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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• EMAIL .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you can come; the Kirchoffs will have lunches prepared for everyone.

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Past News & Events

October 3, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting

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

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

NPAT’s Director of Education, Della Barbato’s

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

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

October 6, 2018 - Austin, TX

LANDSCAPE LEARNING DAY at Elisabet Ney Museum

Saturday from 10am-Noon.

304 E 44th St., 78751

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

October 7, 2018 - Austin, TX

PLANT WALK at

Commons Ford Prairie, Austin, TX 78733

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

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

October 8, 2018 - Fort Worth, TX

Welcome Glenn Merkord!

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

Monday, 6:30-8:00pm,

TCC’s NW Campus, Room WACB1123

“NATIVE GRASS IDENTIFICATION”

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

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

October 9, 2018 - Dallas, TX

NPAT’s Blackland Chapter holds its Monthly Meeting on the

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

Welcome Brett Johnson from Dallas Parks and Recreation.

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

October 11-13, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

LTA’s Rally 2018!

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

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

October 12, 2018 - Boerne, TX

Monarch Biology, Ecology & Citizen Science

Friday, from 9am - 4pm

Most in-depth Monarch workshop in Texas!

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

October 17, 2018 - Houston, TX

Wild About Houston Film Festival

Part of the 2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

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

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

October 19, 2018 - Texas City, TX

Part of the 2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

LEARN PRAIRIE RESTORATION FROM EXPERTS!

Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

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

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

October 20, 2018 - Floresville, TX

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


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

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