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SAVE THE DATE - 12-01-2018 - Greenville, TX

Register HERE by WEDNESDAY, 11-21-18!

It’s time for our Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

NOTHING FANCY; join us in downtown Greenville, for a delightful evening at the historic Landmark on Lee Street!

(Photo by Kevin Stewart)

CELEBRATE NPAT in 2018! A field trip to Paul Mathews Prairie is planned for the afternoon (weather permitting).
CATERED DINNER (BBQ or Vegetarian) offering beer and wine; a “DESSERT POTLUCK TABLE” (bring your favorite dessert-SHARE YOUR RECIPE); speakers will share TALES OF THE PRAIRIE.
HERE IS A LIST OF SOME OF OUR SILENT AUCTION of ITEMS offered by VERY GENEROUS DONORS:
Nature Center Packages
Bob Jones Nature Center: gift basket w membership;
Fort Worth Nature Center: gift basket w membership;
The Nature Conservancy:  gift basket w membership;
Trinity River Audubon Center: membership;
Texas Native Park at George Bush Library: gift basket;
Heard Nature Sanctuary; Texas Discovery Gardens; Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Center (also season pass)
Books
BRIT: Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas; Itchy Business; The Texas Legacy Project; Texas Master Naturalist Statewide Curriculum;
Art & Artifacts
Atal atal replica (spear thrower used by pre-Native Americans)
Living Life artwork

November 17, 2018 - Floresville, TX

CANCELLED: 3rd SATURDAY PRAIRIE RESTORATION WORKDAY

at Kirchoff Family Farm

We extend our apologies for the late notice and wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Please monitor this website for upcoming activities!
San Antonio NPAT Chapter

November 18, 2018 - Austin, TX

NATURE WALK AND WORK DAY at Indiangrass Prairie

[We’ve moved to Sundays.]

Sunday,  from 7:30 a.m. to noon

The bird and nature walk begins at 7:30 am.
These monthly access days offer a chance to explore one of the last prairie remnants in the Austin area.
We will also be setting up transects for the winter Project Prairie Bird. 
Meet at the intersection of Blue Bluff Road and Bloor Road. For more information (and later arrival times), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

November 21, 2018 - Our last day to Register!

Register Here! Tickets are $30 per person.

NPAT’s Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration is on

Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Join us in downtown Greenville for a delightful evening at the historic “Landmark on Lee Street.”

November 27, 2018 is #Giving Tuesday

#GIVING TUESDAY, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It is one of the best ways to get involved in your own community!

TODAY, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, as celebrated in the U.S.
Today is a great time to focus on your holiday and end-of-year giving.
Donate to NPAT TODAY! 

November 28, 2018 - Houston, TX

CELEBRATE OUR ANNUAL PRAIRIE STAMPEDE! Brought to you by The Houston Zoo, Coastal Prairie Partnership, and Houston NPAT!!

All prairie enthusiasts, restorationists, and organizations supporting and preserving native prairies in Texas and Louisiana are cordially invited!  Join us for a prairie potluck dinner and evening of networking, awards, and celebration of 2018 prairie accomplishments for Greater Houston, Texas, and Louisiana.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

This potluck dinner will be held at Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center (“BEC”): 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030 It may be difficult to find parking in the Zoo/Miller Outdoor Theater parking lots; you may want to try to park across the street in the parking lots next to the old golf course club house.

PARKING COULD BE A CHALLENGE! Arrive as early as you can before 6:30 due to the extraordinary parking situation. Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center (“BEC”): 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030
??s - Contact Mr. Jaime Gonzalez, 281-660-6683 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); on behalf of Coastal Prairie Partnership/Native Prairies Association of Texas

December 1, 2018—Greenville,TX

PAUL MATHEWS PRAIRIE CELEBRATION

SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Landmark on Lee Street, 

Register Here!

A field trip to Paul Mathews Prairie is planned for the afternoon of December 1 (weather permitting).

Join us at 5 p.m. for a delightful evening at the historic Landmark on Lee Street (see map on registration form) in downtown Greenville.
(Photo by Kevin Stewart)

We will celebrate with a catered barbecue dinner and beverages, including beer and wine. (A vegetarian option is available.)
Bring along your favorite delight to add to our ‘Dessert Potluck’ (and share your recipe).
Presentations will include NPAT’s year in review, speakers will be on hand to share tales of the prairie, and some of NPAT’s special members will be honored.
Oh yes, we’re also holding a silent auction; so you can mingle with other prairie enthusiasts while reviewing what generous donors have made available for purchase.

December 4, 2018—Unique Opportunity in San Antonio, TX

Meet Photographer, David Langford, and Landowner, J. David Bamberger

Tuesday 7-8:30pm

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us in our usual Conference Room space at the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center.

Join Pat Merkord, retired NPAT Executive Director, in welcoming our guests to our SANPAT Chapter December Monthly Meeting.
Both gentlemen will be presenting their unique perspectives of the Bamberger Ranch Preserve.
You’ll be able to purchase your own “Seasons at Selah”.

December 10, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

JOIN NPAT’s Fort Worth Chapter for a POTLUCK CELEBRATION

Monday, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Debbie P. has graciously invited us to a potluck celebration.)  RSVP for this free potluck & we’ll send you more details.

(We will not be holding a December meeting at Tarrant County College – Northwest campus. Monitor our website for FWNPAT’s January events.)

October 24, 2018 - Houston, TX

HNPAT Program Meeting

From 6:30pm – 8:30pm

at the American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098

Details can be found on both the Houston Chapter’s and the Deer Park Prairie’s calendars, links below:
HNPAT Calendar and DPP Calendar.

October 27, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

2 Events Saturday, October 27, at Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536:

Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your cell phone number in case, we need to contact you due to inclement weather.

1. Bird Survey at Deer Park Prairie: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
2. DPP Workday & Prairie Open to visitors: 9:00 am - 12Noon  For Prairie Visitors: Deer Park Prairie is open to visitors during workday hours. Visitors are required to contact a NPAT representative and sign a liability release.

October 27, 2018 - Houston Area

2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

Monarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants.
Photo by Chuck Duplant

Greater Houston-Galveston groups showcase prairies and pollinators: HNPAT, The Nature Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partners present this annual fall event.
REMAINING OCTOBER EVENT:
October 27 - Sierra Club trip to Sam Houston National Forest Blackland Prairie;
Urban Pocket Prairies by Light Rail. Join Jaime González, CPP;
Blackhawk Park Prairie,  Invasive Species Removal Event.
SCROLL DOWN TO NOVEMBER 1 for outline of remaining activities from November 1 through 10.  Details on the November events and how to register for those, click on this link to CPP’s webpage.

November 2 & 3, 2018 - Austin, TX

PROJECT PRAIRIE BIRD Training

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

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

November 3, 2018 - Austin, TX

LANDSCAPE LEARNING DAY

SATURDAY, 10am -12:00 Noon

Elizabet Ney Museum

304 E 44th St., Austin, TX 78751

(MAP & DIRECTIONS)

NPAT is collaborating with this City of Austin art museum to work on their historic landscape restoration.
Join us for a morning of learning and native-prairie-seed planting.
Bring gloves and dress for gardening.
For more information and to sign up, click here.

November 3, 2018 - Floresville, TX

Prairies and Migratory/Neotropical Birds Workshop

CORRECTION - Don Kirchoff: 713-562-7681

Saturday, 7:30am to 3:00pm

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

Coordinates are: North: 28.973611 West: -98.108333

FREE - ALL ARE WELCOME - RSVP VIA EMAIL

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

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

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

November 3 thru 10, 2018 - Houston Area

Monarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants.
Photo by Chuck Duplant

2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION CONTINUES

Greater Houston-Galveston groups showcase prairies and pollinators: HNPAT’s, The Nature Conservancy’s, and Coastal Prairie Partners’ annual fall event.
SATURDAY, November 3
- Seaborne Creek Nature Fest in Rosenberg, TX Master Naturalist/Coastal Prairie Chapter: Join the TMN - Coastal Prairie Chapter for an exciting day of activities, speakers, wagon rides, and hikes celebrating our native prairies. Click here for more information
- Rice University Planting event @ Rice University: Join Rice University to help restore an on campus pocket prairie. 
- First Saturday Van Tour of Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge: 1st Saturday each month: guided van tour of the refuge takes visitors on a 2-hour trip through the prairie. Join refuge volunteers and staff to learn about native coastal prairie, the history of the refuge, the biology of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken, and what’s being done to save it from extinction. 
- Robert C. Stuart Park Prairie Planting: Join Houston Parks & Rec. Dept. for a prairie planting in a city park!  Contact Kelli Ondracek to register: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for more information.
SATURDAY, November 10
- Putting Down Roots 2018 on the Katy Prairie: Help the Katy Prairie Conservancy Put Down Roots during KPC’s largest restoration effort yet! Volunteers will work together to transplant native prairie plants in order to restore 55 acres of newly reconstructed prairie habitat. Lunch, snacks, and door prizes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own food if you have dietary restrictions. 
- Native Prairie Plant-A-Thon @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center: Spend the morning getting your hands dirty by planting native grasses and wildflowers. Volunteer to be a part of our ongoing project to restore over 400 acres of beautiful native prairie habitat! This is a great event for all age groups, interests, and abilities.
- 2nd Saturday Bird Hike @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center: Work on your bird watching skills while helping the Arboretum monitor bird populations on a fun, relaxed morning walk. Join us on the 2nd Saturday each month at the front door of the building for a 2-hour bird walk led by Kelsey Low, resident bird enthusiast. We welcome all levels of bird watching skill and all ages (as long as you’re quiet) – but no dogs, please! If you have binoculars of your own, please bring them. We do have some binoculars available to borrow. 

November 6, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting,

Tuesday, 7-8:30pm

“Grassland Bird Habitat”

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

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

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

Please plan on joining us at the City of San Antonio’s
Lions Field Adult and Senior Center

2809 Broadway Street
San Antonio, Texas 78209

November 10-11, 2018 - near Colorado City, TX

Maddin Prairie Preserve Work Weekend

The preserve will be open from Saturday morning until midday Sunday.

We are looking for volunteers to help with brush control and grass seeding at the prairie dog town:
The blue grama and sideoats grama grasses are in full bloom right now.
We’ll be collecting seed and planting in areas that need it.
There are trail work opportunities as well. We’ll be planning routes and connecting existing trails on the preserve.
And, dinner is on us!

WANT TO COME AND EXPERIENCE MADDIN PRAIRIE PRESERVE?
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
SUBJECT should read, MADDIN WORKDAY
You can ask for more information and
RSVP, especially if you plan to stay overnight on the property.

NOTE: This event may be rescheduled due to inclement weather.

November 12, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

“BATS OF THE PRAIRIES”

Monday,  6:30pm.

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Meet-up

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

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

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

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

November 13, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Prairie Restoration at Harry S. Moss Park

Hosted by NPAT’s Blackland Prairie Chapter

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

Monthly meetings on the 2nd TUESDAY.

Please monitor their Facebook page for Chapter events.

November 14, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you; don’t miss this opportunity to meet Lisa and Jason and learn from them!  They have a wealth of information to share!

October 2, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting,

Tuesday, 7-8:30pm

City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center

It is a privilege to welcome, Dr. Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón, Monarch Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation.

She will be speaking with us on Monarch Conservation in Texas.

Photo from Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

Dr. Quiñonez-Piñón has over seven years’ experience in monarch butterfly habitat restoration and protection in the U.S. flyway and in the Mexico overwintering sites, including the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. (The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve consists of several sanctuaries that protect the habitats of about 70% of Mexico’s migratory butterfly population. Source: DISCOVERY Nature Encyclopedia.)
-Her goal is to ensure that Texas cities within the monarch butterfly central flyway take appropriate, effective conservation actions that will increase the monarch population.
-She works closely with people at different levels and backgrounds to define the best strategies to implement monarch conservation programs.
-One of her greatest accomplishments at Forests for Monarchs was the distribution of more than 2 million native trees within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve to restore 4,500 acres of native forest on degraded land.

October 3, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

The 1st Wednesday of October, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

We meet in the 2nd Floor Classroom of the Georgetown Library,
402 W. 8th Street, in ‘BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN GEORGETOWN’.

NPAT’s Director of Education, Della Barbato’s

presentation will address her experiences teaching the prairie and other programs at Deer Park Prairie and in the Houston area.

Come meet our latest staff member; her dedication and enthusiasm are contagious!

October 6, 2018 - Austin, TX

LANDSCAPE LEARNING DAY at Elisabet Ney Museum

Saturday from 10am-Noon.

304 E 44th St., 78751

NPAT is collaborating with this City of Austin art museum to work on their historic landscape restoration. Join us for a morning of learning and native-prairie-seed planting.
Bring gloves and dress for gardening.
For more information and to sign up, click here.

October 7, 2018 - Austin, TX

PLANT WALK at

Commons Ford Prairie, Austin, TX 78733

Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The restored prairie at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park has a different look in the fall: in addition to the fall bloomers, it is a good time for grasses.
Please join Diane Sherrill and Kirsti Harms to learn about these wonderful plants!
Registration is required - so click here to register and read all the information, click here.

October 8, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Welcome Glenn Merkord!

NPAT’s Fort Worth Chapter’s Monthly Meet-up

Monday, 6:30-8:00pm,

TCC’s NW Campus, Room WACB1123

“NATIVE GRASS IDENTIFICATION”

Learn how you can easily identify native grasses. Glenn will focus on 10 to 15 of our most common prairie grasses and explain HOW they fit into the prairie system, WHY we should value grasses AS MUCH AS wildflowers, and recognize they are the BACKBONE OF A PRAIRIE.

Our Presenter, Glenn Merkord, is Vice President and Senior Biologist, of Bluestem Environmental Consultants based in Conroe, TX.
Glenn earned his B.S. Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Math & Biology double major); M.S. Texas A&M University-Kingsville (Statistics & Biology double major)
He is a very dedicated Volunteer with the Native Prairies Association of Texas as Management Team Leader at Lawther – Deer Park Prairie.
His Areas of expertise include: GIS, computer programming, wildlife studies, grassland restoration, and seed banking.

October 9, 2018 - Dallas, TX

NPAT’s Blackland Chapter holds its Monthly Meeting on the

2nd Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30pm at the CC Young, in the Flag Pole Room of the Pavilion.

Welcome Brett Johnson from Dallas Parks and Recreation.

Brett will present updates of White Rock Lake Prairie Remnants Management.
If time permits briefings on Harry Moss Park and other City of Dallas prairie sites.
Photo of Phoebe on prairie succlent, White Rock Lake Prairie

October 11-13, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

LTA’s Rally 2018!

You only have one opportunity this year to meet up with 2,000 land conservationists from across the country — why miss it?!

Rally goes beyond workshops — it’s about community; it’s the place to share ideas, be inspired and connect with peers to call on for advice in the future.
In addition to Rally’s130+ educational sessions, you’ll experience what it’s like to
be part of the Rally community,
make new friends; attend events like the screening of the documentary “Lake of Betrayal,”
a deep discussion about land loss by land-based peoples, 
two guided jogging tours and
a sustainability tour of the LEED™ certified convention center.

October 12, 2018 - Boerne, TX

Monarch Biology, Ecology & Citizen Science

Friday, from 9am - 4pm

Most in-depth Monarch workshop in Texas!

Monarch Watch Specialist, Cathy Downs, will teach us everything we need to know to participate in the protection and conservation of the iconic Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus
After exploring the fascinating biology and behavior of monarchs, this program will illustrate various threats to monarchs, especiallly habitat loss throughout its migratory range and solutions to those threats.
You will be introduced to citizen science programs to help assess monarch populations, migratory routes, and participate in other research projects.
Live caterpillars and butterflies will be on hand to examine and help with the training.
You can REGISTER HERE or call 830-249-4616
Cibolo Nature Center & Farm
140 City Park Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

October 17, 2018 - Houston, TX

Wild About Houston Film Festival

Part of the 2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

Wednesday, at Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005 

Monarch butterflies captivate us with their beauty and incredible endurance, but despite their popularity, monarch populations are in serious decline.
In this class, you’ll learn about their complex relationship to milkweed, their multi-generational migration, and what you can do to help monarchs at home and on a global scale.
We’ll even give you some native wildflower seeds to plant at home.

October 19, 2018 - Texas City, TX

Part of the 2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

LEARN PRAIRIE RESTORATION FROM EXPERTS!

Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Texas City Prairie Preserve, 4702 TX-146, Texas City, TX 77471

NPAT joins partners, CPP and The Nature Conservancy in presenting this “day of presentations and activities focused on practical, on-the-ground restoration of prairies on the upper Texas coast”. 
TOPICS: Restoration of farms to prairies; Prairie waterfowl conservation; Urban prairie establishment; Restoration of platinum prairies

October 20, 2018 - Floresville, TX

3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday begins at 8am at Kirchoff Family Farm, Sponsored by the San Antonio NPAT Chapter.


     
USFWS Botanist, Chris Best, and four USFWS Interns, surveyed a portion of Kirchoff Family Farm this past Wednesday, October 17, 2018, including one of the Milkweed Garden plots. Mr. Best shared with these photos.  Top left is the AMAZING Danaus Chrysalis on Milkweed Zizotes; top right is the Monarch Larva on Milkweed Zizotes. Per Mr. Best, “How these monarchs overwinter is unknown.  It is just as likely as not that they do overwinter in Michoacán.”  Volunteers on our October 20 workday might have similar experiences!  You never know!
Register online - Brenda will provide lunch for all who register. 
Our workday begins at 8am, enjoy lunch provided by the Kirchoff Family, and you are welcome to leave at 2pm or before if you want.
We’ll do some manual labor, since it is quite muddy out there.  Water is still standing in the driveway; more than an inch of rain fell onto already saturated soil: 1. Trim and clean out burrowing owl sites; 2. Assist with trimming underneath electric fences; 3.Chop and treat huisache; and 4.Transplant semi-woodies.
BRING YOUR MUD BOOTS, GLOVES, and dress for the weather. 
LOCATION: Near Poth, TX.  Street Address: 1444 C.R. 210, Floresville, TX 78114 (Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333).
Call BRENDA KIRCHOFF: 361.564.0177.
                                                                            Commonly found among the milkweed,
Mr. Best photographed Monarch Larvae:                  the Tarantula Hawk looks for its prey!
         

February 1, 2019 - 1st Day to Register

REGISTRATION OPENS for

2019 North American Prairie Conference in Houston, TX, June 2-5, 2019

Proudly Co-Presented by: NPAT, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Coastal Prairie Partnership, The Nature Conservancy

Please check back at that time for more information, pricing, and registration options. If you have questions prior to this date, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 713-581-0818. Thank you!

Welcome to the conference and welcome to Texas!
HEALTHY PRAIRIES,HEALTHY WATERSHEDS
PRAIRIE EXPERTS
FIELD TRIPS

PLAN TO VISIT Big Bend National Park, TX - Mid-February, 2019


Photo of Blue Bonnets in Dry Wash

By Jason Weingart, Photographer, Excerpts from February 7, 2018 Article:
If you are willing to make the drive toward Big Bend National Park you can see our earliest-blooming ‘bluebonnets’ between Alpine & Terlingua (Hwy 118).
These are a different species which grow more sparsely and can reach 3 ft in height!

February 27 thru March 1, 2019 - Austin, TX

2019 TLC CONFERENCE

Call TLC @ 512.994.8582: Sponsorship/Exhibitor opportunities
Call Hilton Austin Airport @ 512.385.6767, $146/night Room Block Rate.

Conservation Related Policy Issues
Conservation Easements & Private Land Conservation
Opportunities to Enhance Texas Conservation Efforts
Community Conservation and Landowner Engagement
Land Stewardship
Fantastic Networking Opportunities
And Much More!

September 26, 2018 - Houston, TX

NPAT’s HOUSTON CHAPTER

Monthly Meeting - 4th Wednesday,

Come at 6:30pm; the featured talk starts at 7:00pm.

Amie Treuer-Kuehn of Texas Parks and Wildlife will present the Texas Ecosystem Analytical Mapper (“TEAM”) interactive mapping tool.

We meet at the Red Cross Building at 2700 SW Freeway, Houston, TX 77098

September 29, 2018 - Houston, TX-  Change in Plans

CHANGE IN PLANS (HNPAT’s “FALL PRAIRIE DAY”) -YOU CAN STILL ENJOY THIS DAY OF LEARNING.

Saturday, 9:30 am –  2 pm at Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Preserve,

1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536.

This will not come as a surprise to you; due to the potential for bad weather this weekend we have decided to cancel our planned Fall Prairie Day event. BUT, we will still be at DPP, and you can come out and see the prairie in bloom!

There will be several activities going on in which you are welcome to participate: 
FIRST: Registration for lunch required (complimentary lunch included).
Please bring your rubber boots as the prairie is very wet.
7:30 a.m. we’ll start our monthly bird count;
A work day will be going on, with great conditions for removing invasive species and your help will be appreciated. 
9:30 a.m. will be the NPSOT plant walk. NPSOT and NPAT will be out identifying plants on transects; we are happy to have you along. 
2:00 p.m. Don’t miss Lan Shen’s talk at the Map to LaPorte Library.

September 29, 2018 - Houston, TX Area

2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

NPAT joins The Nature Conservancy and Coastal Prairie Partners to present this annual fall event (which runs through November 10).

Two events polish off the month of September, so check time and registration requirements at CPP’s webpage.
September 29 - Prairie Plants for Pollinators in the Urban Garden, LaPorte Library, 600 S. Broadway St., LaPorte 77571.
September 29 - Prairie Planting, Hobart Taylor Park
(OCTOBER events appear below in date order.

September 29, 2018 - Yantis, TX

YANTIS PRAIRIE DAY

Saturday, at Yantis ISD, 105 W. Oak, Yantis, TX 75497

(Wood County, east of Dallas/south of Sulphur Springs) 

Cost: Free

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

11-year old Kasey Rhodes (pictured here), wrote the article, “Monarch’s Milk for the Great Migration”, and has dreamed of having a prairie day. She moved forward with her plan after having received support from many people, including NPAT’s Michelle Villafranca.  “BUTTERFLIES ALWAYS HAVE HELD A FASCINATION FOR 11-YEAR old Yantis resident Kasey Rhodes”. Kasey’s article was published in the June, 2018, issue of the WOOD COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE “Coop News”. Fort Worth NPAT Chapter’s Michelle Villafranca has been advising the Yantis family on setting up a community event in their town. They are excited about the first YANTIS PRAIRIE DAY which will include: Various expert speakers; seed giveaway; a class on tagging, sexing and tracking butterflies; and a “native edible plant and herb walk”!
Michelle Villafranca provided rootstock from her own yard for the plant giveaway.
Dan Caudle of BRIT & Rob Ziehr of NRCS coordinated a donation of native seed. They attended the Prairie Seekers training in March & were very enthusiastic.

Photo from WOOD COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE “Coop News”, June, 2018 issue.

June 2-5, 2019 - Houston, TX

2019 North American Prairie Conference

Proudly Co-Presented by: NPAT, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Coastal Prairie Partnership, The Nature Conservancy

Welcome to the conference and welcome to Texas!
HEALTHY PRAIRIES,HEALTHY WATERSHEDS
PRAIRIE EXPERTS
FIELD TRIPS

 

September 4, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

SAN ANTONIO NPAT CHAPTER MEETING - 1st Tuesday

Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 pm.

“Culture, History, and Issues Surrounding Early Spanish Missions in the San Antonio Area” and “Rancho de las Cabras”

Presented by Susan Snow, Archeologist, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. 
All are welcome! Learn of the TREASURES in our area! 

Our chapter meetings are held in the Community Room at San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, TX (HERE’s the MAP).

September 5, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CENTEX CHAPTER MEETING - 1st Wednesday

WEDNESDAY,  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Native Seeds”

Come and meet Nate Custer from Douglas King Seeds. He’ll talk about this San Antonio-based seed company.

CenTex NPAT Chapter’s meetings are held on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of EACH MONTH.  We meet at the Georgetown Library, at 402 W. 8th Street, in ‘BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN GEORGETOWN’.

September 10, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

FORT WORTH NPAT CHAPTER MEETING - 2nd Monday

NPAT’s Fort Worth Chapter meets on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Monday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Presenters, Karl & Kelli Ebel with their 12-year old son Christian,  will tell us about their own “Journey of Restoring 645 Acres of Rare Silveus Dropseed Prairie at the Ebel Grassland Ranch”

PLEASE NOTE:  Our September 10 meeting will be held in a NEW location on TCC’s Northwest Campus. PLEASE MONITOR Fort Worth Chapter’s own webpage FOR CAMPUS DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS.

September 11, 2018 - Dallas, TX

BLACKLAND NPAT CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETING

2nd Tuesday, September 11, beginning at 6:30 pm

Having spoken to the Fort Worth Chapter the night before, Karl and Kelli Ebel of Ebel Ranch will join our Blackland Chapter on Tuesday!
Remember the first stop of our June 16 NE Texas Bus Tour -  Ebel Ranch?
DON’T MISS THIS charismatic couple! They will continue the discussion of the June 16th trip to their ranch: “sustainable beef production on native grasslands.

Our chapter will meet at The Point and Pavilion Center for Arts and Education, CC Young Retirement Community,  4847 W Lawther Dr., Dallas.

CANCELLED - September 15, 2018 - Floresville, TX

3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday is cancelled

We received large amounts of rains since September 1, and the weekend forecast calls for even more!  Brenda reported our large pond is about 1/3 full after being dry for two years!!

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR NEXT ‘3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday’: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Kirchoff Prairie Restoration site!

Sponsored by San Antonio NPAT Chapter

September 15, 2018 - Austin, TX

THIRD SATURDAYS AT INDIANGRASS PRAIRIE

City of Austin’s Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary

Saturday:Nature walk starts at 7:30 am; work day starts tentatively at 9 am.

Meet at the intersection of Blue Bluff Road and Bloor Road.

September 19, 2018 - Corsicana, TX

TEXAS RIPARIAN & STREAM ECOSYSTEM WORKSHOP

Texas Riparian Association, Encouraging Healthy Riparian Systems in Texas

Wednesday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

REGISTER ONLINE.

LOCATION: Corsicana Public Library, 100 N 12th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110

September 20, Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth’s North Texas Giving Day

Thursday

Open the link and Click on Find a Nonprofit Type in Native Prairies Association of Texas/ENTER to make your donation to NPAT.

We appreciate your support. 
We are grateful to be among the deserving organizations who benefit from the generosity of individuals like yourself.
NPAT

August 7, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting

Wednesday from 7-8:30pm

“Locating, Collecting, Propagating Native Seeds” by Cleveland Powell

Cleveand Powell is a native plant enthusiast who loves to grow his own grasses, forbs, vines and shurbs.
He has propagated plants for residential landscapes, a living roof, and his home garden in San Antonio.
He currently works for San Antonio Water System as an Irrigation Consultant.

SANPAT monthly meetings are held at the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center.

Photo: Foxglove Ripened Seed Pods, August 2017, on Kirchoff Family Farm, Don Kirchoff, Photographer

August 7, 2018 “Call for Session Proposals”

REGISTRATION OPENS August 20, 2018! “2019 TLC CONFERENCE”  is scheduled for FEB. 27 thru MAR.1, 2019, in Austin.

Call TLC @ 512.994.8582 for Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities
Call Hilton Austin Airport @ 512.385.6767 (Room Block Rate = $146/night)
Conservation Related Policy Issues
Conservation Easements & Private Land Conservation
Opportunities to Enhance Texas Conservation Efforts
Community Conservation and Landowner Engagement
Land Stewardship
Fantastic Networking Opportunities
And Much More!

August 13, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Meetup

NEW LOCATION: SSCI Lecture Hall 1106, Fort Worth.

Monday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

“NPAT Prairies & Conservation Easement Properties”, by Pat Merkord.

Welcome Pat Merkord, dedicated biologist who has served NPAT for many years! Pat will discuss acquisition, advocacy, & prairie management on NPAT properties & conservation easements.
She is well-qualified to address us regarding acquisition, advocacy, & prairie management on NPAT properties & conservation easements. She is a member of NPAT’s Board of Directors and served as Executive Director, Board President and Board Secretary. 
From the Rolling Plains to the Gulf Coast to the Blackland Prairie to the Fort Worth Prairie & the Hill Country, NPAT staff, board & volunteers are working hard to protect & conserve Texas’ last remaining prairies; and Pat has been there all along!
Join us & find out how you can help!

 

August 13, 2018 - END OF ‘Early-Bird-Registration’

CLICK HERE: EARLY BIRD ONLINE REGISTRATION

August 18, 2018, Austin, TX

Cosponsored by NPAT: NATURE WALK AND WORK DAY at Indiangrass Prairie Preserve

Saturday 7:30am -12 Noon (*)

Our monthly access days offer a chance to visit one of the last prairie remnants in the Austin area. Meet at the intersection of Blue Bluff Road and Bloor Road. For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Kirsti Harms.

There is always something to see at this preserve!

7:30am Come early (and beat the heat) for the nature walk and bird survey,
9:00am or join us for the work day! Rene Barrera will lead the prairie restoration activities.
(*)If there are no attendees for the 9:00am work day, that portion will be cancelled.

August 18, 2018 - Floresville, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s

“3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday”

Arrive EARLY - witness a spectacular sunrise (Photo by Don Kirchoff, Sunrise on Kirchoff Family Farm, July 29, 2018)

REGISTER HERE; LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING (WE’LL HAVE LUNCHES PREPARED)

We’ll start at 8am, enjoy lunch provided by the Kirchoff Family, and leave when you want.
LOCATION:  SE of San Antonio, Wilson County; Street Address: 1444 C.R. 210, Floresville, TX 78114 (Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333).
Call BRENDA KIRCHOFF: 361.564.0177.

August 22, 2018 - Houston, TX

“Whooping Cranes”

WEDNESDAY: Arrive@ 6:30pm; Program begins @7pm

Come and welcome Dr. Wade Harrell, U.S. Whooping Crane Coordinator, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, as HNPAT’s guest speaker at our August Program Meeting.

Event Location: Red Cross Building at 2700 SW Freeway: it’s easy access, and PARKING IS FREE! 
INFO on Dr. Harrell’s work; HNPAT’s calendar @ Houston NPAT Chapter’s webpage.

Saturdays: October 6-November 3, 2018 - Austin, TX

“PLANTS OF CENTRAL TEXAS”

Saturdays from October 6 to November 3

An informal class at Austin Community College taught by botanist, Bill Carr.

Course Section ID
This class is an opportunity for experienced plant-lovers to learn more about the amazing plant diversity of Central Texas.
Two sessions will be in a classroom (Classroom time will involve discussions of general plant terminology, nomenclature and taxonomy, rare plant species, regional floristics, and resources);
Three sessions will take place in the field: Field trips will involve discussion of all plant species, especially the little tiny ones that don’t appear in field guides. 

Check out HALT-1075. 

July 28, 2018 - Deer Park Prairie, TX

2 EVENTS at DEER PARK PRAIRIE PRESERVE, SATURDAY

Location: 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536: Directions and details on HNPAT’s DPP Calendar Please do not park on the curb directly in front of our neighbors’ houses.

9am HOUSTON NPAT WORKDAY - MUST RSVP

8pm MOTH NIGHT ON THE PRAIRIE - PLEASE PRE-REGISTER

HOUSTON NPAT WORKDAY - 9am

RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Glenn at 1-936-827-7978.  If it is a last minute decision, please contact Glenn, in case there are last minute changes.

MOTH NIGHT ON THE PRAIRIE - 8pm

Moth and insect enthusiasts Katy Emde and John Schneider will set up black (UV) lights and white screen to attract moths and other night insects. We will view and ID those that come.
Please REGISTER HERE so we will have a head count for the light snack we’ll have for everyone. For those without internet, call 713-714-6763 and leave a message to register (Name, number in your party)
8:00 p.m. Doors open – visitors are encouraged to walk and view the prairie in the relative coolness and breeze just before sunset
9:00 p.m. Moth and night insect viewing begins

JULY - EARLY AUGUST NPAT ACTIVITIES

AUGUST CHAPTER MEETINGS: 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting, 7-8:30pm, “Locating, Collecting, Propagating Native Seeds” by Cleveland Powell
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, Houston NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Program Meeting, Arrive@ 6:30pm; Program @7pm. Event Location: Red Cross Bldg, 2700 SW FRWY, HOUSTON. Easy access and free parking!

Full details on HNPAT’s webpage.
These chapters will not meet in August: Blackland & Fort Worth.

NPAT’s & PARTNERS’ EVENTS:

“News & Events,” “Chapters”, and our Facebook pages. Check websites, for local chapters in your area of: Native Plant Society of Texas “NPSOT, Texas Audubon, and Texas Master Naturalists for upcoming outdoor events!

July 14, 2018 - Dallas, TX

NATIVE PLANTS SYMPOSIUM

TALKS FEATURING REGIONAL PLANT SPECIALISTS

Saturday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Gate 6, Fair Park, Dallas, 75210

Dear Plant Enthusiast!

I am very pleased to announce our first annual Native Plant Symposium!  And I think we have a unique and very qualified list of speakers – many of whom may not be that familiar to some of you.  I hope you will forward this to the organizations you are active in, as well as anyone you think might be interested in native plants.  Due to a misinterpretation on my part, I am just now getting this out, but I hope you haven’t already made plans for July 14th!  Thank you for your interest and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks! 

Naturally,
Roger Sanderson
Director of Horticulture, Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park

Six speakers on six captivating topics.  Join us as we celebrate the wealth of plant diversity in the Lone Star State!   In an environment increasingly devoid of this plant heritage, protecting, restoring, using, and promoting it is more important than ever!  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

July 7-10, 2018 - Houston, TX - CANCELLED

2018 North American Prairie Conference has been cancelled.

Watch for notifications in early 2019. The 2019 North American Prairie Conference will be in the SUMMER of 2019 and will be held at the University of Houston, Clear Lake.

July 21, 2018 - Austin, TX

Saturday, 7:30am-12 Noon

Come out to INDIANGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE DAY


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Let her know if you will help restore this Blackland prairie remnant.

Co-Sponsors: NPAT and Austin Nature Preserve System

CANCELLED: July 21, 2018 - Floresville, TX

“3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday”

at Kirchoff Family Farm

MAYBE NEXT MONTH!

We hope you can meet us Saturday, August 18, 2018, for project work and prairie discoveries sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas (SANPAT).  Lunch, as always, will be provided by the Kirchoff Family in appreciation of your help!  Look for an email (several days prior to August 18) so you can signup!

July 23-25, 2018 - Port O’Connor, TX

L.A.N.D.S. TEACHER/VOLUNTEER TRAINING

REGISTER ONLINE

COST: $225 PER PERSON (FOOD, 2 NIGHTS LODGING, MATERIALS)
Email Questions to Leslie Wittenburg: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
WHEN July 23 - 25, 2018
WHERE: HERMAN’S HIDEOUT, 2143 West Harrison, Port O’Connor, TX 77982
Field study at Powderhorn Ranch

RESERVE THE DATE: August 1, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, from 6:30-8:30pm


Photo by Kirsti Harms: Compass plant leaves at Burleson Prairie.
Join Kirsti Harms as we resume our monthly meetings.
Georgetown Public Library, 2nd Fl Classroom

JULY 25, 2017 - HOUSTON, TX

HOUSTON NPAT CHAPTER’S MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING

“MOTHS OF TRINITY RIVER - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY” : Stuart Marcus, Trinity River National Wildlife.

WEDNESDAY, 6:30pm (arrive) 7pm Program begins

Event Location: Red Cross Bldg, 2700 SW FRWY, HOUSTON. Easy access and free parking! Directions and details on HNPAT’s webpage.

PHOTOS - Blackland Chapter’s NE TX “Prairies & More” Tour

PHOTOGRAPHS SHARED by PARTICIPANTS

It’s not too late, please send in your photos (include the prairie and identify content please).
Please submit to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Thank you to each photographer for sharing these images taken while touring
Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie near Terrell, 
Ebel Grassland Ranch, Sulphur Bluff,
Lennox Woods Preserve near Clarksville, and
Mr. B. F. Hicks, Daphne Prairie, Mt. Vernon.

Photographer: Gary Barton, “I regret not taking more photos.
Thank you for planning the wonderful tour. It, like the other two, was fun and educational.”


The group ends the day walking Daphne Prairie.

Photographer: Mike Degroot

       
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta                                                                    Ebel Grassland Ranch

 

False Dragonhead Physostegia digitalis blooms being
visited by two Gray Hairstreak Butterflies Strymon melinus

Photographer: Ellen Guiling,
“So fun! I didn’t even know a hayride would be involved!! Also got a hayride on Daphne!”

       
Antelope Horn Milkweed Asclepias asperula                                  Ready to transport prairie enthusiasts
Seed pods, Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie                                         around Ebel Grassland Ranch

       
Rattlesnake Master Plant                                                                 Mushroom hiding in Lennox Forest  
Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie

 

Enthusiasts touring Daphne Prairie

Photographer, Masako, “thanks for taking me to the bus trip I really enjoyed it.”

Daphene Prairie (Black eyed Susan and common yarrow)


 
American basketflower (foreground)                            Close up of Prairie Indian Plantain,
Prairie Indian Plantain (background)  Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie


Photographer, Terri White,
   
Walking the Prairie                                                   Waining wildflowers; prairie grasses gone to seed

Thistle ‘Ready & Waiting For Pollinators!’

 

Photographer, Kelly Crawford,
Green Bee on Sunflower at Daphne Prairie

June 5, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

“The Monarch Conservation Movement”,

by Katie Boyer

The San Antonio NPAT Chapter welcomes Ms. Katie Boyer to our Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, beginning at 7:00pm

At the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center. 

Welcome Katie Boyer!
Katie serves as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region’s Monarch Outreach Specialist, in the Austin Ecological Services Field Office. In this role, Katie coordinates monarch butterfly conservation efforts with a variety of partners and leads outreach efforts to increase awareness of monarch and pollinator decline.  Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana and a Master of Natural Resources in Environmental Policy from Utah State University.

OUR AGENDA
7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:10pm: “The Monarch Conservation Movement” by Katie Boyer.
This presentation will cover monarch biology and the conservation movement to recover the beloved insect.
STATISTIC: The eastern migratory population of the monarch butterfly has declined by 80-90 percent in the past 20 years, which has prompted an international movement to conserve this majestic species.
8:10 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements

June 9 & 10, 2018 - Salado, TX

TEXAS HISTORY DAYS

Saturday. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Texas and Salado history with tours, entertainment and food.

NPAT will have a booth at the Civic Center. . Come by and say hello!

June 11, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Chapter Meetup, 6:30-8:30pm

Map to 5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth, TX

Dan Caudle will discuss North Texas projects and the Blue Mountain Peak Ranch restoration.

Dan Caudle, a retired NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist, who is now a Research Associate at BRIT (Botanical Resesarch Institute of Texas) and an independent consultant. Dan is currently working on six native grassland restoration, remediation, and long-term management projects. Drawing upon expertise from his 40 year long career with NRCS, Dan is advising on projects ranging in size from 6 acres to 15,000 acres; located in the Fort Worth Prairie, West Cross Timbers, Post Oak Savanna, and Edwards Plateau regions of Texas and the Gulf Coast Prairie and Longleaf Pine Savanna regions of Louisiana.

Caudle serves as an instructor for two natural resource management training courses conducted annually by the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma as well as serving as a director and instructor for the week-long Youth Range Workshop sponsored annually by the Society for Range Management in Junction, Texas. He is currently working with landowners and organizations in Texas and Louisiana on landscape scale projects related to restoration, remediation, and long-term management of native grasslands. (Information courtesy of BRIT website.)

* Blue Mountain Peak Ranch is the recipient of two awards: • Lone Star Land Steward Award 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MjjnG0MDDI • Leopold Conservation Award 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plx18bHO-rc&feature=youtu.be

Photo of Blue Mountain Peak Ranch from http://www.bluemountainpeakranch.com.

June 16, 2018 - NE TEXAS BUS TOUR - 7 Bus Seats Left!

(As of 2pm Sunday, 6/10, 7 Bus Seats are Available!)

REGISTER BY JUNE 15 FOR Blackland Chapter’s 3rd Annual

“N.E. Texas Prairies and More Tour”

Photo (right) Daphne Prairie, May, 2016, NPAT

We can’t stress enough how important it is to come prepared for the EXTREME TEXAS HEAT!!

Be mindful; pace yourself as we enjoy this tour!

We encourage everyone to bring bottled water and dress appropriately [hat, light colored long sleeve shirt, closed-toe shoes or boots, and long pants (bands to tie pant legs and ward off ticks)]. REMEMBER your insect repellant, sunscreen, bandana or cloth and camera!

COSTS:
BUS FARE and DINNER: $80 per NPAT Member; $90 per Non-NPAT Member. (You may pay your bus fare online (via PayPal) when you register or bring your cash or check June 16. Thanks!)
LUNCH is $10 CASH per person at restaurant (Select ‘standard’, ‘gluten-free’ or ‘vegetarign’ lunch when registering.)

REGISTER HERE

ITINERARY:

7:30 am Depart Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas
8:30 - 9:30 am: Matthew Cartwright-Roberts Prairie with Susan Roberts, near Terrell
11:00 am - Noon: Ebel Grassland Ranch with Kelli and Karl Ebel, Sulphur Bluff.
12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch: Lennox House, Clarksville. $10/person CASH ONLY please. 
2:00 - 4:00 pm: Lennox Woods Preserve north of Clarksville: the “MORE” in Prairies & More, described as “One of the most beautiful and pristine old-growth forests in the state”.
4:45 - 6:00 pm: Daphne Prairie, Mt. Vernon. (Shown in NPAT’s photo above taken May, 2016.)
6:30 - 7:45 pm: Dinner: All participants are invited guests of Franklin County Historical Association of the B.F. Hicks Church Inn, 501 S. Kaufman Street, Mt. Vernon, TX. 
7:45 pm: Depart Mt. Vernon for Dallas
9:45 pm: Arrive at Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

June 16, 2018 - Floresville, TX

8:00am START TIME until you are ready to leave

3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday!

Kirchoff Family Farm

Sponsored by San Antonio NPAT Chapter

REGISTER NOW - Open this LINK - Sign Up - Volunteer - Learn

on this BEAUTIFUL PRAIRIE Located Southeast of San Antonio, in Wilson County.

Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333.
PLEASE RSVP by NOON Friday, June 15, 2018
Please wear close-toed shoes or boots, a long sleeve shirt!
Bring GLOVES, HAT, bandana, sunscreen, insect repellant, AND your CAMERA!
We’ll begin at 8:00 a.m., and you can leave whenever you’re ready.
In appreciation of offering time and energy, and at no cost to volunteers, the Kirchoff Family will provide everyone’s lunch and plenty of water!

June 16, 2018 - Austin, TX - CANCELLED

CANCELLED due to heat and low participation:

INDIANGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE DAY, June 16 7:30 am-noon

Join us next month on Saturday, July 21. 7:30a am-noon

June 19-21, 2018 - Anahuac, TX

L.A.N.D.S. TEACHER/VOLUNTEER TRAINING

REGISTER ONLINE

COST: $225 PER PERSON (FOOD, 2 NIGHTS LODGING, MATERIALS)
Email Questions to Leslie Wittenburg: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
WHEN June 19 - 21, 2018
WHO
- Educators: 6-8th, HS Environmental Science, Biology & Ag Science
- Volunteers: TX Master Naturalists or Gardeners, Private Biologists, Retired teachers, College students
WHERE: Oak Island Lodge, 142-A Jackson Dr. Anahuac, Texas 77514: ONLINE:www.OakIslandLodge.net

June 20, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

Wednesday, 6pm-8pm

Deer Park Prairie Preserve, Deer Park, TX

Please email NPAT’s Education Director: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and RESERVE YOUR SPOT - TODAY! 

June 23, 2018 - Dallas, TX

June 23, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

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

Invasive Species Identification and Removal Workshop

Co-hosted by HNPAT and CPP

Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536

Registration is Open!

A workshop designed to teach novice learners about common invasives species of the coastal prairie and their management and will provide hands on identification and safe and effective removal techniques.

The photo above shows one species, Deep Rooted Sedge Cyperaceae, as identified by Texas Invasives.org Photographer: Richard Carter, Source: Valdosta State University

MAY 19, 2018 - Floresville, TX

PLEASE RSVP by NOON Friday, May 18, 2018

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

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

The Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333.

Please wear close-toed shoes or boots, a long sleeve shirt, hat, bandana, and gloves will be handy.
Bring sunscreen, insect repellant, AND your CAMERA!
We’ll begin at 9 am and work on our ‘to do’ list.
You can leave whenever you’re ready.
In appreciation of offering time and energy, and at no cost to volunteers, the Kirchoff Family will provide everyone’s lunch and plenty of water!

April 7, 2018 - Austin, TX

Saturday, from 8:30am to 12 Noon (Sorry for the late notice!)

We wanted to share an opportunity at Indiangrass Prairie

We hope you will be able to join us along with Austin Nature Preserve System staff person, Rene’ Barrera, at Indian Grass Wildlife Sanctuary and help restore this Blackland prairie remnant:
Participants will work on native prairie diversity at recent prescribed burn locations.
Native seeding and plantings will help improve habitat for monarchs and other pollinators.
Click here for more information and to sign up!
NPAT and Austin Nature Preserve System plan to begin a series of other work/survey days at Indiangrass in the coming months.  Stay tuned!

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

April 7, 2018 - near Colorado City, TX

Maddin Prairie Preserve Workday

Maximum of 12 participants!  Only a few spaces left.  Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We’ve planned a Workday on this wide-open 1,114-acre western prairie!  Horned lizards, prairie dogs, and abundant birds and deer. Spectacular sunsets and starwatching.
It’s a 4-hour drive from 4847 W Lawther between Mockingbird and E Northwest Hwy Drive to the top of the hill and park.
Staying Friday and/or Saturday night recommended—camping, travel trailer, or the Comfort Inn in Colorado City.

April 10, 2018 - Dallas, TX

Blackland NPAT’s Naturalist Walk at Flag Pole Hill Prairie Park

(replaces Blackland NPAT April Chapter meeting)

Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 pm: Meet at the picnic shelter. Amy Martin will lead the walk.

Flag Pole Hill Prairie Park is a 107.1 acre metropolitan park, established in 1929:
Walk the Flagpole Hill prairie and learn about the rare gilgai soil formations: “unique soil micro-depressions called gilgai. These shallow basins provide microhabitat for moisture-loving native plant species and indicate that the soil has not been tilled” The Nature Conservancy.
Get a close look at spring wildflowers.
Listen for crepuscular birds.
Witness a great sunset.

April 9, 2018 RSVP to TPWD’s April 13, 2018 Workshop

“Cattle, Quail and Corridor Workshop” - Friday, 3-6pm

Texas Parks and Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Federation

Please RSVP by April 9 by telephone or email to:
979-277-6212 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

April 11, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Stella Rowan Wildflower Hike

Wednesday,  5:45pm

Meet at Stella Rowan Prairie Pavilion

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

Join us at Stella Rowan Prairie, located on the grounds of Tarrant County Resource Connection.

5:45 pm We will gather to sign Liability Release Forms,
6:00 pm Walk begins and will conclude about 15 minutes before dusk.
COME PREPARED: 
Bring your phone, tablet or camera to record iNaturalist observations, if you want to remember all the species you see!
Be sure to wear appropriate clothing: long pants, closed toe shoes, etc. 
Please bring your own water bottle.
Watch Facebook and the FWNPAT website for details on where to park and meet everyone.
VERY IMPORTANT: Absolutely NO parking on the side of the road (i.e., not in a designated parking lot), as this really is a pet peeve of the property managers, and doing so could get us uninvited from being able to use the prairie for future group visits! Sorry about this strict rule, but the property managers have been kind enough to allow our group to use the prairie, so we need to abide by their guidelines.

April 12, 2018 – Plano, TX

Urban Wildlife Workshop

Thursday, 9a-3p

Plano Environmental Education Center

Workshop Focus: educational presentations on hogs, bumblebees, raccoon, opossum, and rats in our urban wildscape and how we can live with these critters.
Registration cost: $25 Register HERE Proceeds go to the Texas Master Naturalist Program.
Coordinator: Sam Kieschnick, Urban Wildlife Biologist, DFW, Texas Parks and Wildlife, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
NOTE: All Advanced Training Opportunities must be pre-approved by your local chapter’s board before attending and earning credit.

 

WHERE TO SEE THE BEST BLUEBONNETS IN 2018

The Best Bluebonnets in Texas,

PLEASE .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and share locations where we might drive to enjoy TEXAS WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM. We’ll post sightings on Our Blog.


Source: February 7, 2018 Article by Jason Weingart, Photographer:
He listed a few Texas cities and areas where bluebonnets flourish:
Ennis, (Muleshoe Bend) Spicewood, (Wildseed Farms) Fredericksburg, (Turkey Bend Recreation Area) Marble Falls, Tx Hwy 29 from Mason to Burnet, Kingsland, (The Bluebonnet House) Marble Falls, and Brenham.
You’ll want to MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MID-FEB, 2019: In case you are willing to make the drive toward Big Bend National Park you can see our earliest-blooming ‘bluebonnets’ between Alpine & Terlingua (Hwy 118). These are a different species which grow more sparsely and can reach 3 ft in height! This site posts photos and descriptions of the Park’s varied species of wildflowers!

April 21, 2018 - Floresville, TX (Kirchoff Family Farm)

“3rd SATURDAY WORKDAYS”

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS!

Celebrate our 1st Monthly Prairie Restoration Workday, Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site (*)

Sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter of NPAT. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE by NOON, Friday, April 20: Guests are welcome!. Lunch will be provided!

SPRINGTIME IN TEXAS CAN BE STORMY!

RAIN OR SHINE!

We’ve extended the registration period in case you want to wait to register according to the local forecast. Be assured, we will be monitoring weather forecasts; if the weather looks to be severe, we will contact each registrant and notify you if ‘activities are cancelled’.)

Work tasks may be hampered, but the prairie is beautiful to explore after rain showers! Bring wet weather protection (e.g. rain coat and mud boots). There is rain shelter in the tractor shed and hay barn during showers. OTHERWISE, PLEASE COME PREPARED FOR THE ‘GREAT OUTDOORS’: Protect yourself from sun & more: bring sunscreen, insect repellant, hat, long-sleeve shirt, bandana (or soft cloth), and gloves. WEAR closed-toe shoes/boots & long pants. Binoculars and camera are always good to have at hand; we will have MANY opportunities to observe wildlife!
Monthly workdays begin at 9:00am, we’ll break for lunch (provided), and continue into the afternoon or until you want to leave.
(*) Kirchoff Family Farm is SE of San Antonio at: 1444 County Road 210; Floresville, TX 78114. Coordinates are: North: 28.973611; West:-98.108333.

WE’VE PLANNED THESE WORK ACTIVITIES for April 21:

Transplant 45 Antelope Horn Milkweeds currently growing in trays (see Don’s photo above).
Cut & treat stumps; stack invasive woody plants (huisache, baccarus, etc).
Review today’s workday and plan activities for future activities, e.g.:
1.Prepare Tall Grass Windrows for fall planting event
2.Harvest prairie seeds
3.Repair Burrowing Owl Roost Sites
4.Repair Diversity Plots
5.Establish Wildflower Seed Increase Plot

WE WILL PROVIDE: Drinks and a light lunch (sign up for it when you register online and be sure to note dietary restrictions).
Questions? Contact: Don Kirchoff: (cell) 713-562-7681 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

April 21, 2018 - Dallas, TX

WORK MORNING at White Rock Lake

Sponsored by North Texas Master Naturalists

Saturday, beginning at 9:30 am

Meetup at “Boy Scout Hill” at the SW corner of Mockingbird and Buckner.

Plant identification, pulling of invasive Queen Anne’s lace, clean up trash as needed.

April 25, 2018 - Goliad, TX

Wednesday from 8am-4pm

Info on CEU hours, the day’s Agenda and RSVP via this link!

April 25, 2018 - Houston, TX

HOW TURTLES FIT INTO THE PRAIRIE ECOSYSTEM

by Eric C. Munsche, Research Ecologist

HNPAT Program Meeting, Wednesday, 6:30pm

The American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098

Turtles are part of the prairie ecosystem too! As prairie people, we don’t always think about turtles!  Join Eric Munscher as he shares some interesting information on the several turtle species of the Gulf Coast prairie. All are welcome! 
Photo by Aaron Tuggle
Eric C. Munscher is currently with SWCA Environmental Consultants based in Houston. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University and his Masters of Science from the University of North Florida in 2007. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Turtle Survival Alliance’s – North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG).  Eric has been studying turtle populations in Florida and Texas springs for over 19 years. Eric is also a Florida Certified Gopher Tortoise Agent and has extensive experience in wetland delineation and threatened and endangered species surveys throughout the southeast and northeast regions. 

April 27 - 29, 2018 - Llano, TX-Registration Closed

TPWD’s First Annual Birding Festival - South Llano River State Park

Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, 2018

South Llano River State Park is excited to announce its First Annual Birding Festival sponsored by the Friends of South Llano River State Park.

Guided bird walks, including Golden-cheeked Warbler walks,
Birding the Riparian,
Guided photography sessions in the park’s four popular bird blinds.

Saturday afternoon:
-Presentation of live birds of prey by Last Chance Forever,
-Bird call presentation by a young birder,
-Beginners’ bird walk,
-Vendor and information tables.
Sunday morning will include more bird walks and a “Big Sit!” as part of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Great Texas Birding Classic!

More than 250 species of birds have been observed at the park, including sought-after species: the Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia (below left) and Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla (below right), both federally endangered birds which nest in the park. (Photos: National Audubon Society)

   
“We are so excited to showcase the terrific birding at our park and its beautiful bird blinds during one of the busiest bird migration weekends of the year,” says Park Interpreter, Holly Platz. “The park is very unique for birding, because it offers such varied habitat.”

During the Festival, guided walks will offer participants a chance at spotting new bird species for their lists, and ample “free time” between walks and presentations will provide visitors with a chance to enjoy the park’s popular bird blinds, each meticulously cared for by park volunteers and staff.

“We hope that bringing a festival like this to the park and the city of Junction will highlight the area’s biodiversity,”
says Park Superintendent, Scott Whitener. “Birding along the South Llano River is top notch and attracts visitors from all over the world.”

-Festival registration is $65 per person, with a maximum of 80 participants.
-Registration fees will go towards supporting future birdwatching events at the park.
-For more information about this event and how to register, please see the Festival’s Facebook page or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a registration packet.

April 26 - 27, 2018 - Kerrville, TX

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

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

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

Click here for more information and to register.

 

FYI: April 27-29, 2018 - Llano, TX - REGISTRATION CLOSED

MARK your 2019 Calendar in mid-March ! Watch for TPWD’s 2nd Annual Birding Festival at South Llano River State Park!

More than 250 species of birds have been observed at the park, including sought-after species: the Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia (below left) and Black-capped Vireo Vireo atricapilla (below right), both federally endangered birds which nest in the park. (Photos: National Audubon Society)

   
“We are so excited to showcase the terrific birding at our park and its beautiful bird blinds during one of the busiest bird migration weekends of the year,” says Park Interpreter, Holly Platz. “The park is very unique for birding, because it offers such varied habitat.”

During the Festival, guided walks will offer participants a chance at spotting new bird species for their lists, and ample “free time” between walks and presentations will provide visitors with a chance to enjoy the park’s popular bird blinds, each meticulously cared for by park volunteers and staff.

April 28, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

LINKS in the order they appear on the flyer:

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

April 28, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

Spring Prairie Day & TPWD’s City Nature Challenge Weekend

Saturday from 9am-2pm (lunch starts at NOON)

Lawther - Deer Park Prairie Preserve, 1222 E. Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536

Please REGISTER HERE so we’ll have enough lunch for all!

Your Host: Houston Chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas

You don’t want to miss this fun day!
We’ll have an iNaturalist class
Come and see a land that looks much as it did in 1836, when the soldiers marched to the Battle of San Jacinto, less than 10 miles away.
enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife at Deer Park Prairie.
take a prairie walk and make some observations,
do some plant pressing to take a piece of the prairie home,
and share lunch! 

In an effort to help Houston win the City Nature Challenge we will be offering a short lesson on use of iNaturalist and will have plant walks and insect sweep netting.

For more information: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call: 713-614-7033.
Please note: by attending this event, you will be placed on our Mailchimp list for the monthly HNPAT newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the newsletter or by sending an .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to with subject “unsubscribe from HNPAT newsletter”.

April 28, 2018 - Boerne, TX

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

April 4, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom.

Glenn Merkord: “COLLECTING NATIVE FORBS & GRASS SEEDS for RESTORATION & NATIVE LANDSCAPING”

(Photo of Ilinois Bundleflower Desmanthus illinoensis - LBJWC)

OUR AGENDA:
Social: 6:30-7:00pm
Presentation & Seed Exchange: 7:00-8:00pm
Business and Q&A: 8-8:30pm

We welcome Glenn Merkord who will conduct a “hands-on” demonstration and group discussion, excellent “courses of action” toward NPAT’s mission to PROTECT, RESTORE & EDUCATE.

Presentation on How to Collect Native Seeds will include demonstrations of collecting equipment, when & where to collect seeds, examples of seeds that pose special collection challenges, and how to store seeds once collected. Everyone will have these opportunities: improve your skills in collecting seeds and acquire some of those hard to get conservative seeds for gardening, landscaping and restoration activities.
Seed Exchange
-You may have native seeds you can bring to swap, trade, or give away. Please bring them! 
-Glenn will also have native seeds to give away for those who would like them. He has been collecting, storing, and donating native seeds for restoration projects for over 10 years.
About our Presenter, Glenn Merkord
-He is a retired biologist/chemist; Glenn earned his Masters degree in Biology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
-NPAT has benefited from Glenn’s generous volunteering as manager of maintenance our Deer Park Prairie Preserve, Deer Park, TX, in the Houston area. He has also volunteered for the restoration of NPAT other projects around the state.
-Glenn is co-owner and senior biologist of Bluestem Environmental Consultants doing consultations and surveys for wildlife management and native restoration projects across Texas.
-He lives in Conroe, TX, with his wife, Pat Merkord, past President and ED of NPAT.

May 1, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

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

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

SA Chapter welcomes Ms. Jamie Killian,

TPWD Biologist for Wilson & Karnes Counties

Her presentation topic is “Landowner Assistance Programs”

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

May 1, 2018 - Killeen, TX

Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Training

Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Founders Hall, 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen, TX 76549

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

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

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop

Tres Palacios Creek & Lower Colorado River

May 8, 2018, 8am-4pm

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

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

May 2, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Georgetown Public Library Upstairs Classroom.

Group Discussion led by Kirsti Harms.

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

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

May 3-4, 2018 - San Angelo, TX

Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference-San Angelo

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

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

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