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Native Plant Sales throughout Texas will continue thru Sunday, May 7 NOW is the time to plant native plants in your yard or garden or…

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HNPAT’s Monthly Meeting (*location) Wednesday, From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Secret Life of Prairies HNPAT welcomes Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M Assistant Professor…

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June 3, 2017 - Depart Dallas for Central Texas Prairies

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

RISE & SHINE - Saturday - 7am to 11pm

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.

COME PREPARED:
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).

ITINERARY

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:
Registration qustions: Pat Rinn, NPAT with any questions about registration - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Additional information call: Leigh Ann Ellis, Blackland NPAT Chapter, Dallas: 214.321.7159

REPORT - April 10 - Fort Worth Panel Discussion

COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS! 

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

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

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

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS of SPRINGTIME ACTIVITIES

Native Plant Sales throughout Texas will continue thru Sunday, May 7

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.

Prairie Walks in North 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 27, northeast of Temple, Prairie Walk, Burleson Prairie .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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

Dates for more events:

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.

TONIGHT, April 11, 2017 - Dallas, TX

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

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

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

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

Texas Pollinator PowWow

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

April 4, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter’s Monthly Meeting

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

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

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

April 5, 2017 -  Georgetown, TX

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

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

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

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

SAVE A PRAIRIE! 

April 10, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Prairie Management of Public & Private Property in Tarrant County

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Parks & Wildlife’s City Nature Challenge!

An iNaturalist Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

NPAT at will be at EARTH DAY TEXAS

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

Everything “Earth Day Texas” is on: 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!
Thank you,
NPAT

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