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YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO PLANT NATIVE PLANTS in your yard or garden or prairie! Visit native plant sales at botanical gardens,…

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Texas Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Rio Vista Civic Center Sponsored by Texas…

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Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. “Prairies of North Central Texas” Jason Singhurst (This meeting was rescheduled from our usual 2nd Tuesday of each month.) …

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Mark your calendar - REGISTER NOW - June 3, 2017

Blackland NPAT Chapter’s - 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour!

Saturday, 7am to 11pm


FULL DETAILS on each Prairie, our Guides, and the Itinerary follow ‘Events’ in date order......
We have reserved a bus & will DEPART parking lot of Dallas’ Bath House Cultural Center for Central TX.
We’ll visit amazing prairies, some have never been opened to the public!
Prairie #1: Burleson Prairie, E. of Temple; Prairie #2: Granger Lake Prairie, Taylor; Prairie #3: Lehmann Prairie & Prairie #4: Riesel Prairie, both are near Marlin; and Prairie #5: Simpson Prairie, near Crawford.
NPAT will provide everyone with maps and detailed notes on each prairie.
Residents of Central TX, much closer to the prairies than Dallas, may register and meet up /follow the bus tour in private vehicles. Those registered to do so will receive “meet-up” and “timeline” info so you can make your plans, and notify us where you’ll join the tour!


YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO PLANT NATIVE PLANTS in your yard or garden or prairie!
Visit native plant sales at botanical gardens, nature centers, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, local nurseries specializing in plants native to your area, and the local chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas.

UPCOMING EVENTS (scroll thru News & Events chronological postings)
05/24, Houston, Houston NPAT,  “Dragonflies of the Texas Prairie”, Bob Honig, Katy Prairie Conservancy & WALK thru Hermann Pk!
05/26, Rio Vista, (S of Ft Worth) TX Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop: “Pollinators”, Phillip Quast, NPAT Program Director.
05/27, Pilot Point, Ray Roberts Lake St Pk, Isle du Bois Unit FIELD TRIP led by Jeff Quayle (9aM-1pM).
05/30, Dallas Blackland NPAT,  “Prairies of North Central Texas”, Jason Singhurst, NPAT Board Member.
06/03, Central Texas Blackland NPAT’s 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour.
06/07, Georgetown, Cen-Tex NPAT,  “Tall Grasses”, Pat and Glenn Merkord (Pat is NPAT’s Exec. Dir.).
06/12, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth NPAT,  “Native Installation”. Zach Gomez, Head Gardener, FW Botanic Garden.
06/13, San Antonio, San Antonio NPAT,  “Mycorrhizae & Milkweed - Symbiotic Relationship Drives Pollinator Habitat Success”, Barbara Keller-Willy, NPAT Board President.
06/28, Fort Worth, Chisholm Trail Park PEDALING THE PRAIRIE – BIKE RIDE (6pm-7pm).
07/20, Fort Worth, Chisholm Trail Park PRAIRIE DAZE - GUIDED SCAVENGER HUNT (7-8:30pm).

May 18, 2017 - Dallas, TX

“Birds of the Northern Great Plains”  - Pat Merkord

Dallas Audubon Group

Thursday beginning @6:30pm!

Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT, will address the Dallas Audubon Group at Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy, Dallas, 75231

Please reserve this evening for “meeting and learning” as the Dallas Audubon Group welcomes Pat Merkord! 

Pat’s presentation is an adaptation of her “Prairies of the Great Northern Plains,” which she presented to the Blackland NPAT Chapter and will present to the CenTex NPAT Chapter.

May 20, 2017 - Clymer Meadow Preserve - near Celeste, TX

The Nature Conservancy’s Annual Spring Wildflower Tour

Rain or shine! - 8:30 a.m. at Clymer Meadow Preserve

Participants should arrive at 8:30 am - Tour begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Please RSVP by phone: 903-752-0676 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  – space is limited.
Clymer Meadow Preserve 6210 CR 1140, Celeste, Texas 75423 is one of North Texas’ most RARE remnants that has avoided the plow of agriculture and concrete of urban development.  You’ll get a look back in time to the natural rolling grasslands of North Texas on this rich, colorful prairielands of Clymer Meadow Preserve!!
PLEASE COME PREPARED!! Cameras, sunscreen, hat, long pants, hiking boots, bottled water, sack lunch, and insect repellent are recommended. 

May 13, 2017 - Kirchoff Family Farm, Wilson County, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter is sponsoring this

“Volunteer Restoration Activities - Training Event!”

Saturday, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come for all or part of the day!

This 200-acre conservation easement, southeast of San Antonio, is owned by Don Kirchoff and his siblings Scott, Susan, and Brenda.  (Don also serves on NPAT’s Board of Directors.)  The Kirchoff Family has put a great deal of effort into restoring their prairie, and they often welcome area botanists, ecologists, and interns to conduct their individual surveys and research projects on ‘Kirchoff Prairie’.  On Saturday, May 13, the Kirchoff Family will welcome all who wish to participate. 

We will be on-site from 9am to 5pm; so join us for all or a portion of the day (whatever your schedule allows)!  All are welcome; you’ll have a chance to select activities from a number of choices, each led by an expert! 

This information should enable your successful/timely arrival at the ‘Kirchoff Prairie’:
COORDINATES: 28.973611,-98.108333
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1444 C.R. 210, Floresville, TX 77814
Open & print: Mr. Kirchoff’s Map to Kirchoff Family Farm

This event has been designed as a Volunteer “Hands-On” Training Event. You may choose to learn how to control brush, identify invasive species, identify native grasses & forbs, grow native plants, create habitat for wildlife, transplant native plants, observe a living firebreak, and much more!  

Some may work to remove excess grasses from the ‘green firebreak’, cut semi-woodies, dig up clumps of ‘tall grasses’ (to be transplanted in a different area of the prairie), maintain the Burrowing Owls’ (Athene cuniculariaroost) roost sites, lay down plant barrier for future milkweed transplanting, load trays with wildflower seeds. (Check out Our Blog to see Chris Best at work in April, 2017!)

We will be sure each of us TOURS THE PRAIRIE!! 

Prepare to be in the Prairie:
-Bring insect repellant!!!
-Bring your lunch, snacks, drinks; we will have water available.
-Bring your lawn chair.  (Great for enjoying the prairie from a different perspective.)
-Be sure you wear a hat, long pants, long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes or boots (sunglasses are optional).
-Bring work gloves, hand saws, pruners, or other small hand tools (label with your name).
-You can expect to encounter some uneven terrain, biting insects and plants with thorns!
Master Naturalist Program ‘Volunteer trainees’ (participating or interested in participating) Please refer to this site PRIOR TO THE EVENT: Alamo Area Master Naturalist Program.

May 20, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

Grassfed Sustainability Group’s “Graze Across Texas”

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. - Montesino Ranch, Events and Lodging

GSG’s Registration Page

The Grassfed Sustainability Group’s (GSG)  holistic goal is to create a financially viable organization that teaches Holistic Management practices to landowners, managers and producers throughout the Southwest United States.

May 20 & 21, 2017 - Maddin Prairie Preserve, near Colorado City, TX

Saturday & Sunday


-Over 1100 acres featuring remnant and restored mixed-grass prairie, mesquite savanna, and riparian areas. A tributary of Champion Creek passes through the property and features a diverse riparian area.
-TO RSVP & GET DETAILS, PLEASE CONTACT   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (Past President, NPAT) 
-LODGING: “It might be wise to rent a state park cabin (with A/C) Lake Colorado City State Park; it may be pretty hot by then.  Looks like summer may hit early this year. Y’all are all welcome to come out!”

WHAT WILL WE SEE?   Here are a few bird photos taken on Maddin Prairie Preserve by NPAT’s Executive Director, Pat Merkord, during recent seasons!

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus):

Juvenile Great Horned Owls hunting near their nest       Adult Great Horned Owl

Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)                              White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

May 22, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter presents: “A Walk on the Wild Side,

Ferdinand Lindheimer and Botany in Texas from 1830-1850”

Image courtesy of Sophienburg Museum and Archives, New Braunfels, TX
(Ferdinand Lindheimer: Born 05/21/1801, Frankfurt, Germany; Died 12/02/1879, New Braunfels, TX.)

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter Meeting Monday at 6:00 p.m. VFW Post #6441

This chapter meeting was moved up 1-week to avoid Memorial Day Holiday.

Program Presented by Susan James, Microbiologist
This program will focus on the years that Lindheimer devoted to collecting botanical specimens in Texas, his challenges, and the historical context of his work.
Susan has a life-long interest in natural history, particularly botany, and a degree in microbiology with graduate studies in electron microscopy and cryo-ultramicrotomy. (“Which means that I looked at very cold, very thin slices of very small things!”)  
She has done research and has patents in polymer chemistry. 
How does she put this to good use here in Central Texas? She is a Texas Master Naturalist, past president of local NPSOT chapter, a guide at Canyon Lake Gorge ; board member and gardener at Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country

May 24, 2017 - Houston, TX

Dragonflies of the Texas Prairie

Wednesday, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m

Houston NPAT Chapter Meeting

Location: 29.721194, -95.386778
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at Hermann Park

HNPAT, welcomes Bob Honig from Katy Prairie Conservancy. He will be speaking about the beautiful dragonflies we see around us.  After Bob’s talk attendees will go out into Hermann Park and identify dragonflies hovering just outside the pavilion!
Photo by John Abbott.

May 26, 2017 - Rio Vista, TX (South of Fort Worth)

Texas Conservation Partnership Landowner Workshop

Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Rio Vista Civic Center

Sponsored by Texas Forest Service.

Texas Conservation Partnership is a collaborative effort of several public and private natural resource organizations.
This workshop is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
NPAT’s Program Director, Phillip Quast, will present a talk on “Pollinators”!
Please RSVP by May 20 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Staff Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service.
Admission $25;              Lunch is provided;          CEUs are available for TDA Licenses.

May 30, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Prairies of North Central Texas”

Jason Singhurst

(This meeting was rescheduled from our usual 2nd Tuesday of each month.)  Location: The Point and Pavilion at CC Young Senior Living Center

Blackland NPAT is honored to welcome Jason Singhurst to our chapter meeting!
-Mr. Singhurst has been a Botanist/Plant Ecologist at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for over 20 years.
-He coordinated a 95-county tallgrass prairie mapping project in Texas with a partnership with NPAT.  As a result of this mapping project partnership, Jason joined the NPAT board and has assisted with the Property, Acquisition, and Management (‘PAM’) Team.
-He has described five plant species new to science that are endemic (restricted) to Texas and co-authored the book Rare Plants of Texas.
-He has an extensive knowledge of the flora of Tallgrass Prairies.
-Recently, he developed an Identification of Milkweeds Field Guide in support of the Texas Milkweeds and Monarchs iNaturalist mapping project.

We hope will be able to join us Tuesday evening and meet and learn from Jason! 
Questions? Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

June 3, 2017 -  Dallas to Central TX and back to Dallas!

Blackland NPAT Chapter’s 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour!

RISE & SHINE!  The bus leaves Dallas Saturday at ‘O-700’ - that’s 7:00 a.m.!!

Our Northeast Texas Prairies Tour was so much fun last year, we’re doing it again,
but this time we’re taking a tour bus from Dallas south to Central Texas!

ENJOY short excursions in beautiful grasslands; most of which are not generally open to the public!
A chance to STAND IN AWE in a native prairie as it was before westward expansion.
We’ll also LEARN about native prairie restorations and management.
BECOME INSPIRED on how to keep native prairies thriving for generations to come! 

We’ll zip southward to near Temple (between Waco and Austin);
Enjoy lunch in Salado (included in tour fee)
We’ll drive south to near Taylor (east of Round Rock).
We’ll then head north to Marlin (SE of Waco), where we’ll visit a series of small Blackland Prairies.
We’ll travel west of Waco to tour an example of a Grand prairie.
Heading toward home we’ll enjoy dinner in West, TX (on your own dime).


Many NPAT members living in Central Texas (closer to these prairies than the Dallas departure site) have expressed great interest in this opportunity to visit prairies! 
We’ve created a 3rd registration option enabling you to do just that! Please open the link above and register online by selecting the option to follow the tour bus in your private vehicle. 
Later in the month of May, we will send you information so you can make your plans, notify us where you’ll join us, and we can define ‘meet up’ places & times!

Wear loose hiking clothes and sturdy shoes for prairie walking.
Bring a hat, bug repellant, and sunscreen.
Binoculars might be a good idea and a ‘back-up power’ for your phone (a good idea for such a long day).
Your favorite ‘road snacks/beverages’ and books/etc., will help pass the time while traveling;


DEPARTURE TIME: 7:00am our BUS LEAVES parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.
NPAT will provide maps and notes on each prairie.
Prairie #1: Burleson Prairie (pictured in photo above), Oenaville (east of Temple).  Prairie Guide: Mickey Burleson, Owner of Burleson Prairie.  This native prairie was restored by Mickey and her late husband, Bob Burleson. They spent decades recording prairie data, restoring hundreds of acres of native prairie, and focusing on state wide conservation efforts.

Lunch in Salado with Dolly Kunz Wilson. (Included in tour fee.)

Prairie #2: Granger Lake Prairie, Granger Lake Park, Taylor. Prairie Guide: Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT.  Pat will explain restoration procedures taken on this native tall grass prairie site, planted in 1994 in a cooperative effort between NPAT, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Prairie #3: Lehmann Prairie and Prairie #4: Riesel Prairie (Both prairies are near each other in the Marlin area.) Prairie Guide: Pat Merkord, Executive Director, NPAT.
The Lehmann Prairie and the Riesel Prairie are about 10 miles apart.
The Lehmann Prairie is an 11-acre remnant prairie protected by a conservation easement. 
The Riesel Prairie is a 5-acre remnant prairie owned by NPAT. 
Both are excellent examples of the native tall grass lands that were extremely prevalent in Central Texas area prior to European settlement.

Prairie #5: Simpson Prairie, near Crawford Prairie Guides: Marliss and Mike Williams.
Mike was instrumental with the prairie restoration work with President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush’s Crawford ranch. 
The Simpson Prairie is a remnant of the Grand Prairie (Lampasas Cut Plains of the Cross Timbers and Prairies) on a gently sloping hillside. 
The Williams have allowed the prairie to return to what it was like prior to overgrazing.
This prairie is a 100 acre tract with 75 acres protected by a conservation easement with NPAT.

Dinner in downtown West - (on your own dime).  Each of these restaurants is within a block of other two on North Main Street, West, TX:
1. Pichas Czech-American Restaurant
2. Two Amigos Mexican Restaurant
3. West Station Roadhouse Restaurant

RETURN: 10:30 to 11pm: to the parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.
Questions or need more information?
Address your REGISTRATION questions to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
If you need additional TOUR INFORMATION plese call: Leigh Ann Ellis of the Blackland NPAT Chapter in Dallas: 214.321.7159.

May 3, 2017 - Georgetown, TX - Everyone is welcome to join us!

Wednesday, from 6:30-8pm

“Indiangrass Prairie Preserve”

CenTex Chapter Monthly Meeting

Classroom, of the Georgetown Public Library

Social & Refreshments begin at 6:30,
Announcements will follow at 6:45;
Presentation will begin at 7:00.

We welcome Biologist, Robert Reeves, who will present “Indiangrass Prairie Preserve” (The Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent to Lake Walter E. Long, 10203 Lindell Ln, Austin, TX 78724.)

Robert Reeves has lived in the Austin area for 25 years.  He has worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services for 39 years.  Robert attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology.

Robert has been a birder for over 40 years, and became interested in native prairies while conducting Project Prairie Birds, a survey of wintering grassland bird species, at Indiangrass from 2001-2003.  Robert also led a Travis Audubon Society field trip to Indiangrass in 2014.

His presentation will cover the history of the property, how it’s been managed in recent years, and the possibilities for restoring it to a more natural state.

Indiangrass, Yellow indiangrass;  (Sorghastrum nutans) is a tall, bunching sod-former, 3 to 8 feet in height, with broad blue-green blades and a large, plume-like, soft, golden-brown seed head.
The showy perennial’s fall color is deep orange to purple.
This is a beautiful grass with a somewhat metallic golden sheen to its flowering parts.
It is an important associate in the tallgrass prairies and is relished by livestock.
It appears to be favored by occasional flooding and repeated burning and sometimes forms nearly pure stands in the lowlands.
A warm-season grass with rich gold-and-purple sprays of flowers and seeds in the fall.

May 5 thru 7, 2017 - Nacogdoches, TX

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

A pollinator conservation conference for Texas and beyond!

NPAT IS PROUD TO BE AMONG MANY EVENT PARTNERS co-sponsors presenting some of the best and brightest of minds and committed professionals in pollination conservation today!  We encourage you to attend and absorbe the valuable information offered over this weekend!  Check out the RESOURCES for this conference.  (Complete lists of experts and evening outings:

Program for this 2-day Conference + Night Time and Sunday Outings:
Friday and Saturday: Includes dozens of highly-respected and qualified horticulturists, biologists, photographers, ornithologists, entomologists, anthropologists, agroecologists, and ecologists will be at the Cole Art Center, Clay Bolt Social Reception and Pollinators of the World Art Exhibit, Stephen F Austin State University.
After Friday’s speakers, enjoy BAT NIGHT 7:00 – 11:00 pm: USFS Experimental Forest: acoustic hikes and mist-netting; Co-leaders:  Dr. Chris Comer, Dr. Merlin Tuttle.
End the day Saturday at the MOTH NIGHT/CAT WALK 7:00 - 11:00 pm: SFASU Native Plant Center: moth traps, identification, specimen-gathering, photography, UV night hikes; Co-leaders:  Dr. Dan Bennett, Dr. Doug Tallamy.)
SUNDAY will be BOGGY SLOUGH FIELD DAY 9:00am – 3:00pm: Teams will be led by ento/biologist/botanists. Make your observations, take notes, collect, sample, etc.  You may leave as you please.

May 6, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Native Plants and Prairies Day 2017

Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Creek
Host: North Texas Master Naturalist
FREE family-oriented community event focused on Texas flora and fauna and the use of native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species.  Native plants and grasses have been an important part of Texas history. Birds, animals and insects all depend on these native plants to survive.  We will have lots of animals, birds, bugs, snakes, and plants.
You will enjoy joining guided 30-minute “wildflower and prairie walks” with experts and informative speakers!
Over 30 demonstration and information booths.
First time: artists of nature-themed works will be there!
We’ll once again have our popular raffle with gifts provided by event sponsors.. (RAFFLE Tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5.  You could win an exciting gift!)

May 7, 2017 -  near West Columbia, TX


Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 am

Join Susan Conaty and Kirsti Harms (Past President of NPAT) for a walk to see what’s blooming and buzzing around this 400-acre remnant of coastal prairie.
For directions and details email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

May 8, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Monday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Meeting

(Amon G. Carter, Jr. - Downtown YMCA, 512 Lamar St., 76102)

Presenter: Cathy Downs,

“Monarchs as a Model for Change in Habitat Conservation”

For thousands of years Monarchs and other butterflies have been a symbol of spiritual transformation.
In more recent times they have become the icon for physical transformation of the landscape.
The Monarch decline amplified a host of much larger issues and has become a symbol of multinational cooperation in restoring and conserving native plant habitat for all pollinators.
We’ll follow the history of the Monarch populations and how this enigmatic insect was able to capture the hope and great efforts of three nations. 

Our Presenter, Cathy Downs:
Cathy has worked with butterfly conservation and habitat since she became a Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalist in 2005. She partnered with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Conservation Specialist in 2012 and loves to travel through Texas providing outreach and education.
Her favorite passion is working with children in the field, and she encourages everyone she trains to bring children into the garden with them…they have better eyes, smaller hands and they are closer to the groundfor monitoring larva and using nets! Cathy proudly claims to have provided over 65,000 children with natural science or outdoor education.
Cathy also currently chairs the “Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas” (BBMT) program for Native Plant Society of Texas and is a certified Monarch Larval Monitoring Project Educator.
She was born and raised in New England and retired to Comfort, TX in 2004 from a 30 year career owning and operating her own retail businesses.

TONIGHT,  May 2, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting

Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 pm

Ecologist, Chris Best, Presents “A Prairie Restoration Toolbox”.

Come early, order your dinner, and enjoy meeting up with friends and neighbors at: Longhorn Cafe, 17625 Blanco Road, San Antonio, 78232.

Hello, San Antonio Prairie Enthuiasts and Congratulations!!
We celebrate our achievement in formally creating this new NPAT chapter!!  We can sustain our momentum by providing learning opportunities at our monthly meetings and sponsoring ‘extracurricular’ events; i.e., workshops, prairie walks, etc.  As conscientious landowners we value our land, share our ‘love of the land’, and seek to enhance our own knowledge and share it with others.

6:15-6:30-Come to the ‘Meeting Room’ and order your meal when you arrive; average dinners are between $10 and $12.  We’ll dine during the meeting.
6:30-6:40-Report on April 4 Meeting: Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT.
6:40-7:00-Announcements and Discussion: Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT.  (Our next meeting is June 6; location to be determined.)
7:00-8:00-Presentation: “A Prairie Restoration Toolbox”, Mr. Chris Best.
8:00-8:30-Discussion and Q & A: Led by Chris Best, Pat Merkord & Don Kirchoff.
8:30-Adjournment (Cafe’ closes at 9pm).
NOTE: Our $50 Meeting Room deposit will be refunded if 20 meals are ordered!


Get out and enjoy the transitions of colors on display on prairies and savannahs throughout Texas!

Admire the transitions to dispilays of orange, gold, yellow, green, fusha, and white!  The varieties of species, shapes and sizes are “awe-inspiring”—- Milkweed, Indian Blanket, Sunflowers, Daisies, Winecup, and more…!!

See amazing photos of what’s in season in Central Texas by accessing Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center weekly chronicle for wildflower updates!

Seasonal blooms are on display, as shown in this semi-landscape from the demonstration garden at the Williamson County Landfill in Hutto. You can barely see the Bluebonnets gone to seed below the Monarda citriodora (horsemint, lemon bee balm) and other wildflowers.  (Photo by Marilyn Perz.)

What an expanse! You would have to stop to appreciate this mix of warm colors!  You can still see some Bluebonnets with a few ‘reds’ and ‘fushias’ thrown in for good measure.  (Near New Berlin, TX , S.E. of San Antonio)!  Rob Greebon Photography

REPORT - April 10 - Fort Worth Panel Discussion


Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting consisted of the Panel Discussion on “Prairie Management of Public & Private Property in Tarrant County - Collaborative Efforts to Conserve Native Prairies.” 

This topic generated a great deal of interest throughout organizations in Tarrant County during previous months!  FWNPAT created the platform to offer open discussion among public and private property owners and managers.  The panel was to explore these questions and facilitate networking: 1. What motivates people to learn about and save their local natural heritage?  2. How can folks connect to other like-minded conservationists?
FWNPAT selected these individuals to serve on the panel:
Mr. Nathan Loftice – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Sustainability & Environmental Div.
Mr. Don Young – Founder and President, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area;
Dr. Greta Bowling – Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus;
Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles - Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus;
Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles, Faculty Member, , Tarrant County College South Campus;
Mr. Marc Villanueva – Lead Groundskeeper, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus;
Ms. Pat Merkord – Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas.

Our thanks to our Moderator, Ms. Suzanne Tuttle, Treasurer of FW-NPAT and recently retired Manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. She made so many of the connections with the members of the panel. We appreciate you, Suzanne, for performing the duties so well, keeping discussions on track, and ensuring we followed the platform. 

The discussion centered upon opportunities for panel members and their organizations to join together and share “best practices”.  As everyone agreed, there are many independent efforts in some phase of development; however, all felt that joining forces and looking for economies of scale could be beneficial. 
It was exciting to hear and see the interaction of the panel members and the audience. It was obvious there were lots of wonderful ideas being generated that could be turned into conceptual plans and all involved wanted the interaction to continue!

Pat Merkord will meet with Linda Beranek, Ft. Worth Chapter V.P., in May, 2017, and begin discussions regarding planning a ‘collaboration conference’. (Pat has been involved with such a gathering with the NPAT group in Houston.)  We hope to bring together researchers and practitioners and other interested parties to continue our efforts to collaborate, conserve, observe and appreciate our native prairies!
All of us were thrilled to hear that the TCC representatives are working with the eco-community at their respective campuses to move forward on this collaborative effort.  The Fort Worth NPAT Chapter has volunteered to serve in any way to assist the Tarrant County College campuses in their efforts.

April 27, 2017 - Northeast of Temple TX


Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to NOON

Join the Central Texas Master Naturalists on the Burleson Prairie, Blackland Prairie near Temple, Texas, replicated by Mickey and Bob Burleson. 
Please RSVP via email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Bring your Sack lunch & drinking water (and chair/blanket if you want to lunch on the prairie).
Wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable/protective outdoor clothing (long pants/shirt),

TONIGHT, April 11, 2017 - Dallas, TX

6:30 p.m. Join BNPAT’s Monthly Meeting!

Let’s get hot!  How fire can restore health and manage prairies!

Our speaker is Stan Graff of Northeast Texas Prescribed Burn Alliance and the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange. Mr. Graff will speak on the many ways fire can be used to restore health and manage prairies, including prescribed burns and patch burns.

Deadline dates: April 4, April 26 & May 5-7

Texas Pollinator PowWow

Tuesday, April 4: Deadline to make hotel reservations
Wednesday, April 26: Online registration ENDS
Friday thru Sunday, May 4-7: Nacogdoches, Texas Pollinator PowWow

April 4, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting

TUESDAY, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us at the Longhorn Cafe, 17625 Blanco Rd, 78232. Sit down with neighbors, celebrate the formation of NPAT’s newest chapter, the San Antonio NPAT Chapter!

6:30 p.m. Please order your food when you arrive (average meal will cost you between $10 & $15).  We will take advantage of every moment of these 2 hours, so we will will dine during reports, presentation and discussion.
7:00 p.m. Report on Meeting 03/07/17. Set up Steering Committee; Announce Next Meeting and Upcoming Events;
7:30 p.m. Presentation: NPAT’s Prairie Preserves, Conservation Easements, and Volunteer Opportunities;
8:00 p.m. Discussion: Partnerships, Collaborations, and Future Opportunities for Projects;
8:30 p.m.- Adjournment.   (The restaurant closes at 9:00 p.m.)
There is no need to preregister; we encourage you to join us if you can; even if you arrive at 7:00!  The Longhorn Cafe has added an incentive: if at least 20 attendees order meals the prepaid “$50 meeting room reservation fee” will be refunded!

April 5, 2017 -  Georgetown, TX

Cen-Tex Chapter Meeting - “Prairies of the Northern Great Plains”

Wednesday, 6:30-8:00p.m., at the Georgetown Public Library

Everyone is welcome to join us for Social & Refreshments beginning at 6:30, Announcements will follow at 6:45, and our Presentation will begin at 7:00.

Pat Merkord, Executive Director of the Native Prairies Association of Texas, will present a photographic journey to little known prairies of Canada, North & South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa!
Future Meeting Topics include:
“Amphibians of Prairies & Savannahs”;
“Quail Populations on Texas Prairies”;
“Maddin Prairie Preserve: A Restoration Success Story”;
“Plant Propagation & Creating Pollinator Gardens”;
“Texas Prairies & How to Conserve Them”;
“How to Restore Land for Small Landowners”; and
“Urban Green Space and How to Convert them to Pocket Prairies”.
Future field trips to:
Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project, Austin,
Indian Grass Prairie Preserve, Austin,
Reisel Prairies, Falls County, near Marlin,
Simpson Prairie, near Crawford, and
Blackland Prairie Remnants in Milam, Burleson and Williamson Counties.


April 10, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Prairie Management of Public & Private Property in Tarrant County

Panel Discussion - FWNPAT Monthly Meeting - Monday from 6:30 – 8pm

There is a groundswell developing among public/private property owners/managers in Tarrant County to identify, conserve, and restore native prairie remnants for a variety of reasons:
1. What motivates people to learn about and save their local natural heritage?
2. How can folks connect to other like-minded conservationists?

Our Panel of local prairie owners/managers will explore answers to these questions and facilitate networking: 
Mr. Nathan Loftice – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Sustainability & Environmental Div.
Mr. Don Young – Founder and President, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area;
Dr. Greta Bowling – Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus;
Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles - Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus;
Ms. Floreen Henry - Faculty Member, Tarrant County College South Campus;
Mr. Marc Villanueva – Lead Groundskeeper, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus;
Ms. Pat Merkord – Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas.

Our Moderator, Ms. Suzanne Tuttle: Treasurer of FW-NPAT and
recently retired Manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Audience members are encouraged to actively engage in the discussion!
Please join us – we expect a lively, informative evening!

April 14 to 18, 2017 - Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Houston & Cities across the Nation!

Texas Parks & Wildlife’s City Nature Challenge!

An iNaturalist Challenge

This is an iNaturalist Challenge to see which city can document the most species!  Join Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, the Audubon Society, and other organizations (TPWD’s link above provides more information and a complete list of Partners in each of the three Texas areas). Not only is this a competition between Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Greater Houston Area; cities across the nation are participating. Show them what we’ve got! 


Email the person in your area: Austin, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); Dallas/Fort Worth, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address);
Greater Houston, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What a great way to get people to observe nature in the city!

It is easy to participate: join an event or make observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.
Monitor each city’s postings from April 14 to 18; monitor and compare Texas cities’ posts: who has the most ‘total observations’ and the most ‘individual species’ on that city’s City Nature Challenge project on iNaturalist?

April 21 to 23, 2017 - State Fair Grounds, Dallas, TX

NPAT at will be at EARTH DAY TEXAS

JoAnn Collins is coordinating our representation:
To SIGN UP for a time slot please select: JoAnn Collins.
Call or send questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
If you know of others who might like to take advantage of this opportunity, please share! 
NPAT extends this request to: Cen-Tex NPAT, San Antonio NPAT, Houston NPAT, and Balcones NPAT Chapter Leaders,  Please join fellow chapter leaders representing NPAT in our booth. 
Proudly Reresent NPAT at EarthDay Texas!
Some of our Fort Worth NPAT and Blackland (Dallas) NPAT chapter leaders have signed up.  With enough volunteers, there will be plenty of time to experience EARTH DAY TX: visit other booths, do lots of networking, watch environmental movies and listen to very interesting talks!  There are also several quality prairies to see if you decide to come help out!
As chapter leaders and members we will benefit from sharing our experiences as well as learning more about other chapters. 
It’s a prime opportunity to “extol the benefits of joining the oldest country club around”, our “Prairie Country Club”,  and represent NPAT to an enormous crowd of like-minded individuals. 
It would be fun to go out Friday or Saturday night to network with each other as well.

Everything “Earth Day Texas” is on:
exciting opportunities, events, exhibits, instructions, networking and more. 
information on lodging; there is an official hotel, which may have rooms.
this event is free, however parking is $10 (Dallas has several mass transit modes!

We hope you will join fellow NPAT Chapter representatives at NPAT’s booth for EARTH DAY TEXAS, an inspiring event attended by more than 150,000+ individuals!
Thank you,

April 24, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

“Propagating Native Plants From Seed,”

Alice LeDuc, Ph.D. Botany

6:00 pm - Social;  6:30 pm - Chapter Meeting

Oldham - Cummins VFW Post 6641

Presention by Alice LeDuc, Ph.D. Botany, Adjunct Professor, Texas State University:
Alice brings 16 years of teaching and research at 6 universities along with 24 years experience in public horticulture in gardens from Norfolk to Zilker.
Discussing seed dormancy and non-dormancy she will tell us how you can artificially break dormancy to get the seed to germinate.
We will also talk about how to put scarification and stratification to work for you; of special interest right now will be discussing Texas Milkweed propagation for Monarchs.

April 26, 2017 - Houston, TX

HNPAT’s Monthly Meeting (*location)

Wednesday, From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Secret Life of Prairies

HNPAT welcomes Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist whose research has been focused on livestock grazing management and prescribed burning in semiarid environments.

In today’s world, prairie maintenance and establishment seems a bit elusive: 
Fragmentation, fire suppression, woody species encroachment, and other factors constantly threaten our prairie systems. 
How do we maintain an system that was and is defined by change? 

During “The Secret Life of Prairies” we will discuss belowground and aboveground vegetative dynamics that are the foundation of prairie diversity, productivity, and sustainability. 
The mechanisms responsible for prairie function, integrity, and stability will be emphasized to create a meaningful understanding of our prairies processes and ecosystem function.

*LOCATION: We’ll meet at a different venue this month: Community Meeting Room @ South Gessner Police Department, 8605 Westplace Drive, Houston, TX 77071.

Native Plant Sales Continue thru May 7, 2017

Native Plant Sales throughout Texas!

Now is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or prairie!
Visit botanical gardens and nature centers; you’ll be glad you came! 
Support local projects:
April 29, Amarillo – Amarillo Botanical Gardenfest 9-2
April 29, Longview – Our Northeast Texas Chapter will have a sale at Jake’s Feed Store at 8 am.
April 29, Atlanta – Caddo Wildflower Chapter Sale, Cass County Expo Building. Presentation 8:30, Sale 9:00-12:00
April 29-30, El Paso – Flora Fest at Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, University of Texas El Paso campus, 9-4 both days, featuring plants of the Chihuahua Desert
May 6, Dallas – Native Plant & Prairie Day. Dallas Chapter will sell plants at White Rock Lake Bath House & Cultural Center 10-3
May 6, Arlington – Spring Plant Sale at River Legacy Park 10-2

March 25, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

2nd Annual Savage Cabbage Bash

Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Come out to support our wildflowers!

Join students in this “invasive species public awareness event”. Location: Trinity River Trail (map). This year we will work along the west bank of the Trinity River from the Clearfork Trailhead, near the Press Cafe, to the Crystelle Waggoner Trailhead, near the Woodshed.

Co-Sponsors: Fort Worth NPAT and the Tarrant Regional Water District

FWNPAT is very grateful to the Tarrant Regional Water District for providing gloves, trash bags and clean up!!
The Annual Savage Cabbage Bash

was introduced in 2016 by the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. That event had a very positive effect!  We hope to continue the tradition!
Signs will be posted along the route to publicize our event and draw attention to the problem.
We will be pulling Rapistrum rugosum, savage cabbage; a.k.a. bastard cabbage.
Rapistrum rugosum: is an invasive species growing to heights from 1’ to 5’. Its basal leaves and size threaten native wildflowers by blocking sunlight to seedlings and mature plants. It is a very hearty annual plant; so pull it up by its robust taproot, and we’ll be pretty successful in removing it.!!!
SAFETY FIRST - COME PREPARED: WEAR SUNSCREEN, GLOVES, A PROTECTIVE HAT, LONG PANTS AND CLOSED-TOE SHOES.  Bring your refillable water bottle, hand shovel, weeding stick, or long screwdriver.
This outdoor event is open to volunteers of all ages!  We want to ensure everyone’s safety; so volunteers in Grades 1-8 should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling (HIGH SCHOOL OR OLDER).
Certificates for 3 hours of COMMUNITY SERVICE are provided.
Monitor this site as the event MAY BE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER!
“Get your own bash going” - “Be a “Cabbage Spotter” Check our Fort Worth NPAT’s link above.

March 25 & 26, 2017 NPAT Maddin Prairie Preserve, Colorado City, TX

Saturday and Sunday—NPAT’s “Open Preserve”

Location: Rolling Plains on NPAT’s Maddin Prairie Preserve

-Take advantage of this opportunity to explore NPAT’s western-most prairie.
-We hope there will be a spring wildflower show, and birds and insects should be active.
-RSVP & Info on Daily Schedules: Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

March 24 - 26, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

Wimberley RETREET II

The 2016 Wimberley RETREET I was an exciting event; RETREETERS and volunteers planted 200+ trees at 37 home sites in Wimberley, reviving a sense of hope following the devasting 2015 Memorial Day flood.  The 2017 Wimberley RETREET II promises that even more trees will be planted (thanks to dedicated RETREETERS and area volunteers), leaving Wimberley even stronger and more beautiful! 

RETREET, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, engages communities (in which locals are rebuilding their lives in the midst of devastation) to plant trees.  RETREET became a reality in 2011 after Dallas native, Grady McGahan, followed the stories of wildfires which devastated Bastrop State Park and Lost Pines Forest over Labor Day weekend, 2011. Tropical Storm Lee collided with the extremely high Texas heat, and more than 63 wildfires were ignited across Texas.  Mr. McGahan learned no local, state or national organization was focusing on the replacement of trees that had been lost due to natural disasters. 
A RETREET is a weekend-long event when volunteers visit an impacted area and work with locals planting trees. The 1st RETREET was in Bastrop, TX, January, 2012, when more than 50 volunteers helped plant 220 trees in more than 35 residents’ yards.
Since then RETREET has worked with communities following natural disasters in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma City, New York, and Ontario, Canada.

April 1, 2017 - Arlington, TX

Blackland Prairie Park Field Trip

Saturday from 9:00am to Noon

Jeff Quayle, of Fort Worth NPAT Chapter, has organized and will lead this Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve Field Trip.
Explore this 10-acre Blackland Prairie Remnant, acquired and preserved by the City of Arlington!
(A remnant prairie is an original, native, natural community that has survived on a site to the present day, has never been plowed, and was once part of a larger, original landscape.)
You can expect to see flora that include: Prairie Bishop (Bifora americana), Two Flower Milkvine (Matelea biflora), Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum), Old Plainsman (Hymenopappus scabiosaeus var. corymbosus), Yellow Star (Lindheimera texana), Prairie Groundsel (Packera plattensis), Sleepy Catchfly (Silene antirrhina), Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Sensitive Briar (Mimosa roemeriana), Prairie Celestial (Nemastylis geminiflora), Trailing Ratany (Krameria lanceolata), White Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens), Purple Paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea) and Prairie Bluets (Stenaria nigricans).

April 1, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Chisholm Trail Park- Spring Festival

Chisholm Trail Community Center, Saturday from 11a.m. - 3p.m.

We are very proud of the City of Fort Worth for preserving their ‘first’ remnant prairie, and it’s in the middle of the walking path!
Be the face and voice of NPAT in celebration of this remnant prairie; contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to volunteer!  Thanks!

April 1, 2017 - LLELA’s BioBlitz, Fort Worth, TX

LLELA’s BioBlitz

Saturday, Before Dawn until WAY Past Sunset!

Host/Sponsor: “LLELA”the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (Check day’s schedule)
LLELA is 2600 acres comprised of 4 ecosystems: 1) Cross Timbers on the west side, 2) Bottomland hardwood forest, 3) Riparian corridor with associated wetlands; 4) Blackland prairie.

BIOBLITZ (‘bahy-oh –blits’) Is a 1-day survey to identify every living thing in a chosen place.  LLELA’s BioBlitz will be an informal event.
-Local experts will guide ‘groups’ surveying the different plants and critters found in each ecosystem.
-Each group will include folks with eyes open and curiosity in top gear.
-Everyone is welcome, it’ll be a good time! SHARE your passion and pass on knowledge to others! 

LLELA is operating under the strategic plan developed in 2014 by the City of Lewisville, University of North Texas, and Lewisville ISD (with approval from and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: USACE).

March 19, 2017 - Deer Park, TX and Chambers County, TX

SUNDAY from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Prairie Mapping Field Trip to Chambers County

Looking for Prairie Seekers!

Join us! Help make a difference in saving prairies!

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

Prairie Seekers are those who want to help NPAT find remaining remnant prairies and begin a process to document and hopefully save them!
Experienced Prairie Seekers desired! 
Novices are welcome to observe the process and get trained in finding prairies. 
The results of our quest will be recorded on data forms developed jointly by NPAT and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and will be entered into TPWD’s “Natural Systems” database.
8:30 a.m. MEET @ NPAT’s Deer Park Prairie 
We will carpool from DPP to Chambers County (and visit pre-selected prairie sites and maybe find a few new ones)!
We will stop for lunch @ a restaurant in Winnie, TX.
This promises to be a fun day that will include a visit to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

insect repellant, and
wading boots!!

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March 22, 2017 - HNPAT Monthly Meeting - Location Change!

Wednesday, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Apologies for the short notice; due to reasons beyond our control, HNPAT’s March 22 Meeting will be at the Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center 2020 Hermann Dr., Houston, TX 77004.

This meeting is co-sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments; the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
You will want to hear the award winning naturalist, photographer, and author, Brian Loflin, speak about his book Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide.
Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide, “a photographic guide to grasses, gives all who have been frustrated trying to identify these difficult plants, an easy-to-use, visually precise, and information-packed field guide to seventy-seven native and introduced species that grow in the Texas Hill Country and beyond.” 
“With a blade of grass in hand, open this book and find:
Handy thumb guides to seedhead type, the most visible distinguishing characteristic to begin identification.
Color photographs of stands of grasses and detailed close-ups.
Concise information about economic uses, habitat, range, and flowering season.
Quick-reference icons for native status, toxicity, growing season, and grazing response.”

Barnes & Noble. 

March 12, 2017 - Brazos Bend State Park - Needville, TX

3/12/17: “NATIVE PRAIRIE Plant & Milkweed Propagation”  Workshop

Sunday from 10am - Noon

Brazos Bend State Park

Barbra Willy of Monarch Gateway and
Mark Morgenstern of Morningstar Prairie Plants.

In 2016 more than 70 people registered to learn more about helping native prairies and prairie species, such as Monarchs, by growing native seeds in their own backyards!

March 13, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Lake Benbrook USACE prairie site – photo by Martin Underwood

3/13/17: MONDAY from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Amaon G. Carter, Jr., Downtown YMCA
Presenter: Martin Underwood, USACE Biologist at Benbrook Lake.

Mr. Underwood will provide an overview of the project lands, pertinent policies, history/status of tallgrass prairie in North Texas, and management practices USACE uses with limited staffing, budget, & policies to protect and improve our valued resources.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE link) is probably the largest public land owner in the DFW metroplex. 
There are a variety of management issues including managing lands for native vegetation including remnant & restorable prairies. 
Valuable lessons for landowners of remnant and restorable prairies!

March 14, 2017 - Dallas, TX

‘Prairie Restoration Efforts’

NPAT Blackland (Dallas) Chapter Monthly Meet-up

Tuesday beginning at 6:30 pm

Presenter: Kenneth Steigman, Ph.D., Director of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, will speak on prairie restoration efforts conducted there, including their relationship with University of North Texas whose students assist with efforts.
Dr. Steigman was formerly sanctuary manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Details and Directions are available at the Chapter’s website.


Attend an NPAT meeting NEAR YOU!!
Join us, meet your neighbors, learn more about NPAT and what your local chapter can do!

TONIGHT - TUESDAY, March 7, 6:30-8:30pm, SAN ANTONIO, TX
Details appear on the flyer below.
Join local citizens at the Longhorn Café, 17625 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78232
Enjoy the opportunity to formalize NPAT’s newest chapter: The San Antonio Chapter!

Presenters: Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director; Don Kirchoff, NPAT Board member & NPAT Conservation Easement Landowner, Wilson County, TX.  
There is immeasurable potential for you to learn about land conservancy; you can volunteer your time and skills assisting land owners like Mr. Kirchoff, achieve goals that will help him make progress in the task of restoring the prairie, all while you are “experiencing a Texas Prairie”!

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 6:30-8:00pm, Georgetown, TX

Location: Georgetown Public Library 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX 78626
Presenter:  Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director, “Prairies of the Northern Great Plains”
Cen-Tex Chapter is comprised of an Saba, Llano, Lampasas, Burnet, Coryell, Bell, Williamson, Travis, McLennan, Falls, Milam, and Lee Counties (listed from west to east).]

“Burrowing Owls near Dell City, TX” Photo by Randy Rakes

March 7, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT - FIRST Organizational Meeting for San Antonio Chapter

February 25, 2017 - Deer Park Prairie, TX

Monthly 4th Saturday Volunteers’ Workday, 9am –  NOON

NPAT-The Houston Chapter’s Volunteers’ Workday at Deer Park Prairie

The Prairie will be OPEN to Visitors during Workday.

Volunteer Participants of DPP Workday - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
(PLEASE include your cell phone number in case we need to contact you due to inclement weather). 
Deer Park Prairie IS OPEN TO VISITORS during workday hours. 
Visitors are required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and sign a Release and Waiver of Liability for Volunteers before stepping onto the prairie. 
If you plan on staying in the house, great, no ‘prairie-ready attire’ is required!
REQUIRED PRAIRIE-READY ATTIRE: closed-toed shoes and long pants; in addition, we RECOMMEND: a hat, long-sleeved shirt, sun screen, and insect repellent.

DPP Location: 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536: MAP.
Please do not park along the curb directly in front of our neighbors’ houses. 

February 25, 2017 - University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Prairies, Birds, and Pollinators Workshop!!

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

DO NOT MISS THIS! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Map to: UHCL Campus/EIH/NOA1 Building

The Prairie Seekers Program


The Prairie Seekers Program is a prairie assessment & mapping program developed by Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT).
Prairie Seekers Workshop hours are approved for Cross Timbers Master Naturalist Advanced Training.
Certified Prairie Seekers will subsequently conduct surveys; their data will be contributed to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s state biodiversity database, a source for TPWD to identify future prairie conservation opportunities across the state.

NPAT offers these educational opportunities a few times each year; classes are limited in size.  Email inquiries

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February 27, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter

Monday (Social @ 6:00 p.m.) Presentation@ 6:30 p.m.

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter invites the public to: “Humble Grasses Providing Critical Ecosystem Services” Presented By Shannon Brown, Reforestation Assistant for the Blanco River Reforestation Program, TreeFolks and Co-Founder of Ecosystem Services Landscaping by Wiseman and Oakleigh. “Native bunch grasses often go unnoticed among more charismatic and easier-to-recognize plants of the Texas Hill Country, but they provide essential soil and water conservation functions to the ecosystem.”
Learn how their eradication by grazing and mowing threatens the health of our aquifers, rivers, and hillsides, as well as how to identify common and crucial species which could be growing in your backyard: LOCATION: VFW Post #6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676.

March 1-3, 2017 -  Austin, TX

Texas Land Conservation Conference

NPAT is a member of the Texas Land Trust Council, which builds and supports a strong, active coalition to serve as a powerful voice for conservation in Texas:  help protect drinking water, Texas’ iconic wildlife, and our rich natural and cultural heritage. 

NPAT will be represented at the 2017 TLC’s Conference to listen to the TLC’s lineup of speakers addressing topics including real estate, land stewardship, conservation easements and various funding programs, advocacy, historic preservation, conservation banking, coastal conservation, and more.

Attending this conference will offer more visibility for NPAT as well as opportunities for face-to-face conversations with fellow land conservancies, exchange ideas, and build solid coalitions.

March 2-5, 2017 – Edinburg, TX

Crested Caracara


Laguna Seca Ranch, Rio Grande Valley

Conducted by award-winning professional nature photographer, author, and teacher, Brian Loflin!
Links for additional 2017 events and 2017 Workshops flyer are HERE

Brian and his wife, Shirley, have conducted nature photography, plant identification and herbarium-making workshops. They were featured on KLRU discussed their book, Prairie Grasses of Central Texas, with Tom Spencer on Central Texas Gardener.


February 18, 2017 - Fort Parker State Park, Mexia, TX

NPAT Local Chapters Leaders’ Planning Day

Saturday, Fort Parker State Park

Leaders of NPAT’s Chapters will meet and define their plans for 2017: Houston Chapter - Fort Worth Chapter - Blackland (Dallas) Chapter - CenTex (Central Texas) Chapter - Balcones Chapter.

Our local chapters provide opportunities for local residents to learn and experience ‘native prairies’.  Each Chapter is unique in its location and needs; the leaders will be able to set individual goals that will collectively benefit all of NPAT. We are grateful for the hours devoted by the Chapter leaders and members and visitors!

Fort Parker State Park (Map & Directions) lies in the beautiful Texas Hill Country in Limestone County between Mexia and Groesbeck.

NEWS - Our first WINTER SURVEY at Daphne Prairie!!

Thank you, Mr. Hicks!

We are very grateful to Mr. B. F. Hicks (Daphne Prairie Landowner/2016 Prairie Preservationist Award winner) and a few of his friends, for hosting the 15 Volunteers for our FIRST Winter Bird Survey, January 28 & 29, 2017!  Individuals from three of NPAT’s local Chapters (are also members of Cross Timbers Chapter-Master Naturalist and North Texas Chapter Master Naturalist), participated in this VERY SUCCESSFUL WINTER BIRD COUNT! 
We spotted approximately 60 bird species including:
Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus)
Barn Owls (Tyto alba)
Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus)
Hundreds of Eastern Meadowlarks (Sturnella magna)
Harlan’s Red Tailed Hawk (B. j. harlani)

We also saw indications of other wildlife as well, inclulding:
Eastern Cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus)      Badgers (Taxidea taxus)
Bobcats (Lynx rufus)                                  Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis)
Coyote (of course!)  (Canis latrans)

You’ll want to monitor our site and newsletter for future surveys we plan to organize!

February 5, 2017 - Austin, TX

Celebrating Wild Mueller, THIRD Audubon Bird Walk

Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE - A NEW LOCATION THIS TIME: at the corner of Tilley St. and Tom Miller St.
Drive as far East on Tom Miller Street as you can – it dead ends into Tilley Street (the new section of Mueller located East of Berkman Drive - close to the newly-constructed pond).

Co-Sponsors: Travis Audubon Society and Mueller P.O.A. Landscape Committee

This is a free public event we want to share with anyone wanting to see winter birds at Mueller.  Once again, members of the Travis Audubon Society will bring spotting scopes and extra binoculars to share.
Learn about the birds’ habits and habitat and identify them by their calls.
All ages are welcome.

February 11 & 12, 2017 - Maddin Prairie Preserve

Open Preserve, Saturday and Sunday

Maddin Prairie Sunset

Visit NPAT’s western-most preserve, Maddin Preserve.

Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for access information and to RSVP.

We will work on trails, especially along the Champion Creek, to make it easier to explore!

February 13, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Tandy Hills BioBlitz & Beyond

Monday, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

John Tandy: Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
Bruce Benz: Texas Weselyn University
FW-NPAT  Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT
In 2016, the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area wrote a grant & received funding to organize & host the largest BioBlitz in Texas. The Tandy Hills BioBlitz focused on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. Scientists, Citizen Scientists including volunteers, students & children helped collect data on the flora & fauna of the park by using iNaturalist. The results formed a permanent & valuable snapshot of biological life at Tandy Hills.

John & Bruce will present the results of the Tandy Hills BioBlitz, show the professional video created about the event and talk about what comes next.

Information and Directions on FW NPAT’s website.

January 25, 2017 - Houston, TX

It’s A Seed Party!!  Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join Houston NPAT and Katy Prairie Conservancy at our seed cleaning party!
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston TX 77004 Sponsored by Katy Prairie Conservancy, KPC. They are providing PIZZA!

We collected seeds in Fall, 2016; they will be cleaned and put in packets for distribution to people willing to grow them out for KPC’s Great Grow Out Program.
Learn about prairie plants and seeds from KPC experts: come and see what these native seeds look like, how to clean them, and take some home.
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)        Texas Coneflower (Rudbeckia texana)
Yellow Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)        Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)
American Basketflower (Centaurea americana) (To see summer blooms, seed this annual from fall through winter.)
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)

January 25 & 26, 2017 - Houston, TX

Citizens Enviromental Coalition’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Wednesday and Thursday,  Beginning @7:00 p.m. each evening.

Join the Citizens Enviromental Coalition, “CEC”,  for a night of environmental inspiration as we host the second Houston screening of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour. After a wildly successful event last year, we are hosting two nights of amazing short films in 2017!
BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE and review the detailed information on this link: Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour 2017.
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)

January 26 thru 29, 2017 - Humble, TX

Bayou Land Conservancy’s “Spring Creek Greenway Winter Tree Planting”

Thursday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - Noon each day!

Looking for some outdoor volunteering in cooler weather? 
Come help plant 200 trees on the Spring Creek Greenway Trail in 2016 Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338.
Please help whenever you can between 9 a.m. and noon. 
Registration Required, must be at least 15 years of age

PRE-REGISTER- Go to the Bayou Land Conservancy’s site; then click on the “Winter Tree Planting” flier image.

January 28, 2017 - Houston, TX

Monthly Bird Survey at Lawther - Deer Park Prairie

Saturday, January 28, from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Come join Damien Carey for the survey and learn about the bird life we have at DPP!

Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information on the bird survey and to verify date.
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)

January 28, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

It’s an ExxonMobil Day benefitting Deer Park Prairie!

Come, help out Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.!

If you are an ExxonMobil employee, retiree or immediate family member (youth under 25) of an employee or retiree, the Houston Native Prairies Association of Texas “HNPAT” and Lawther-Deer Park Prairie need your help! 
ExxonMobil will be awarding a $500 team grant for every TEAM OF 5: employees, retirees and /or family members who come out to help!! 
GRANT MONEY - will be used to purchase much needed equipment to help in the fight against invasive species in this gem of an urban prairie remnantThe more teams the better! 
LOCATION: 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536
CONTACT: If you can help, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

January 28, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

9th Annual Brush Bash - Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area

Saturday,  from 9:00 a.m. - Noon

ONE DAY A YEAR Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area hosts a Brush Bash -  to clear sections of the prairie of invasive and unwanted trees, brush and trash! 
WE NEED YOU!  Come to 3400 View Street, Fort Worth, TX 76103 (map)
BRING: gloves, sturdy shoes, hat, water, tarps, loppers, wheelbarrows and wagons.
All ages welcome.  Coffee, tea, hot cocoa & morning snacks provided.

Rain date, February 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

January 28, 2017- 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Austin, TX

“Surprising Uses of Native Plants by Native Americans and Early Texans”

Mueller P.O.A. Landscape Committee and the Friends of the Mueller Prairie are proud to present this thought-provoking and interesting program - free and open to the public!
Patty Leslie-Pasztor, horticulturalist and ethnobotanist!

Come to the Wildflower Terrace Theater.
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Ever wonder how the Native Americans lived off the land here in Central Texas?
Learn how they and the early settlers used native plants (just like the ones we have planted in the Mueller Demonstration Garden) for food, medicine and fiber. Almost every plant in our Demonstration Garden had some historical use: food, drink, medicine, fiber for clothing or utensils or dyes.

Patty Leslie-Pasztor served as a horticulturalist for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and a Park Naturalist at Friedrich Wilderness Park.  She currently conducts workshops on landscaping for butterflies and birds as well as workshops on ethnobotany for landowners, teachers and archaeologists.
Patty is the coauthor of Texas Trees: A Friendly Guide.

Is Ethnobotany a new word to you?  What is ethnobotany and why does it matter?
Ethno (as in ‘ethnic’) refers to people, culture, a culture’s collective body of beliefs, aesthetic, language, knowledge, and practice.
Botany is the study of plants—from the tiniest fern or blade of grass to the tallest or oldest tree. 
Botany includes all the wild plants and the domesticated species.
Domesticates are species that we humans have selected over time from the wild plant species, then tamed and trained to optimally produce for us: food, fibers, medicine, materials, and more.
The domesticated species are both the subject and object of agriculture.
Ethnobotanical knowledge encompasses both wild and domesticated species and is rooted in observation, relationship, needs, and traditional ways of knowing. Such knowledge evolves over time and is therefore always changing and adding new discoveries, ingenuity and methods.  Source: Botanical Deminsions.

Adults and families with children will find a lot to fascinate them in this talk. A walk in the park won’t be the same afterward!

January 28, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Austin, TX

This Saturday!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Celebrate Texas trees in the Arboretum with family-friendly tree climbing, walks and talks, s’more roasting, fort building and more!

Winter Tree Fest activities are all free with admission VISIT.
All tree books and walking sticks will be on special throughout the day at the Store!

January 28 & 29, 2017 -  East of Mt. Vernon, TX

Our FIRST Field Trip to our Newest Conservation Easement - Daphne Prairie!!

We will Monitor Winter Species & Do A Winter Bird Point Count!

Explore the the newest addition to NPAT’s growing land portfolio:
the beautiful 922 acre Daphne Prairie, in NE Texas!!

Silveus’ Dropseed and Longspike Tridens are two of the signature grasses of rare Alfisol Prairie.

Share our excitement as we document flora and fauna of this unique and historically rich prairie!  Your interest is enough; you do not have to be experienced in birding or wildlife surveying, and all can participate and join the experts as we explore this property and document its species. 

Information and directions to the property & info on carpools from Dallas and Houston areas: Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Call 936-827-7973. (You may come on your own.)

View this large and very rare tract with grassland sparrows and other winter birds protected on this property: this pair of adult Dickcissel (Spiza americanain), who “Originally nested in native prairies and meadows”, Audubon Field-Guide.

A False Dragonhead Physostegia,                  Common Buckeye Butterfly
“Obedient Plant” (Physostegia virginiana)            (Junonia coenia Hübner)

January 30, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

NPSOT Hill Country Chapter

“Confusing Composites: A Wildflower Primer”

Monday, 6:00 p.m.

Among the wonderful and confounding challenges of wildflower identification is sorting through all the species of composites that bloom throughout the Texas Hill Country!
NPSOT Presents Craig Hensley, Park Interpreter & Naturalist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Guadalupe River State Park 
LOCATION: VFW Post #6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676: MAP.
Arrive at 6:00 pm for a ‘meet and greet’; Mr. Hensley’s Program will begin @6:30 pm.
DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!  Bring one of your books on the wildflowers of Texas- for reference and note taking.

Park Ranger Craig Hensley:
-has been described as something out of a storybook; a ‘Wizard of Wildlife’.
-Developed and conducted wide variety of programs for park visitors for all ages (nature walks to presentations on astronomy, bats, birds, insects, snakes, mammals and more).
-Developed and presented workshops for Master Naturalist and Native Plant Society chapters.
-Served as cultural and natural resource specialist for 4,000+ acres of Park and adjacent Honey Creek State Natural Area.
-Conducts bird banding research, bi-monthly butterfly surveys including annual North American Butterfly Association annual survey, and Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys.
-Coordinated monarch larval monitoring.
(See Craig Hensley, Guadalupe River State Park Ranger, in action as he finds creative ways to connect folks with nature.)

January 21 & 22, 2017 -  near Colorado City, TX

THIS WEEKEND - Maddin Prairie Preserve

“Winter Bird Survey, Monitoring & Maintenance Field Trip”

If you would like to explore our fabulous preserve of the Rolling Plains Ecoregion - consider joining NPAT on a field trip to Maddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City, Mitchell County Texas.

The area is west of Abilene: Map to Maddin Prairie Preserve:
-280 miles NW of Austin, 220 miles W of Fort Worth; 250 miles W of Dallas.
-It is possible to carpool from Houston, Fort Worth and Austin or you can come on your own. 
-To join this field trip contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Pat at 936-827-7973.

We will be doing surveys of the property including our winter bird point count, survey of prairie dogs and a general wildlife survey.  There will be other maintenance activities that will require volunteer help as well such as checking the fence line and water pipes.

There are always surprises waiting for visitors such as         the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) living
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys),          in the prairie dog burrows last January,

or the North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) in a tree by Champion Creek flowing through property on its way to the Colorado River!           
The Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) may also be seen at Maddin Prairie!
(Don’t be fooled by it’s similarity to the Northern Cardinal in its song and behavior! 
It resembles an immature or female Cardinal;
its distinguishing characteristic is the ‘parrot-like’ beak.)

January 10, 2017 - Dallas, TX

NPAT Blackland Chapter’s 1st Meeting of 2017!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 6:30 pm

Location: C.C. Young Senior Living, The Point and Pavilion, Flag Pole Classroom,
4847 W Lawther Dr., Dallas, TX 75214 Map and Directions

We will hear from two of Blackland Chapter’smembers
Archaeologist, Tim Dalby, heads the program and will present his findings on our June 4, 2016 tour of Northeast Texas prairies.
Photo essay on that June 4, 2016 trip by Amy Martin.
Also to be addressed: chapter officers, future meeting topics, and field trips for 2017.

January 14, 2017 - Austin, TX

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

GUIDED GARDEN TOUR - Saturday 1-14-17 from 10-11 am
Learn about the plants, history and architecture of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  Select this link for upcoming Events.

2017 EXHIBITIONS are underway!
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center exhibits works of Central Texas artists, photographers, and prominent nature artists from around the world. Schedule of Artists’ Exhibits
January 14 thru May 28, 2017: ‘Fieldnotes’ Exhibit of Joan Son’s nature-inspired origami. 

January 30, 2017 - Wimberley, TX

January 6, 2017 - Lockhart State Park, Lockhart, TX

Black-capped Chickadee

“Birding for Beginners”  All Ages Are WELCOME!  Friday, 8:30-10:30am

2012 State Park Road, Lockhart, TX 78644-9716

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department welcomes all ages to attend; Map, directions, park fees, and other pertinent information are provided on the TPWD link. TPWD Event!

See what the birding buzz is all about!  Bundle up - winter is a great time to observe birds! Their distinct songs carry across the prairies on a crisp winter morning! 
(Like this Carolina Chickadee!) 

Our hosts, TPWD, will provide expert tips on using binoculars and and identifying birds, then we’ll practice those tips on a short bird walk.  (Binoculars and ID guides are provided or bring your own.)  Experienced ‘BIRDERS’ are encouraged to come along!  It’s ALWAYS a good day to observe our feathered friends!

Prepare: Watch/listen to the local forecast for Friday morning, and wear weather-appropriate clothes and sturdy shoes

January 8, 2017 - Austin, TX

“Celebrating Wild Mueller” Second Audubon Bird Walk - Sunday from 9 - 11 a.m.

Sponsored by the Mueller P.O.A. Landscape Committee

FREE FAMILY EVENT - ONLINE SIGN UP FORM + MAP & DETAILS @Mueller POA Demonstration Garden (near Sahm and Tom Miller Streets at about the 2500 block of Tom Miller).

Once again, members of the Travis Audubon Society will bring spotting scopes and extra binoculars to share with anyone wanting to see the winter birds at Mueller.
• Learn about the birds’ habits and habitat.
• Identify them by their calls.
• All ages are welcome.
Kids had a great time last month; here’s Judith Bailey’s report from the December, 2016 bird walk:
“There were 19 adults and 4 very enthusiastic young boys who saw and heard 34 different species. 
We saw raptors, ducks and other water fowl, songbirds, and several large waders. 
Probably the best bird of the day was a male Belted Kingfisher.  Most got good scope views of the kingfisher, the Great Blue Heron and the Great Egret.” 
This free, public event is brought to you by the Mueller P.O.A. Landscape Committee.

January 9, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

NPAT Fort Worth Chapter’s FIRST 2017 MEET-UP from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Barbara Willy is Director of Monarch Gateway; she is an NPAT volunteer and will serve as President of NPAT’s Board of Directors during 2017.  Please select this link for all the details and directions: Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT

It’s a Seed Cleaning Party!

2016 Prairie Stampede-Count-down!!

TONIGHT, Wednesday - December 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy this Holiday Celebration- Potluck Awards Dinner and Silent Auction

Please Register using this link (so we know you’re coming)!
(You can contribute refreshments, meat, side dish or salad dish, if you want and share a delicious meal. 
Everyone will want to participate in our ‘SILENT AUCTION’ benefitting HNPAT; among the carefully curated items are: private prairie tours, pollinator baskets, field guides and more!) 

We will meet at the beautiful Cherie Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens. Directions to 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

Celebrate the collective 2016 prairie accomplishments alongside our cohosts:
• Coastal Prairie Partnership
• Katy Prairie Conservancy and
• Houston Native Prairies Association of Texas

(PRIOR TO THE EVENING CELEBRATION, you are welcome to visit HNPAT’s Lawther Deer Park Prairie Preserve for a tour between 1 & 3 pm at 1222 East Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536.)

Fort Worth NPAT’s - Hike at White Rock Lake

THIS SATURDAY, December 10, 10am - Noon - Prairie Walk
Hike at one of Dallas’ best known prairie sites!

Boy Scout Hill - White Rock Lake, 316 Lawther Drive, Dallas 75118
Please RSVP via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); she will lead the hike. The City of Dallas has been working with the Blackland Chapter of NPAT to restore the site.

Fort Worth Chapter’s Holiday Happening - Fiesta Fun

Monday, December 12, 2016 6:30pm - 9:00pm - NEW LOCATION!!
Our December Meet-up/Chapter Potluck is graciously being hosted by Debbie Powell.
Please bring a potluck item with a Mexican food theme!

4420 Mary’s Creek Drive, Benbrook, TX 76116

Deer Park Prairie

Tuesday, December 12, 9:00 am - December Prairie Seed Collecting!
Details are on this link to The Houston Chapter Native Prairies Association of Texas
(Meet at 9:00 am at: Shell station on NE corner of US 290 and Becker Rd.) map
Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your cell phone number.

Blackland Chapter Holiday Season Shindig

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 6:30 pm
Milo Butterfingers, 5645 SMU Blvd. at Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206.
Please see all the details on: The Blackland Chapter (BNPAT)
We thank you for supporting us throughout the year!

Katy Prairie Conservancy - Cocoa and Constellations

Saturday, December 17 -  4:00 PM to 9:00 PM   (WEATHER PERMITTING)
Unplugged Adventure: This exciting experiences of presentations and star gazing!!
Presentations and telescopes provided by the Fort Bend Astronomy Club!
LOCATION: Indiangrass Preserve, 31950 Hebert Road at Penick Road, Waller, TX 77484 Map

Prepaid Registration and details at Cocoa and Constellations.
Audience-all ages
Admission: $3.00 cost per person

2nd Annual Great Seed Bomb – 15K FUN BIKE RIDE


SUPPORT your Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT and SCATTER SEED BALLS as you RIDE YOUR BIKE!

Enjoy your active role as you assist in sustaining beautiful plants that will thrive and support pollinators!! 

Then enjoy the music of The Monkberries from Denton.

SATURDAY November 5, 2016 from 1pm – 5pm
CLEAR FORK FOOD TRUCK PARK, located at 1541 Merrimac Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Map.

The Great Seed Bomb is a 15k FUN BIKE RIDE.  Riders ‘launch’ seed balls from their bikes, contributing to a healthy food supply for pollinators, including bees and monarch butterflies. (These seed balls contain clay, organic compost, and native, non-GMO milkweed seeds and wildflower seeds.  The soil medium protects the seeds and enables more successful growth and healthy plants.)

50% of the COST OF YOUR TICKET WILL BE DONATED TO Native Prairies Association of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter.  (The other 50% covers the costs of seeds, etc., and sponsoring this event.)

For details on the day’s events and to BUY YOUR TICKETS click on this link: and select BUY TICKETS.

Celebrate our Fall Wildflower Blooms with Houston Chapter of NPAT

THIS SATURDAY, November 12, 2016, from 8am – 4pm

Houston Sierra Club and the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas are having an outing to Lawther Deer Park Prairie (LDPP).

Sign-up at the Houston Sierra Club Outings Meet-up site: Houston Sierra Club / Outings
or call 713-664-5962 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Two options: 

1. 8am Meet up to Carpool/Caravan in Meyerland Plaza, 4700 Beechnut St., Houston, TX 77096 MAP
We will meet in the parking lot just west of the Starbucks in Meyerland Plaza. (Look for a silver Honda Civic with lots of bumper stickers.)

2.  9am Be at the Lawther Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536 MAP

You need to bring: 
Your camera, day pack, water, snacks, hiking shoes, binoculars, bug repellant, sunscreen, field guides, and clothes to suit the weather.  Long pants are highly recommended!

AFTERWARD: Bring spending money as we will eat lunch at a local restaurant after our prairie tour.

Hope to see you there. 

Putting Down Roots - Katy Prairie Conservancy

Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9 am - 1 pm
Sponsored by: The Katy Prairie Conservancy, 5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 867, Houston, TX 77005

Enjoy a few fun-filled hours of volunteer planting!  Help restore 55 acres of this reconstructed prairie habitat in Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve at 31950 Hebert Road at Penick Road, Waller, TX 77484 MAP

Register Now!
Cost: Free (Lunch, snacks, and door prizes
All ages are welcome!

The State of Quail -TONIGHT - November 14, 2016

Blackland Chapter and Fort Worth Chapter welcome Mr. Jason Hardin,
Upland Game Bird Specialist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Mr. Hardin will present “The State Of Quail - the History and Management of Bobwhite Quail in Texas”, focusing on how TPWD and partners are addressing bobwhite quail today.

Our Chapters encourage you to attend this very informative presentation:
TONIGHT, Monday, November 14, 2016, from 6:30pm – 8pm.
Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA, 512 Lamar St, Fort Worth, TX 76102. map
Parking: Look for YMCA signs - FREE with front desk validation:
at the lot between 4th and 5th Avenues (adjacent to YMCA)
the lot between 3rd and 4th Streets (across from YMCA)

A bit of information on Mr. Hardin:
he served as Coordinator of Quail and Grassland Birds Program with Audubon Texas;
he is a former Research Associate with Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University, Kingsville;
he earned his M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and holds a B.S. in Forest Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin University;
he is a landowner in Leon County, Texas and is a husband and father or two.

Combined Meet-up - How To Collect Native Prairie Seeds - Saturday, November 19, 2016

Please join Blackland Chapter and Fort Worth Chapter
in our combined MEET-UP, a FREE Workshop: “How To Collect Native Prairie Seeds”
Conducted by Randy Johnson

Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9am to 11am
Boy Scout Hill White Rock Lake, 316 E. Lawther Dr. Dallas, TX 75218 Map

Randy Johnson is the horticulture manager at the Dallas Zoo and the owner of Randy’s Organics, a native plant nursery.   You will enjoy learning from Mr. Johnson’s step-by-step guidance on recognizing and collecting seeds of our native prairie flora.

Click this link for further details: Blackland Chapter of NPAT.

Deer Park Prairie’s First BIO-BLITZ - Volunteers Needed!

Come Join us October 22 & 23 at Deer Park Prairie

Come out Saturday (our regularly scheduled workday), Sunday or both days

See Schedule Below: 

- We need to complete 8 plant transect surveys required for maintenance planning.
  — Training will be provided! 
  — This plant survey technique is the same one used for NPAT’s Prairie Mapping.
  — Help us COUNT and IDENTIFY Species – Plants, Bees, Butterflies, and ALL forms of Prairie Life

- Of course, our usual volunteer prairie maintenance will be underway, if you prefer to help with that!

Bio-blitz and Volunteer Day Schedule:

Saturday October 22th, between 9 AM and 10 PM:
Join us all day or for any part of the day you can come!

      9 AM – 12 Noon – Plant Surveying and Training, Prairie Brush & Trash Clean-up
      12 Noon – 1 PM – Bring a Sack Lunch
      1 PM – 4 PM – Bugs & Butterflies Survey – Training Provided!
      4 PM – 7 PM – Clean-up, Finish-up, Go Out to Eat with the Volunteer Crew
      7 PM – 10 PM – Survey for EVENING CRITTERS – Moths, Bats, Owls; Mammals !!
                      (Using sound, spotlights, spotting scope, game camera, black-lights and other techniques) 
                      Perfect Halloween fun!
NOTE: Camping out will be available on observation deck or in the guest house for any who want to stay overnight.

Sunday October 23rd, between 7:30 AM and 4 PM:
Join us all day or for any part of the day you can come!

      7:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Bird Survey Binoculars, Spotting Scope & Training Available
      9 AM – 12 Noon – Prairie Maintenance Activities
    10 AM – 12 Noon – Plant Surveys— Training Available!
    12 Noon – 1 PM – Lunch – Bring a Sack Lunch
      1 PM – 4 PM – Complete Butterfly, Insect, Invertebrate & Vertebrate Surveys—- Training Provided! 

Map Link:  Map to Lawther-Deer Park Prairie

Lawther - Deer Park Prairie
1222 East Purdue Lane
Deer Park, TX 77536

Katy Prairie’s BioBlitz, October 1


Support Katy Prairie at their BIOBLITZ.

Cost: Free

Join local naturalists and survey the life on this beautiful INDIAN GRASS PRESERVE:
You will observe BUTTERFLIES, INSECTS, BIRDS & let’s not forget those ‘cool’ REPTILES and AMPHIBIANS! 

Click on this link for full information, map and register: Katy Prairie BioBlitz


Saturday, OCTOBER 29, 2016 from 9 am to 2pm

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Katy Prairie Conservancy.

PRAIRIE 101 TEACHER WORKSHOP will be held at the Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536

• Co-Presented by Katy Prairie Conservancy, Coastal Prairie Partnership and the Houston Chapter of NPAT

• TMN Advanced Training Hours and Educator CEU credits are available.


1st Annual Great Houston Wildlife Count, October 8

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016—7 AM to 7 PM
Great free event for individuals, students, and families!
Join wildlife experts for an exciting day (12 hours) of discovery - counting and photographing everything from bees, to bats, to bigmouth bass, in some of Houston’s great parks and wild spaces. 

You’ll have fun - while contributing to our understanding of urban wildlife. Your contributions can have a statewide impact!

This 1st Annual Great Houston Wildlife Count takes place in these 4 locations:
• Buffalo Bayou Park
• Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
• Rice University/Hermann Park and
• Mason Park.

Click on this link for all the information you need: 1st Annual Great Houston Wildlife Count

Part of Texas Parks & Wildlife’s statewide TEXAS POLLINATOR BIOBLITZ October 7-16.
Click on this link for statewide info
- TPWD Texas Pollinator Bioblitz

Tandy Hills - Pollinator Blitz - Saturday, October 8

NEAR FORT WORTH on October 8?

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area (FOTHNA) are participating in the state-wide event, Texas Pollinator Blitz (put on by Ladybird Wildflower Center in association with Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.(TPWD) October 7 thru 16).

FOTHNA invites everyone of all ages to participate in Pollinator BioBlitz,
Saturday, October 8th from 5 PM - 11 PM.

Bring your camera and/or smartphone.  See how many pollinators you can find and identify: butterflies, moths, bees, bats, hummingbirds, wasps, flies and beetles; they all reside in Tandy Hills. Sam Kieschnick, TPWD’s Urban Biologist, will be on-hand to help you identify what you find and upload images. 

An ADDED BONUS - from sunset to 11pm our PrairieSky / StarParty will take place. Look at the night sky through telescopes set up by members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society.

It’s all FREE!

Check FOTHNA’s website for more information, details and updates: Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area

Click on this link: Map to FOTHNA

Monarch Butterfly Study Includes Central Texas

Are you a greater Austin-area owner or manager: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson County?
Expand your knowledge and help save Monarchs, one city at-a-time!

Barbara Keller-Willy is the Founder and Director of a Fort Bend County, TX non-profit, Monarch Gateway; she also is a member on the Board of Directors of NPAT.

Monarch Gateway is collaborating with two distinctive partners, Chicago Field Museum and The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, conducting a study of practices that benefit pollinators.  Their data is being collected in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, and Austin to determine if cities can help increase Monarch populations by creating friendly habitat.  YOU CAN PARTICIPATE!  All information is on this link: Monarch Gateway.

Journey Southward

These tiny creatures begin their INCREDIBLE annual southern migration every fall from as far north as Chicago, IL, flying toward a single destination: a forest in Central Mexico.  There they will cling together in the oyamel fir trees and hibernate until it is time to begin their journey northward.  Their destination is the SAME SITE EVERY YEAR, but the butterflies who arrive there will never have been there before!  (To complete this journey the Monarchs must breed along their migration path; only the 3rd or 4th generation reach their destination!  How do they know where to go?) 

You can MAP their Fall 2016 Migration

Get the APP, learn more about the migration, and monitor daily progress on Monarch Butterfly.

Texas and Cajun Prairie Symposium - Sept. 24th -25th, 2016

Click the image to register for this event!

This event will unite prairie chapters from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and coastal Louisiana areas to learn, network, and socialize. The symposium will feature field trips to colorful Cajun Prairies, great presentations on biodiversity conservation and prairie education, and, of course, authentic Cajun food!

A chartered bus will leave Houston on September 24th and we highly encourage our Texan friends to join us on this very affordable ride!



Texas Conservation Connection, LLC wrote:

Friday, September 23, 2016

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Workshop; Social Hour Following

1:00 PM Registration - $20 per individual

Morgan Mill Community Center
406 County Road 156, Morgan Mill TX 76465

Ranch Connection, Texas Land Conservancy, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Tarleton, Local Offices of NRCS and AgriLife


Speaker TBD

1:45 CONSERVATION EASEMENT BASICS [to include discussion of role of land trust]
Carolyn Vogel, Texas Conservation Connection
Mark Steinbach, Texas Land Conservancy

Speaker TBD
Skip Barnett, Conservation Easement and NRCS Program Donor
Other Area Landowner

3:50           CONCLUSION

4:00 – 5:00 SOCIAL HOUR

Deborah Paris - The Nature of Things: Daphne Prairie - Sept. 10

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

“Just a reminder about Deborah’s show and opening reception for The Nature of Things- Daphne Prairie coming up next month on September 10 at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas from 4-9 pm. There will be a private tour of the herbarium conducted by BRIT staff at 5 pm followed by Deborah’s gallery talk at 6 pm. Also, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.”


Prairie Mapping - Phase II, Eastern Harris County - July 10th, 2016

First Mapping Expedition for Prairie Mapping Phase II for Eastern Harris County:

Date: July 10th, 2016
Where: Meet at Deer Park Prairie 8:00 AM; Address: 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536; CLICK HERE FOR A MAP TO DEER PARK PRAIRIE

8:00 – 9:00 – Introductions, Review of Assignment, Donuts & Coffee
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Mapping in pre-selected areas at designated sites
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Return to Deer Park Prairie at 3PM, review results and how to submit data – day reports from participants
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Dinner & Social for Participants AT DPP

Description: If you have been participating in recent mapping training workshops, or would just like to learn how to map remnant prairies then join HNPAT for a day of fun searching for prairie sites in Eastern Harris County. We already have pre-selected potential prairie sites to visit. We will go out in teams of 3-4, visit sites, collect data then return to base at Deer Park Prairie to submit data. We will end the day with a dinner for participants provided by NPAT. This project will help identify potential pollinator sites, prairie remnants and areas for potential prairie seed collection and will be added to statewide databases maintained by TPWD. If you can’t do the entire day then join us by following in your own vehicle and leave as you need. We do need volunteer drivers.


The Great North East Texas Prairie Tour - Saturday, June 4th

Sponsored by Blackland Native Prairies Association of Texas (Dallas)


Date: June 4th, Saturday - 2016-04-29
Transportation: Charter Bus
Cost: $65 per member, $75 per non-member, lunch and dinner included

Departure Location: White Rock Lake Bath House, 521 E Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218

Depart: White Rock Lake Bath House Parking Lot – 7:00 AM
Clymer Meadow - The Nature Conservancy (Celeste) 8:15 AM – Depart 9:45 AM
Tridens Prairie & Historical Marker 10:45 AM –Depart 11:15 AM
Gambill Goose Refuge & City Park (Paris) – 11:30 AM – Lunch – 1:00 PM (Lunch)
Mary Talbot Prairie (New Boston): 2:30 PM Arrive – 4:00 PM Depart
Daphne Prairie (Mt. Vernon) 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Dinner)

Come visit the most extraordinary and rare Prairies in Texas. These Blackland Long Spike Tridens and Silveus Dropseed Prairies are at their most beautiful in early June – don’t miss this opportunity to travel via charter bus led by plant, bird and butterfly experts. The day will end with dinner on the prairie.

We will depart from the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas. Parking is available at the Cultural Center.


Make Your Reservations Now! CLICK HERE TO RSVP ONLINE!

Fulshear Plant Rescue to Willow Waterhole Prairie Restoration - May 13th, 8:30 AM

The development and road expansion of FM1093 in Fulshear, TxDOT will destroy some diverse prairie plant communities identified in the area.  The site has been surveyed with over 100 plant species identified on an area less than a quarter of a football field!  The intent is to dig plants from the Fulshear site, transport them to the Willow Waterhole Prairie and replant them the same day.  Volunteers are invited to assist in the digging of plants and/or the replanting for the restoration project and you own garden sites.


Stephen Benigno (Harris Country Flood Control) will be leading the plant rescue / restoration project, and will be on hand to assist with plant identification.
Local resident and TXMN Cheryl Sedivec not only identified a number of small prairie sites that will be lost due to FM1093 road expansion, but has secured digging permission to enable the rescue.  GCMN Julie d’Ablaing organized this rescue and has made several visits to the site to dig native plants.  This will be the final opportunity.


CLICK HERE FOR A MAP TO THE PLANTING SITE (exact location to be updated)


Meet at 8:30am Friday 13th May in Fulshear, on the gravel road in front of the Dollar General, next to FM1093 to dig/collect.  This will be the first collecting site, and then we will move slightly east (within a mile) along the road to continue collecting.
What to bring:

Please where appropriate clothing for the weather conditions – long pants, hat, stout footwear, gloves, etc.
Bring sun screen and bug spray.
Water to drink and a snack.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 832-806-4539 for details.

Useful Plants of Ancient Texans - May 21st, 9:00 AM

When: May 21st, 2016; 9:00 AM
Where: Randolph Recreation Center, 653 E. Pearl St., La Grange, TX 78945

The Gideon Lincecum Chapter announces its Chapter meeting and Advanced Training Program on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Randolph Recreation Center, 653 E. Pearl St. in La Grange.  The Chapter Meeting starts at 9:00, and the Program begins at 10:30.  This Program is free and open to the public.  The guest speaker is Dr. Leslie Bush, working with Texas State University, and she will present ”Useful Plants of Ancient Texans”. 

The Texas plants we enjoy today have been used for food, medicine, and crafts for millennia by the Native people of Texas. Written accounts by Spanish missionaries and European explorers, Native oral traditions, and archaeological investigations provide windows into the many fascinating uses of our Texas native plants.  I’ll outline how archaeologists recover and identify plants from sites, discuss one of the most visible archaeological signatures of ancient plant use, the earth oven, and talk about the ancient origins of agriculture in Texas.

Dr. Bush will begin her talk with a 45 minute Power Point, and then we will adjourn to Monument Hill to find modern day examples of plants used by ancient Texans.  Bring a sack lunch and join us.  Call Karen Woods (281.682.2810) and/or Cindy Hobbs (979.338.9374) for more information

Field Trip to Burleson Prairie - April 30th, 9:30am

Field Trip to Burleson Prairie

When: Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Visit a tallgrass prairie remnant and restoration in the Blackland Prairie.  Mickey and Bob Burleson restored this prairie for decades and wrote a restoration guide, available on NPAT’s website. Bring a lunch and be ready to hike. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at for more information and to RSVP. May be rescheduled in case of rain.

Tandy Hills Bioblitz - April 22nd

The Friends of Tandy Hills wrote:

This year we are bringing in the top scientist experts from across Texas to help us make sure we have Tandy Hills in the future. That goal starts by understanding what we have now.  And so…the 2016 Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz will focus on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. We all have a part to play in the project. We think it will be pretty fun.

Technology - Biology - Conservation - Community Engagement
The 2016 Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz will focus on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. Specifically, scientists and naturalists will lead and supervise this photo documentation and data collection blitz. The results form a permanent and valuable snapshot of biological life at Tandy Hills. Community members and volunteers are invited to observe science in action and participate by making their own contributions via iNaturalist while exploring the urban prairie.

WHEN: Friday, April 22, 2016 (Earth Day) 6:00 a.m. until, Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View Street, Fort Worth, TX 76103

Centex Chapter Meeting - April 25th, 6:30pm

When: Monday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., talk begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Austin Public Library, Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, 78723

Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project
Ed Fair, an Austin lawyer and avid birder, will talk about how this restoration project came about—how he got involved in transforming a bermudagrass field in an Austin park to a native prairie. For more information, go to

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