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Our Northeast Texas Prairies Tour was so much fun last year, we’re doing it again,
but this time we’re heading to Central Texas. NPAT will provide maps and notes on each prairie.
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, halfway between Waco and Austin. After lunch in Salado, we’ll drive further south to near Taylor (west of Round Rock). Heading back north, we’ll go to Marlin (SE of Waco), where we’ll visit a series of small Blackland Prairies. Then we’ll travel west of Waco to tour an example of a Grand prairie. Heading north to home, we’ll stop in the town of West, TX for dinner.
• Wear loose hiking clothes and sturdy shoes for prairie walking.
• Bring a hat, bug repellant, and sunscreen.
• Your favorite ‘road snacks/beverages’ and books/etc., will help pass the time while traveling; bring along your ‘back-up power’ for your phone (a good idea for such a long day).
DEPARTURE TIME: 7:00am our BUS LEAVES parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.
Individuals from Central TX who register to tour in their own vehicles, will be receive “meet-up” information so you can make your plans!
Prairie #1: Burleson Prairie (pictured in photo above), Oenaville (east of Temple).
Prairie Guide: Mickey Burleson, Owner of Burleson Prairie.
Native prairie 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 and Phillip Quast, Program Director, NPAT
• The Lehmann Prairie and the Riesel Prairie are in close proximity to each other, 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: Bus returns to the parking lot of Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas.
Contacts in case you need additional information:
Additional information call: Leigh Ann Ellis, Blackland NPAT Chapter, Dallas: 214.321.7159
This topic generated a great deal of interest throughout organizations in Tarrant County during previous months! FWNPAT created the platform to offer open discussion among public and private property owners and managers. The panel was to explore these questions and facilitate networking: 1. What motivates people to learn about and save their local natural heritage? 2. How can folks connect to other like-minded conservationists?
FWNPAT selected these individuals to serve on the panel:
• Mr. Nathan Loftice – Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Sustainability & Environmental Div.
• Mr. Don Young – Founder and President, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area;
• Dr. Greta Bowling – Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus;
• Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles - Faculty Member, Tarrant County College Northeast Campus;
• Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles, Faculty Member, , Tarrant County College South Campus;
• Mr. Marc Villanueva – Lead Groundskeeper, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus;
• Ms. Pat Merkord – Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas.
Our thanks to our Moderator, Ms. Suzanne Tuttle, Treasurer of FW-NPAT and recently retired Manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. She made so many of the connections with the members of the panel. We appreciate you, Suzanne, for performing the duties so well, keeping discussions on track, and ensuring we followed the platform.
• The discussion centered upon opportunities for panel members and their organizations to join together and share “best practices”. As everyone agreed, there are many independent efforts in some phase of development; however, all felt that joining forces and looking for economies of scale could be beneficial.
• It was exciting to hear and see the interaction of the panel members and the audience. It was obvious there were lots of wonderful ideas being generated that could be turned into conceptual plans and all involved wanted the interaction to continue!
• Pat Merkord will meet with Linda Beranek, Ft. Worth Chapter V.P., in May, 2017, and begin discussions regarding planning a ‘collaboration conference’. (Pat has been involved with such a gathering with the NPAT group in Houston.) We hope to bring together researchers and practitioners and other interested parties to continue our efforts to collaborate, conserve, observe and appreciate our native prairies!
• All of us were thrilled to hear that the TCC representatives are working with the eco-community at their respective campuses to move forward on this collaborative effort. The Fort Worth NPAT Chapter has volunteered to serve in any way to assist the Tarrant County College campuses in their efforts.
NOW is the 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.
NPAT’s Jeff Quayle has organized and will lead interactive, educational, prairie walks at parks, ranches, NPAT property & conservation easements throughout the DFW area! Do not hesitate!! Each is paced for the abilities of the participants! Check out Jeff’s schedule on these prairie walks:
April 29, Arlington, Thora Hart Park Hike
May 6, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Native Plants & Prairies Day
May 6, south of Bowie, Fossil Hill Hike @ Lake Amon Carter Field Trip
May 13, LLELA Nursery & Restoration Tour, Lewisville
May 20, Skip Barnett Ranch Field Trip, Ponder
May 27, Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit Field Trip, Pilot Point
April 26, LAST DAY for Online registration for Texas Pollinator PowWow
April 26, Houston, Houston NPAT Chapter: “The Secret Life of Prairies”, Dr. Morgan Russell. This month’s meeting is at a new location: HNPAT.
May 5-7, Nacogdoches Texas Pollinator PowWow
May 20 & 21, Maddin Prairie, Colorado City, ANNUAL BREEDING BIRD SURVEY
June 3, Central Texas 2nd Annual Texas Prairies Tour
Complete descriptions follow in chronological order.
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.
Tuesday, April 4: Deadline to make hotel reservations
Wednesday, April 26: Online registration ENDS
Friday thru Sunday, May 4-7: Nacogdoches, Texas Pollinator PowWow
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!
Everyone is welcome to join us for Social & Refreshments beginning at 6:30, Announcements will follow at 6:45, and our Presentation will begin at 7:00.
Pat Merkord, Executive Director of the Native Prairies Association of Texas, will present a photographic journey to little known prairies of Canada, North & South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa!
Future Meeting Topics include:
“Amphibians of Prairies & Savannahs”;
“Quail Populations on Texas Prairies”;
“Maddin Prairie Preserve: A Restoration Success Story”;
“Plant Propagation & Creating Pollinator Gardens”;
“Texas Prairies & How to Conserve Them”;
“How to Restore Land for Small Landowners”; and
“Urban Green Space and How to Convert them to Pocket Prairies”.
Future field trips to:
• Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project, Austin,
• Indian Grass Prairie Preserve, Austin,
• Reisel Prairies, Falls County, near Marlin,
• Simpson Prairie, near Crawford, and
• Blackland Prairie Remnants in Milam, Burleson and Williamson Counties.
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.
• Audience members are encouraged to actively engage in the discussion!
• Please join us – we expect a lively, informative evening!
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!
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?
JoAnn Collins is coordinating our representation:
• To SIGN UP for a time slot please select: JoAnn Collins.
• If you know of others who might like to take advantage of this opportunity, please share!
NPAT extends this request to: Cen-Tex NPAT, San Antonio NPAT, Houston NPAT, and Balcones NPAT Chapter Leaders, Please join fellow chapter leaders representing NPAT in our booth.
Proudly Reresent NPAT at EarthDay Texas!
• Some of our Fort Worth NPAT and Blackland (Dallas) NPAT chapter leaders have signed up. With enough volunteers, there will be plenty of time to experience EARTH DAY TX: visit other booths, do lots of networking, watch environmental movies and listen to very interesting talks! There are also several quality prairies to see if you decide to come help out!
• As chapter leaders and members we will benefit from sharing our experiences as well as learning more about other chapters.
• It’s a prime opportunity to “extol the benefits of joining the oldest country club around”, our “Prairie Country Club”, and represent NPAT to an enormous crowd of like-minded individuals.
• It would be fun to go out Friday or Saturday night to network with each other as well.
Everything “Earth Day Texas” is on: earthdaytx.org:
• exciting opportunities, events, exhibits, instructions, networking and more.
• information on lodging; there is an official hotel, which may have rooms.
• this event is free, however parking is $10 (Dallas has several mass transit modes!)
We hope you will join fellow NPAT Chapter representatives at NPAT’s booth for EARTH DAY TEXAS, an inspiring event attended by more than 150,000+ individuals!
Presention by Alice LeDuc, Ph.D. Botany, Adjunct Professor, Texas State University:
• Alice brings 16 years of teaching and research at 6 universities along with 24 years experience in public horticulture in gardens from Norfolk to Zilker.
• Discussing seed dormancy and non-dormancy she will tell us how you can artificially break dormancy to get the seed to germinate.
• We will also talk about how to put scarification and stratification to work for you; of special interest right now will be discussing Texas Milkweed propagation for Monarchs.
HNPAT welcomes Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist whose research has been focused on livestock grazing management and prescribed burning in semiarid environments.
In today’s world, prairie maintenance and establishment seems a bit elusive:
• Fragmentation, fire suppression, woody species encroachment, and other factors constantly threaten our prairie systems.
• How do we maintain an system that was and is defined by change?
During “The Secret Life of Prairies” we will discuss belowground and aboveground vegetative dynamics that are the foundation of prairie diversity, productivity, and sustainability.
The mechanisms responsible for prairie function, integrity, and stability will be emphasized to create a meaningful understanding of our prairies processes and ecosystem function.
*LOCATION: We’ll meet at a different venue this month: Community Meeting Room @ South Gessner Police Department, 8605 Westplace Drive, Houston, TX 77071.
Join the Central Texas Master Naturalists on the Burleson Prairie, Blackland Prairie near Temple, Texas, replicated by Mickey and Bob Burleson.
• 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!!
The event will be held at the Cole Art Center, Clay Bolt Social Reception and Pollinators of the World Art Exhibit, Stephen F Austin State University.
“As a capacity builder in pollinator conservation, the TEXAS POLLINATOR POWWOW is unique in that it has active and enthusiastic participation from non-governmental organizations, academia, the private sector, and local, state and federal governments—as speakers, exhibitors and attendees. This year’s conference will present some of the best and brightest of minds and committed professionals in pollination conservation today.” Texas Pollinator PowWow.
• 2-Day Conference, Friday & Saturday: dozens of highly-respected and qualified horticulturists, biologists, photographers, ornithologists, entomologists, anthropologists, agroecologists, and ecologists.
• ‘After Dark Outings’: Each day’s conference will be followed by an event led by these experts:
-BAT NIGHT, Friday, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm: USFS Experimental Forest: acoustic hikes and mist-netting. Co-leaders: Dr. Chris Comer and Dr. Merlin Tuttle.
-MOTH NIGHT/CAT WALK, Saturday, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm: SFASU Native Plant Center: moth traps, identification, specimen-gathering, photography, UV night hikes. Co-leaders: Dr. Dan Bennett and Dr. Doug Tallamy.
• BOGGY SLOUGH FIELD DAY, Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm: Teams will be led by ento/biologist/botanists. Observe, take notes, collect, sample, etc.; you may leave as you please.
texaspollinatorpowwow.org: valuable ‘Resource’ information, hotel & B&B accommodations, and online registration.
• 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!)
was introduced in 2016 by the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. That event had a very positive effect! We hope to continue the tradition!
• Signs will be posted along the route to publicize our event and draw attention to the problem.
• We will be pulling Rapistrum rugosum, savage cabbage; a.k.a. bastard cabbage.
• Rapistrum rugosum: is an invasive species growing to heights from 1’ to 5’. Its basal leaves and size threaten native wildflowers by blocking sunlight to seedlings and mature plants. It is a very hearty annual plant; so pull it up by its robust taproot, and we’ll be pretty successful in removing it.!!!
• SAFETY FIRST - COME PREPARED: WEAR SUNSCREEN, GLOVES, A PROTECTIVE HAT, LONG PANTS AND CLOSED-TOE SHOES. Bring your refillable water bottle, hand shovel, weeding stick, or long screwdriver.
• This outdoor event is open to volunteers of all ages! We want to ensure everyone’s safety; so volunteers in Grades 1-8 should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling (HIGH SCHOOL OR OLDER).
• Certificates for 3 hours of COMMUNITY SERVICE are provided.
• Monitor this site as the event MAY BE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER!
“Get your own bash going” - “Be a “Cabbage Spotter” Check our Fort Worth NPAT’s link above.
-Take advantage of this opportunity to explore NPAT’s western-most prairie.
-We hope there will be a spring wildflower show, and birds and insects should be active.
The 2016 Wimberley RETREET I was an exciting event; RETREETERS and volunteers planted 200+ trees at 37 home sites in Wimberley, reviving a sense of hope following the devasting 2015 Memorial Day flood. The 2017 Wimberley RETREET II promises that even more trees will be planted (thanks to dedicated RETREETERS and area volunteers), leaving Wimberley even stronger and more beautiful!
RETREET, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, engages communities (in which locals are rebuilding their lives in the midst of devastation) to plant trees. RETREET became a reality in 2011 after Dallas native, Grady McGahan, followed the stories of wildfires which devastated Bastrop State Park and Lost Pines Forest over Labor Day weekend, 2011. Tropical Storm Lee collided with the extremely high Texas heat, and more than 63 wildfires were ignited across Texas. Mr. McGahan learned no local, state or national organization was focusing on the replacement of trees that had been lost due to natural disasters.
• A RETREET is a weekend-long event when volunteers visit an impacted area and work with locals planting trees. The 1st RETREET was in Bastrop, TX, January, 2012, when more than 50 volunteers helped plant 220 trees in more than 35 residents’ yards.
• Since then RETREET has worked with communities following natural disasters in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma City, New York, and Ontario, Canada.
• Jeff Quayle, of Fort Worth NPAT Chapter, has organized and will lead this Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve Field Trip.
• Explore this 10-acre Blackland Prairie Remnant, acquired and preserved by the City of Arlington!
(A remnant prairie is an original, native, natural community that has survived on a site to the present day, has never been plowed, and was once part of a larger, original landscape.)
• You can expect to see flora that include: Prairie Bishop (Bifora americana), Two Flower Milkvine (Matelea biflora), Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum), Old Plainsman (Hymenopappus scabiosaeus var. corymbosus), Yellow Star (Lindheimera texana), Prairie Groundsel (Packera plattensis), Sleepy Catchfly (Silene antirrhina), Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Sensitive Briar (Mimosa roemeriana), Prairie Celestial (Nemastylis geminiflora), Trailing Ratany (Krameria lanceolata), White Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens), Purple Paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea) and Prairie Bluets (Stenaria nigricans).
• We are very proud of the City of Fort Worth for preserving their ‘first’ remnant prairie, and it’s in the middle of the walking path!
Host/Sponsor: “LLELA”the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (Check day’s schedule)
LLELA is 2600 acres comprised of 4 ecosystems: 1) Cross Timbers on the west side, 2) Bottomland hardwood forest, 3) Riparian corridor with associated wetlands; 4) Blackland prairie.
BIOBLITZ (‘bahy-oh –blits’) Is a 1-day survey to identify every living thing in a chosen place. LLELA’s BioBlitz will be an informal event.
-Local experts will guide ‘groups’ surveying the different plants and critters found in each ecosystem.
-Each group will include folks with eyes open and curiosity in top gear.
-Everyone is welcome, it’ll be a good time! SHARE your passion and pass on knowledge to others!
LLELA is operating under the strategic plan developed in 2014 by the City of Lewisville, University of North Texas, and Lewisville ISD (with approval from and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: USACE).
Now is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or prairie!
Visit botanical gardens and nature centers; you’ll be glad you came!
Support local projects:
April 29, Amarillo – Amarillo Botanical Gardenfest 9-2
April 29, Longview – Our Northeast Texas Chapter will have a sale at Jake’s Feed Store at 8 am.
April 29, Atlanta – Caddo Wildflower Chapter Sale, Cass County Expo Building. Presentation 8:30, Sale 9:00-12:00
April 29-30, El Paso – Flora Fest at Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, University of Texas El Paso campus, 9-4 both days, featuring plants of the Chihuahua Desert
May 6, Dallas – Native Plant & Prairie Day. Dallas Chapter will sell plants at White Rock Lake Bath House & Cultural Center 10-3
May 6, Arlington – Spring Plant Sale at River Legacy Park 10-2
We recently posted these 2017 Wildflower Forecasts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:
“Hold onto your hat and fasten your seatbelt,” Andrea DeLong-Amaya, the Center’s Director of Horticulture. “Wildflower season is taking off faster than you expect,” K. Angel Horne, author and the Center’s PR & Marketing Coordinator.
• Our Central Texas spring wildflower season DID arrive earlier than usual this year, and we’ve enjoyed EVERY moment of the bright displays which began early in March!
• Thank you, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, for your expert predictions!
• We encourage you to continue monitoring their site for wildflower updates!
• Photo: Brenda Jackson: Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush & verbena near Brenham, TX, March, 2014.
Prairie Seekers are those who want to help NPAT find remaining remnant prairies and begin a process to document and hopefully save them!
• Experienced Prairie Seekers desired!
• Novices are welcome to observe the process and get trained in finding prairies.
• The results of our quest will be recorded on data forms developed jointly by NPAT and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and will be entered into TPWD’s “Natural Systems” database.
8:30 a.m. MEET @ NPAT’s Deer Park Prairie
We will carpool from DPP to Chambers County (and visit pre-selected prairie sites and maybe find a few new ones)!
We will stop for lunch @ a restaurant in Winnie, TX.
This promises to be a fun day that will include a visit to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
REMEMBER BRING your:
insect repellant, and
(Photo part of series DearTexas.com)
• This meeting is co-sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
• Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments; the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
• You will want to hear the award winning naturalist, photographer, and author, Brian Loflin, speak about his book Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide.
• Grasses of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide, “a photographic guide to grasses, gives all who have been frustrated trying to identify these difficult plants, an easy-to-use, visually precise, and information-packed field guide to seventy-seven native and introduced species that grow in the Texas Hill Country and beyond.”
“With a blade of grass in hand, open this book and find:
• Handy thumb guides to seedhead type, the most visible distinguishing characteristic to begin identification.
• Color photographs of stands of grasses and detailed close-ups.
• Concise information about economic uses, habitat, range, and flowering season.
• Quick-reference icons for native status, toxicity, growing season, and grazing response.”
Barnes & Noble.
In 2016 more than 70 people registered to learn more about helping native prairies and prairie species, such as Monarchs, by growing native seeds in their own backyards!
Amaon G. Carter, Jr., Downtown YMCA
Presenter: Martin Underwood, USACE Biologist at Benbrook Lake.
Mr. Underwood will provide an overview of the project lands, pertinent policies, history/status of tallgrass prairie in North Texas, and management practices USACE uses with limited staffing, budget, & policies to protect and improve our valued resources.
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE link) is probably the largest public land owner in the DFW metroplex.
• There are a variety of management issues including managing lands for native vegetation including remnant & restorable prairies.
• Valuable lessons for landowners of remnant and restorable prairies!
Presenter: Kenneth Steigman, Ph.D., Director of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, will speak on prairie restoration efforts conducted there, including their relationship with University of North Texas whose students assist with efforts.
Dr. Steigman was formerly sanctuary manager at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Details and Directions are available at the Chapter’s website.
• MARK YOUR CALENDER - PLEASE RESERVE THESE DATES - March 7 and April 5, 2017
• Attend an NPAT meeting NEAR YOU!!
• Join us, meet your neighbors, learn more about NPAT and what your local chapter can do!
TONIGHT - TUESDAY, March 7, 6:30-8:30pm, SAN ANTONIO, TX
Details appear on the flyer below.
Join local citizens at the Longhorn Café, 17625 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78232
Enjoy the opportunity to formalize NPAT’s newest chapter: The San Antonio Chapter!
Presenters: Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director; Don Kirchoff, NPAT Board member & NPAT Conservation Easement Landowner, Wilson County, TX.
There is immeasurable potential for you to learn about land conservancy; you can volunteer your time and skills assisting land owners like Mr. Kirchoff, achieve goals that will help him make progress in the task of restoring the prairie, all while you are “experiencing a Texas Prairie”!
MEETING of the CEN-TEX CHAPTER
Location: Georgetown Public Library 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX 78626
Presenter: Pat Merkord, NPAT Executive Director, “Prairies of the Northern Great Plains”
Cen-Tex Chapter is comprised of an Saba, Llano, Lampasas, Burnet, Coryell, Bell, Williamson, Travis, McLennan, Falls, Milam, and Lee Counties (listed from west to east).]
“Burrowing Owls near Dell City, TX” Photo by Randy Rakes
The Prairie will be OPEN to Visitors during Workday.
(PLEASE include your cell phone number in case we need to contact you due to inclement weather).
Deer Park Prairie IS OPEN TO VISITORS during workday hours.
• If you plan on staying in the house, great, no ‘prairie-ready attire’ is required!
• REQUIRED PRAIRIE-READY ATTIRE: closed-toed shoes and long pants; in addition, we RECOMMEND: a hat, long-sleeved shirt, sun screen, and insect repellent.
• DPP Location: 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536: MAP.
• Please do not park along the curb directly in front of our neighbors’ houses.
• The Prairie Seekers Program is a prairie assessment & mapping program developed by Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT).
• Prairie Seekers Workshop hours are approved for Cross Timbers Master Naturalist Advanced Training.
• Certified Prairie Seekers will subsequently conduct surveys; their data will be contributed to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s state biodiversity database, a source for TPWD to identify future prairie conservation opportunities across the state.
NPAT offers these educational opportunities a few times each year; classes are limited in size. Email inquiries
NPSOT Hill Country Chapter invites the public to: “Humble Grasses Providing Critical Ecosystem Services” Presented By Shannon Brown, Reforestation Assistant for the Blanco River Reforestation Program, TreeFolks and Co-Founder of Ecosystem Services Landscaping by Wiseman and Oakleigh. “Native bunch grasses often go unnoticed among more charismatic and easier-to-recognize plants of the Texas Hill Country, but they provide essential soil and water conservation functions to the ecosystem.”
Learn how their eradication by grazing and mowing threatens the health of our aquifers, rivers, and hillsides, as well as how to identify common and crucial species which could be growing in your backyard: LOCATION: VFW Post #6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676.
NPAT is a member of the Texas Land Trust Council, which builds and supports a strong, active coalition to serve as a powerful voice for conservation in Texas: help protect drinking water, Texas’ iconic wildlife, and our rich natural and cultural heritage.
NPAT will be represented at the 2017 TLC’s Conference to listen to the TLC’s lineup of speakers addressing topics including real estate, land stewardship, conservation easements and various funding programs, advocacy, historic preservation, conservation banking, coastal conservation, and more.
Attending this conference will offer more visibility for NPAT as well as opportunities for face-to-face conversations with fellow land conservancies, exchange ideas, and build solid coalitions.
Brian and his wife, Shirley, have conducted nature photography, plant identification and herbarium-making workshops. They were featured on KLRU discussed their book, Prairie Grasses of Central Texas, with Tom Spencer on Central Texas Gardener.
Leaders of NPAT’s Chapters will meet and define their plans for 2017: Houston Chapter - Fort Worth Chapter - Blackland (Dallas) Chapter - CenTex (Central Texas) Chapter - Balcones Chapter.
Our local chapters provide opportunities for local residents to learn and experience ‘native prairies’. Each Chapter is unique in its location and needs; the leaders will be able to set individual goals that will collectively benefit all of NPAT. We are grateful for the hours devoted by the Chapter leaders and members and visitors!
Fort Parker State Park (Map & Directions) lies in the beautiful Texas Hill Country in Limestone County between Mexia and Groesbeck.
We are very grateful to Mr. B. F. Hicks (Daphne Prairie Landowner/2016 Prairie Preservationist Award winner) and a few of his friends, for hosting the 15 Volunteers for our FIRST Winter Bird Survey, January 28 & 29, 2017! Individuals from three of NPAT’s local Chapters (are also members of Cross Timbers Chapter-Master Naturalist and North Texas Chapter Master Naturalist), participated in this VERY SUCCESSFUL WINTER BIRD COUNT!
We spotted approximately 60 bird species including:
• Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus)
• Barn Owls (Tyto alba)
• Northern Harriers (Circus cyaneus)
• Hundreds of Eastern Meadowlarks (Sturnella magna)
• Harlan’s Red Tailed Hawk (B. j. harlani)
We also saw indications of other wildlife as well, inclulding:
• Eastern Cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus) • Badgers (Taxidea taxus)
• Bobcats (Lynx rufus) • Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis)
• Coyote (of course!) (Canis latrans)
You’ll want to monitor our site and newsletter for future surveys we plan to organize!
PLEASE NOTE - A NEW LOCATION THIS TIME: at the corner of Tilley St. and Tom Miller St.
Drive as far East on Tom Miller Street as you can – it dead ends into Tilley Street (the new section of Mueller located East of Berkman Drive - close to the newly-constructed pond).
Co-Sponsors: Travis Audubon Society and Mueller P.O.A. Landscape Committee.
• This is a free public event we want to share with anyone wanting to see winter birds at Mueller. Once again, members of the Travis Audubon Society will bring spotting scopes and extra binoculars to share.
• Learn about the birds’ habits and habitat and identify them by their calls.
• All ages are welcome.
Maddin Prairie Sunset
Visit NPAT’s western-most preserve, Maddin Preserve.
We will work on trails, especially along the Champion Creek, to make it easier to explore!
• John Tandy: Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
• Bruce Benz: Texas Weselyn University
• FW-NPAT Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT
In 2016, the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area wrote a grant & received funding to organize & host the largest BioBlitz in Texas. The Tandy Hills BioBlitz focused on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. Scientists, Citizen Scientists including volunteers, students & children helped collect data on the flora & fauna of the park by using iNaturalist. The results formed a permanent & valuable snapshot of biological life at Tandy Hills.
John & Bruce will present the results of the Tandy Hills BioBlitz, show the professional video created about the event and talk about what comes next.
Information and Directions on FW NPAT’s website.
Join Houston NPAT and Katy Prairie Conservancy at our seed cleaning party!
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston TX 77004 Sponsored by Katy Prairie Conservancy, KPC. They are providing PIZZA!
We collected seeds in Fall, 2016; they will be cleaned and put in packets for distribution to people willing to grow them out for KPC’s Great Grow Out Program.
Learn about prairie plants and seeds from KPC experts: come and see what these native seeds look like, how to clean them, and take some home.
• Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) • Texas Coneflower (Rudbeckia texana)
• Yellow Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) • Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)
• American Basketflower (Centaurea americana) (To see summer blooms, seed this annual from fall through winter.)
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)
• Join the Citizens Enviromental Coalition, “CEC”, for a night of environmental inspiration as we host the second Houston screening of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour. After a wildly successful event last year, we are hosting two nights of amazing short films in 2017!
• BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE and review the detailed information on this link: Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour 2017.
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)
• Looking for some outdoor volunteering in cooler weather?
• Come help plant 200 trees on the Spring Creek Greenway Trail in 2016 Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338.
• Please help whenever you can between 9 a.m. and noon.
• Registration Required, must be at least 15 years of age
PRE-REGISTER- Go to the Bayou Land Conservancy’s site; then click on the “Winter Tree Planting” flier image.
Come join Damien Carey for the survey and learn about the bird life we have at DPP!
(View all of Houston NPAT’s upcoming activities on Houston NPAT!)
If you are an ExxonMobil employee, retiree or immediate family member (youth under 25) of an employee or retiree, the Houston Native Prairies Association of Texas “HNPAT” and Lawther-Deer Park Prairie need your help!
ExxonMobil will be awarding a $500 team grant for every TEAM OF 5: employees, retirees and /or family members who come out to help!!
• GRANT MONEY - will be used to purchase much needed equipment to help in the fight against invasive species in this gem of an urban prairie remnant! The more teams the better!
• LOCATION: 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park 77536.
ONE DAY A YEAR Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area hosts a Brush Bash - to clear sections of the prairie of invasive and unwanted trees, brush and trash!
WE NEED YOU! Come to 3400 View Street, Fort Worth, TX 76103 (map)
BRING: gloves, sturdy shoes, hat, water, tarps, loppers, wheelbarrows and wagons.
All ages welcome. Coffee, tea, hot cocoa & morning snacks provided.
Mueller P.O.A. Landscape Committee and the Friends of the Mueller Prairie are proud to present this thought-provoking and interesting program - free and open to the public!
Patty Leslie-Pasztor, horticulturalist and ethnobotanist!
Come to the Wildflower Terrace Theater.
Ever wonder how the Native Americans lived off the land here in Central Texas?
Learn how they and the early settlers used native plants (just like the ones we have planted in the Mueller Demonstration Garden) for food, medicine and fiber. Almost every plant in our Demonstration Garden had some historical use: food, drink, medicine, fiber for clothing or utensils or dyes.
Patty Leslie-Pasztor served as a horticulturalist for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and a Park Naturalist at Friedrich Wilderness Park. She currently conducts workshops on landscaping for butterflies and birds as well as workshops on ethnobotany for landowners, teachers and archaeologists.
Patty is the coauthor of Texas Trees: A Friendly Guide.
Is Ethnobotany a new word to you? What is ethnobotany and why does it matter?
Ethno (as in ‘ethnic’) refers to people, culture, a culture’s collective body of beliefs, aesthetic, language, knowledge, and practice.
Botany is the study of plants—from the tiniest fern or blade of grass to the tallest or oldest tree.
• Botany includes all the wild plants and the domesticated species.
• Domesticates are species that we humans have selected over time from the wild plant species, then tamed and trained to optimally produce for us: food, fibers, medicine, materials, and more.
• The domesticated species are both the subject and object of agriculture.
Ethnobotanical knowledge encompasses both wild and domesticated species and is rooted in observation, relationship, needs, and traditional ways of knowing. Such knowledge evolves over time and is therefore always changing and adding new discoveries, ingenuity and methods. Source: Botanical Deminsions.
Adults and families with children will find a lot to fascinate them in this talk. A walk in the park won’t be the same afterward!
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Celebrate Texas trees in the Arboretum with family-friendly tree climbing, walks and talks, s’more roasting, fort building and more!
Winter Tree Fest activities are all free with admission VISIT.
All tree books and walking sticks will be on special throughout the day at the Store!
Explore the the newest addition to NPAT’s growing land portfolio:
the beautiful 922 acre Daphne Prairie, in NE Texas!!
Silveus’ Dropseed and Longspike Tridens are two of the signature grasses of rare Alfisol Prairie.
Share our excitement as we document flora and fauna of this unique and historically rich prairie! Your interest is enough; you do not have to be experienced in birding or wildlife surveying, and all can participate and join the experts as we explore this property and document its species.
View this large and very rare tract with grassland sparrows and other winter birds protected on this property: this pair of adult Dickcissel (Spiza americanain), who “Originally nested in native prairies and meadows”, Audubon Field-Guide.
A False Dragonhead Physostegia, Common Buckeye Butterfly
“Obedient Plant” (Physostegia virginiana) (Junonia coenia Hübner)
Among the wonderful and confounding challenges of wildflower identification is sorting through all the species of composites that bloom throughout the Texas Hill Country!
NPSOT Presents Craig Hensley, Park Interpreter & Naturalist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Guadalupe River State Park
• LOCATION: VFW Post #6441, 401 Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), Wimberley Texas 78676: MAP.
• Arrive at 6:00 pm for a ‘meet and greet’; Mr. Hensley’s Program will begin @6:30 pm.
DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! Bring one of your books on the wildflowers of Texas- for reference and note taking.
Park Ranger Craig Hensley:
-has been described as something out of a storybook; a ‘Wizard of Wildlife’.
-Developed and conducted wide variety of programs for park visitors for all ages (nature walks to presentations on astronomy, bats, birds, insects, snakes, mammals and more).
-Developed and presented workshops for Master Naturalist and Native Plant Society chapters.
-Served as cultural and natural resource specialist for 4,000+ acres of Park and adjacent Honey Creek State Natural Area.
-Conducts bird banding research, bi-monthly butterfly surveys including annual North American Butterfly Association annual survey, and Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys.
-Coordinated monarch larval monitoring.
(See Craig Hensley, Guadalupe River State Park Ranger, in action as he finds creative ways to connect folks with nature.)
If you would like to explore our fabulous preserve of the Rolling Plains Ecoregion - consider joining NPAT on a field trip to Maddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City, Mitchell County Texas.
The area is west of Abilene: Map to Maddin Prairie Preserve:
-280 miles NW of Austin, 220 miles W of Fort Worth; 250 miles W of Dallas.
-It is possible to carpool from Houston, Fort Worth and Austin or you can come on your own.
We will be doing surveys of the property including our winter bird point count, survey of prairie dogs and a general wildlife survey. There will be other maintenance activities that will require volunteer help as well such as checking the fence line and water pipes.
There are always surprises waiting for visitors such as the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) living
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys), in the prairie dog burrows last January,
or the North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) in a tree by Champion Creek flowing through property on its way to the Colorado River!
The Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) may also be seen at Maddin Prairie!
(Don’t be fooled by it’s similarity to the Northern Cardinal in its song and behavior!
It resembles an immature or female Cardinal;
its distinguishing characteristic is the ‘parrot-like’ beak.)
Location: C.C. Young Senior Living, The Point and Pavilion, Flag Pole Classroom,
4847 W Lawther Dr., Dallas, TX 75214 Map and Directions
We will hear from two of Blackland Chapter’smembers
• Archaeologist, Tim Dalby, heads the program and will present his findings on our June 4, 2016 tour of Northeast Texas prairies.
• Photo essay on that June 4, 2016 trip by Amy Martin.
• Also to be addressed: chapter officers, future meeting topics, and field trips for 2017.
GUIDED GARDEN TOUR - Saturday 1-14-17 from 10-11 am
Learn about the plants, history and architecture of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Select this link for upcoming Events.
2017 EXHIBITIONS are underway!
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center exhibits works of Central Texas artists, photographers, and prominent nature artists from around the world. Schedule of Artists’ Exhibits
January 14 thru May 28, 2017: ‘Fieldnotes’ Exhibit of Joan Son’s nature-inspired origami.
2012 State Park Road, Lockhart, TX 78644-9716
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department welcomes all ages to attend; Map, directions, park fees, and other pertinent information are provided on the TPWD link. TPWD Event!
See what the birding buzz is all about! Bundle up - winter is a great time to observe birds! Their distinct songs carry across the prairies on a crisp winter morning!
(Like this Carolina Chickadee!)
Our hosts, TPWD, will provide expert tips on using binoculars and and identifying birds, then we’ll practice those tips on a short bird walk. (Binoculars and ID guides are provided or bring your own.) Experienced ‘BIRDERS’ are encouraged to come along! It’s ALWAYS a good day to observe our feathered friends!
Prepare: Watch/listen to the local forecast for Friday morning, and wear weather-appropriate clothes and sturdy shoes.
FREE FAMILY EVENT - ONLINE SIGN UP FORM + MAP & DETAILS @Mueller POA Demonstration Garden (near Sahm and Tom Miller Streets at about the 2500 block of Tom Miller).
Once again, members of the Travis Audubon Society will bring spotting scopes and extra binoculars to share with anyone wanting to see the winter birds at Mueller.
• Learn about the birds’ habits and habitat.
• Identify them by their calls.
• All ages are welcome.
Kids had a great time last month; here’s Judith Bailey’s report from the December, 2016 bird walk:
“There were 19 adults and 4 very enthusiastic young boys who saw and heard 34 different species.
We saw raptors, ducks and other water fowl, songbirds, and several large waders.
Probably the best bird of the day was a male Belted Kingfisher. Most got good scope views of the kingfisher, the Great Blue Heron and the Great Egret.”
This free, public event is brought to you by the Mueller P.O.A. Landscape Committee.
Barbara Willy is Director of Monarch Gateway; she is an NPAT volunteer and will serve as President of NPAT’s Board of Directors during 2017. Please select this link for all the details and directions: Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT
TONIGHT, Wednesday - December 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy this Holiday Celebration- Potluck Awards Dinner and Silent Auction
Please Register using this link (so we know you’re coming)!
GOOD FOOD - NETWORKING - AWARDS - RECOGNITION!
(You can contribute refreshments, meat, side dish or salad dish, if you want and share a delicious meal.
Everyone will want to participate in our ‘SILENT AUCTION’ benefitting HNPAT; among the carefully curated items are: private prairie tours, pollinator baskets, field guides and more!)
We will meet at the beautiful Cherie Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens. Directions to 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
Celebrate the collective 2016 prairie accomplishments alongside our cohosts:
• Coastal Prairie Partnership
• Katy Prairie Conservancy and
• Houston Native Prairies Association of Texas
(PRIOR TO THE EVENING CELEBRATION, you are welcome to visit HNPAT’s Lawther Deer Park Prairie Preserve for a tour between 1 & 3 pm at 1222 East Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536.)
THIS SATURDAY, December 10, 10am - Noon - Prairie Walk
Hike at one of Dallas’ best known prairie sites!
Boy Scout Hill - White Rock Lake, 316 Lawther Drive, Dallas 75118
Monday, December 12, 2016 6:30pm - 9:00pm - NEW LOCATION!!
Our December Meet-up/Chapter Potluck is graciously being hosted by Debbie Powell.
Please bring a potluck item with a Mexican food theme!
4420 Mary’s Creek Drive, Benbrook, TX 76116
Tuesday, December 12, 9:00 am - December Prairie Seed Collecting!
Details are on this link to The Houston Chapter Native Prairies Association of Texas
(Meet at 9:00 am at: Shell station on NE corner of US 290 and Becker Rd.) map
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 6:30 pm
Milo Butterfingers, 5645 SMU Blvd. at Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206.
Please see all the details on: The Blackland Chapter (BNPAT)
We thank you for supporting us throughout the year!
Saturday, December 17 - 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (WEATHER PERMITTING)
Unplugged Adventure: This exciting experiences of presentations and star gazing!!
Presentations and telescopes provided by the Fort Bend Astronomy Club!
LOCATION: Indiangrass Preserve, 31950 Hebert Road at Penick Road, Waller, TX 77484 Map
Prepaid Registration and details at Cocoa and Constellations.
Admission: $3.00 cost per person
COME OUT THIS SATURDAY- NOVEMBER 5, from 1pm-5pm
LAUNCH SEED BALLS BEFORE THE RAINS COME ON SUNDAY!
SUPPORT your Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT and SCATTER SEED BALLS as you RIDE YOUR BIKE!
Enjoy your active role as you assist in sustaining beautiful plants that will thrive and support pollinators!!
Then enjoy the music of The Monkberries from Denton.
SATURDAY November 5, 2016 from 1pm – 5pm
CLEAR FORK FOOD TRUCK PARK, located at 1541 Merrimac Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Map.
The Great Seed Bomb is a 15k FUN BIKE RIDE. Riders ‘launch’ seed balls from their bikes, contributing to a healthy food supply for pollinators, including bees and monarch butterflies. (These seed balls contain clay, organic compost, and native, non-GMO milkweed seeds and wildflower seeds. The soil medium protects the seeds and enables more successful growth and healthy plants.)
50% of the COST OF YOUR TICKET WILL BE DONATED TO Native Prairies Association of Texas, Fort Worth Chapter. (The other 50% covers the costs of seeds, etc., and sponsoring this event.)
For details on the day’s events and to BUY YOUR TICKETS click on this link: Prekindle.com and select BUY TICKETS.
THIS SATURDAY, November 12, 2016, from 8am – 4pm
Houston Sierra Club and the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas are having an outing to Lawther Deer Park Prairie (LDPP).
Sign-up at the Houston Sierra Club Outings Meet-up site: Houston Sierra Club / Outings
1. 8am Meet up to Carpool/Caravan in Meyerland Plaza, 4700 Beechnut St., Houston, TX 77096 MAP
We will meet in the parking lot just west of the Starbucks in Meyerland Plaza. (Look for a silver Honda Civic with lots of bumper stickers.)
2. 9am Be at the Lawther Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536 MAP
You need to bring:
Your camera, day pack, water, snacks, hiking shoes, binoculars, bug repellant, sunscreen, field guides, and clothes to suit the weather. Long pants are highly recommended!
AFTERWARD: Bring spending money as we will eat lunch at a local restaurant after our prairie tour.
Hope to see you there.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9 am - 1 pm
Sponsored by: The Katy Prairie Conservancy, 5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 867, Houston, TX 77005
Enjoy a few fun-filled hours of volunteer planting! Help restore 55 acres of this reconstructed prairie habitat in Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Indiangrass Preserve at 31950 Hebert Road at Penick Road, Waller, TX 77484 MAP
Cost: Free (Lunch, snacks, and door prizes
All ages are welcome!
Mr. Hardin will present “The State Of Quail - the History and Management of Bobwhite Quail in Texas”, focusing on how TPWD and partners are addressing bobwhite quail today.
Our Chapters encourage you to attend this very informative presentation:
TONIGHT, Monday, November 14, 2016, from 6:30pm – 8pm.
Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA, 512 Lamar St, Fort Worth, TX 76102. map
Parking: Look for YMCA signs - FREE with front desk validation:
at the lot between 4th and 5th Avenues (adjacent to YMCA)
the lot between 3rd and 4th Streets (across from YMCA)
A bit of information on Mr. Hardin:
• he served as Coordinator of Quail and Grassland Birds Program with Audubon Texas;
• he is a former Research Associate with Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University, Kingsville;
• he earned his M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and holds a B.S. in Forest Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin University;
• he is a landowner in Leon County, Texas and is a husband and father or two.
Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9am to 11am
Boy Scout Hill White Rock Lake, 316 E. Lawther Dr. Dallas, TX 75218 Map
Randy Johnson is the horticulture manager at the Dallas Zoo and the owner of Randy’s Organics, a native plant nursery. You will enjoy learning from Mr. Johnson’s step-by-step guidance on recognizing and collecting seeds of our native prairie flora.
Click this link for further details: Blackland Chapter of NPAT.
Come out Saturday (our regularly scheduled workday), Sunday or both days
See Schedule Below:
- We need to complete 8 plant transect surveys required for maintenance planning.
— Training will be provided!
— This plant survey technique is the same one used for NPAT’s Prairie Mapping.
— Help us COUNT and IDENTIFY Species – Plants, Bees, Butterflies, and ALL forms of Prairie Life
- Of course, our usual volunteer prairie maintenance will be underway, if you prefer to help with that!
Saturday October 22th, between 9 AM and 10 PM:
Join us all day or for any part of the day you can come!
9 AM – 12 Noon – Plant Surveying and Training, Prairie Brush & Trash Clean-up
12 Noon – 1 PM – Bring a Sack Lunch
1 PM – 4 PM – Bugs & Butterflies Survey – Training Provided!
4 PM – 7 PM – Clean-up, Finish-up, Go Out to Eat with the Volunteer Crew
7 PM – 10 PM – Survey for EVENING CRITTERS – Moths, Bats, Owls; Mammals !!
(Using sound, spotlights, spotting scope, game camera, black-lights and other techniques)
Perfect Halloween fun!
NOTE: Camping out will be available on observation deck or in the guest house for any who want to stay overnight.
Sunday October 23rd, between 7:30 AM and 4 PM:
Join us all day or for any part of the day you can come!
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Bird Survey Binoculars, Spotting Scope & Training Available
9 AM – 12 Noon – Prairie Maintenance Activities
10 AM – 12 Noon – Plant Surveys— Training Available!
12 Noon – 1 PM – Lunch – Bring a Sack Lunch
1 PM – 4 PM – Complete Butterfly, Insect, Invertebrate & Vertebrate Surveys—- Training Provided!
Map Link: Map to Lawther-Deer Park Prairie
Lawther - Deer Park Prairie
1222 East Purdue Lane
Deer Park, TX 77536
THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016
Support Katy Prairie at their BIOBLITZ.
Join local naturalists and survey the life on this beautiful INDIAN GRASS PRESERVE:
You will observe BUTTERFLIES, INSECTS, BIRDS & let’s not forget those ‘cool’ REPTILES and AMPHIBIANS!
Click on this link for full information, map and register: Katy Prairie BioBlitz
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Katy Prairie Conservancy.
• TMN Advanced Training Hours and Educator CEU credits are available.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016—7 AM to 7 PM
Great free event for individuals, students, and families!
Join wildlife experts for an exciting day (12 hours) of discovery - counting and photographing everything from bees, to bats, to bigmouth bass, in some of Houston’s great parks and wild spaces.
You’ll have fun - while contributing to our understanding of urban wildlife. Your contributions can have a statewide impact!
This 1st Annual Great Houston Wildlife Count takes place in these 4 locations:
• Buffalo Bayou Park
• Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
• Rice University/Hermann Park and
• Mason Park.
Click on this link for all the information you need: 1st Annual Great Houston Wildlife Count
Part of Texas Parks & Wildlife’s statewide TEXAS POLLINATOR BIOBLITZ October 7-16.
Click on this link for statewide info - TPWD Texas Pollinator Bioblitz
NEAR FORT WORTH on October 8?
Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area (FOTHNA) are participating in the state-wide event, Texas Pollinator Blitz (put on by Ladybird Wildflower Center in association with Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.(TPWD) October 7 thru 16).
FOTHNA invites everyone of all ages to participate in Pollinator BioBlitz,
Saturday, October 8th from 5 PM - 11 PM.
Bring your camera and/or smartphone. See how many pollinators you can find and identify: butterflies, moths, bees, bats, hummingbirds, wasps, flies and beetles; they all reside in Tandy Hills. Sam Kieschnick, TPWD’s Urban Biologist, will be on-hand to help you identify what you find and upload images.
An ADDED BONUS - from sunset to 11pm our PrairieSky / StarParty will take place. Look at the night sky through telescopes set up by members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society.
It’s all FREE!
Check FOTHNA’s website for more information, details and updates: Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
Click on this link: Map to FOTHNA
Are you a greater Austin-area owner or manager: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson County?
Expand your knowledge and help save Monarchs, one city at-a-time!
Barbara Keller-Willy is the Founder and Director of a Fort Bend County, TX non-profit, Monarch Gateway; she also is a member on the Board of Directors of NPAT.
Monarch Gateway is collaborating with two distinctive partners, Chicago Field Museum and The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, conducting a study of practices that benefit pollinators. Their data is being collected in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, and Austin to determine if cities can help increase Monarch populations by creating friendly habitat. YOU CAN PARTICIPATE! All information is on this link: Monarch Gateway.
These tiny creatures begin their INCREDIBLE annual southern migration every fall from as far north as Chicago, IL, flying toward a single destination: a forest in Central Mexico. There they will cling together in the oyamel fir trees and hibernate until it is time to begin their journey northward. Their destination is the SAME SITE EVERY YEAR, but the butterflies who arrive there will never have been there before! (To complete this journey the Monarchs must breed along their migration path; only the 3rd or 4th generation reach their destination! How do they know where to go?)
Get the APP, learn more about the migration, and monitor daily progress on Learner.org Monarch Butterfly.
This event will unite prairie chapters from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and coastal Louisiana areas to learn, network, and socialize. The symposium will feature field trips to colorful Cajun Prairies, great presentations on biodiversity conservation and prairie education, and, of course, authentic Cajun food!
A chartered bus will leave Houston on September 24th and we highly encourage our Texan friends to join us on this very affordable ride!
Friday, September 23, 2016
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Workshop; Social Hour Following
1:00 PM Registration - $20 per individual
Morgan Mill Community Center
406 County Road 156, Morgan Mill TX 76465
Ranch Connection, Texas Land Conservancy, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Tarleton, Local Offices of NRCS and AgriLife
1:30 WELCOME: CONSERVING OUR LAND
• Speaker TBD
1:45 CONSERVATION EASEMENT BASICS [to include discussion of role of land trust]
• Carolyn Vogel, Texas Conservation Connection
• Mark Steinbach, Texas Land Conservancy
2:45 INCOME AND ESTATE TAX IMPLICATIONS OF CONSERVING LAND FOR THE LONG-TERM
• Speaker TBD
3:15 LANDOWNER PERSPECTIVE
• Skip Barnett, Conservation Easement and NRCS Program Donor
• Other Area Landowner
4:00 – 5:00 SOCIAL HOUR
“Just a reminder about Deborah’s show and opening reception for The Nature of Things- Daphne Prairie coming up next month on September 10 at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas from 4-9 pm. There will be a private tour of the herbarium conducted by BRIT staff at 5 pm followed by Deborah’s gallery talk at 6 pm. Also, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.”
First Mapping Expedition for Prairie Mapping Phase II for Eastern Harris County:
Date: July 10th, 2016
Where: Meet at Deer Park Prairie 8:00 AM; Address: 1222 E. Purdue Lane, Deer Park, TX 77536; CLICK HERE FOR A MAP TO DEER PARK PRAIRIE
8:00 – 9:00 – Introductions, Review of Assignment, Donuts & Coffee
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Mapping in pre-selected areas at designated sites
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Return to Deer Park Prairie at 3PM, review results and how to submit data – day reports from participants
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Dinner & Social for Participants AT DPP
Description: If you have been participating in recent mapping training workshops, or would just like to learn how to map remnant prairies then join HNPAT for a day of fun searching for prairie sites in Eastern Harris County. We already have pre-selected potential prairie sites to visit. We will go out in teams of 3-4, visit sites, collect data then return to base at Deer Park Prairie to submit data. We will end the day with a dinner for participants provided by NPAT. This project will help identify potential pollinator sites, prairie remnants and areas for potential prairie seed collection and will be added to statewide databases maintained by TPWD. If you can’t do the entire day then join us by following in your own vehicle and leave as you need. We do need volunteer drivers.
Date: June 4th, Saturday - 2016-04-29
Transportation: Charter Bus
Cost: $65 per member, $75 per non-member, lunch and dinner included
Departure Location: White Rock Lake Bath House, 521 E Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218
• Depart: White Rock Lake Bath House Parking Lot – 7:00 AM
• Clymer Meadow - The Nature Conservancy (Celeste) 8:15 AM – Depart 9:45 AM
• Tridens Prairie & Historical Marker 10:45 AM –Depart 11:15 AM
• Gambill Goose Refuge & City Park (Paris) – 11:30 AM – Lunch – 1:00 PM (Lunch)
• Mary Talbot Prairie (New Boston): 2:30 PM Arrive – 4:00 PM Depart
• Daphne Prairie (Mt. Vernon) 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Dinner)
Come visit the most extraordinary and rare Prairies in Texas. These Blackland Long Spike Tridens and Silveus Dropseed Prairies are at their most beautiful in early June – don’t miss this opportunity to travel via charter bus led by plant, bird and butterfly experts. The day will end with dinner on the prairie.
We will depart from the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas. Parking is available at the Cultural Center.
The development and road expansion of FM1093 in Fulshear, TxDOT will destroy some diverse prairie plant communities identified in the area. The site has been surveyed with over 100 plant species identified on an area less than a quarter of a football field! The intent is to dig plants from the Fulshear site, transport them to the Willow Waterhole Prairie and replant them the same day. Volunteers are invited to assist in the digging of plants and/or the replanting for the restoration project and you own garden sites.
Stephen Benigno (Harris Country Flood Control) will be leading the plant rescue / restoration project, and will be on hand to assist with plant identification.
Local resident and TXMN Cheryl Sedivec not only identified a number of small prairie sites that will be lost due to FM1093 road expansion, but has secured digging permission to enable the rescue. GCMN Julie d’Ablaing organized this rescue and has made several visits to the site to dig native plants. This will be the final opportunity.
Meet at 8:30am Friday 13th May in Fulshear, on the gravel road in front of the Dollar General, next to FM1093 to dig/collect. This will be the first collecting site, and then we will move slightly east (within a mile) along the road to continue collecting.
What to bring:
• Please where appropriate clothing for the weather conditions – long pants, hat, stout footwear, gloves, etc.
• Bring sun screen and bug spray.
• Water to drink and a snack.
When: May 21st, 2016; 9:00 AM
Where: Randolph Recreation Center, 653 E. Pearl St., La Grange, TX 78945
The Gideon Lincecum Chapter announces its Chapter meeting and Advanced Training Program on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Randolph Recreation Center, 653 E. Pearl St. in La Grange. The Chapter Meeting starts at 9:00, and the Program begins at 10:30. This Program is free and open to the public. The guest speaker is Dr. Leslie Bush, working with Texas State University, and she will present ”Useful Plants of Ancient Texans”.
The Texas plants we enjoy today have been used for food, medicine, and crafts for millennia by the Native people of Texas. Written accounts by Spanish missionaries and European explorers, Native oral traditions, and archaeological investigations provide windows into the many fascinating uses of our Texas native plants. I’ll outline how archaeologists recover and identify plants from sites, discuss one of the most visible archaeological signatures of ancient plant use, the earth oven, and talk about the ancient origins of agriculture in Texas.
Dr. Bush will begin her talk with a 45 minute Power Point, and then we will adjourn to Monument Hill to find modern day examples of plants used by ancient Texans. Bring a sack lunch and join us. Call Karen Woods (281.682.2810) and/or Cindy Hobbs (979.338.9374) for more information
Field Trip to Burleson Prairie
When: Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Where: near Temple; CLICK HERE FOR LOCATION
The Friends of Tandy Hills wrote:
This year we are bringing in the top scientist experts from across Texas to help us make sure we have Tandy Hills in the future. That goal starts by understanding what we have now. And so…the 2016 Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz will focus on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. We all have a part to play in the project. We think it will be pretty fun.
Technology - Biology - Conservation - Community Engagement
The 2016 Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz will focus on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. Specifically, scientists and naturalists will lead and supervise this photo documentation and data collection blitz. The results form a permanent and valuable snapshot of biological life at Tandy Hills. Community members and volunteers are invited to observe science in action and participate by making their own contributions via iNaturalist while exploring the urban prairie.
WHEN: Friday, April 22, 2016 (Earth Day) 6:00 a.m. until, Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
When: Monday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., talk begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Austin Public Library, Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, 78723
Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project
Ed Fair, an Austin lawyer and avid birder, will talk about how this restoration project came about—how he got involved in transforming a bermudagrass field in an Austin park to a native prairie. For more information, go to commonsfordpro.blogspot.com.
When: April 16th, 2016; 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Uvalde, Texas, El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main Street
Lunch Provided, Wear walking shoes
Field Trip to Nueces River Canyon Restoration Site (20 miles NW Uvalde)
• 8:30 to 9:00 AM: Registration & Coffee
• 9:00 – 9:20 AM: Conservation Easements & How They Can Help Protect Monarchs & Pollinators; Pat Merkord, Executive Director, Native Prairies Association of Texas
• 9:20 – 10:00 AM: Prairie Restoration for Quail; Dr. Susan Cooper, Research Wildlife Specialist Agrilife Research Center
• Break:10:00 – 10:10 AM
• 10:10 – 10:50 AM: How to Incorporate Prairie Restoration Techniques and Management Activities for Pollinators: Into 1-D-1 Wildlife Management Plans and other Land Restoration Efforts; Pat Merkord, Bluestem Environmental Consultants & NPAT ED
• 10:50 – 11:30 PM: Monarch Conservation = Prairie Restoration; US Fish and Wildlife Service
• 11:30 – 12:10: Butterfly Gardening; Elise Kirchoff, Uvalde Native Plant Society
• 12:10 – 12:40 PM: Lunch
• 12:40 PM – 2:00 PM: Monarch Conservation by Landowners and Monarch Gateway Host Cities Program, How to Recognize and Grow Healthy Milkweed for Monarchs, Best Milkweeds to Grow & How to Protect Monarchs from Disease & Other Threats; Barbara Willy, Director, Monarch Gateway
• 2:00 – 4:00: Field trip to Nueces Canyon Potential Restoration Site to Explore Possible Restoration Strategies - 20 Miles NW Uvalde – Carpool
When: Wednesday, April 27, 1-3 p.m.
Where: 4806 Trail West Drive, Austin, TX 78735
When: Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.
Visit a Central Texas prairie remnant as well as Nancy Webber’s restored prairie property in Milam County. Contact Nancy Webber for more information and to RSVP.
Native Prairies Association of Texas Presents:
When: March 26th, 2016
Where: Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, Classroom; 8400 Northwest Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78231 (Use East Entry on Blanco Road)
Time: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Lunch Provided, Wear walking shoes
This workshop qualifies as advanced training for TX Master Naturalists!
• Conservation Easements & How They Can Help Protect Monarchs & Pollinators; presented by Pat Merkord, Executive Director Native Prairies Association of Texas and Jeff Weigel, The Nature Conservancy
• How to Restore Native Prairie, Increase Native Plant Diversity, Grow Milkweeds from a Landowner’s Perspective; presented by Don Kirchoff, Owner the Kirchoff Family Farm in Wilson County
• How to Create Wildscapes for Pollinator Habitat; presented by Judip Green, Urban Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
• How to Incorporate Butterfly & Pollinator Management Activities into 1-D-1 Management Plans
• How to restore your land for Pollinators: Details on the Restoration Process; presented by Pat Merkord, Executive Director Native Prairies Association of Texas
$20 Registration Fee is required. Please RSVP using the link below and pay online with a credit card, check sent via USPS, or at the door. You can also call Pat Merkord at 936-827-7973 to RSVP.
When: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:30pm
Where: Amon G. Carter, Jr. - Downtown YMCA; 512 Lamar Street, Corner of 5th and Lamar Streets; (THIS IS OUR PERMANENT NEW MEETING LOCATION)
Tandy Hills Natural Area 2016 BioBlitz
Technology - Biology - Conservation - Community Engagement
The 2016 Tandy Hills Natural Area BioBlitz will focus on documenting all living species at the park over a continuous 36 hour time period. Specifically, scientists & naturalists will lead & supervise this photo documentation & data collection blitz. The results form a permanent & valuable snapshot of biological life at Tandy Hills. Community members & volunteers are invited to observe science in action & participate by making their own contributions via iNaturalist while exploring the urban prairie. BioBlitz data gathering is important to Tandy Hill’s conservation mission for two reasons. It motivates & engages community participation AND the resulting data serves as a permanent scientific record for current & future management of Tandy’s natural resources. In other words, to “keep it like it was” we need to “know what it is.”
Sponsors include: Unity Church of Fort Worth, Frost Bank, Jane Rector, Greg & Mary Hughes, Dr. Libby Gilmore, Jim Marshall, North Central Texas chapter of Native Plant Society of Texas, Great Water Irrigation & Ecoscapes, Redenta’s Garden Shop.
Partners include: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (Texas Conservation License Plate Program), Texas Nature Trackers, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area, Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Teaming with Wildlife: True to Texas, Texas Wesleyan University, Native Prairies Association of Texas.
The address for the downtown YMCA is 513 Lamar St. 76102 and parking can be found in two lots. One connected to the building between 4th and 5th Ave., along Burnett or across from the building and between 3rd and 4th Ave., also along Burnett. There’s plenty of YMCA signage in both lots, so they shouldn’t be difficult to find and both are free with validation from the front desk. Parking on the street is free too.
Coastal Prairie Partnership and the Native Prairies Association of Texas - Houston Chapter present:
When: Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Brazos Bend State Park, Dining Hall
RSVP REQUIRED! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY AT PRAIRIEPARNTER.ORG
Join Mark Morgenstern, Tom Solomon and Barbara Willy for hands-on demonstrations on growing prairie plants, including milkweed, from seed. Includes visits to the park’s pocket prairie, Mark’s native plant nursery and Nash Prairie.
Bring a sack lunch and join the fun! Park entry fee is waived for Texas Master Naturalists.
All participants should wear comfortable clothing suitable for hiking and the outdoors. A hat and long pants are highly recommended.
10:00– 11:30 pm - Native Plant Propagation Workshop - Join Mark Morgenstern, TMN,
proprietor of Morning Star Prairie Plants, for a hands-on demonstration with focus on seed
collection, germination and propagation techniques including spring sprigging, bumping up,
and the dig and divide. Prairie plants also provide the most natural native habitat for monarch!
11:30– 12:00 pm – “How to Grow Native Milkweed” - In addition to the native prairie nectar
plants, the monarch caterpillars need milkweed as their host plant. Barbara Keller-Willy, TMN
& Director, Monarch Gateway 501(c)(3) will teach how to propagate milkweed to help the
monarch butterfly. We will also learn how to create a pollinator habitat/monarch waystation.
12:00 – 12:30 pm Bring a sack lunch to enjoy - Enjoy your sack lunch among friends before
we take a short drive to a nearby pocket prairie.
12:30 – 1:00 pm Visit the BBSP pocket prairie - Visit a volunteer-created pocket prairie
located along the trail to HMNS’s in-park observatory. Hear the 2016 plans for this prairie.
1:00–3:00 pm Morningstar Nursery & Nash Prairie – Visit Mark’s native plant nursery
and prairie restoration project located 4 miles from the park. We will also visit the Nash
Prairie, located 10 miles south of the park.
The first training workshop for Phase II of the Prairie Mapping Project is this Sunday! Other dates will be offered.
When: MARCH 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Deer Park Prairie - 1222 East Purdue Lane, Deer Park, Texas 77536
Prairie Mapping Project Phase II Training Workshop
10:00 - 10:30 AM - Project Review and Goals
10:30 -11:30 AM - Finding a Site & Introduction/Explanation of the Data Entry Form
11:30 AM - Noon - Lunch - Bring your own or Subway nearby
12:00 - 2:00 PM - Prairie Identification Field Practice Using Data Entry Forms and Practice Identifying Indicator Species
2:00 - 3:00 PM - Review of Data Collection Documents, Questions, Survey on Effectiveness, Future Team Formation, Upcoming Mapping Workshops & Wrap-up
BRING HIKING SHOES, WEAR CLOTHES THAT COVER ARMS AND LEGS FULLY
Bring your own lunch, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
Additional training dates:
April 9th - Field Day Mapping Training at Lawther - Deer Park Prairie
April 13th - Evening Training on Using Technology for Mapping & Owner Contact
May 31st - Evening Mapping Training at Lawther - Deer Park Prairie
The evening training agenda (for both) is as follows:
6:30 PM – 7:30 – How to use Google Earth and other on-line mapping tools, How to create polygons for the report
7:30 PM – 8:30 – How to find landowners, what information to give them, how to present information to landowners & follow-up
“Bison and Grasslands”
By Dr. Angela Laws
Dr. Angela Laws, Research Assistant Professor in the Biology and Chemistry Department at the University of Houston will discuss how bison modify grasslands and how their foraging is affected by fire. She will also give a brief overview of two experiments planned for this summer on grasshoppers and insect diversity in prairies.
HNPAT meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park. 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004 (parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum)
Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments & at 7:00 p.m. for the meeting
When: Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 pm
Where: NEW LOCATION! 4847 W Lawther Dr., Dallas, TX 75214; located between Mockingbird and E. Northwest Hwy. Drive to the top of the hill and turn left on Center Point to park. The Point is on the west side of the quadrant. The meeting will be held in the Flag Pole Room in The Point and Pavilion at C.C. Young Senior Living.
RJ Taylor and Pat Merkord will bring us a discussion about what you can do to help preserve threatened prairie sites in North Texas. RJ Taylor will present an overview of several prairie sites in the Blackland Prairie region that are currently under the threat of habitat loss. As ranchland that surrounds cities experiences the threat of development, Texas land trusts working with communities can be a vital tool for prairie preservation.
We will hear the stories about three undeveloped prairie properties that are being planned for conversion from agricultural lands to developed in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Wallace Prairie in Rockwall has recently been purchased from the ranching family and is currently being planned for a residential development. The Becks Creek Prairie site in Richardson/Plano is owned by a corporation and is being evaluated for homesites. Indian Hills Prairie site is located in the outskirts of Farmersville, a portion of which the landowner is willing to protect if funds were available. These are just a few of the quality prairie sites around the DFW area that are in the path of development.
This is not the end of the story; opportunities exist for citizens to help preserve the native prairie landscapes on these properties. Pat Merkord will give us an overview of conservation tools that have been effectively used in Texas to protect important natural lands.
Working with both the original landowners and the entities purchasing those lands, options are available to raise funds to purchase the prairie lands for permanent protection, or to work with landowners on placing conservation easements on those lands. Merkord will use as an example initiatives in the Houston area for the Lawther-Deer Park Prairie site.
About Our Speakers:
R J Taylor is an environmental scientist experienced in ecological assessment of land and natural resources. He consults with landowners, businesses and other entities in land conservation, with a focus on conservation easements. Taylor served as Conservation Director of Connemara Conservancy and continues to assist the group in its efforts. He is currently vice-president of the Blackland Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas and is in the process of mapping prairie parcels in North Texas. Taylor has a master’s degree in science, with a geology focus, from University of South Carolina-Columbia
Pat Merkord is Executive Director of the Native Prairie Association. She operates Bluestem Environmental Consultants, helping her clients with wildlife management plans, species surveys, plant surveys and watershed evaluations, with a focus on prairie conservation and restoration. She has a master’s degree in biology with focuses on history and wildlife from Texas State University and Texas A&M University.
When: Sunday February 7, 9am til we finish
Where: Marysee Prairie, Liberty County. From the intersection of Hwy 105 Hwy 146 in Moss Hill, go east on Hwy 105. Take a left on CR 2077. Marysee Prairie is the last property on the right. CLICK HERE FOR MAP LINK.
Activity Goal: To burn native tall grass prairie to control brush recruitment and prevent thatch accumulation.
Activity Details: There are two main tasks. The first will be to improve the fireline by raking cut grass around three sides of the a 9 acre burn unit. We will then break for a snack/lunch. After a brief safety orientation we will split into two holding crews and burn the prairie. This is a low complexity burn. No prior experience necessary. Crew members will be asked to either carry a flapper, rake, back-pack sprayer, or ignition torch depending on their abilities and comfort levels.
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate. Relatively flat area, but will need to walk through dense grasses.
Participants Need to Bring: Volunteers must wear long pants and closed toed shoes, preferably hiking or work boots. Must bring a long sleeved shirt to wear during the burn itself. Participants should also bring a bottle of water, lunch, and dress for the weather. Some snacks and water will be provided.
Essential Project Needs and Safety Considerations:
- Activity will not occur in rainy conditions.
- Those with allergies to bee stings or fire ants should be prepared as necessary.
- Nearest medical facility is approximately 25 minutes away. A first aid kit will be available on site.
- Volunteers will be working with heavy and/or sharp tools.
- There is the possibility participants may encounter snakes, spiders, scorpions and other wildlife.
When: Sat, February 20th - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Anson Aviation, 12890-A Highway 6 South, Sugar Land Texas 77498
Registration Fee: $25 (includes lunch)
RSVP online and pay with a credit card or RSVP online and pay with cash or check at the door
9:00-9:45 Conservation Easements and how they conserve pollinator populations – Pat Merkord - NPAT, Executive Director, Matt Singer - Galveston Bay Foundation, Land Stewardship Manager & Biologist
9:45-10:30 1-d-1 Wildlife Management Activities for Pollinators
10:30-11:15 Citizen Science Opportunities: iNaturalist & the Prairie Power Series with NPAT and Coastal Prairie Partnership
11:15-12:00 Creating Habitat for Pollinators: Growing in Urban Areas and Application to Cullinan Park – Diana Foss – TPWD Greater Houston Area, Urban Wildlife Biologist
12:00-1:00 Lunch Provided
1:00-2:00 Monarch Gateway Program and How to Create Monarch Habitat
2:00-3:00 Milkweeds & Monarchs – The best milkweeds to grow in your area & how to protect Monarchs from predators and disease
3:00-3:30 Optional Walk to Cullinan Park: Pollinator Habitat plans for Cullinan Park
Barbara Willy— Monarch Gateway, Director
Pat Merkord—Native Prairies Association of Texas, Executive Director
Dr. Cassidy Johnson—Coastal Prairie Partnerships, President
Matt Singer —Galveston Bay Foundation, Land Stewardship Manager & Biologist
Diana Foss —TPWD Greater Houston Area, Urban Wildlife Biologist
Click HERE to Download and print a flier to post locally!
In the beginning, wildfire and wildlife maintained the Tandy Hills prairie keeping it free of woody growth. The grasses and wildflowers flourished without the hand of Man or Woman. But those glory days are over, so…
...Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area hosts a Brush Bash one day a year to clear sections of the prairie of invasive and unwanted trees, brush and trash. On some years we re-work previously cleared areas. Your help REALLY makes a difference! Manly Men and Wild Women welcome.
WHO: Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
WHAT: 8th Annual Brush Bash
WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tandy Hills Natural Area 3400 View Street Fort Worth, TX 76103
BRING: gloves, sturdy shoes, hat, water, lunch, tarps, loppers, wheelbarrows and wagons.
Coffee, tea & morning snacks provided.