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Register NOW!This image means it’s time for ourPaul Mathews Prairie Celebration, SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm.Join us in downtown Greenville, for a delightful evening at…

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Prairie Restoration at Harry S. Moss Park Hosted by NPAT’s Blackland Prairie Chapterat 6:30 PM CST, at

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3rd SATURDAY PRAIRIE RESTORATION WORKDAYat Kirchoff Family Farm• Sponsored by the San Antonio NPAT Chapter A link to register online will be posted…

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

Register NOW!

This image means it’s time for our

Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration,

SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

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

October 24, 2018 - Houston, TX

HNPAT Program Meeting

From 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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

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

October 27, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

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

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

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

October 27, 2018 - Houston Area


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

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

November 2 & 3, 2018 - Austin, TX


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

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

November 3, 2018 - Austin, TX


SATURDAY, 10am -12:00 Noon

Elizabet Ney Museum

304 E 44th St., Austin, TX 78751


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

November 3, 2018 - Floresville, TX

Prairies and Migratory/Neotropical Birds Workshop

CORRECTION - Don Kirchoff: 713-562-7681

Saturday, 7:30am to 3:00pm

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

Coordinates are: North: 28.973611 West: -98.108333


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

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

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

November 3 thru 10, 2018 - Houston Area

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


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

November 6, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting,

Tuesday, 7-8:30pm

“Grassland Bird Habitat”

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

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

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

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

2809 Broadway Street
San Antonio, Texas 78209

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

Maddin Prairie Preserve Work Weekend

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

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

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
You can ask for more information and
RSVP, especially if you plan to stay overnight on the property.

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

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