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“3rd SATURDAY WORKDAYS”ENJOY THE OUTDOORS! Celebrate our 1st Monthly Prairie Restoration Workday, Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site (*)Sponsored by The San Antonio Chapter of NPAT.

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WORK MORNING at White Rock LakeSponsored by North Texas Master NaturalistsSaturday, beginning at 9:30 amMeetup at “Boy Scout Hill” at the…

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Wednesday from 8am-4pm Info on CEU hours, the day’s Agenda and RSVP via this link!

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April 21, 2018 - Floresville, TX (Kirchoff Family Farm)



Celebrate our 1st Monthly Prairie Restoration Workday, Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site (*)

Sponsored by The San Antonio Chapter of NPAT. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE by 5pm Thursday, April 19: Guests are welcome, and signup for LUNCH (provided)!



We will be monitoring weather forecasts; if the weather looks to be severe, we will contact each registrant and notify you if ‘activities are cancelled’.)

Work tasks may be hampered, but the prairie is beautiful to explore after rain showers! Bring wet weather protection (e.g. rain coat and mud boots). There is rain shelter in the tractor shed and hay barn during showers. OTHERWISE, PLEASE COME PREPARED FOR THE ‘GREAT OUTDOORS’: Protect yourself from sun & more: bring sunscreen, insect repellant, hat, long-sleeve shirt, bandana (or soft cloth), and gloves. WEAR closed-toe shoes/boots & long pants. Binoculars and camera are always good to have at hand; we will have MANY opportunities to observe wildlife!
Monthly workdays begin at 9:00am, we’ll break for lunch (provided), and continue into the afternoon or until you want to leave.
(*) Kirchoff Family Farm is SE of San Antonio at: 1444 County Road 210; Floresville, TX 78114. Coordinates are: North: 28.973611; West:-98.108333.


Transplant 45 Antelope Horn Milkweeds currently growing in trays (see Don’s photo above).
Cut & treat stumps; stack invasive woody plants (huisache, baccarus, etc).
Review today’s workday and plan activities for future activities, e.g.:
1.Prepare Tall Grass Windrows for fall planting event
2.Harvest prairie seeds
3.Repair Burrowing Owl Roost Sites
4.Repair Diversity Plots
5.Establish Wildflower Seed Increase Plot

WE WILL PROVIDE: Drinks and a light lunch (sign up for it when you register online and be sure to note dietary restrictions).
Questions? Contact: Don Kirchoff: (cell) 713-562-7681 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

April 21, 2018 - Dallas, TX

WORK MORNING at White Rock Lake

Sponsored by North Texas Master Naturalists

Saturday, beginning at 9:30 am

Meetup at “Boy Scout Hill” at the SW corner of Mockingbird and Buckner.

Plant identification, pulling of invasive Queen Anne’s lace, clean up trash as needed.

April 25, 2018 - Goliad, TX

Wednesday from 8am-4pm

Info on CEU hours, the day’s Agenda and RSVP via this link!

April 25, 2018 - Houston, TX


by Eric C. Munsche, Research Ecologist

HNPAT Program Meeting, Wednesday, 6:30pm

The American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098

Turtles are part of the prairie ecosystem too! As prairie people, we don’t always think about turtles!  Join Eric Munscher as he shares some interesting information on the several turtle species of the Gulf Coast prairie. All are welcome! 
Photo by Aaron Tuggle
Eric C. Munscher is currently with SWCA Environmental Consultants based in Houston. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn State University and his Masters of Science from the University of North Florida in 2007. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Turtle Survival Alliance’s – North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG).  Eric has been studying turtle populations in Florida and Texas springs for over 19 years. Eric is also a Florida Certified Gopher Tortoise Agent and has extensive experience in wetland delineation and threatened and endangered species surveys throughout the southeast and northeast regions. 

April 28, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

Spring Prairie Day &  TPWD’s City Nature Challenge Weekend

Saturday from 9am-2pm

(lunch starts at NOON)

Lawther - Deer Park Prairie Preserve, 1222 E. Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536

Please REGISTER HERE so we’ll have enough lunch for all!

Your Host: Houston Chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas

You don’t want to miss this fun day!
We’ll have an iNaturalist class
Come and see a land that looks much as it did in 1836, when the soldiers marched to the Battle of San Jacinto, less than 10 miles away.
enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife at Deer Park Prairie.
take a prairie walk and make some observations,
do some plant pressing to take a piece of the prairie home,
and share lunch! 

In an effort to help Houston win the City Nature Challenge we will be offering a short lesson on use of iNaturalist and will have plant walks and insect sweep netting.

For more information: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call: 713-614-7033.
Please note: by attending this event, you will be placed on our Mailchimp list for the monthly HNPAT newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the newsletter or by sending an .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to with subject “unsubscribe from HNPAT newsletter”.

May 1, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

“Landowner Assistance Programs” - Ms. Jamie Killian,

TPWD Biologist for Wilson & Karnes Counties

SA Chapter welcomes Ms. Killian to our Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, beginning at 7:00pm

At the City of San Antonio’s Lions Field Adult and Senior Center. 

7:00 to 7:10pm: Welcome by Don Kirchoff
7:10 to 8:10pm: Presentation by Jamie Killian
(Ms. Killian serves two counties within TPWD’s South Texas “Wildlife District”.)
8:10 to 8:30pm: Q&A and Announcements

May 5, 2018 - Abilene, TX

Urban Wildlife Symposium

Saturday, from 9am-4pm

Hosted by The Big Country Master Naturalist

Taylor County Extension Office 1982 Lytle Way, #B, Abilene, TX 79602
This link will take you to a detailed flyer with the speakers and topics as well as the registration form. 
Cost:$25.00 for the whole day or $15.00 per session. Interested parties will also find a link on the flyer to a registration form. 
For more information, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Assistant Professor, Biology Department, McMurry University, Abilene, TX

Texas Wildflower Sightings - 2018

Where to see spring’s best wildflowers in Central Texas and South Texas

Photo of Texas country road by Sassy Frassy Lassie


Spring is wildflower season in Texas!

Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, to get an idea of flowers you might find blooming March through May: What’s in season in Central Texas! (They list annual flowers that bloom throughout Texas’s natural areas and gardens.)
Germinating Milkweeds: Support insects by planting Asclepias species;
Top 20 most common wildflowers you’ll see in Texas during spring and summer!

Visit the Center

If you’re anywhere near southwest Austin, taking time to meander through the tranquil Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is well worth it.
Photo from The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

We call her Athena, the Center’s resident owl.

For more than 7 years, the Wildflower Center has been home to a nesting pair of Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus). Athena returned February 9, 2018 for another year to raise her owlets! She is hidden and well concealed as she observes visitors from her nest in the corner above the arched wall next to the aqueduct. (While sitting on her eggs her position is lower in the nest; after they hatch, she sits higher and guards her owlets.)  The Center says, Lucky for us and our guests the female has chosen to nest in a very conspicuous place, right above the entrance to our Courtyard in the sotol (Dasylirion wheelieri) planter nestled in the corner. She provides a rare opportunity to view a wild great horned owl rearing her owlets.  Hopefully you’ll spot Athena, as you enter the main garden area!
Photos by Bill J. Boyd

THEY GROW UP SO FAST! Athena, had two babies this spring, and they’re growing up before our eyes! The owlets were first spotted on April 3, and we expect them to fledge and leave the nest sometime over the next few weeks.
Grab your binocs and come lay eyes on these adorable fuzzy mugs while you still have the chance. After all, nothing crowns a day quite like a pair of owlets!

June 2, 2018 - U. S. A.

National Prairie Day Celebrated the first Saturday of June every year.

Celebrate the native grasslands in your region and across our nation
Celebrate what we can learn, and have yet to discover, from prairie.
-Become a Sponsor
-Visit a Prairie
-Submit an Event
-Submit an Idea

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