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Winter Duldrums Got You Down?  Check out these Houston NPAT events on their website! January 15, 2018 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm…

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#WatershedWise Volunteer Gardener Program’s Application Deadline - Friday, January 26, 2018 We posted our report on NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter’s first 2018 monthly meeting January…

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What do these NPAT members have in common? Kim Conrow, Fort Worth, Susan Gregory, Dallas; Bill Hopkins, Fort Worth; Linda Knowles, Houston; Martha Peet, Fort…

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Prairie Facts

January, 2018 at Houston NPAT

Winter Duldrums Got You Down?  Check out these Houston NPAT events on their website!

January 15, 2018 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Nature Discovery Center, Monday Morning Gardening

January 24, 2018 at 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Seed Cleaning and Packing Pizza Party Sponsored by Katy Prairie Conservancy + 5pm hike

January 27, 2018 at 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Bird Survey at Deer Park Prairie

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

Deer Park Prairie Workday & Prairie Open to visitors

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

MONDAY, 6:30pm – 8pm

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Meeting

“A Year in Review: Our Accomplishments of 2017”

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

January 9, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 pm

Blackland Chapter Monthly Meeting

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

Update on Paul Mathews Prairie - End of Year, 2017

From Pat Merkord, our Executive Director

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

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

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

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

Pat Merkord,
NPAT Executive Director

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Photos by Don Kirchoff.

SARA’s #WatershedWise Volunteer Gardener Program!

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

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

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

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

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

Dedicated Volunteers - MultiTaskers

What do these NPAT members have in common?

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

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

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

January 2, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 7-8:30 pm

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

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

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

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

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

January 3, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM

CenTex NPAT Chapter Meeting

RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH US!

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

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

WELCOME Lisa and Jason Spangler, prairie enthusiasts extraordinaire!

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

THANK YOU, NPAT CHAPTERS!

Our ‘fledging’ chapters, San Antonio and CenTex:

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

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

HNPAT:

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

BNPAT:

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

FWNPAT Honors Evaline Woodrey:


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

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

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

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

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

Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director

                                   

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

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

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

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

Blackland NPAT’s Cedar Ridge Preserve Workday

Saturday beginning at 8:00 am

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249

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

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

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

November 18, 2017 - Boerne, TX

BIRDS IN THEIR HABITATS

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

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

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

November 29, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Wednesday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

TO REGISTER: Call 817-392-7410

November 29, 2017 - Houston, TX

2017 PRAIRIE STAMPEDE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & AWARDS DINNER

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm

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

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

December 5, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 pm

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“Native Texans Managing for Texas Natives and Migratory Species”

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

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

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

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

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

December 6, 2017 - Cuero, TX

Field Day @ SnK

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

December 6, 2017 -Georgetown, TX

WEDNESDAY, 6:30-8:30 PM

NPAT CenTex Chapter Meeting

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

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

“Restoring a Farm to Prairie Land”

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

OUR AGENDA

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

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

The Great Seed Bomb Benefitting NPAT!

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

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

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

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

Maddin Prairie 2017 Annual Winter Bird Survey

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


Burrowing Owls - The WHOLE Family!

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


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


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

December 11, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

PLAN TO CELEBRATE!!

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

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

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

December 12, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Blackland Chapter Holiday Shindig with Milo’s Christmas Tamale Celebration

Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 pm

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

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

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

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

Seed Collecting - 12/13/17


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

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

Photos from “Seed Collecting - October, 2017”

Deer Park Prairie, October 10, 2017:

Nash Prairie, October 14, 2017:

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

Funding Available for Urban Conservation Gardens and High Tunnels

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

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

2018 NPAT CHAPTER MEETINGS:

Chapter Meetings for January & February, 2018:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blackland NPAT Chapter’s Field Trip

by Leigh Ann Ellis

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

Thanks for everything!
Leigh Ann Ellis

November 10-12, 2017 - Denton, TX

Friday thru Sunday

Texas Society for Ecological Restoration

“Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots”

TXSER’s Annual Conference will be held at the University of North Texas

We have lots of exciting indoor and outdoor activities planned allowing for opportunities to network with colleagues, get your hands dirty on restoration activities, and learn. 
All the details are on TXSER’s conference website.

November 11 & 12, 2017 Georgetown & Dallas, TX

LAST 2 NPSOT Level 3 Landscaping Classes!

1-day classes are part of the Native Landscaping Certification Program; the series teaches best practices for native plant landscaping – including wildlife habitat gardening.
Classes are open to the public and intended to be useful both to homeowners and professionals NPSOT_2017_FALL_LANDSCAPING_CLASSES.pdf.
Three levels are offered; anyone may register for a Level 1 class;
Level 1 is a PREREQUISITE for advancing to Level 2 and Level 3;
For more information or, to complete a mail-in registration, email a request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Meg Inglis at 512.589.1316.

November 8, 2017 - Victoria, TX

“Organizational Meeting”

Victoria-area NPAT Chapter

Please invite a neighbor and a friend to attend!

Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Community Room, Anti-Crime Unit, Victoria Mall, 7800 N. Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77904
Agenda: 
6:30- 7:00pm: MEET & GREET Phillip Quast, NPAT Program Director
7:00– 8:30pm: Discussion:
How to Form an NPAT Chapter:Review NPAT’s Mission and importance of forming partnerships.
Latest NPAT Prairie Acquisitions; Current & Upcoming Events.
8:30pm: Adjourn

November 8, 2017 - Dallas, TX

“Grassland Wildlife”

Presented by Pat Merkord,

Executive Director, NPAT

Wednesday, 6:30-8:45pm

 

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

Meadows Conference Center
Oak Corner Conference Room
2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, Texas 75204

Evening’s Agenda:
6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

November 5, 2017 - N. E. Austin, TX

FIELD TRIP

to Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunday, 10:00am to 12:00 Noon, Lake Walter E. Long, Austin

The grasses are looking great this fall!  Join our group of experts to learn more about the fall grasses and wildflowers.
This 200-acre preserve is designed to protect Blackland Prairie habitat. It is normally closed to the public; so this is a rare opportunity!
The Sanctuary is located on Lake Walter E. Long in northeast Austin and includes wetlands along the Lake! 
CONTACT .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information and directions.

November 7, 2017 - CANCELLED - San Antonio, TX

The San Antonio NPAT Chapter will NOT meet November 7, 2017.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

November 3 & 4, 2017 - Huntsville, TX

NPSOT 2017 Fall Symposium

Saturday and Sunday

“Challenges to the Pineywood Forests:

Fire, Fragmentation and Biodiversity”

Sam Houston Memorial Museum is across street from campus of Sam Houston State University.
Join others who are also passionate about Texas natives!
Register for Symposium and see list of accommosations on NPSOT website.

November 4, 2017 - Dripping Springs, TX

Hill Country Alliance’s FREE

Saturday, from 10am to 5pm

Also attached is the schedule of presentations, most of which have been approved by the Hays County chapter for advanced training.

Sign Up to Volunteer
LOCATION: Dripping Springs Ranch Park,  1042 Event Center Dr, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

The FESTIVAL IS FREE, FAMILY FRIENDLY, AND WILL HAVE PLENTY TO DO AND SEE - for ALL AGES AND ALL WHO LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL TEXAS HILL COUNTRY!!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES HERE!

November 4, Deer Park, TX

Deer Park’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Event!!!

Saturday from 4:00-9:00pm

Clyde Abshier Stadium, 710 W San Augustine St, Deer Park, TX 77536

Shell has partnered with the 125th Anniversary Committee -(City of Deer Park, Deer Park I.S.D., and the Deer Park CofC) to hold this fun, family-friendly event!!
The Shell Experience, a pop-up museum highlighting the past, present and future of Shell Deer Park, will be available to attendees from 4PM through the conclusion of the concert (approximately 8:45pm).
Food trucks (open 4-9PM) on the Home side of stadium near the entrance) Predator and Prey, Wylie St. Tacos, Foreign Policy, Maine-ly Sandwiches, Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack and Space City Spudz
Shell Synergy Food Truck (go past the Future tent near the bouncy castles) is a new food truck experience incorporating 6 cleaner energy solutions that Shell supports from Shell’s R&D division.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:
Shell’s 7 Mile Perimeter band – 5-6:15PM They cover a lot of rock ‘n roll songs. (They are Shell Deer Park’s site band made up of Shell DP employees in various areas of the plants including Operations, Lab, HR, Emergency Response, Safety and Security. followed by
RAELYNN – 7- 8:15/8:30PM. Raelynn is a country artist from Baytown; she appeared on the Voice.

Check LINK ABOVE for all the details, parking information, etc.

10-28-17-YOU CAN STILL REGISTER! FREE “Wildlife & Grassland Restoration Workshop”

We look forward to seeing you Saturday, 8:30am to 3:30pm

at Kirchoff Family Farm and Three Oaks Community Center!

This FREE 1-day Restoration Workshop is being offered by NPAT and Wilson County Wildlife Management Association.
Morning Tours and Demos at the Kirchoff Family Farm.
Lunch and afternoon presentations will be in the nearby Three Oaks Community Center.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Please indicate if you will be participating for all or a part of the day, and whether you’ll join us for lunch.)

NPAT and Wilson County Wildlife Management Association express our collective appreciation to the The Kirchoff Family and to these organizations and their representatives who have graciously offered their support for this workshop (listed alphabetically):
Douglass King Seed Company; Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA; Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture; South Texas Natives/Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute; Texas Master Naturalist; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wilson County Soil & Water Conservation District #301.

November 1, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary & “Grasses of the Texas Hill Country”

CenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

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

Shirley Loflin and Brian Loflin, Robert Reeves, and Rene Barrera!

NPAT’s CenTex Chapter proudly welcomes our highly qualified and well-respected guests who will share their knowledge of Indiangrass and Texas Hill Country grasses! This meeting promises to be very informative and offers the opportunity to actualy see displays of prairie grasses!!

6:30-7:00: Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary Preserve Update. Robert Reeves and Rene Barrera
May, 2017, this chapter met Robert (a retired Biologist in Austin) and Rene, from Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Their photos and descriptions gave us the history of Austin’s Indiangrass Preserve and encouraged supporting its preservation efforts!
7:00-8:00: Grasses of the Texas Hill Country, Brian Loflin & Shirley Loflin (Bring your own copy for the authors to sign! More will be available for purchase afterward.)
PLUS - Their Display of Prairie Grasses!
8:00-8:30: Meet our Presenters! See Prairie Grass Displays!

Paul Mathews and Clymer Meadows Prairies Field Trip 10/14/17

Our Blog includes the Blackland Chapter’s Report filed by Leigh Ann Ellis.

RESERVE: Saturday, October 28, 2017! ( Kirchoff Famly Farm)

ALL PRAIRIE ENTHUSIASTS!  REGISTER & ATTEND OUR FREE “Wildlife and Grasslands Restoration Workshop”

Lunch will be provided. All are welcome for all or a part of the day - whatever your schedule will allow! Register Online NOW so we know you’re going to join us!  We look forward to seeing YOU!!

CANCELLED - October 4, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

Our apologies for the late notice. The CenTex NPAT Chapter will not have an October monthly meeting.

NPAT Members and friends may attend a Memorial for Kunda Wicce, a leader of NPAT in its early days, who was very influencial in establishing our organization.

statesman.com.

Our next CenTex Chapter Meeting will be Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

October 5, 2017 - Waller, TX

Support Katy Prairie Conservancy’s 2017 Restoration Round-up:

Partners with KPC are: Harris County Flood Control District, Houston Parks & Recreation Department, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Texas Master Naturalist, and Wildlife Habitat Federation.

Register Here (required).


KPC’s Facebook Page

October 9, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meet-up!

“Managing Prairies and Savannas For Diversity With Grazing and Fire”

Monday,  6:30pm – 8pm

Presenter: Dan Caudle of Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

Location: Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA.

October 14, 2017 -  Paul Mathews Prairie & Clymer Meadows!

Saturday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Blackland NPAT proudly joins our co-host, The Nature Conservancy, in offering a FREE DAY-OF-TOURS OF THESE BEAUTIFUL PRAIRIES!

Our Guide, Brandon Belcher, North Texas Preserves Manager for TNC, will share his deep prairie knowledge as we enjoy the beauty of the two colorful grasslands
1st STOP: Mathews Prairie, a 100-acre pristine Blackland Prairie preserve. It is densely grassed, heavily forbed, and riddled with deep gilgai impressions. (Currently under a conservation easement with TNC, NPAT seeks to additionally protect the property from rapid encroachment by purchasing it and co-managing with TNC.)
We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in Greenville.
We’ll spend the afternoon touring Clymer Meadows.  The entire Clymer Meadows Preserve is a valuable resource for scientific research and supervised field trips, tours, hiking and bird watching, all managed and approved so as not to impair its pristine condition.
Please read over the day’s plans on: Blackland NPAT’s Calendar October 14, 2017. We highly recommend you come prepared: Wear long pants and hiking boots (don’t forget your hat and sunglasses)!  Bring a water bottle and insect repellent.

October 14, 2017 - Austin, TX - Honor NPAT’s Friend, Mickey Burleson

Saturday, beginning at 11am. Travis Audubon Society’s 8th Annual “Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon” In Honor of Mickey Burleson’s Extraordinary Efforts in Prairie Restoration!


Plan to attend! Purchase a ticket or table at the Austin Country Club.

We Congratulate you, Mickey!

NPAT is very grateful for the rewarding relationship we continue to share with you after so many years. We are happy for you and proud you are receiving this well-deserved honor!
Our thanks to the Travis Audubon Society for recognizing your tireless efforts!
Sincerely,
Native Prairies Association of Texas Board of Directors, Staff and our wonderful Volunteers!

October 21, 2017 - Grasslands & Winery Tour FUNDRAISER

The Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Saturday, 1pm to 6pm!

Afternoon tour of beautiful Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands followed by a visit to Marker Cellars Winery!

Proceeds of this fundraising afternoon benefit NPAT’s efforts to purchase the Paul Mathews Prairie! NPAT seeks to save the pristine 100-acre remnant of Blackland prairie from rapid encroachment by purchasing it and co-managing with along with The Nature Conservancy.
Reserve your seat on our chartered bus; details to meet the bus @TCC-NW campus will be provided upon RSVP. $50 PER PERSON. (We are not able to offer Refunds.)
Questions? E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 817-689-0098 & leave a message.
We will explore a portion of the vast Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands (which encompasses almost 40,000 acres in both Wise and Fannin Counties)!
Our tour ends at Marker Cellars Winery. As they recommend, we will “Escape to the country and come join us for a taste of Texas Wine, relax with a glass and enjoy our beautiful views.”

Continuing thru October 8, 2017

Texas Pollinator Bioblitz, 2017

Let’s help each other learn about pollinators and pollinator habitat. Observe and identify pollinators!

The Monarch Butterfly population across the Eastern U.S., Canada, and Mexico has declined by nearly 80% over the past 20 years. Also, 30 native pollinator/flower-visiting species (bees, butterflies, & moths) are designated as “Species of Greatest Conservation Need”. Pollinators perform extremely beneficial, life-sustaining services: the butterflies, bees & moths, bats, hummingbirds, wasps, flies, & beetles all sustain native plant species, human food crops, and even crops for livestock.

The Texas Pollinator Bioblitz encourages all ages and abilities—to locate pollinators and nectar-producing plants. We know pollinators can be difficult to identify, so we suggest you share your observations with the “Community of Naturalists’‘. Include a simple description of the species or its behavior and post it on Instagram or iNaturalist. The more experienced naturalist can then post a photo/details on iNaturalist, which records the date and location of the observation and allows other naturalists to help with identification.
State-wide Partners: National Butterfly Center; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; National WiIldlife Federation; and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

October 15 thru October 21, 2017 - Various Cities

NPSOT – Texas Native Plant Week:

It’s not too late! NPSOT Link

To promote the importance of our state’s special sense of place, the Texas Legislature has designated October 15-21 as Native Plant Week. Local communities throughout Texas are planning events for the public to foster the use of native plants in the landscape.

October 20, 2017 - Katy, TX

Support Katy Prairie Conservancy! Attend their Conservation Easement Workshop!

Registration is Required


KPC’s Facebook Page

October 6, 2017 - Boerne, TX

“Finding Common Ground and Advancing Positive Conservation Outcomes in Environmental Issues”

Friday, 8am to 3pm

Location: Patrick Heath Public Library Meeting Room, 451 N Main St, Boerne, Texas 78006.
Texas Master Naturalists, as both knowledgeable citizens and responsible Americans, are called to use sound science and common ground in reaching our audience members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. As our society has embraced the language of divisiveness, how can we use our TMN skills to fulfill this moral imperative?
This workshop will address this challenge by focusing on:
the language of effective communication,
examples of successful environmental initiatives, and
opportunities to advance conservation issues. 
You’ll walk away with tools capable of making a difference at the local, regional, or national level. 
A list of instructors and info on pre-approved Training Credits are on Hill Country Chapter’s website.
PLEASE call or email Craig Childs and let him know you’re coming: 210-286-2674 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). He’ll ensure your lunch will be prepared; you can specify your preference for a vegetarian meal. A $10 donation is ncouraged to cover cost of lunch: CASH or CHECK (payable to ‘HCMN’ or “Hill Country Master Naturalists”.

October 6, 2017 - Llano, TX

“Legal Update and Conservation Strategies for Texas Landowners” Landowner Workshop

Friday, from 9am - 3pm

Lyssy & Eckel Feeds, 105 E. Young St., Llano TX 78643

You can SignUp Now
Register and pay your $10 Registration Fee upon arrival.

October 26-28, 2017, Denver, CO.

LTA’s Rally 2017

“National Land Conservation Conference”

Make plans to attend a gathering packed with diverse topics to explore and great colleagues and friends to learn and share with. Rally has all of the resources you want to take your conservation skills further.

October 26 and November 10 - Statewide!

The 2017 Wild Texas Film Tour!

Hosted by filmmaker & conservationist, Ben Masters.

Showcasing wildlife, adventure, and conservation stories from across the state.

Don’t miss this WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY! Meet the characters in the films, the folks behind the cameras, and some of the best photographers, anglers, outdoorsman, and wildlife enthusiasts in the state of Texas!
Tour continues: Oct 26 - Fort Worth; Nov 10 - Houston.
(Check out Dates & Showtimes, Venues, & Box office Information).  Sponsors: YETI, Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Stewards of the Wild, King Land & Water, and Borderlands Research Institute.

October 8, 2017 - Austin, TX

Travis Audubon’s 3rd Annual “Big Sit!”

(a.k.a. “tailgate party for birders”)

Sunday, from 6am to 5pm

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, 614 N Commons Ford Rd., Austin, Texas 78733

Annual, international birding event.  Host: Bird Watcher’s Digest;  Sponsor: Swarovski Optik.
OBJECTIVE:
Count as many species in a 17-ft diameter circle within a 24-hour period.
PROCESS: Sit, visit with fellow birders, eat, drink, and RELAX!
WHY GO? To appreciate how the bird activity changes throughout the day!
Website & ONLINE REGISTRATION.

October 8, 2017 - Spicewood, TX

Native Plant ID Workshop with Bill Carr

Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm

Location:  Narrows Recreation Area Spicewood, TX. We will meet in the parking lot and carpool to our destinations. Please plan on being there no later than 8:45.

Registration is limited and required!
Limited to 15 participants
Cost- $25
(Paid in person at the workshop) (cash, check, credit cards OK)

DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 71 west to Spicewood.  Turn right on Spur 191.  Continue straight on County Road 410.  When CR 410 turns sharply to the right, continue STRAIGHT on County Road 411 until you get to the Colorado River and the Narrows Recreation Area. (Google Map)

October 13, 2017 - Boerne, TX

Expand our knowledge - Save the Monarch Butterfly!

Friday, 9am to 4pm

Ben Eldredge, Education Director, Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, will welcome and introduce
Cathy Downs, Native Plant Society of Texas, who established the “Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas” program.

Register Online. Plan to attend and learn from these experts!
(Lunch will be provided; a $20 Donation is suggested.)

October 15, 2017 - DEADLINE: NPSOT Call for Exhibitors/Vendors!

Register by SUNDAY, as a 2017 Symposium Exhibitor/Vendor

“Challenges to the Pineywood Forests: Fire, Fragmentation and Biodiversity”

November 3-4, in Huntsville, TX

WE NEED YOUR HELP - OPPORTUNITIES to ASSIST prior to symposium:

Knowledge/experience with symposium planning; organizing a photo contest, recruiting vendors and exhibitors, making catering arrangements, planning workshops and activities, coordinating volunteers, logistics/signs, planning the Friday night off-site dinner, assisting with field trips and tech advice/equipment set-up, and many other details.
We are anxious to fill our vendor/exhibitor hall with your information and products!  Our attendees are passionate about anything involving Texas natives, making this the venue for you to inform them about your organization, and sell them your products and services!
COMPLETE AND RETURN NPSOT_2017_Symposium_Vendor_Form.pdf by 10-15-17. 
QUESTIONS? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 830.997.9272.
LODGING: Check NPSOT’s website for Hotel info; there are a number of suitable hotels within a short distance of the University.

September 9, 2017 - Houston, TX

Learn about Wildscaping in Houston

This symposium was originally set for Saturday from 8 am to 3:30pm. PLEASE MONITOR NPSOT’s website FOR UPDATES

SPONSORS are: Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter and by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
ONLINE REGISTRATION: $40/non-NPSOT members; $35 for NPSOT members (Entry fee to native plant sale, exhibits, and a box lunch!)

You will definitely want to meet our speakers and listen to their presentations:

Dan Worrall, Member of Harris County Historical Commission, “A Historical Perspective of the Native Landscape of West Houston: Its Settlement and Use by Early Area Pioneers, Disappearance, and Future”;
Dr. John Abbott, Director of Museum Research and Collections for the University of Alabama, “Building a Pond to Attract a Diverse Array of Insects and Other Wildlife”;
Ben Pfeiffer, founder of Firefly.org, “Fireflies of Texas: Glowing, Glowing, Gone”;
Diana Foss, Biologist at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, “Great Natives for Wildscapes Gardens”.

September 11, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Monday,  6:30 – 8pm

Prairie Seed Swap Mixer & ID Workshop

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Monthly Meetup

Would you like some locally-collected native seed that is not available in the marketplace; or do you have some you’d like to share?
Bring your seed, other folks will bring there’s, we’ll bring ours & we’ll mix & match seed. 
We’ll even have a limited supply of milkweed seed to share
Join us as we learn about native grass & wildflower seed identification, swap seeds & mix-about!
(Photo: FWNPAT)

September 12, 2017 - PAUL MATHEWS PRAIRIE - Floyd, TX

PRAIRIE WALK!!!

Tuesday, 10:30am -12:30pm

Join Fort Worth NPAT Chapter for a morning walk on this pristine prairie; you will understand NPAT’s passion to save it! 
OUR PLAN: meet near US Hwy 380 in Floyd, TX., and carpool.

Reserve your place and get all the details: contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) SOON (attendance space is limited )!! 
Monitor FWNPAT’s site for details.
Donating to NPAT’s capital campaign will mean you help save this rare prairie for future generations. Join with other naturalists around the state. Please visit our donation page.
(Photo: Kirsti Harms)

September 13, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

Deer Park Prairie’s Seed Collecting

Wednesday from 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon

We are carrying on with our events, open this link to HNPAT’s CALENDAR!

Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536. Google map.
Please do not park directly in front of our neighbors’ houses. You may park on the driveway; please pull up so four cars can fit on the driveway. 
First time visitors, please bring a printed and signed release waiver (open link above).

September 13, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Who Cares for the Land?

Wednesdays, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Witte’s: Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series

Join curator of Texas Wild, Helen Holdsworth, as we learn how land stewardship benefits everyone!
FEES: $9 for members, students and educators, $14 for other adults.
Every Texan can be a land steward and help care for the land and our natural resources.

September 15, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Friday, 9am-10:30am

Stella Rowan Prairie Hike

Join us to visit a native remnant prairie that exists right here in Tarrant County!

2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119

Enjoy the fall season wildflowers in their native prairie environment and maybe we will get lucky and see a few Monarchs migrating south!  We’ll talk a walk through the prairie to see what is growing, what native plants & wildlife are present since this prairie was NOT mowed this summer and we had good August rains! 

Bring your phone or camera to take a few photos to add to the iNaturalist Project “Stella Rowan Prairie” to help us document what is here. 
Wear closed toe shoes and long pants.

September 15, 2017 - Boerne, TX

Friday, from 9am to 2pm

Education can reverse the destructive global agriculture trends! 

Please sign up now! 

September 16, 2017 - Raywood, TX

Disaster Assistance Workshop

Saturday, 8:30am-12 NOON

View Flyer 9-16-17_AM_Disaster_Asstance_Workshop.pdf

Texas AgrAbility and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Raywood Livestock Market (14810 E. Hwy 90, Raywood TX 77682)

(Approximately 52 miles west of Beaumont, TX on Hwy 90)

Please RSVP at txagrability.tamu.edu/workshops (Continental breakfast provided)
Program will address these timely concerns:
Learn various disaster assistance programs available for farmers and ranchers:
Emergency Assistance for Livestock & Crop Related Expenses & Losses
Emergency Financial Assistance
Disaster Relief Funds
Financial Assistance Programs to help with Farm and Land Damage
Programs to help with Crop Losses & Livestock Losses
Deadlines for applying for Disaster Assistance Programs
Restoration and Rehabilitation of Farm and Ranch Land

SAVE THE DATE—OCTOBER 28, 2017

Saturday, 8:30am - 3:30pm! Register online not to attend this educational and FREE “Wildlife and Grasslands Restoration Workshop” on the Kirchoff Family Farm!

What a “classroom”!

A full day of hands-on demonstrations, tours, and presentations led by highly-respected experts from Douglass King Seed Company; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture; South Texas Natives/Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute; Texas Master Naturalist; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  and cohosts: Wilson County Wildlife Management Association and NPAT.  Lunch will be provided for everyone!  We encourage you to register to join us for all or part of the day; whatever your busy schedule will allow: morning, morning & lunch, afternoon, lunch and afternoon, or the entire day! Register Online NOW! (Full details follow at October 28, 2017)

September 18-21, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Monday, 1 pm - Thursday, 12 Noon

2017 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Class

Texas A&M AgriLife Center, 17360 Coit Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 map

This year Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center was unable to accommodate everyone interested in advanced entomology training.
Please check their site next spring for information on the 2018 class.

September 21, 2017 - Austin, TX

Travis Audubon’s Speaker Series: Scott Weidensaul presenting “Living on the Wind, Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds”

Thursday, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(Doors at 6:30 PM)

Free to the public.  This event will be held at the Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 E. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78751. Details and maps are provided on the Travis Audubon’s Calendar.
(Photo:Travis Audubon)

September 22, 2017 - TXSER Call for Abstracts Deadline

GET READY for TXSER’S Annual Conference November 10-12, 2017

Presentation and paper abstract submission.  Please follow the link: Abstract Submission Guidelines.

Register before September 30th for the early bird rates: TXSER Annual Conference.

September 23, 2017 - Padre Island National Seashore, TX

Padre Island is now reopened after Hurricane Harvey.


Call 361-949-8068 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

September 30, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

Enjoy Houston NPAT’s 2017 Fall Prairie Day & BioBlitz

COME OUT FOR BIRD SURVEY @ 7:30 am. 
Please SIGN UP FOR LUNCH at HNPAT or our Registration Page 

Click here to enjoy more HNPAT Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Preserve Photos!

October 2, 2017 - Wilson County, TX

Join us on our 2017 Monitoring Survey of the Kirchoff Family Farm!

Monday, from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm!

Please register by 5pm, 09-28-17.

NPAT staff conducts an annual “Monitoring Survey” of each NPAT project. All NPAT members are invited as are all individuals interested in assisting or learning to participate and learn how surveys are conducted, including identifying plants, birds, other vertebrates; butterflies/insects. 
Please indicate on the registration form if you will meet us at 7:30am in Floresville or if you will drive directly to the Farm (please include your ETA if driving to the Farm).
We’ve listed recommended items to bring along!  Lunch will be provided.
Thank you for your support! We hope you’ll participate along with us!

Pat Merkord
Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas

OUR SURVEY DAY SCHEDULE: 

7:30 am - MEET at the Whataburger in Floresville, TX then drive to Kirchoff Farm monitoring survey site.
8:00 am - 10:30 am: 12 point - BIRD SURVEY
10:45 am - 12:30 pm: Vertebrate Surveys & Plant Transect Surveys (8 plant transects)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: LUNCH (onsite - sandwiches & drinks provided).
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Butterfly/Pollinator Surveys & Complete Plant Transect Surveys

October 3, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

“Organization of San Antonio NPAT Chapter”

Selection of Officers & Committees

Tuesday, 6:30 pm (We’re starting a little early!)

PIZZA PLANNING PARTY!!!

Everyone is invited & welcome!  We’ll have pizza, salad & drinks for all!

AGENDA

-Brief Summary of upcoming Oct. 28, 2017 “Wildlife Habitat and Restoration” Workshop.
-Results of Oct. 2, 2017 Fall Surveys (Kirchoff Farm Prairie Restoration, Wilson County).
-Discussion of future restoration/survey possibilities.
-Formal Organization of San Antonio Native Prairies Association of Texas Chapter.
-Selection of Officers and Committees.

From Pat Merkord, Executive Director of NPAT: 
This is a special occasion - we’ll be planning future organizational efforts, selecting officer positions, committees, and activities, and reviewing recent activities.
If you would like to help us move this chapter forward there are many options for support:
We need four officers, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and many committee chairs and membership positions including Field Trip Committee, Restoration Committee, Partnership Development Committee, Communications Committee, and Program Committee. Positions will be formally accepted in December for the upcoming 2018 year.
This is a very important meeting to further efforts to support protection and restoration of Texas’s Native Prairies! Please help us in this endeavor. We appreciate your support and look forward to working in partnership and collaboration with other organizations in the San Antonio area.

(Chapter Monthly Meeting Location: Community Room, San Antonio Parks & Rec, Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX 78209. Enter parking lot near Broadway & Mulberry: ample parking in front & additional parking lot to the south.)

September 29, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Texas Land Conservancy LANDOWNER WORKSHOP

“Legal Update and Conservation Strategies for Texas Landowners”

Friday at the Texas A&M University – School of Law in Fort Worth:1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Register upon arrival. Registration fee is $10 per person

September 29, 2017 - Register by Midnight!

Get signed up, get your gear ready and plan your trip to Corpus Christi October 20-22, 2017.
Click this link for meeting info & details: TMN. 

September 30, 2017 - EARLY BIRD RATES & REGISTRATION

TXSER’S Annual Conference, 11/10-12/17: “Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots”, at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Details at TXSER Annual Conference link.
You’ll have opportunities to participate in exciting indoor and outdoor activities, to network with colleagues, get your hands dirty on restoration activities, and learn!

September, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex NPAT Chapter will NOT meet in September!

Please plan to join us Wedhesday, October 4, 2017, @6:45 PM, when we’ll welcome Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin as our Presenters!

September 5, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Presentation by authors, Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin


Bring your own copy for the authors to sign! 
More will be available to purchase after the presentation!

Our Chapter meetings are in Downtown San Antonio at 2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209: the San Antonio Parks & Recreation, Lions Field Adult & Senior Center’s Community Room.

September 2, 2017 – Boerne, TX

Birding Skills Workshop

Saturday from 9am-12pm Ready to enjoy a fall morning in Central Texas doing some serious birding!?? Be better prepared and more inspired - grab some binoculars and hit the trails! You’ll learn birding skills that you’ll use - even when you’re not ‘BIRDING’!  Register Online

Tom and Patsy Inglet are two of the best birders in the region and present techniques that have helped them progress from amateurs to expert birders. They’ve trained thousands of birders of all ages to identify birds by sight, sound and flight. Cost: CNC Members: $20; Non-members: $25

August 16 thru 18, Abilene, TX

Wednesday thru Friday

Early registration ends Mon., August 7!

Discounted rate of $50 (or $20 Student Rate)
Co-hosts are: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, & Texas Wildlife Association. See Full Agenda/Registration Info for this Statewide Quail Symposium!

PRE-SYMPOSIUM FIELD DAY, Wednesday, August 16, Hailey Ranch, Abilene, TX
Subject: “Habitat Management and Monitoring Techniques for Quail”
Our graduating QuailMasters* class of 2017 will also be available to answer questions and assist with plant identification.

SYMPOSIUM,
Thursday & Friday, August 17 & 18, MCM Elegante Hotel

Featuring a variety of speakers:
From agency personnel to land managers and researchers, answering frequently asked questions regarding quail management in Texas!
From quail research organizations!
From experts, who will debate controversial topics, such as the “role of introduced plants in quail habitat” and “the viability of translocation for restoring wild populations”.

*QuailMasters is a series of intensive, hands-on training sessions about quail habitat and the science of quail management in Texas. Landowners, hunters, quail enthusiasts, wildlife biologists, and others are invited to participate. The program is provided by the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

August 23, 2017 - Houston, TX

Wild About Houston Short Film Screening

Wednesday, 6:30 pm - HNPAT Monthly Meeting

Co-presenters for this event are: Houston - NPAT, Katy Prairie Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partnership at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park.

The goal of this short film screening will be to “spotlight short (10 minutes or less) films” that focus on local conservation efforts or local wildlife/ecosystems.

We see this as a local complement to the Wild & Scenic Festivals that Citizens Environmental Coalition Houston and Bayou Land Conservancy are hosting.

We would​ love for ​you or ​your group to submit a film and make the screening! click here and fill out a short form.

August 25, 2017 - Boerne, TX

Conservation Easement Workshop

FRIDAY, 2pm to 5pm

Co-Hosts: Cibolo Conservancy and the Hill Country Alliance Hill Country Alliance

This workshop was designed to provide farmers, ranchers and other landowners with effective tools and resources to help them deal with the issues inherent in passing family land on to future generations. Many landowners are concerned about conserving those special natural features on their family-owned property and maintaining the productivity of their land. Landowners face the challenge of increasing tax burdens associated with land ownership, including the potential impact of estate taxes on their heirs.

A CONSERVATION EASEMENT (“CE”) is a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term:
One of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property.
A voluntary legal agreement ensures a property will forever be conserved according to the landowner’s wishes. (No public access is required.)
Negotiated between the landowner and the land trust organization, (the responsible party for monitoring and enforcing the terms of the conservation easement agreement).
PRESENTATIONS: My Dream for My Land video, narrated by Bob Webster, Conservation Easement Basics and Income and Estate Tax Benefits of Donating a Conservation Easement, The Land Trust Role in the Conservation Easement Process, and Discussion with Conservation Easement Donors.
Pre-register/Ensure your seat & Preview the Program Agenda
- $20 per person (includes refreshments and a social following the workshop).
- DOORS OPEN at 1:30 pm; walk-ins are welcome!

Cancel Workday - August 26, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

DUE TO THREATENING WEATHER, we are cancelling our workday at DPP, Saturday, 08/26/17

An extra Workday is tentatively set for 09/23/17..Join Damien Carey for the Monthly Bird Survey and learn about the bird life we have at DPP!  PLEASE MONITOR OUR SEPTEMBER CALENDAR or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to verify the latest information on the bird survey.

August 1, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“From Developer Dirt to Prairie”

Come join other ‘prairie enthusiasts’ and meet our Presenter, Beth Clark.

Beth Clark and Sheila Condon co-founded Clark Condon, a Houston-based Landscape Architecture firm, in 1985. Clark Condon is an award-winning design firm specializing in commercial, corporate and municipal architecture project design.  They focus on bringing clients creative and meaningful outdoor environments. 

Beth has an extensive knowledge of plant materials and a special interest in design with native and perennial plants.  She has worked with developers and corporations to include native plants and prairies as a part of the site development.  Local project include Tesoro Corporate Headquarters, La Cantera Resort & Spa, and San Antonio River Walk Museum Reach.  Beth will present the design and establishment of a prairie on the north side of Houston for the Springwoods Development that included over 20 acres of native and prairie planting.  The presentation will also cover plant selection, installation methods, and an analysis of maintenance costs and water usage. The Springwoods Development project received a state ASLA award.

Beth is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.  She is a registered landscape architect, ASLA member, and LEED-AP certified.
Beth serves as vice-president of NPAT’s Houston Chapter.

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter meets Downtown - in the Community Room of San Antonio’s Parks & Recreation, Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, (2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209). 
[DIRECTIONS to Center: ENTER parking lot near Broadway & Mulberry: drive is one-way; ample parking in front with additional parking lot to the south. The Lions Field Adult & Senior Center Building is mostly stone with green fencing around the front patio.] 

August 2, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

Wednesday at 6:30 pm

CenTex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

“9-Natives Landscape Plans”, Lan Shen

Meet us at the Georgetown Library Classroom (2nd Fl) 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626

Lan Shen will be presenting on the concept of “9 Natives” developed by Jaime Gonzales of the Katy Prairie Conservancy & Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP), to encourage the use of local native plants.  She will be talking about all phases of promoting the 9-Natives concept in the Greater Houston area:
from the initial 9-Natives design contest
to developing practical 9-Natives landscape plans by Clark Condon Associates, a Houston architecture firm. 

This project began as a contest, sponsored by CPP & Houston-NPAT, to design a garden landscape for homeowners using 9 native plants that (as either plants or seeds) could be purchased.
The hope was this project would also be a means to encourage local nurseries to carry these native plants for sale.
Lan was one of the two winners of the FIRST “9-Natives Contest” in Houston; she will discuss her award winning design and how this concept of using 9 natives can be applied to other cities to encourage the use of native plants in home and public gardens.
Lan will provide information on the 9 native plants proposed for the greater Houston area and talk about growth requirements for some Central Texas native species currently available at local nurseries.
It is hoped that this example of citizen participation in furthering the use of natives in urban gardens will inspire those in the Central Texas area to develop plans of their own design using the same guidelines developed in Houston and perhaps offer a similar contest to encourage native landscape designs for the Central Texas area.

Our Presenter, Lan Shen
is the past 3-year President of the Houston NPAT Chapter; 
the Activity Coordinator for Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, Deer Park, TX; and
a Master Naturalist in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

August 4, 2017 - Houston, TX

Greater Houston Environmental Summit and Environmental Education Expo

Friday,  8:30 am - 3:00 pm, $50

Katy Prairie Conservancy is teaming up with co-hosts:
Citizens Environmental Coalition-Houston; Bayou Preservation; Texas Children in Nature - HoustonGalveston Bay Estuary Program, and Environmental Educators Exchange.

This will be a great opportunity for classroom teachers, volunteers, homeschoolers, Texas Master Naturalists, scout leaders, and others to get resources for teaching about local ecosystems, wildlife, gardening, environmental issues, air and water quality, climate, environmental justice, and more!

August 9, 2017 -  Deer Park, TX

Deer Park Prairie AUGUST WORKDAY

Wednesday, 9:00 am to NOON!

RSVP to either:
-Glenn Merkord @Glenn@merkord.com or call him at 936-827-7978 or
-Lan Shen @shen.gcmn@gmail.com. 
-Check our DPP Calendar for last minute changes.
-We DO NOTIFY RSVP recipients if scheduling changes are made.

DPP ‘house on the prairie’ is at 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536.
YOU KNOW THE DRILL, WE’RE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD: Please do not park along the curb, directly in front of our neighbors’ houses.

July 10, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Restoration Efforts at the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve

Presenter: Bob Mione of Connemara Conservancy

Monday, from 6:30pm – 8pm

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Monthly Meetup
Bob’s presentaion will deal with
the detailed history of restoration attempts at the 72-acre nature preserve. 
Removal of invasives, both chemically and via solarization, the use of a “no till drill”,
using a greenhouse to start seedlings,
irrigation techniques,
seed choices,
mowing techniques and other aspects of native grass and wild flower restoration are discussed. 
Recent focus on restoring habitat for Monarch butterflies and bees is highlighted.

July 11, 2017 (due to July 4th Holiday) -  San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, from 7pm-8:30pm

San Antonio Chapter of NPAT

“9-Natives Landscape Plans”, Lan Shen

Meet us at the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center

Lan Shen will be presenting on the concept of “9 Natives” developed by Jaime Gonzales of the Katy Prairie Conservancy & Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP), to encourage the use of local native plants.  She will be talking about all phases of promoting the 9-Natives concept in the Greater Houston area:
from the initial 9-Natives design contest
to developing practical 9-Natives landscape plans by Clark Condon Associates, a Houston architecture firm. 

This project began as a contest, sponsored by CPP & Houston-NPAT, to design a garden landscape for homeowners using 9 native plants that (as either plants or seeds) could be purchased.
The hope was this project would also be a means to encourage local nurseries to carry these native plants for sale.
Lan was one of the two winners of the FIRST “9-Natives Contest” in Houston; she will discuss her award winning design and how this concept of using 9 natives can be applied to other cities to encourage the use of native plants in home and public gardens.
Lan will provide information on the 9 native plants proposed for the greater Houston area and talk about growth requirements for some Central Texas native species currently available at local nurseries.
It is hoped that this example of citizen participation in furthering the use of natives in urban gardens will inspire those in the Central Texas area to develop plans of their own design using the same guidelines developed in Houston and perhaps offer a similar contest to encourage native landscape designs for the Central Texas area.

Our Presenter, Lan Shen
is the past 3-year President of the Houston NPAT Chapter; 
the Activity Coordinator for Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, Deer Park, TX; and
a Master Naturalist in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

SA NPAT chapter meetings will RESUME the 1st TUESDAY, August 1, 2017,  at 7 p.m. at this location.

July 19, 2017 - Victoria, TX

Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Organizational Meeting to Discuss Formation of

NPAT’s “Victoria Area Chapter”

Led by NPAT’s Board President, Barbara Keller-Willy

Meet us at the Bayside Seafood Restaurant.
Their “Event Room” has been reserved for “NPAT”.

Take a look at the Bayside Seafood Menu! 

Location: 4202 N Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77901, at the corner of Fillmore Avenue and Navarro Street (Hwy 77).

We invite you to join friends and neighbors, meet new ones, and enjoy a seafood dinner! 
Meet Barbara and learn the process of formally becoming an NPAT chapter!
We also will discuss conservation efforts and opportunities for restoring and sustaining our valuable Texas Prairie lands! 
Everyone is welcome, landowner or not!

 

July 22, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

Houston NPAT’s Bird Survey at Deer Park Prairie

Saturday from 7:30 am – 8:30 am

1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536, USA (map)
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July 22, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Pocket Prairies with Pat Merkord

Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m

Presented by Blackland NPAT Chapter

Discover the beauty and diversity of the native prairies across Texas and learn tips on how to create your own miniature wildscape at home.

FREE -  PLEASE REGISTER HERE - Join us at North Haven Gardens!

July 22, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Pocket Prairies with Pat Merkord

Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m

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Discover the beauty and diversity of the native prairies across Texas and learn tips on how to create your own miniature wildscape at home.

North Haven Gardens
FREE
PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Did you know June 19 - 25, 2017 is “National Pollinator Week”?

National Pollinator Week:
was founded and is led by the Pollinator Partnership dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.
is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them! 
is a critical event to draw major attention to the importance Native Pollinators—bees, butterflies, moths, bats and birds—play to the world, their status, and how essential they are to people, food, the economy and ecosystems!

   

Dozens of conservation organizations across the U.S. formed the National Pollinator Garden Network “NPGN” in 2014 and launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. It is a response to President Barack Obama’s federal strategy to promote the health of pollinators by restoring or enhancing millions of acres of land for pollinators. 

Native pollinators can be two to three times as effective at pollinating agricultural crops as non-native honeybees.  They need native plants and natural landscapes to survive!

We’ve summarized how two well-known NPGN participants responsed to the ‘call to action’The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the National Wildlife Federation.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center created:
Support Monarchs Through Project Milkweed to increase abundance of native milkweeds, by collecting & distributing seeds of NATIVE TEXAS MILKWEEDS to local growers so they can grow and promote local milkweed availability.
Become a Milkweed Grower - Growers participating in Project Milkweed are expected to grow a new generation of milkweeds from the seeds they receive from the Wildflower Center and then use these plants as a starter population to increase seed production.
How Pollinators Help Cotton Farmers - According to a study of South Texas by The University of Texas at Austin: increasing the diversity of pollinator species, including bees, flies and butterflies, can dramatically increase cotton production.  Increasing the diversity of pollinators could boost cotton production by up to 18 percent, yielding an increase in annual revenue of more than $1.1 million.
Browse Pollinator-Friendly Plants by Region or Insect Special Collections section of the Native Plant Information Network. They post lists of native plants recommended for various purposes; researchers can browse the collection or search within it using the combination search.

NWF created:
Mayors Monarch Pledge –This map shows participating cities and their commitments across the U.S. and a tri-national agreement with Canada and Mexico, to increase habitat for the monarch butterfly and other native pollinators.  We’ve captured a portion of the map identifying the Participating Texas Cities!

Certified Habitat Program -owners/managers provide native plant habitat, food water, shelter and places to rear young for all types of wild creatures including pollinators. 
Butterfly Heroes Program provides seed packets and garden starter kits to youth groups, families and children to create monarch and pollinator gardens in communities across the U.S. 
Native Plant Finder helps gardeners and habitat managers identify plants and trees for their locale that have high pollinator and wildlife value. 
Garden for Wildlife Program offers tools and a strategy that reduces reliance on insecticides and herbicides across the nation. 

Accept the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge!

Create pollinator gardens and manage existing gardens for pollinators; follow the Pollinator Partnership’s lead and learn from them!

June 28, 2017 - Houston, TX

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Houston Chapter of NPAT

Texas Prairie Restoration: One Goal, Multiple Approaches.

How past land use dictates restoration efforts.

Andy Newman, Mitigation Banking Program Manager from Harris County Flood Control District will be speaking about the challenges of restoring our Texas rice fields to viable prairie ecosystems.
HNPAT’s June Meeting will be at: Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at Hermann Park Directions and Parking.

The primary mission of restoration projects is the reestablishment of native plant communities utilizing historic literature and existing undisturbed habitats as species composition guidelines.  Harris County Flood Control District is currently restoring two different coastal prairies.  While the objective on both properties is the same, restoration of wet prairies, the methods vary.  This talk will detail the differences and similarities of converting a loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) plantation and old rice/cattle allotment into functional coastal prairie.

Andy Newman’s primary responsibility is the restoration of wetlands and streams to provide no-net loss of waters and wetlands in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for all HCFCD projects.  Properties managed include a variety of habitats including bottomland hardwood forests, prairies, emergent marshes, and pine savannahs.  In addition to restoration, Mr. Newman has experience with wetland ecology, bird biology, identification of sedges and grasses, aquatic insects, and vegetation community classification.

June 28, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Pedaling the Prairie - Chisholm Trail Park

Wednesday, from 6 – 7pm

Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76123
•  Participants may bring their own bike or rent one of ours.
Take advantage of our brand new trail, get fresh air, exercise and social opportunities with family, friends and neighbors!

For more info: Call 817/392-8070 or go to http://fortworthtexas.gov/chisholmtrailcc/

June 19 - 25, 2017

National Pollinator Week


Native pollinators can be two to three times as effective at pollinating agricultural crops as non-native honeybees.  They need native plants and natural landscapes to survive!

National Pollinator Week:
was founded and is led by the Pollinator Partnership dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.
is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them! 
is a critical event to draw major attention to the importance Native Pollinators—bees, butterflies, moths, bats and birds—play to the world, their status, and how essential they are to people, food, the economy and ecosystems!

Dozens of conservation organizations across the U.S. formed the National Pollinator Garden Network “NPGN” in 2014 and launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. It is a response to President Barack Obama’s federal strategy to promote the health of pollinators by restoring or enhancing millions of acres of land for pollinators. 

We’ve highlighted two NPGN participants to illustrate nationwide responses to the ‘call to action’The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center  and the National Wildlife Federation.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center created:
Support Monarchs Through Project Milkweed to increase abundance of native milkweeds, by collecting & distributing seeds of NATIVE TEXAS MILKWEEDS to local growers so they can grow and promote local milkweed availability.
Become a Milkweed Grower - Growers participating in Project Milkweed are expected to grow a new generation of milkweeds from the seeds they receive from the Wildflower Center and then use these plants as a starter population to increase seed production.
How Pollinators Help Cotton Farmers - According to a study of South Texas by The University of Texas at Austin: increasing the diversity of pollinator species, including bees, flies and butterflies, can dramatically increase cotton production.  Increasing the diversity of pollinators could boost cotton production by up to 18 percent, yielding an increase in annual revenue of more than $1.1 million.
Browse Pollinator-Friendly Plants by Region or Insect Special Collections section of the Native Plant Information Network. They post lists of native plants recommended for various purposes; researchers can browse the collection or search within it using the combination search.

NWF created:
Mayors Monarch Pledge –This map shows participating cities (Check out Texas!) and their commitments across the U.S. and a tri-national agreement with Canada and Mexico, to increase habitat for the monarch butterfly and other native pollinators. 
Certified Habitat Program -owners/managers provide native plant habitat, food water, shelter and places to rear young for all types of wild creatures including pollinators. 
Butterfly Heroes Program provides seed packets and garden starter kits to youth groups, families and children to create monarch and pollinator gardens in communities across the U.S. 
Native Plant Finder helps gardeners and habitat managers identify plants and trees for their locale that have high pollinator and wildlife value. 
Garden for Wildlife Program offers tools and a strategy that reduces reliance on insecticides and herbicides across the nation. 

Accept the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge!

Create pollinator gardens and manage existing gardens for pollinators; follow the Pollinator Partnership’s lead and learn from them!

Press Release - June 2, 2017 - City of Meadows Place, TX

NPAT Offers Prairie Advice to Meadows Place

CenterPoint Powerline ROW - Pollinator Prairie Restoration

Imagine you are a child visiting a prairie for the first time, and you are able to climb up onto a saddle beside a stand of big blue stem and other prairie grasses to experience how historic prairies grew as high as the horse’s belly and went as far as the eye could see …with the help of virtual reality.

Students & visitors to the City of Meadows Place Prairie Pollinator Project will be able to do this & more!
Photo by: Colene Cabezas, Parks Director, City of Meadows Place   

As a Monarch Host City, the City of Meadows Place’s leadership selected approximately 13 acres of CenterPoint powerline ROW to restore to coastal prairie for their large acreage pollinator plot

16 miles SW of Houston, the total area of Meadows Place is 0.9 square miles, and of that area they will create .02 square miles of pollinator habitat or 2.22% of their total city area. 
This project has significance to the entire Houston area as it is one of the first powerline (PL) right-of-ways (ROWs) in the area to be approved for pollinator habitat.
This is one section of 7 contiguous miles of PL ROW which could be restored
This site will include significant PL ROW education as part of the project, which sets the tone for secondary use as pollinator habitat without compromising or forgetting the main purpose of PL ROWS.

The site runs through a city park, which will include an identification garden where residents can identify plants and insects without entering the ROW, as well as a wetland pollinator habitat.
It is next door to a city nature center which will include quail and pollinator education as part of their curriculum. 
Bob White Brigades will deliver quail education on-site.
Students from nearby Meadows Elementary School will use the combination park, restored prairie and nature center to contribute to their science curriculum.

Partners donating time, money, grants, expertise, plants, seeds and supplies include:
Monarch Gateway, Native Prairies Association of Texas,  Brazos River Prairie Chapter of Quail ForeverU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  Houston WildernessWildlife Habitat Federation, Coastal Prairie PartnershipMeadows Home & Garden ClubCoastal Prairie Texas Master Naturalists; scouts, students and individuals. 

We invite the continued participation of current and future partners.

Report on May 20-22, 2017 Maddin Breeding Bird Survey

Submitted by Kirsti Harms


Pat Merkord and I were joined by Tom Willard (Blackland Chapter) and Kelly Walker (Houston Chapter for our annual breeding bird survey on the weekend of May 20, 2017.

The area had just received about 8 inches of rain and there was water and mud everywhere! The creek was flowing and showed signs of having been up at least 15 feet.  Because of the storm fronts and rain-cooled air, it turned out to be a much cooler weekend than I had expected.

Because of the cool temperatures, we didn’t see any horned lizards or any other lizards (photo by Pat Merkord, Maddin Prairie, 2016). 

However! the Couch’s Spadefoot toad Scaphiopus couchii (left: photo Google.com)
 
and Great Plains Narrowmouth toads Gastrophryne olivacea (right: photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife) did put on quite a concert Friday and Saturday night in the ponds that were formed by all the rain. Amazing how fast they went into action!

This part of the state has been getting rain all spring, and it was apparent in the bird numbers.  We had our usual summer residents in good numbers as well as the not-as-usual breeding birds like Dickcissels Spiza americana
and LeConte’s Sparrows Ammodramus leconteii (photo: Cornell Labs).

Of course, Kelly was keeping track of our butterflies and other insects. 
We made a couple of trips to a blooming lotebush Ziziphus obtusifolia
that was covered in insects of all kinds.

(photo of lotebush blooms by Louis R. Nugent, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

Kelly and Pat took lots of photos (to be posted soon).
Thanks to our great volunteers,
we’re getting a very nice collection.
Perhaps someday we can start a photo gallery for Maddin Prairie.

It is on my to-do list! -Kirsti Harms

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