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PLEASE RSVP by NOON Friday, May 18, 2018San Antonio NPAT’s 3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday Kirchoff Family FarmOpen this LINK - Sign Up…

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The long-awaited rescheduled presentation by Jim Blackburn, the “Texas Coastal Exchange”! Houston NPAT Chapter’s Monthly ProgramArrive @ 6:30 pm, Wednesday’ presentation begins @7:00pm! The Texas…

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Maddin Prairie Breeding Bird SurveyMaddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City Saturday and Sunday, from dawn to dusk. We’ll be conducting bird surveys and making other…

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Celebrate Urban Birds - Event Schedule

From austintexas.gov:

Events featuring Citizen Science urban bird counts are happening all over Austin and you are invited!

Come learn all about the amazing birds you see right around you everyday and why we want to celebrate their presence in our city! Activities for the entire family including live bird demonstrations, bird sculpting, expert lectures, paddling on the lake for bird photography, kids bird drawing with art gallery shows, hands-on crafts and activities, bird scavenger hunt and more.

For more information call 512-974-3888 or CLICK HERE for the link to austintexas.gov ‘Celebrate Urban Birds’ event page

Upcoming Schedule:

February 18th
Austin Nature & Science Center, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Scheduled Activities
• 10:15 am and 11:15 am; Beginner Bird Walk & Tour at Nature Center Entrance)
• 10:30 am, 11:30 am; and 12:30pm Live Bird Comparison Demonstration
• 11:00 am-1:00 pm; Live Bird of Prey Demonstration
• 12:00-2:00 pm; Kids Bird Drawing Activity

Ongoing Activities
• Making a Bird Feast
• Great Migration Challenge
• 10 minute Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Count
• Urban Bird Scavenger Hunt Activity- Win Rewards!
• Eat Like a Bird Activity

Camacho Recreation Center, noon to 2:00 pm
Bird viewing and Noon Paddle on Lady Bird Lake, bring your cameras!

Dougherty Arts Center, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Common Backyard Birds presentation by Barry Lyon, international birder

February 25th
Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center (Barton Springs Pool) TBA
Pigeon Watch

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2:00 pm
“Gardening for Backyard Birds” presentation by Jane Tillman, Habitat Steward

O.Henry Museum, 3:30 pm
“Writing is for the Birds” short workshop with published writer Michael Hoinski

March 3rd
Elisabet Ney Museum, TBA
“Birds of Prey- Red tailed Hawk” activities and presentation

March 26-29th
Dougherty Arts Center Gallery Show
Exhibit of Urban Bird Drawings submitted by March 2nd, ages 3 to 12

NPAT Houston Chapter Meeting - January 25, 2012 - 6:30-8:30 PM

Location: Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77074
Presentation: Conservation Easements by Dalmara Bayne Executive Director of NPAT

Agenda:
I. 6:30 to 7:00 PM Social & Refreshments

II. 7:00 PM Business Meeting:
      A. Report on Prairie Heritage Day
      B. Report on SOP Conference
      C. Announcements/Reports on recent Prairie Plant rescues
      D. Presentation and Vote on New Officers for 2012
          We have a complete slate of new officers for 2012 and we need everyone to come out and
          support them as we begin this year.
      E. Introduce Guest Speaker:
          Dalmara Bayne, Executive Director of NPAT

III. 7:30 – 8:30 PM Presentation:
      “Conservation Easements” –

      This is a program on what conservation easements are, how they work and how they can be used to acquire and save prairies.  This presentation is a MUST if you are concerned about saving prairies in the Houston area.  Don’t miss this presentation!

Texas Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Conference - Nov. 2-4, 2012

Houston Area Seed Collection Days

It’s seed collecting time again! Save the following dates to accompany Tom Solomon and other Texas Master Naturalists to collect prairie seeds in and around the greater Houston area.

  U of H Coastal Prairie - Tuesday November 15, 2011 from 8:15 am to 11:45 am
  Nash Prairie - Friday November 25, 2011 from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm

Additional details will be forthcoming from Tom Solomon.  Please inform anyone who might be interested but remember, parking is severely limited at the Nash Prairie, so plan on arriving early!

Sheldon Lake State Park Native Prairie Plant-a-thon! - Nov. 12th

When: Nov. 12th, 2011
Where: Sheldon Lake State Park, 15315 Beaumont Hwy., Houston, TX, 77049
Contact: 281-465-2800 x230 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please RSVP for this event using the contact information listed above.

Texas Prairie Blaze - Annual Membership Meeting, Nov. 19th, 2011

Native Prairies Association of Texas
ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
Saturday November 19, 2011
Katy, Texas

You are invited to join the Native Prairies Association of Texas for the Annual Members Meeting. Come meet with our organization’s President, board members, Executive Director, and staff to talk about the current and future plans and projects of NPAT. This will be an opportunity for members and guests to meet others in the organization and to voice their questions, comments, and concerns.

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Goode Co. Texas BBQ
8911 Katy Freeway in Hedwig Village
(I-10, between Campbell and Bingle, on the south side)

Upstairs balcony room

 

Urban Forest Stewards - Classes begin Nov. 5th

TreeFolks and the City of Austin teaming up to train a new crop of urban forest stewards to nurture and renew central Texas’ urban forest.

    This popular class is back to teach the essentials of caring for a very precious resource – TREES! Urban Forest Stewards will deepen their connection to the roots of their community by learning how to care for and grow the urban forest. Graduates will strengthen the community voice for urban forestry: they may join or start a new Adopt-A-Park group, increase their advocacy for the urban forest resource, become team leads on planting and maintenance days, or simply spread the word about proper tree care around their neighborhood.

    This 4 part class is taught by certified arborists, foresters, landscape professionals, and community leaders to teach you all about trees. Topics include: tree selection, placement and planting; tree care and pruning for both young and mature trees; tree identification; and how to work with partners to implement successful tree planting, maintenance and education events in your neighborhood.

Classes held first Saturday of the month, for four months at the Zilker Botanical Garden:
Garden Center Building, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm on November 5, December 3, January 7, and February 4
Registrants must be able to attend all 4 classes

Direct registration link: http://treefolks.org/2011/10/urban-forest-steward-series/
Registration also available through our homepage: www.treefolks.org

CEU’s will be available for ISA certified arborists.

Cultivate your Backyard Birds

Docents of Zilker Botanical Garden
present
Cultivate your Backyard Birds
with Jane Tillman
Chair of the Travis Audubon Urban Habitat Committee
National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Host since 2003
Capital Area Master Naturalist
Austin Butterfly Forum member

When: Saturday, October 29, 10:00-11:30 am
Where: Austin Area Garden Center, Zilker Botanical Garden (CLICK HERE FOR MAP)
For more information call: (512) 970-3405


Who is that perched on your bird feeder? What can you do to help birds live to sing another day?  If you want to get acquainted with common backyard birds that are here year round and common winter visitors that are arriving on the north winds, this class is for you. Basic bird identification will be covered along with ways to make your yard/greenbelt/local park more attractive to birds. Join us for this fun and informative program!

“Preserving Family Lands and Rural Heritage” - Nov. 11th

NPAT Houston Chapter meeting - October 26

When: Oct. 26, 2011, 6:30 PM
Location: 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77074 (Click HERE for map)

Agenda:
6:30-7:00 PM – Social – Bring a Snack!

6:30-7:00 PM – Set up Plants for Viewing – Plants will be provided but you may bring additional prairie plants for viewing by others – set-up and labeling is during this time

7:00 – 7:30 – Reports
• Prairie Heritage Day– We need volunteers! Report-Cheryl Sedivec
• CPP/NPAT Conference – Plan to Attend! Report by Susie Doe
• NPAT Membership Meeting Announcement – NPAT’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held during the CPP/NPAT conference - Details will be announced – Report by P. Merkord
• Update on prairie brochure
• Plan for November & December Meetings
• December election of officers

7:30 – 8:15 – How to Recognize Remnant Prairies Part II: Grass & Forb ID
Hands on viewing of Native Prairie Plant Specimens with Tips on ID – specimens will be in groups, some invasives will also be displayed

8:15 – 8:45 “Mystery Plants Contest” – Prizes for Winners
• Reminders for Next Meeting
• Adjourn

8:45-9:00 – Clean Room and Be Out By 9:00 PM!

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