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2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATIONFrom September 22 - November 10 NPAT joins Coastal Prairie…

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NPAT’s HOUSTON CHAPTER Monthly Meeting - 4th Wednesday, Come at 6:30pm; the featured talk starts at 7:00pm. Amie Treuer-Kuehn of

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HNPAT’s “FALL PRAIRIE DAY”Saturday, 9:30 am –  2 pm at Lawther –…

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Seed Collection Trip at Brazos Bend State Park

Coastal Prairie Partnership presents:

SEED COLLECTING TRIP - BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK W/ SIDE TRIP TO NASH PRAIRIE (Upper Texas Coast)

Tom Solomon has organized what is sure to be an exciting day on the prairie. His first seed collection of the year will be held at Brazos Bend State Park on Tuesday May 24th from 9 to 11 AM. Following the seed collection (targeting Brown Seed Paspalum and Silver Bluestem plus whatever else is available at the time), the group will travel for a brief view of the recently purchased Nash Prairie, hosted by The Conatys, followed by a lunch at the local establishment.  The personnel from the Southeast Houston area will carpool from Home Depot (El Dorado & I-45) departing promptly at 7:30 AM traveling to HEB (Texas 646 and I-45) where we will depart at 7:50 AM.  Park entry fees will only be waived if we enter the park as a group.  Consequently, we will meet at the entry cabin at 9 AM.  Mr. Dennis Jones will lead us to the “secret” park seed source for our collection activities. 

Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you plan to attend so that you can receive a cancellation notice if inclement weather should arrive and so that we will have a tally of participants.  The main purpose of the seed collection is to increase diversity of the plants being returned to the prairie.

NPAT Summer Field Trips

NPAT has several field trips scheduled in May and June in different locations around Texas.  These field trips are a great way to see some of the best preserved prairies in Texas and are a excellent way to introduce children and friends to places that keep prairie enthusiasts visiting time after time.  Check out what’s happening in your area and join us for a day of fun!

May 7th - Marysee Prairie Preserve
Marysee Prairie Preserve is a remnant prairie protected and managed by the Texas Land Conservancy since 1991.  This preserve was previously managed by the Nature Conservancy, beginning in 1973.  This preserve is the only preserved prairie remnant in the Big Thicket area and is considered a crossroads for native coastal prairie, tall grasses, and short grass savannas.  A wide variety of vegetation and wildlife habitats thrive on this property.  Mima mounds, or pimple mounds, found on the preserve also indicate the presence of prairie in recent history and help show how the local ecosystems have changed over the last several thousand years.
Join NPAT and the Texas Land Conservancy on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00am as we tour this outstanding remnant of native prairie, located in the Big Thicket area northeast of Houston.  The field trip will include a guided tour of the property as well as a discussion of the previous restoration and land management efforts made by the Texas Land Conservancy.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful remnant of the past while still being a short distance from the Houston area. No admission fee. CLICK HERE FOR A MAP.

May 14th - NPAT Easements and Property in Falls County
In the heart of Texas, just east of Temple is the location of several conservation easements and properties managed or owned by NPAT.  Come join several representatives of NPAT as we tour the Nelson L. Wieting Prairie, Lehmann Prairie, and Riesel Prairie.  These remnants of Blackland Prairie are are located on private property and are generally unavailable for people to tour.  This is an excellent opportunity to walk through prairies similar to what the pioneers found in central Texas over 200 years ago!
We will meet at 10am on May 14th in the parking lot of Dairy Queen at the intersection of Live Oak St (Hwy. 7) and Hwy. 6 in Marlin, TX (CLICK HERE FOR MAP).  We will then travel to each easement or property and take a tour of each.  Admission is free for NPAT members and $10 for non-members.  Parking is limited at each location so carpool with your friends and family.  Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions or to RSVP (not required).

May 28st - Clymer Meadow Preserve
Join NPAT and The Nature Conservancy and explore an extremely unique and biodiverse remnant of the Blackland Prairie, the Clymer Meadow Preserve.  The 1068-acre Clymer Meadow Preserve is a preserved remnant of the tallgrass prairies that used to blanket the landscape from the Texas coast to southern Manitoba and is home to huge variety of vegetation and wildlife.  Named for pioneer Jim Clymer, who bought the first tracts in the 1850s, Clymer Meadow serves as a center for study of the Blackland Prairie and has been the site of more than a dozen scientific investigations ranging in scope from inventories of prairie invertebrates to noxious weed control. Universities, private research organizations, and public and private primary and secondary schools have used the meadow as a teaching site. Landowners in the area can view this as a invitation to learn about how to properly conserve and manage their land while prairie enthusiasts will have a chance to visit a very unique location and become acquainted with the local flora and fauna.
The field trip includes a tour of the Clymer Meadow Preserve as well as discussion of vegetation and wildlife found on the preserve.  Discussion of land management practices and unique features and aspects of this preserve will also provide attendees with insight as to how and why these delicate ecosystems are being preserved. No admission fee. The tour will begin at 10am.  Clymer Meadow Preserve is located at 6210 CR 1140, Celeste 75423 (CLICK HERE FOR MAP).

June 4th - Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
We will be touring the restored prairie at Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center where recently park officials used a controlled burn to aid in the management of the land.  This field trip will focus on how the prairie plants and animals respond to fire and will include a discussion about and photos taken prior to the burn.  This field trip coincides with the article in the Winter 2010-2011 NPAT newsletter (Vol. 23, No. 4) and is part of a series of field trips demonstrating the methods and techniques used throughout the year for a prairie restoration project.  More information concerning this field trip will be available soon.

6th Annual Fort Worth Prairie Fest

Coastal Prairies: Houston’s Heartland

Date/ Time: April 19, 20, & 21, 2011
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; 1001 Bissonnet at Main, Houston TX, 77005
Admission to the Exhibition: Florescence is open to the public with regular museum admission.  MFAH Members receive free admission.

On April 19th, 20th and 21st, Katy Prairie Conservancy and Coastal Prairie Partnership (with great assistance and support from The Garden Club of Houston, River Oaks Garden Club, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) will debut their new traveling exhibit entitled Coastal Prairies: Houston’s Heartland as part of this year’s Florescence flower show.

The exhibit will showcase the fascinating history, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and restoration of our beloved coastal prairie in Harris and surrounding counties and will spotlight the many Texans working to ensure that the prairie survives in our area into the 21st century.  After its debut at the museum each of the exhibit’s four components will travel to nature centers and local public and private schools for one year starting in June 2011. This exhibit is a culmination of nearly a year of work by highly talented photographers, historians, artists, interpreters, gardeners, and many of you!  The program is designed to make the learning and teaching about prairies fun, purposeful, and simple.  Additionally, wildflowers grown by volunteers and used to accent the exhibit will be planted as part of the Hermann Park prairie restoration effort, Project Blazingstar.

Plant Sale at the Heard Mueseum

Friday April 15th: 4pm-7pm (members only, memberships available online or at plant sale)
Saturday April 16th: 9am-5pm (open to the public)
Sunday April 17th: 1pm-5pm (open to the public)

Location:
Heard Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, Texas 75069

Spring is the perfect time to start landscaping your yard. Each year for the past 20 years, veteran and novice gardeners alike have anticipated this rare opportunity to purchase plants from a huge selection of hard to find herbs, native and well-adapted plants.

This year, the Heard will also sell heirloom plants, providing some of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens and an opportunity to obtain many rare plants.We will offer some new plant species that have never been available at the Heard before!

Check out the 2011 Native Plant Sale list

Contact 972.562.5566 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information

Garden Gala Day at Stephen F. Austin State University

The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Garden Gala Day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 16. The sale is moving to a new location at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches, TX 75962

The SFA Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Pursuits program will host its 4th annual Earth Day Celebration in conjunction with this year’s sale. 

A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including new introductions, Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials and exclusive SFA introductions.  Plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public.

This plant sale fundraiser benefits the SFA Gardens and its educational programs, which reach over 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.

CLICK HERE for a list of available plants

The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit http://arboretum.sfasu.edu and click on “upcoming events.”

Houston NPAT Monthly Meeting - March 23rd

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas
6:30 – 8:30 PM

Discussion will include upcoming field trips, 3rd State of the Prairie Conference, and participation in Prairie Heritage Day, as well as any new business to attend to.

Program – Plight of the Prairie Dog presented by Pat Merkord, NPAT President – NPAT has been involved in a prairie dog restoration in Texas for the past 5 years.  This is a report on its success, progress, setbacks and future and how it applies to restoration of other species.  It also details the status of prairie dogs in the US today.


Agenda for Meeting:

6:30 – 7:00 Social

7:00 – 7:30 Business Meeting
1.  Minutes from Last Meeting & Welcome Members/Visitors

2.  Reminder of Next Meeting (4th Wed Each Month) Speaker – Mark Kramer – Armand Bayou – April 27, Wed

3.  Set Dates for Upcoming Field Trips/Activities
A.  Re-visit Houston prairie sites from last May’s trip

B.  Possible Team to Help with Vegetation Transects at Rosenberg Seabourne Creek Park Prairie Site with CPTMN Group

C.  Tour of Prairies in Montgomery, Walker & Liberty Counties to begin putting together information for brochure for Houston area prairie sites

D.  Other suggestions

4.  Report on meetings about participation with Prairie Heritage Day

5.  Report – NPAT will co-host with CPP the 3rd STATE OF THE PRAIRIE conference at the Houston Zoo

6.  New Business

Brodie Wild Volunteer Day


When: Saturday, February 26th - 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Brodie Wild (SW corner of Slaughter Lane and Brodie Lane, Austin, TX)

Come help us keep Brodie looking wild, natural, and clean too!

We will be cleaning up trash, clearing brush, removing invasive plants, and planting native plants and seeds to restore the native savanna and help the native grasses, flowers, and other plants and critters.

Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.  Bring your own work gloves.  We’ll have trash bags and some tools but feel free to bring your own loppers.  We need wheelbarrows to haul brush, if you can bring one.

Park in one of the plazas around the corner and take the cross walk to Brodie Wild.

See the web site at http://npsot.org/Austin/BrodieWild/ for more information about Brodie Wild.  Get directions from Google Earth by clicking here .

Contact Leslie Bush at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 512-217-8288 if you plan to come out and to get more information.

Land Conservation Tools to Aid Farmers and Ranchers

Friday, March 4th in Denton, TX

Connemara Conservancy, assisted by Texas Conservation Connection

Registration starts at 8:00 AM; Workshop 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
$15 individual, $20 couples
Buffalo Valley Event Center
2946 Ganzer Road West, Denton, TX 76207


CLICK HERE for registration details


Topics include:

Tools to Aid Landowners in Protecting Their Properties and Saving Taxes
Conservation Easements Basics: Landowner Considerations and Costs
Income and Estate Tax Implications of Conserving Land
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Programs
Landowner Perspective on Donating a Conservation Easement

This workshop will outreach to landowners in the four counties of Denton, Wise, Montague and Cooke.
 

Contact:  Mr. RJ Taylor (214) 351-0990, Connemara Conservancy Land Conservation Director.

Native Plant Spring Symposium 2011

Native Plant Spring Symposium 2011
Native Grasses: Not Just for Mowing
Saturday, February 19, 2011;  9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Presented by: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Native Plant Society of Texas


All you need to know about the benefits and beauty of native grasses will be on tap at the 10th Native Plant Spring Symposium at the Wildflower Center. Keynote speaker John Snowden, who owns Bluestem Nursery, will discuss the best native grasses for your landscape. Growing and identifying grass species will also be covered during morning sessions in the auditorium, with two hands-on workshops in the afternoon.

View program and register now!

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