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Wild About Houston Short Film Screening Wednesday, 6:30 pm - HNPAT Monthly Meeting Co-presenters for this event are: Houston - NPAT,…

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Conservation Easement Workshop FRIDAY, 2pm to 5pm Co-Hosts: Cibolo Conservancy and the Hill Country Alliance Hill Country…

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August 16 thru 18, Abilene, TX

Wednesday thru Friday

Early registration ends Mon., August 7!

Discounted rate of $50 (or $20 Student Rate)
Co-hosts are: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, & Texas Wildlife Association. See Full Agenda/Registration Info for this Statewide Quail Symposium!

PRE-SYMPOSIUM FIELD DAY, Wednesday, August 16, Hailey Ranch, Abilene, TX
Subject: “Habitat Management and Monitoring Techniques for Quail”
Our graduating QuailMasters* class of 2017 will also be available to answer questions and assist with plant identification.

SYMPOSIUM,
Thursday & Friday, August 17 & 18, MCM Elegante Hotel

Featuring a variety of speakers:
From agency personnel to land managers and researchers, answering frequently asked questions regarding quail management in Texas!
From quail research organizations!
From experts, who will debate controversial topics, such as the “role of introduced plants in quail habitat” and “the viability of translocation for restoring wild populations”.

*QuailMasters is a series of intensive, hands-on training sessions about quail habitat and the science of quail management in Texas. Landowners, hunters, quail enthusiasts, wildlife biologists, and others are invited to participate. The program is provided by the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

August 23, 2017 - Houston, TX

Wild About Houston Short Film Screening

Wednesday, 6:30 pm - HNPAT Monthly Meeting

Co-presenters for this event are: Houston - NPAT, Katy Prairie Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partnership at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park.

The goal of this short film screening will be to “spotlight short (10 minutes or less) films” that focus on local conservation efforts or local wildlife/ecosystems.

We see this as a local complement to the Wild & Scenic Festivals that Citizens Environmental Coalition Houston and Bayou Land Conservancy are hosting.

We would​ love for ​you or ​your group to submit a film and make the screening! click here and fill out a short form.

August 25, 2017 - Boerne, TX

Conservation Easement Workshop

FRIDAY, 2pm to 5pm

Co-Hosts: Cibolo Conservancy and the Hill Country Alliance Hill Country Alliance

This workshop was designed to provide farmers, ranchers and other landowners with effective tools and resources to help them deal with the issues inherent in passing family land on to future generations. Many landowners are concerned about conserving those special natural features on their family-owned property and maintaining the productivity of their land. Landowners face the challenge of increasing tax burdens associated with land ownership, including the potential impact of estate taxes on their heirs.

A CONSERVATION EASEMENT (“CE”) is a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term:
One of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property.
A voluntary legal agreement ensures a property will forever be conserved according to the landowner’s wishes. (No public access is required.)
Negotiated between the landowner and the land trust organization, (the responsible party for monitoring and enforcing the terms of the conservation easement agreement).
PRESENTATIONS: My Dream for My Land video, narrated by Bob Webster, Conservation Easement Basics and Income and Estate Tax Benefits of Donating a Conservation Easement, The Land Trust Role in the Conservation Easement Process, and Discussion with Conservation Easement Donors.
Pre-register/Ensure your seat & Preview the Program Agenda
- $20 per person (includes refreshments and a social following the workshop).
- DOORS OPEN at 1:30 pm; walk-ins are welcome!

August 26, 2017 - Deer Park, TX

Saturday, beginning at 7:30 am!

Deer Park Prairie - Monthly Bird Survey

Come join Damien Carey for the survey and learn about the bird life we have at DPP

Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to verify the latest information on the bird survey.

9/2/2017 thru 11/12/2017 – Saturdays -  9 CITIES!

NPSOT announces 14 FALL LANDSCAPING CLASSES in 8 Texas Locations!

These 1-day classes are part of the Native Landscaping Certification Program, the series teaches best practices for native plant landscaping – including wildlife habitat gardening.
Classes are open to the public and intended to be useful both to homeowners and professionals:
Three levels are offered; anyone may register for a Level 1 class!  Level 1 is a prerequisite for the Level 2 and Level 3 classes; only participants who have completed Level 1 may attend Level 2 or Level 3: Level 1: Introduction to Native Landscapes; Level 2: Design & Development with Native Plants; Level 3: Installation and Maintenance of Native Landscapes.
This link: includes a complete class list with locations, and online registration.
Here are the scheduled Dates, Cities and Class Levels: 9/2 - Georgetown, Level 1; 9/16 - San Antonio, Level 1 ; 9/23- Georgetown, Level 1; 9/30 - Boerne, Level 3; 9/30 - Fredericksburg, Level 3; 10/7 - Canyon Lake, Level 1; 10/7 - Denton, Level 2; >10/14 - Southlake, Level 1; 10/14 - Houston Area, Level 1; 10/21 - San Antonio, Level 2; 10/28 - Southlake, Level 3; 11/4 - Houston Area, Level 3; 11/11 - Georgetown, Level 3; 11/12 - Dallas, Level 3.
For more information or - to complete a mail-in registration email a request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Meg Inglis at 512.589.1316.

September 2, 2017 – Boerne, TX

Birding Skills Workshop

Saturday from 9am-12pm Ready to enjoy a fall morning in Central Texas doing some serious birding!?? Be better prepared and more inspired - grab some binoculars and hit the trails! You’ll learn birding skills that you’ll use - even when you’re not ‘BIRDING’!  Register Online

Tom and Patsy Inglet are two of the best birders in the region and present techniques that have helped them progress from amateurs to expert birders. They’ve trained thousands of birders of all ages to identify birds by sight, sound and flight. Cost: CNC Members: $20; Non-members: $25

September 5, 2017 - San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

San Antonio NPAT Chapter Monthly Meeting

Presentation by authors, Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin


Bring your own copy for the authors to sign! 
More will be available to purchase after the presentation!

Our Chapter meetings are in Downtown San Antonio at 2809 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209: the San Antonio Parks & Recreation, Lions Field Adult & Senior Center’s Community Room.

September, 2017 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex NPAT Chapter WILL NOT MEET IN SEPTEMBER!

Please join is WEDNESDAY, October 4, 2017, @6:45 PM, when we’ll welcome Brian Loflin and Shirley Loflin as our Presenters!

September 9, 2017 - Houston, TX

Saturday, from 8 am to 3:30pm

Learn about wildscaping in Houston

The annual event is sponsored by our Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter and by Texas Parks and Wildlife:  REGISTER ONLINE via NPSOT link above: $40/non-NPSOT members;  $35 for NPSOT members includes: Entry to native plant sale, Exhibits & Box lunch!
You will definitely want to meet our speakers and listen to their presentations:
Dan Worrall, Member of Harris County Historical Commission, “A Historical Perspective of the Native Landscape of West Houston: Its Settlement and Use by Early Area Pioneers, Disappearance, and Future”;
Dr. John Abbott, Director of Museum Research and Collections for the University of Alabama, “Building a Pond to Attract a Diverse Array of Insects and Other Wildlife”;
Ben Pfeiffer, founder of Firefly.org, “Fireflies of Texas: Glowing, Glowing, Gone”;
Diana Foss, Biologist at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, “Great Natives for Wildscapes Gardens”.

September 11, 2017 - Fort Worth, TX

Monday,  6:30 – 8pm

Prairie Seed Swap Mixer & ID Workshop

Fort Worth NPAT Chapter Monthly Meetup

Would you like some locally-collected native seed that is not available in the marketplace; or do you have some you’d like to share?
Bring your seed, other folks will bring there’s, we’ll bring ours & we’ll mix & match seed.
We’ll even have a limited supply of milkweed seed to share!

Join us as we learn about native grass & wildflower seed identification, swap seeds & mix-about!!

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