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2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATIONMonarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants. Photo by Chuck DuplantGreater…

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3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday begins at 8am at Kirchoff Family Farm, Sponsored by the San Antonio NPAT Chapter.

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SAVE THE DATE - 12-01-2018 - Greenville, TX

Register NOW!

This image means it’s time for our

Paul Mathews Prairie Celebration,

SATURDAY, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Join us in downtown Greenville, for a delightful evening at their historic “Landmark on Lee Street.”

Continuing thru October 27, 2018 - Houston Area

2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

Monarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants.
Photo by Chuck Duplant

Greater Houston-Galveston groups showcase prairies and pollinators: HNPAT, The Nature Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partners present this annual fall event.
OCTOBER EVENTS:
October 16 - Seed Collecting Trip, 9 am - 12 pm to Nash Prairie Preserve;
October 17 - Wild About Houston Film Fest (w/CEC Houston) @ Rice University Cinema;
October 19 - Prairie Restoration Roundup (see individual entry below emphasizing this event)@ Texas City Prairie Preserve;
October 20 - Prairie Pandemonium @ Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena; Clinton Park Prairie Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park;
October 27 - Sierra Club trip to Sam Houston National Forest Blackland Prairie;
Urban Pocket Prairies by Light Rail. Join Jaime González, CPP;
Blackhawk Park Prairie,  Invasive Species Removal Event.
SCROLL DOWN TO NOVEMBER 1 for outline of remaining activities from November 1 through 10.  Details on the November events and how to register for those, click on this link to CPP’s webpage.

October 20, 2018 - Floresville, TX

3rd Saturday Prairie Restoration Workday begins at 8am at Kirchoff Family Farm, Sponsored by the San Antonio NPAT Chapter.


     
USFWS Botanist, Chris Best, and four USFWS Interns, surveyed a portion of Kirchoff Family Farm this past Wednesday, October 17, 2018, including one of the Milkweed Garden plots. Mr. Best shared with these photos.  Top left is the AMAZING Danaus Chrysalis on Milkweed Zizotes; top right is the Monarch Larva on Milkweed Zizotes. Per Mr. Best, “How these monarchs overwinter is unknown.  It is just as likely as not that they do overwinter in Michoacán.”  Volunteers on our October 20 workday might have similar experiences!  You never know!
Register online - Brenda will provide lunch for all who register. 
Our workday begins at 8am, enjoy lunch provided by the Kirchoff Family, and you are welcome to leave at 2pm or before if you want.
We’ll do some manual labor, since it is quite muddy out there.  Water is still standing in the driveway; more than an inch of rain fell onto already saturated soil: 1. Trim and clean out burrowing owl sites; 2. Assist with trimming underneath electric fences; 3.Chop and treat huisache; and 4.Transplant semi-woodies.
BRING YOUR MUD BOOTS, GLOVES, and dress for the weather. 
LOCATION: Near Poth, TX.  Street Address: 1444 C.R. 210, Floresville, TX 78114 (Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333).
Call BRENDA KIRCHOFF: 361.564.0177.
                                                                            Commonly found among the milkweed,
Mr. Best photographed Monarch Larvae:                  the Tarantula Hawk looks for its prey!
         

October 24, 2018 - Houston, TX

HNPAT Program Meeting

From 6:30pm – 8:30pm

at the American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098

Details can be found on both the Houston Chapter’s and the Deer Park Prairie’s calendars, links below:
HNPAT Calendar and DPP Calendar.

October 27, 2018 - Deer Park, TX

2 Events Saturday, October 27, at Deer Park Prairie, 1222 E Purdue Ln, Deer Park, TX 77536:

Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your cell phone number in case, we need to contact you due to inclement weather.

1. Bird Survey at Deer Park Prairie: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
2. DPP Workday & Prairie Open to visitors: 9:00 am - 12Noon  For Prairie Visitors: Deer Park Prairie is open to visitors during workday hours. Visitors are required to contact a NPAT representative and sign a liability release.

November 3 thru 10, 2018 - Houston Area

Monarchs are a key prairie species and rely on pollinator plants.
Photo by Chuck Duplant

2018 PRAIRIES & POLLINATORS A REGIONAL CELEBRATION

Greater Houston-Galveston groups showcase prairies and pollinators: HNPAT, The Nature Conservancy, and Coastal Prairie Partners present this annual fall event.
November 3
- Seaborne Creek Nature Fest in Rosenberg, Texas Master Naturalist/Coastal Prairie Chapter: Join the Texas Master Naturalists - Coastal Prairie Chapter for an exciting day of activities, speakers, wagon rides, and hikes celebrating our native prairies. Click here for more information
- Rice University Planting event @ Rice University: Join Rice University to help restore an on campus pocket prairie.  More information coming soon.
- First Saturday Van Tour of Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge: The first Saturday of each month, a guided van tour of the refuge will take visitors on a two-hour trip through the prairie. Join refuge volunteers and staff to learn about native coastal prairie, the history of the refuge, the biology of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken, and what’s being done to save it from extinction. 
- Robert C. Stuart Park Prairie Planting: Join Houston Parks & Recreation Department for a prairie planting in a city park!  Contact Kelli Ondracek to register: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Click here for more information
November 10
- Putting Down Roots 2018 on the Katy Prairie: Help the Katy Prairie Conservancy Put Down Roots during KPC’s largest restoration effort yet! Volunteers will work together to transplant native prairie plants in order to restore 55 acres of newly reconstructed prairie habitat. Lunch, snacks, and door prizes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own food if you have dietary restrictions. Click here to register today.
- Native Prairie Plant-A-Thon @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center: Spend the morning getting your hands dirty by planting native grasses and wildflowers. Volunteer to be a part of our ongoing project to restore over 400 acres of beautiful native prairie habitat! This is a great event for all age groups, interests, and abilities.
- Second Saturday Bird Hike @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center: Work on your bird watching skills while helping the Arboretum monitor bird populations on a fun, relaxed morning walk. Join us on the second Saturday of each month at the front door of the building for a two-hour bird walk led by Kelsey Low, resident bird enthusiast. We welcome all levels of bird watching skill and all ages (as long as you’re quiet) – but no dogs, please! If you have binoculars of your own, please bring them. We do have some binoculars available to borrow.  Click here for details

November 6, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

NPAT’s San Antonio Chapter Monthly Meeting,

Tuesday, 7-8:30pm

We are excited that Will Newman, Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture, will be addressing the SANPAT Chapter.

“Grassland Bird Habitat”

Please plan on joining us at the City of San Antonio’s
Lions Field Adult and Senior Center

2809 Broadway Street
San Antonio, Texas 78209

November 10-11, 2018 - near Colorado City, TX

Maddin Prairie Preserve Work Weekend

The preserve will be open from Saturday morning until midday Sunday.

We are looking for volunteers to help with brush control and grass seeding at the prairie dog town:
The blue grama and sideoats grama grasses are in full bloom right now.
We’ll be collecting seed and planting in areas that need it.
There are trail work opportunities as well. We’ll be planning routes and connecting existing trails on the preserve.
And, dinner is on us!

WANT TO COME AND EXPERIENCE MADDIN PRAIRIE PRESERVE?
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
SUBJECT should read, MADDIN WORKDAY
You can ask for more information and
RSVP, especially if you plan to stay overnight on the property.

NOTE: This event may be rescheduled due to inclement weather.

November 14, 2018 - Georgetown, TX

CenTex Chapter Meeting - DATE CHANGE

IT’s MOVIE NIGHT with Lisa and Jason Spangler!

We rescheduled our November meeting to Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (6:30-8:30pm, in the 2nd Floor Classroom).

So MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The Georgetown Public Library will be closed November 7, (we usually meet the 1st Wednesday of the month). It’s very easy to locate, and there is plenty of free parking across 8th Street. The address for the Library is 402 W. 8th Street in ‘BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN GEORGETOWN’.  We look forward to seeing you; don’t miss this opportunity to meet Lisa and Jason and learn from them!  They have a wealth of information to share!

November 17, 2018 - Floresville, TX

3rd SATURDAY PRAIRIE RESTORATION WORKDAY

at Kirchoff Family Farm

Sponsored by the San Antonio NPAT Chapter
A link to register online will be posted in each event notice. We want to know you’re coming as the Kirchoffs will have lunches prepared for everyone.
We’ll start at 8am and leave when you want.
LOCATION:  SE of San Antonio, Wilson County; Street Address: 1444 C.R. 210, Floresville, TX 78114 (Coordinates are: North 28.973611 West -98.108333).
Call BRENDA KIRCHOFF: 361.564.0177.

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