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REGISTER EARLY FOR 2019 TLC CONFERENCE in AustinFEB. 27 thru MAR.1, 2019, Hilton Austin-Airport.Inquire about Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities by calling…

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“Whooping Cranes” WEDNESDAY: Arrive@ 6:30pm; Program begins @7pmCome and welcome Dr. Wade Harrell, U.S. Whooping Crane Coordinator, Aransas National Wildlife…

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CENTEX CHAPTER MEETING WEDNESDAY,  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Native Seeds” Come and meet Nate Custer from Douglas King Seeds. He’ll talk…

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Houston Chapter NPAT Monthly Meeting

Guest Speaker: Jen Powis is the Advocacy Director for the Houston Parks Board and will present one of Houston Park Board’s signature projects: the Bayou Greenways Initiative, a plan that will create continuous strips of parks and paths along all the major bayous within the Greater Houston region.

Who:    Houston Chapter - Native Prairies Association of Texas

When:  Wednesday September 26, 2012 [4th Wednesday of the month]

WhereBayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Time:    6:30-7:00 Arrival/Socialize

        7:00-8:00 Speaker – Jen Powis, Advocacy Director of Houston Parks Board

        8:00-8:45 Meeting - Pat Merkord - Updates on Texas Native Prairie Association

Seed Collection Opportunity on the Nash Prairie

Friday, Sept. the 14th

9:00 AM-12:00 PM.   
Park on CR 255 (all on one side of the road).

From Susan Conaty:

“...You can collect for any restoration or pocket prairie project.  Examples:  Katy Prairie, Texas City, Armond Bayou , etc….  Mark bags with date and place of collection and species.  You can also take some seed for your own use and property.  I have paper sacks if you don’t have your own.  Right now, the Texas coneflower and rattlesnakemaster is ready and there is a lot of it , and I’m sure there will be other things to collect that will take some looking for.”


2 PM TO 6 PM

Join Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization for margaritas and assorted snacks


Free and open to the public.  Space is limited to 100 so RSVP is required; Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

State of the Prairie Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

    The Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) and the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) are excited to announce the 4th Annual State of the Prairie Conference, December 6-9.

    This year’s conference at Texas A&M - Kingsville and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute will focus on the economics of the prairie and prairie restoration. Our presenters will address recent interests in boosting wildlife habitats, understanding landowner’s rights, and the importance of the prairie as a watershed.

    We invite you to join us as a sponsor of this exciting event. As a sponsor, you receive exclusive benefits including online and printed media recognition, tickets to this year’s conference, and guaranteed reservations for our most popular, limited-registration sessions and field trips. We are proud to acknowledge your generosity before an estimated 200 conference attendees and many more who will see pre-and postconference promotions.

For information about sponsorship of the 2012 State of the Prairie conference, read our sponsorship request letter: 2012_SOP_Sponsorship_Letter.pdf

For more general information about the conference, check out

Fundraising Campaign for Travis Country has Been Renewed!

The remnant, located in the center of this West Austin neighborhood, is a prime outdoor teaching area and nature preserve.  It is covered with native grasses, heritage oaks, wildlife habitat, and lies in the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone.

Please consider pledging your support today to conserve this great example of a remnant savanna in Central Texas for future generations!


Make every drop of water count in the Landscape - July 21st, 2012

Earth-Kind Educational Seminar: “Make every drop of water count in the Landscape”

Date, Time: July 21 (Saturday) 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Address: Schulz Nursery, 100 W. Huebinger, Marion, TX 78124
Cost: FREE!
Conducted by Texas AgriLife Extension Service – Horticulturist David Rodriguez.

Houston Chapter Native Prairie Association of Texas Meeting - June 27th

Date: Wednesday June 27, 2012
Time: 6:30pm-8:45pm (Speaker at 7)
Location: Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston TX 77074

    Carolyn White, Project Manager, Environmental Services, Harris County Flood Control District, will present the coastal prairie conservation area in Compartment 3 of Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy, which is located in Southwest Houston off of South Main and Post Oak. Willow Waterhole is the home to rare plant species: Texas Prairie Dawn (Hymenoxys texana) and Houston Camphor Daisy (Rayjacksonia aurea).


Click the picture above to view the full size .pdf version.

“Identifying the Grasses of Central Texas”  - July 21st, 2012

Please Note: This field trip is now booked to capacity.  Any new RSVP requests will be added to a waiting list in case there are any cancellations.

When: July 21st, 2012; 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Meeting Location: Intersection of FM 1431 and 1 St. (Lohman Ford Rd.); We will meet in the parking lot of the convenience store on the southeast corner of the intersection and carpool to the tour locations
RSVP contact: Phillip Quast, NPAT Outreach Coordinator: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 512-751-9265

    This field trip focus will on the identification of grasses that are found throughout the Central Texas region.  Brian Loflin, coauthor of “Grasses of the Texas Hill Country” will guide the group through two locations on the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge showcasing two distinct types of grassland vegetation communities.  The first location will be a native Oak-Juniper floristic association where more than 30 species of grasses have been recorded.  The relationship of grasses, forbs, and shrubs along with the oak-juniper cover can be easily visualized at this location.  At the next location for the tour, we will take a walk through a prairie and along ponds where we will encounter a different habitat and a dissimilar variety of mixed short grasses.

    This will be an easy walking field trip.  Good walking/hiking shoes and long pants are suggested for everyone, as well as precautions for sun, including long sleeves and a suitable hat.  NPAT will provide bottled water but attendees are also encouraged to bring beverages and snacks as needed.  Participants should also bring field guides, cameras, a pair of binoculars, and a hand lens to look at smaller plant structures.

    RSVP is recommended for this event.  Contact Phillip Quast via telephone or email to sign up for this excellent learning experience (512-751-9265; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

Maddin Prairie Preserve Annual Breeding Bird Survey and Field Days - May 19th and 20th, 2012

Kirsti Harms wrote:

“From Sat. May 19 to midday Sun. May 20, Pat Merkord and I will be at the preserve conducting the annual breeding bird survey. The preserve will be open for people to come out and visit and/or help with the survey.

I’m contacting folks who may have an interest in NPAT’s Maddin Prairie Preserve near Colorado City, TX.


Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 512-296-9160 if you are interested.

thanks, and my apologies for the late notice (it’s been a hectic spring).”

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