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The American Prairie Conference occurs every other year. It hasn’t been held in Texas for 30 years!Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase

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HNPAT Program Meeting Wednesday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm “Inspiring Through Education at Lawther Deer Park Prairie”(NPAT photo: a couple walking Lawther…

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2019 TLC CONFERENCE • Conservation Related Policy Issues • Conservation Easements & Private Land Conservation • Opportunities to…

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February 27, 2019 - Houston, TX

HNPAT Program Meeting

Wednesday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

“Inspiring Through Education at Lawther Deer Park Prairie”

(NPAT photo: a couple walking Lawther Deer Park Prairie, 04/18.)

Presented by Della Barbato, NPAT’s Director of Education

NPAT AMBASSADOR! Della joined NPAT’s staff in April, 2018 and is based in the Houston area. (Shell Oil Company bestowed a grant to benefit individuals in their own backyard, the city of Deer Park.)  She has become the image of NPAT, conservation, prairies, and more to so many prairie people. She teaches levels K-90 (to so many young prairie people!)  through her adult programs and teacher workshops in addition to K-12 prairie programs. 

Come meet Della and learn about one of the most endangered ecosystems, Lawther-Deer Park Prairie Preserve, a 51-acre conservation easement located in the middle of a subdivisioin in Deer Park, TX.
We’lll also have board member Hazel Potvin bring us up to-to-date on the progress at the Prairie Demo Garden at Willow Waterhole, which Don Verser has been working on.
We’ll meet at the American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098, USA (map)
All are welcome!

February 27 thru March 1, 2019 - Austin, TX

2019 TLC CONFERENCE

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

March 2, 2019 - Mineral Wells, TX

Hike Penitentiary Hollow with Jeff Quayle

Saturday, March 2 from 10am – 1pm

NOTE: Must pay entrance to Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway. Meet in the parking lot to the picnic area by10am.
-Jeff Quayle will be leading an adventurous hike and will need a head count of attendees, so if you plan on coming, please RSVP
or email Jeff (any Questions?): .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
-This will be a moderate hike through Penitentiary Hollow. Hiking boots, long pants and a long sleeve shirt or dressing in layers are preferred.
-BE PREPARED for a lot of exploring off of the main trails - weather permitting.
-Trees and understory species should be leafing out, so we may be dodging some brush and greenbriar. Be prepared to explore some nook and crannies of the hollows.
-We will be observing our native ferns in the area and other natives in the park. A few rare species in the park will be discussed.

Please NOTE: The Fort Worth NPAT Chapter will NOT meet March 11

We hope to see you at our two ‘Saturday’ explorations in March:

March 2, 2019, for our “Hike Penitentiary Hollow” with Jeff Quayle near Mineral Wells, TX, and
March 23, 2019, The Fort Worth Chapter heads east and will be joined by our Blackland Chapter to “Hike & Learn” while exploring two natural history gems in Dallas County: Pemberton’s Big Spring Preserve and Crawford Memorial Park’s prairie remnant.

Make plans to join us for our “April 8 Meet up”, the 2nd Tuesday of April!

March 5, 2019 - Dallas, TX

BNPAT’s MARCH Chapter Meeting has been moved to the FIRST TUESDAY, March 5, at 6:30 pm

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center Co-founder, David Hurt, will be our guest speaker.

David is quite the ‘BIRD TALKER’, so mark this date on your calendar and join us TUESDAY, MARCH 5th at 6:30pm, at our usual meeting place, CC Young (4847 W Lawther Dr, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75214).

Dogwood Canyon is 16 miles south of downtown Dallas in Cedar Hill, TX and is part of the White Rock Escarpment. “Nowhere in North Texas can one find a greater variety of rare species than in Dogwood Canyon. Plants and animals from east, west and central Texas converge here, making the canyon the only place in the world where one can find the Black-chinned Hummingbird of west Texas nesting in the flowering dogwood tree of east Texas.

Audubon owns or manages over 200 acres of nearly pristine wildlife habitat in the canyon, and because the property neighbors university, county, and state lands, it is part of a nearly 3,000 acre greenbelt in southwest Dallas County.”  Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.

Watch for details regarding our APRIL 9 CHAPTER MEETING (back to the 2nd Tuesday).  BNPAT and the Trinity Valley Beekeepers will meet together.

March 5, 2019 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

“Grassland Bird Habitat”

Presented by our guest speaker, Will Newman, Texas Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Texas Oaks & Prairies, Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, “GRIP”.

Please join our meeting at our usual gathering spot, the Community Hall at the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209.

All are welcome,
Don Kirchoff

March 16, 2019 - Floresville, TX

Our 2019 ‘3rd Saturday Workday’ at the Kirchoff Family Farm.

Make plans to enjoy your ‘3rd Saturday morning’ on the prairie! Meet up with other prairie enthusiasts, help with some light chores, and enjoy lunch provided by the Kirchoff Family!  Great outdoors, bird and creature watching, fresh air, and good company.

All are welcome,
Don Kirchoff


Zizotes photographed by Don Kirchoff on Kirchoff Family Farm March 25, 2018

March 23, 2019 - Austin, TX

Spring Symposium - Native Plant Society of Texas

and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center!

Location: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Doors open at 8am)

Please open this link to register online

Cost is $60/person or $50/each for members.
Registration fee includes a light breakfast, box lunch, and full access to the LBJWC.

March 12, 2019 - Dallas, TX

2nd TUESDAY is the monthly meeting of the BLACKLAND (DALLAS) Chapter

6:30pm at CC Young, 4847 W Lawther Dr, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75214.  While BNPAT’s webpage is being reconfigured, updates, times, places, and contacts are available on BNPAT’s website.

March 23, 2019 - Dallas, TX

“Hike & Learn”

Saturday from 10am – 4pm

Please pack a sack lunch and drinks/water, and dress appropriately for the weather.

NPAT’s Fort Worth and Blackland Chapters will explore two natural history gems in Dallas County:Pemberton’s Big Spring Preserve and Crawford Memorial Park’s “prairie remnant”.

Participation is limited to 25 registrants so REGISTER NOW!

(Carpooling is strongly encouraged due to limited parking availability at the sites.)

FW area registrants:
-Meet at 9:00 am at the south parking lot of Tarrant County College South Campus
-Arrive onsite in Dallas at 10:00 am and return no later than 4:00 pm.

Pemberton’s Big Spring
-Owned by the City of Dallas since 2003: the largest and likely the only remaining artesian spring in Dallas. (The site is not open to the public and is accessible ONLY by guided tour.) Big Spring Preserve website, “The spring discharges over 12 million gallons of water into the Trinity River watershed each year. Carbon dating shows that the water is not of modern origins as it entered the aquifer system around 1360 AD.” Our guides for this portion of the trip are Richard Grayson and Ben Sandifer, well-known in Dallas County as champions for local natural areas!
Crawford Memorial Park
-266-acre metropolitan park (since 1964). Originally a part of the Elam Farm, it was donated to the city by the Elam and Samuell families. The prairie remnant covers about 30 acres of the southern end of the park. Recently the prairie has gained fresh attention from local natural history organizations and an iNaturalist BioBlitz was conducted there in 2017. Our guide for this portion of the field trip is Sam Kieschnick, the Dallas-area urban biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

March 24, 2019 - Dallas, TX

NPAT’s Blackland Chapter and Girl Scouts’ first work session of 2019 will be at Boy Scout Hill, White Rock Lake, 316 E Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218.
Watch for time and details on BNPAT’s webpage and Facebook page.

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