a pair of Northern Bobwhite Quail,
(Colinus virginianus)


 
Hear the chatter of the American Goldfinch,          or catch a glimpse of juvenile Great Horned Owls
(Carduelis tristis)                                                (Bubo virginianus) “hiding” in branches!

December 11, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

PLAN TO CELEBRATE!!

FWNPAT’s December MEET-UP; a.k.a. “Holiday Prairie Feast”

FYI: We have a new meet-up location as of 2018:

Tarrant County College – South Campus, Center for Excellence in Energy Technology (a LEED certified building with wind turbine), located at 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth.

December 12, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Blackland Chapter Holiday Shindig with Milo’s Christmas Tamale Celebration

Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 pm

This party is also a fundraiser for the Bob Uhler Jesuit Scholarship Fund.

A $10 donation will be requested which will entitle you to plenty of tamales, two draft beers, and a raffle. (You can also order off the regular menu.)

LOCATION: Milo Butterfingers, 5645 SMU Boulevard at Greenville, Dallas, TX 75206

Rideshare if you can as there is LIMITED PARKING behind Milo’s and on SMU Blvd.
We gather in the open and rambling spaces of Milo to recount a year saving prairie spaces and tip a few to congratulate ourselves.

Seed Collecting - 12/13/17


Seed collecting is a leisurely way to enjoy the prairie and learn about prairie grasses!
Our first was held on Saturday, November 18…. two more are scheduled in December!
Join friends and family for outdoor fun while gathering seeds ripe for collecting.
No experience necessary as we work to support numerous organizations in the region.
Make an impact and visit prairies often not open to the public. 

Check out the Houston NPAT Website for details on meeting, carpooling, etc.
Wednesday, 12/13 9am-11:30am @ Katy Prairie Conservancy

Photos from “Seed Collecting - October, 2017”

Deer Park Prairie, October 10, 2017:

Nash Prairie, October 14, 2017:

Apply before 12-15-17: USDA Funding Texas Conservation Gardens

Funding Available for Urban Conservation Gardens and High Tunnels

Applications for the Urban Conservation Project are due by December 15, 2017. Details on our Blog

In an effort to address food deserts and educating urban citizens and youth on the benefits of locally grown fresh produce and greening of the urban landscape, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) is accepting applications to establish community and pollinator gardens and seasonal high tunnels through the Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project.
Preference will be given to Monarch butterfly gardens in the following counties because of their strategic location within the Monarch butterfly’s flight paths during their spring and fall migrations: Atascosa, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Dallas, Ellis, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Kerr, Lee, Limestone, Llano, Navarro, McLennan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson, and Wilson.
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2018 NPAT CHAPTER MEETINGS:

Chapter Meetings for January & February, 2018:

Please monitor chapter pages (links below) and News & Events pages!

1st Tuesday of the Month, 7-8:30pm: San Antonio NPAT Chapter
January 2, 2018 - “MISSION REACH Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project”, Environmental Sciences, by the San Antonio River Authority welcomes Ms. Lee Marlow, Sustainable Landscape Ecologist and Mr. Justin Krobot, Landscape Superintendent.
February 6, 2018 - “Texas Natives Program and how Douglass King Seeds Assists in the Process”, Presentation by Douglass King Seeds, San Antonio, TX.
March 6, 2018 - “Monarch / Milkweed Survey Results” by Janis K. Bush, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Ecology; Professor of Environmental Science at UT San Antonio’s College of Sciences will also discuss her observations such as planting nectar food plants near areas of milkweeds.

1st Wednesday of the Month at 6:30pm: CENTEX (Central Texas) Chapter
(We meet at the Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom; the time we begin each meeting is subject to room availability.) 
January 3, 2018 - Our first 2018 meeting! We will welcome Lisa and Jason Spangler who will be speaking on the North American Prairie Conference and sharing their PRAIRIE PHOTOS!
February 6, 2016 - Plan to attend our meeting (this month we’ll meet in the Hewlett Room (across from the usual Classroom).

2nd Monday of the Month at 6:30 pm: Fort Worth Chapter Website.
January 8, 2018 - We are EXCITED to be able to meet in this LEED certified building (you will know you’re there when you see the wind turbine). Please come to the Tarrant County College South Campus, Center for Excellence in Energy Technology, located at 5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth!  (NOTE: We will no longer meet at YMCA.)

2nd Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 pm: Blackland (Dallas) Chapter Website.
January 9, 2018 - Blackland Chapter “BNPAT” was founded in 2014 when initial officers were elected for a two-year period. This January, BNPAT switches to the annual election of officers: president (coordinates chapter activities), vice-president (assists and arranges speakers), treasurer (keeps books), and secretary (takes notes on meetings). Won’t you please step up? Contact current chapter president, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

4th Wednesday of the Month at 6:30pm: Houston Chapter Website. Please monitor our website as LOCATIONS FREQUENTLY CHANGE!
January 24, 2018 is our Annual Seed Cleaning Party.
Our next HNPAT Chapter Meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2018.

REPORT: November 14: “Nature lovers wouldn’t let this prairie disappear”

Houston Chronicle November 14, 2017, by Don Maines
A patch of coastal prairie in Deer Park is “the rarest of rare” remnants of Texas’ natural heritage, says conservationist Lan Shen. 
“Visitors to the Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Reserve see the same landscape that Sam Houston’s soldiers saw when they marched toward the San Jacinto battleground in 1836!”
“The prairie is also about our future,” she added, explaining that many nature groups visit the reserve to gather seeds of native plants that they scatter in fields at other ecosystem conservation centers.”

REPORT: November 8 - Pat Merkord’s Presentation to NTMN Chapter!

Pat Merkord’s “photo talk” November 8 at the monthly meeting of the North Texas Master Naturalist Chapter on “Grasslands Wildlife”.

Before beginning her talk, Pat announced some very exciting news: “Fundraising for Mathews Prairie reached its $50,000 goal just hours before!” The 100 acres of rare Blackland Prairie will be saved! Pat announced that a celebration party will be planned for January in the Arlington/mid-cities area, and a BIO-BLITZ for Mathews will occur next spring! 

“Grasslands Wildlife”
Pat showed photos of birds, bugs and a few mammals from preserves that NPAT owns or has conservation easements on including Daphne Prairie, Maddin Prairie Preserve, and the Mathews Prairie as well!
She confirmed a significant drop in insect counts at all prairies. Bugs are the bottom of the food chain and a major source of protein for many animals.
Another prairie resident in steep decline are Eastern Meadowlarks.
Maddin Prairie Preserve: Especially fascinating was Pat’s tale of the ups and downs of establishing a black-tailed prairie dog colony on the 11,000 acre.
-Prairie dogs are gathered from Abilene and Lubbock area and taken to Maddin; there are NO legal protections for prairie dogs. (Prairie Dogs in those areas are destined to be drowned, gassed, or shot by developers and ranchers. Artificial burrows of buried PVC pipe with cages over the entrances start the process.)

-Maddin also boasts significant horned lizzards and burrowing owl populations:

-A Winter Bird Survey will be held at Maddin on December 9 & 10, 2017.
2018 Plans include:
-A prairie seed collecting workshop is being developed,
-A tour of Daphne is being planned for next spring;

-Throughout the 2018 calendar year NPAT will receive Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s grant funds from sales of TPWD’s “Conservation License Plate.”  NPAT’s grant application was approved by TPWD for us to “Map and Document the Current Ecological Condition of Silveus’ Dropseed Prairies (which are Globally Rare)”, in a specific area which includes “prairie remnants in northeast Texas east of DFW”.  The selection of conservation license plates includes: a “HUMMINGBIRD”, a “RATTLESNAKE”, or a “HORNED LIZARD”! As each license plate is purchased during 2018, the buyer may designate “Native Prairies Association of Texas” to receive designated CLP funds:

REPORT: October 14 Field Trip to Mathews/Clymer Meadows Prairies

Blackland NPAT Chapter’s Field Trip

by Leigh Ann Ellis

Brandon Belcher IS THE BEST! We adore him!! (he’s the North Texas Preserves Manager for TNC). He spent a lot of time with us, guiding us around the prairies.
Folks had a challenging time walking in Paul Mathews Prairie: It is dense and the indentions made walking hazardous for a few. Walking sticks were a big help.
A few folks left after lunch due to the heat. The forecasts called for low 90’s, but around Greenville it reached 95 degrees. 
We all sat together for lunch which was nice. It was good to hear all of the comments and feedback. A few folks said they like the smaller tour groups (in total, 8 folks attended). It was easier for group mobility and hearing the guide. I thought that was interesting. (Something to keep in mind for the future.)
We did gather a few grass seeds from Clymer for the future Texas Native Seeds Project…small amounts.  We left Clymer around 3pm.
Next month is Cedar Ridge Preserve with Tom Willard.

Thanks for everything!
Leigh Ann Ellis

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