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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.

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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!

Report on Blackland Chapter’s October 14, 2017 Mathews and Clymer Meadows Prairies Field Trip

Our Blog includes the Report filed by Leigh Ann Ellis.

October 21, 2017 - Grasslands & Winery Tour FUNDRAISER

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

Enjoy the fall afternoon touring the beautiful Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands and visiting the Marker Cellars Winery!

The 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.”

October 28, 2017- FREE “Wildlife & Grassland Restoration Workshop”

Saturday, 8:30am to 3:30pm

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.) We look forward to seeing you October 28!

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 8, 2017 - Victoria, TX

“Organizational Meeting” of Victoria-area NPAT Chapter

Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Community Room, Anti-Crime Unit, Victoria Mall,

7800 N. Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77904

Agenda: 

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM - “Seed Mixer Social” (Free Seeds will be given away!)
7:00 – 8:00 PM – How to Form an NPAT Chapter; review NPAT’s Mission and importance of forming partnerships.
8:00 – 8:30 PM – Presentation:Latest NPAT Prairie Acquisitions; Current & Upcoming Events
8:30 PM – Adjourn

Please invite a neighbor and a friend to attend!
Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director
Barbara Keller-Willy, NPAT President, Board of Directors

November 14-16, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday & Wednesday

4th Biennial America’s Grasslands Conference,

“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!
We are very excited to announce a 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.
Conference Co-hosts are: National Wildlife Federation, Coastal Prairie Partnership, Native Prairies Association of Texas, and Texas A&M University.
To Register Click Here
If you have any questions or if you would like to receive updates via email contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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 19, 20, 22, 23, 25 & 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 19 - Midland; Oct 20 - Marfa; Oct 22 - Alpine; Oct 23 - El Paso;
Oct 25 - Dallas; 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 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 21 & 28; November 4, 11 & 12 in 8 CITIES!

NPSOT’s FALL LANDSCAPING CLASSES are being offered in 8 Locations!

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.

October 21; November 4 & 18 - Boerne, TX

BIRDS IN THEIR HABITATS

These 3 Saturdays @ 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

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.

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

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!!
CHECK OUT THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES HERE!

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

Early Registration thru October 20. Late Registration October 21-27!

(Registration does NOT include activities on Friday, November 10.)

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.

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

Register by June 20 for June 21, Victoria, TX

Wednesday, 9 a.m.—3 p.m.

“Watershed Texas” The Texas Coastal Watershed Program

of Texas A&M University

Location: Victoria Educational Gardens Pavilion

FREE TO PUBLIC - MUST REGISTER BY June 20
Speakers and Topics:

Charriss York, Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program Specialist:
“Collecting and cleansing stormwater runoff at home, the neighborhood, and schools”
Mary Carol Edwards, Stormwater Wetland Program Specialist:
“Using wetlands in flood control basins for water quality and habitat”
Marissa Llosa, Wetland Restoration Program Specialist:
“How large-scale wetland restoration benefits us all”
Stephanie Hendrickson, WaterSmart Program Coordinator:
“Water-efficient landscapes to provide function and beauty”

June 7, Georgetown, TX

Cen-Tex NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting


June 12, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Meet-Up

Monday, from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Bring your friends and anyone interested in reviving Fort Worth’s landscape to Amon G. Carter, Jr. - Downtown YMCA , 512 Lamar Street, Fort Worth.

Welcome Zach Gomez!

Mr. Gomez is the Gardener at Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Tinsley/Rock Springs Garden section,  located on one of the oldest city park lands and is designed as a North Central Texas Native Plant Garden using primarily plants native to the Western Cross Timbers.

Zach’s presentation Monday evening will include:
1. Brief History of Rock Springs Woods;
2. Transformation to the Tinsley Garden;
3. The Garden Design, Renovation v. Restoration, Use of Native Plants;
4. The Future of the Tinsley Garden; and
5. The current Native Forest Ecological Restoration of South Woods and Lagoons.

Our presenter, Zach Gomez:
has 20 years of experience working in virtually all aspects of landscape horticulture, from retail nursery, golf course operations, organic vegetable production, and landscape design and installation; 
has been instrumental in the final design, installation, and maintenance of Rock Springs since June 2015;
his favorite hobby is to spend time with his two daughters hiking and hunting for plants around the area to propagate and introduce to the Garden.

June 13, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meetup

7pm - the 2nd Tuesday of each month

The City of San Antonio Park & Recreation Department’s Lion’s Field Adult Center

This meeting will be held in the ART STUDIO

Join us as we welcome Barbara Keller-Willy!
She continues to devote her time and share her knowledge of all things pollinator!

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).

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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!

COME PREPARED:
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;

ITINERARY & GUIDES

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.

Mark your calendar - REGISTER NOW - June 3, 2017

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

Saturday, 7am to 11pm

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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!

MORE SPRINGTIME ACTIVITIES

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!! 

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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!
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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

ANNUAL BREEDING BIRD SURVEY at MADDIN PRAIRIE PRESERVE!

-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”!
REGISTER
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).

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: texaspollinatorpowwow.org.)

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

Field Trip To TNC’s NASH PRAIRIE

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.

OUR AGENDA FOR THE EVENING:
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!

CONTINUE TO ENJOY TEXAS WILDFLOWERS!

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

COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS! 

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. 

Summary:
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!

Outcomes:
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

SPRING PRAIRIE WALK - BEAUTIFUL BURLESON PRAIRIE

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)

COME PREPARED!
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),
REMEMBER to bring your:  HAT,SUNSCREEN, FIELD GUIDES, BUG REPELLANT.
TAKE PRECAUTIONS:  LAST YEAR CHIGGERS WERE EVERYWHERE!!

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!
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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.

SAVE A PRAIRIE! 

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! 

DO LIVE IN ANY OF THESE COUNTIES AND WISH TO PARTICIPATE???

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?

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